Columbo: The Complete ’70s Collection on Blu-Ray

❉ The first seven seasons of the classic series, restored and remastered in 4K.

Peter Falk stars as the cigar-chomping, trenchcoat-wearing, police lieutenant Columbo in the series that set the standard for the murder mystery genre. This 20-disc Blu-ray set contains the first seven seasons of this ground-breaking series, including the 2 original pilot TV movies, now restored and remastered by NBC Universal in 4K. Enjoy once again this classic series that won a staggering thirteen prime-time Emmys®!

The list of guest stars is endless (many of which appeared in more than one episode in more than one role) and includes Jack Cassidy, Vincent Price, Martin Sheen, Vera Miles, Vitto Scotti, Johnny Cash, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Vaughn, Janet Leigh, Ed Begley Jr. George Hamilton, Leonard Nimoy, Pat Morita, Leslie Nielsen, Patrick McGoohan, William Shatner and Falk’s second wife Shera Danese who played six roles in six different episodes.

A 24-year-old Steven Spielberg was director of the first episode of the series (four years before he became a household name directing Jaws). Titled ‘Murder by the Book’, the episode was filmed second (after ‘Death Lends a Hand’) but was bumped up to the premier slot at the last minute as it was so good.

Peter Falk won 4 Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Lieutenant Columbo in 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1990. Falk became the highest paid actor on television in this role – in the 1970s he was being paid $500,000 per episode.

In 2014 a bronze statue of Peter Falk as Columbo in his shabby raincoat was erected as part of a state-sponsored urban renewal project in Falk Miksa Street in Budapest. The famous raincoat came from Peter Falk’s own wardrobe, he had bought it for $15 in 1967, when he got caught in a New York City downpour.

Oh, just one more thing…

EXTRAS: Includes the two feature length pilot movie  1968  “Prescription: Murder” and the 1971 Pilot “Ransom for a Dead Man”

❉ ‘Columbo: The Complete 1970s Collection’ released via Fabulous Films Ltd/Spirit Enterprises on Blu-Ray, June 10th 2024. Certificate: 12. Running Time: 724 mins. Price: £149.99.  Click to order from Fabulous Films.

❉ News source: Fabulous Films. We Are Cult is not responsible for the content of this news release.

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