(aka 'Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1990')

directed by Daryl Duke, Patrick McGoohan, Vincent McEveety, Alan J. Levi, Walter Grauman and E.W. Swackhamer
USA 19
90

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 Mystery Movie Collection - 1990.

 

The 1990's Mystery Movies 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. He pesters with all the right questions in some of the most deceptive and deadly cases. The continuing final two seasons also features such acclaimed guest stars as Robert Culp, Patrick McGoohan, Helen Shaver, 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 - dual-layered discs) - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Universal - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime Each episode is around 1 hour 35 each X 6 episodes = about 9 hours of "Columbo"
Video 1:33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.40 mb/s (sample)
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

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

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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• none

DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2009

3 discs - 2 overlapping in a bookstyle slipcase inside a cardboard box
Chapters: 4 in each episode X 6 = 24 in total

 

Comments:

Unlike the latter 'Season' Packages from Universal - they go back to only 6 episodes over 3 single-sided dual-layered discs. But these 'movies' are a longer though at approx. 1:35:00 each. Devoid of extras (interviews etc.) but this boxset contains some of the better detective entertainment that I can recall. Only English Hard-of-Hearing subtitles are offered as an option.

Image/Audio quality are quite strong for TV transfers - detail is very good - what appears to be 'grain' often shows although it may be fine noise. I don't watch a lot of TV on DVD but personally I find these Columbo Boxsets some of the most consistent transfers that I have seen with surprisingly decent colors at times. All 'movies' are very clean and progressively transferred.

Since receiving this set I watched about one Columbo every-other night. It was totally enjoyable - making you wish there were more to view in the set. Two 'movies' in particular stuck out in my mind as premium Columbo - 'Rest in Piece, Mrs. Columbo' and 'Columbo Goes To College'. Both brilliantly solved. For fans I give this a strong recommendation. This is as good as any of the other single season programs I watched. Love seeing Culp and, the late, McGoohan again. If you are new to Columbo, as well, this is a great way to start - just be careful - it is highly addictive!   out of  

Gary W. Tooze



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CLICK to order from:

Recommend:

DVDBeaver also recommends the first 5 of the Universal Columbo Complete Season Boxsets:

 

Distribution Universal - Region 1- NTSC




 

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