One small detail I'd like to see added: I've seen "The Conspirators" on TV several times and each time it had the wonderful Irish score playing alongside the scene where Columbo crosses the bridge in pursuit of the Ilkan Tak, as it absconded with the guns. When I purchased the DVDs I was disappointed that the music wasn't there. It makes that scene SO much better.
I've been in contact with one of the producers of this set.
I asked him about the music problems with THE CONSPIRATORS. He is aware of it and is making every effort to acquire a complete print.
The one extra I most desire is the ORIGINAL ninety minute version of ETUDE IN BLACK. This version was aired in Canada and included in the Japanese bluray box set. They are attempting to include this coveted rarity.
I've never heard of this version of Etude in Black. What else can you tell about it?
Also, how did you get in touch with a producer of the set? That's pretty cool. Thank you for checking with him!
" Etude in Black" was scheduled as the first aired episode of season two.
All the first season episodes were ninety minutes.ETUDE was written, filmed, and completed as a ninety minute episode.At the last minute NBC decided - for financial reasons- that they wanted it to be a showcase, TWO-hour premiere. This necessitated shooting additional scenes to extend the running time. The most obvious being where Lt.visits Benedict at home and talks property values etc.
The original , shorter version was sent to the Canadian tv network and that version was broadcast there.
Many years ago I published an article about the MUSIC for COLUMBO so have been in contact with folks who produce books and DVDs about the show