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It's Tuesday again, and time for our weekly roundup of DVD releases. From the passion and intrigue of Dallas to the epic adventures of Thundercats, excitement is the rule for these 10 new DVD sets. Get ready for some white-knuckled, edge-of-your-seat couch action!
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August 9, 2005 DVD Releases
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Columbo

The Complete Third Season

Everyone's favorite bumbling detective is back for a third season of crime-fighting excitement. Columbo's rumpled trench coat and modest persona fooled many a suspected murderer into letting his or her guard down, allowing the investigator to pounce upon the criminals' mistakes and omissions. This season featured celebrity guest stars such as Johnny Cash, Deidre Hall, Martin Sheen, and Ida Lupino in memorable episodes like "Any old Port in a Storm" and "Swan Song."

Each of the eight episodes on this two-disc set begins with the depiction of a brutal murder. Viewers then join Lieutenant Columbo (Peter Falk) on his quest to solve the crime and track down the killer. When you've seen our hero through the entire season, take an extra moment to watch a ...

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Good news for anyone who missed the much-lauded Discovery program Planet Earth or HBO's Tsunami: The Aftermath, as these DVDs materialize on shelves this week. Relive old classics like Flipper or Daniel Boone, or laugh along with the gangs on The Drew Carey Show and One Day at a Time.
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April 24, 2007 DVD Releases
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Planet Earth

The Complete Collection

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We've got quite a haul to choose from this week. There are some classic animated offerings with Duck Tales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, and The Gummi Bears. While the older crowd will appreciate the macabre drama of the complete Six Feet Under series, the meticulous suspense of CSI, and the goofball humor of 3rd Rock From the Sun.
Nov 09, 2006
November 14, 2006 DVD Releases
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Six Feet Under

The Complete Series

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NCIS

The Complete Second Season

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This week's batch of releases is a brilliant mix of classic shows, current hits, and everything in between. Fear Factor, Project Runway, and Strangers With Candy are sure to please. Oh, and there's just one more thing--Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season appears in stores this week.
Jun 21, 2006
June 27, 2006 DVD Releases
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Project Runway

The Complete Second Season

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Episode 14 Season 10
Columbo Likes the Nightlife
Aired
1.30.2003
Episode 13 Season 10
Murder with Too Many Notes
Aired
3.12.2001
Episode 12 Season 10
Ashes to Ashes
Aired
10.8.1998
Episode 11 Season 10
A Trace of Murder
Aired
5.15.1997
Episode 10 Season 10
Strange Bedfellows
Aired
5.8.1995
Lieutenant Columbo (no first name)
Linda Johnson
Clifford Paris
Dr. Anita Borden
Det. Sgt. O\'Keefe
Many criminals made the mistake of underestimating Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide investigator with a crumpled trench-coat and a beat-up car, who certainly acted as an incompetent bumbler.

But he was so polite to every suspect, and he talked so much about his wife (who we never got to see on any episode, but who many believe later had her own show, starring Kate Mulgrew, later of Star Trek: Voyager fame) that he lulled even the shrewdest murderer into a false sense of security.

And although the audience had witnessed the murder in the beginning of each episode, it was still a surprise to see what mistakes the killers had made during the seemingly perfect murder.

Peter Falk carried the old trench-coat for 7 seasons of 90 and 120 minute movies on NBC, before the series ended. But over a decade later, Falk agreed to revive the character on ABC for an additional 2 seasons with a subsequent string of TV-movies with the loveable detective once again using his calling-card false good-byes: "Oh, there´s just one more thing..."

(A note on the running time of the episode: During the first 7 seasons, 18 episodes were 120 minutes long, while the other 27 episodes were 90 minutes long. The episodes after that were all 120 minutes long. In the episode guide, I have only marked out the 90 minute-episodes.)moreless