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Yes, it's a similar thing to Barry Nelson's TV Bond role in Casino Royale before Sean Connery took the Bond film role in Dr. No. Never thought about it like that before but that's quite true.
Here's another video I found introducing Enough Rope and discussing the show after its screening:
I'm sure that some of our other resident Columbo fans such as @mattjoes, @Torgeirtrap, @Thunderpussy and @Fire_and_Ice_Returns would like to see this too if they haven't already. Would be interested to hear your thoughts when you get a chance to see it. It seems that this has rather went under the radar here and elsewhere online.
I'll have to download it myself. Is there a way to do that on YouTube?
In fact, here's one:
Just paste the URL of the video on the box, click on the light green download button, and then on the dark green download button. And close the ad!
Mark Ruffalo was suggested as a possible actor to play Columbo in a new version.
Thanks for that information on how to download a video from YouTube, @mattjoes. I'll have to do that soon.
It was fun to finally be able to watch this one!
I liked watching those vintage commercials, and the little mistakes and imperfections that come with a live performance that presumably had little time to be rehearsed, such as Dr. Roy Fleming's secretary delivering her lines in a rush at the very beginning, or Columbo failing to announce himself as a lieutenant when visiting the doctor, forcing the actress playing the secretary to nonetheless address him as such.
I haven't seen much television from this era. I'd like to watch Jerry Lewis' version of The Jazz Singer.
As a side note, for the Latin American Spanish dub of Columbo, the episode Death Lends a Hand was retitled Suficiente soga, or Enough Rope. I don't know why, but it can't be a coincidence.
story the interaction between Columbo and the Housekeeper is Brilliant, I always
laugh at how annoyed she is with him.
It could well have been a nod to the show he left, yes. I've never seen any of Mission: Impossible but I knew Nimoy was in it. All I can remember is that my friend said Nimoy walked down a corridor with a gun. I don't know if that was in a specific episode or the titles. I'd forgotten that Landau was a part of it too.
Anyway, it's certainly consistent with some of the nods and references other Columbo guest stars have had to their own TV shows. One example that comes to mind is Patrick McGooghan using his Prisoner "Be seeing you" line in Identity Crisis (1975). There's also a Prisoner reference in the last of the record four Columbo episodes McGooghan guest starred in where the good Lieutenant says "It's your funeral" to him at the end of Ashes to Ashes (1998). That was of course the title of an episode of The Prisoner. There's also a picture of William Shatner as Captain Kirk from Star Trek in Fade in to Murder (1976) where Shatner guests stars as the killer in the first of two Columbo appearances. There may well be other examples of this type of thing in Columbo that I've either missed or forgotten but that should suffice to make the point for now.
As soon as Columbo appeared I thought I have seen this before.
You're watching what mean believe to be the peak Columbo years then, @Thunderpussy. Have you bought the cigar boxset by any chance? :)
Sadly back to work today, so I might watch a couple later to relax.
Yes, I think I know the one you mean. Did it come on a black cardboard box with Seasons 1-7 inside? I began collecting the individual seasons when as came out starting with Season 1 in September 2005. I then later bought the Columbo cigar boxset of all seasons for £20 one Black Friday. I also have the first two seasons on Blu-ray (all they've released so far). So, yes, I'm a mad Columbo fan and collector! ;)
I totally agree about the best quality episodes being contained in the first 7 seasons. Of course there are still some good ones in the newer seasons from 1989-2003 but they're fewer and farther between. The quality of the writing, direction, acting and guest stars was at its peak in the 1970s episodes. There's bound to be very few who would argue otherwise.
Anyway, I'm glad you were able to catch up on some quality Columbo viewing yesterday @Thunderpussy and that, despite work, you'll get those couple of episodes fitted in later too! :)
I think I bought them both from Amazon UK back in 2019, @Torgeirtrap, more or less as soon as I found out that they existed. I believe they are produced in Australia but they're Region 2. Looking at them on Amazon UK just now it says Season 1 was released on 22 October 2018 and Season 2 was released on 10 March 2017. It seems odd that Season 2 would be released before Season 1 like that so perhaps they've simply mixed the dates up? Anyway, here's a YouTube review I found of them, or Season 2 in particular:
My Season 2 copy is the same as the one shown in that unboxing video but my Season 1 Blu-ray is more in keeping with the Season 2 cover and has the same type of episode details inside so I'm guessing it's a newer release than the one he has.
I know you can get the whole of Columbo on Blu-ray in Japan but it seems that it's very expensive indeed (currently £336.08 on Amazon UK!) and it's not always clear if they ship it internationally from Japan either. Here's two YouTube videos looking at that Japanese full Columbo Blu-ray set:
That's good value £6 each i will have to monitor the price changes. I have the DVD Cigar Boxset the first one that was released years ago (I think it was the first) ...
Later re issues were more stream lined Boxsets, though I like mine it goes well with some other Boxsets I have that are the same configuration.
Releasing season 2 before season 1 seems odd, unless they were able to source the original material from season 2 for restoration first and decided to just release it. Probably unlikely though.
I hadn't heard about these Australian releases before, and for me they're probably not worth getting unless they decide to release the rest of the series as well – at least the 70's episodes. A complete set like the cigar box DVD set would be fantastic.
Unlike the Australian release, I am familiar with the Japanese cigar box set, but as you point out, it's very, very expensive – and shipping might prove difficult. I find it very strange that there's been no American or European Blu-ray releases yet. That must surely happen at some point?
Physical copies or downloads are equally interesting to me, really. And for not so important releases, digital downloads are preferable just because you save the shelf space. I rather have a physical HD release of Columbo though, and HD downloads from Amazon are still not possible to buy here in Norway…
Digital media has made me lazy, the amount of films I have bought either in HD or 4K Digital Download that already own on Bluray or 4K disk is getting ridiculous. some films I have four copies of, I think I have 6 versions of Superman The Movie :))