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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season')

directed by Ted Post (2), Harvey Hart (2), and Patrick McGoohan (2)
USA 1975 -76


In the detective series that inspired them all, acclaimed actor Peter Falk returns in his four-time Emmy-winning role as the wry and ruffled police lieutenant in Columbo Season Five.


Season 5 of Columbo proves again the strength of the writing and the wonderful character acting of Peter Falk. He dons his famous trenchcoat again as he returns in his 4-time Emmy award-winning role as everyone’s favorite Police Lieutenant in Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season! He pesters with all the right questions in some of the most deceptive and deadly cases. The continueing fifth season also features such acclaimed guest stars as Janet Leigh, Sal Mineo, Robert Vaughn, Diane Baker, Jack Cassidy, Ricardo Montalban, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Patrick McGoohan, and more. The landmark crime series returns, and no murderer can hide for long with Columbo on the beat! .  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

Television Premiere: February 20th, 1968 - USA and Canada

DVD Reviews


DVD Review: Universal (3 single sided discs) - Region 1- NTSC

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DVDBeaver strongly recommends all the Universal Columbo Boxsets:


Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6-7 Mystery Movie Collection Movie Collection 1989

Distribution Universal - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime Each episode is around 1 hour 30 to 1 hour 13 minutes each = about 9 hours of "Columbo" - the Bonus of Mrs. Columbo was about 46 minutes long.
Video 1:33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.14 mb/s (sample)
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English (close captioned), None

Release Information:
Studio: UMVD

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• 'Mrs. Columbo' episode - "Caviar With Everything'

• 6 Episode Indices
• 6 Episode Summary

DVD Release Date: June 27th, 2006

3 transparent slim Keepcases inside VHS sized cardboard box
Chapters: 4 in each episode X 7 = 28 in total





Like the Season 4 Package from Universal - Season 5 contains 6 episodes (as opposed to 8 in Seasons 1-3). Devoid of extras (interviews etc.) but season 5, like season 3 + 4, also includes a kind of 'bonus' with the short-lived 'Mrs. Columbo' experiment (Mrs. Kate Columbo - Kate Mulgrew - follows in her husbands footsteps... as a reporter.). Like Season 1,2 and 4, these are on one side of 3 single-sided dual-layered layered DVDs. Only English subtitles are offered as an option.

Image/Audio quality have no apparent flaws - detail is quite good - 'Now You See Him' may be a bit duller in the color department but it is nothing bothersome. I don't watch a lot of TV on DVD but personally I find these Columbo Boxsets some of the better transfers that I have seen. All episodes are clean and progressively transferred, but the bonus (Mrs. Columbo) is not from HD and exhibits 'trailing'.

Columbo is something I never seem to tire of and this DVD contains strong episodes - I would just like more. Regulars Patrick McGoohan (who also directed 2 of the episodes), Robert Vaughn and Jack Cassidy are joined by Janet Leigh, Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban, Hector Elizondo, Diane Baker and Robert Loggia. I am a big fan and would probably purchase regardless of price but this package is quite reasonable for almost 9.5 hours of super entertainment. You can't beat it for value.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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CLICK to order from:

Distribution Universal - Region 1- NTSC


DVDBeaver strongly recommends all the Universal Columbo Boxsets:


Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6-7 Mystery Movie Collection Movie Collection 1989


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