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Perry Mason (50th Anniversary Edition) (2008)

Raymond Burr , Ray Collins  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, Ray Collins, William Hopper, Lee Miller, Barbara Parkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012EM5F6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perry Mason (50th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Perry Mason Returns
  • Perry Mason talent tests
  • The Case of Erie Stanley Gardner featurette
  • Syndication promos
  • New on-camera intros by Barbara Hale
  • Raymond Burr's Charlie Rose interviews
  • Raymond Burr on Person to Person
  • New Barbara Hale interview
  • New Arthur Marks interview
  • Photo gallery
  • The cast plays "Stump the Stars"
  • William Talman Anti-Smoking message
  • CBS Executive Anne Nelson interview

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Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed. Often relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricks or traps people into unwittingly admitting their guilt.

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296 of 319 people found the following review helpful
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The two co-producers on this DVD set are Jim Davidson and award-winning DVD Producer Paul Brownstein ("The Twilight Zone", "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Get Smart" DVD sets). Jim Davidson was the founder (and past president) of the National Association for the Advancement of Perry Mason, and currently runs the Classic TV info website.

We fans of Raymond Burr's "Perry Mason" will definitely enjoy all of the delightful extras. Most of this DVD set's episodes were obviously chosen for the current popular name recognition of the actors. The "Perry Mason" series had many wonderful actors throughout its 9 year run, and we will, unfortunately, have to wait for their appearances as the season sets are released.

Even with all of its negatives, we can expect this DVD set to be "first class" with such great producers at the helm!

The word is that this is The Complete List of Episodes and Extras for the "Perry Mason 50th Anniversary Edition" DVD:

EPISODES, with introductions by Barbara Hale ("Della Street")

* (with Barbara Bain)

* (with Robert Redford)

* (with James Coburn)

* (with Adam West)

* (with Burt Reynolds)

* (with Leonard Nimoy)

* (with Bette Davis)

* (Mason loses a case)

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452 of 495 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Case of the Stupid Studio January 22, 2008
As a devoted "Perry Mason" fan for nearly four decades, I think this product is a step too far in abusing the legions of people who have been waiting to see some decent treatment by Viacom:

*There was the "Collector's Series", which went through various permutations of two or three episodes on a disc, not in chronological order, and with extras that were occasionally amusing, but uniformly weak. They never finished releasing the entire series;

*Then came the promising season-by-half-season-box-set discs; a bit pricey for something with no extras at all, but at least we were starting to get all of the episodes, in order. But the rate of release has been dreadfully slow. (Hey, Viacoma: it's not like you're waiting for extras to be produced, what's taking so bloody long?);

Now this "50th Anniversary" edition. Guess what, guys? The 50th Anniversary was LAST YEAR. You missed it. And what are we supposed to pay for? Episodes that we'll be paying for again, when they get around to releasing more half-asseason boxes (and most, if not all, of which were part of the "Collector's Series" that many fans will already own, making that three copies). A list of extras which would have been great attached to those half-a-season boxes. A "Returns" movie which, while it was nice to see Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale together again (and kind of a hoot for Hale's son William Katt to be playing Paul Drake's son), wasn't really all that great, and is cheapened in memory by the steadily decreasing quality of the later films. Oh, and one of the episodes here is marked by the near-total absence of...Perry Mason.

Seriously. Get back to giving us the series, in order. Stop wasting our time, because we won't be wasting our money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mason for the Defense April 16, 2008
Your honor, I do object to the harsh treatment this DVD has gotten before its released. I have viewed this evidence and found it able to stand on its own merits.

A little back history on my relationship with the defendant Perry Mason. In the early 1970's, when Ironside was still on prime time television, I was a Perry Mason addict. It was on at five pm, so it was after school viewing. Raymond Burr was as much Perry Mason as he was Ironside. Each may have been different character, but this series like Ironside was memorible.

Now to the evidence....In this DVD tribute, you have 12 episodes and a TV movie (Perry Mason Returns) of this classic legal drama. This tribute is guest star ladden set (with such actors as Robert Redford, Bette Davis, Leonard Nimoy, Burt Retnold, James Colburn,etc) and also has a few rare episodes (the only color episode, the last show of the series). If these dozen episodes are edited at all from their original format , you can not tell. These recording seem to have been copied from very clean master recordings of the shows. Each episode and the TV movie are introduced by Barbara Hale (Della Street), the last remaining cast member of the Mason show.

Exhibit A...The fourth disk is chock filled with extras like Hopper, Talman and Burr's screen tests for Mason, Old Raymond Burr interviews, New Barbara Hale interview, and Mason cast playing "Stump The Stars".

Exhibit B...The most unique extra on the fourth disk is the William Talman's anti-smoking message. For those of you who did not know, Talman was dying of cancer after the show closed. as sick as he was, he left the hospital and recorded an anti-smoking message weeks before he died.

Sidebar, your Honor...I have previous discussed the good part of the DVD....
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5.0 out of 5 stars and love Perry Mason
I have the complete series, and love Perry Mason. I got this because it has the only color episode. What I found that I really loved was the intros by the actress that played Dela... Read more
Published 9 days ago by DeAnna Darrow
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful selections with guest appearances by actors who later became...
wonderful selections with guest appearances by actors who later became well known stars like Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Leonard Nimoy and the lead ins by Barbara Hale before... Read more
Published 19 days ago by tess
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, I purchased the WHOLE
Love , I purchased the WHOLE series
Published 22 days ago by Princess Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars perry mason is the best!!
perry mason is the best !!!! i just wish he was still on the air - making more movies
Published 1 month ago by Mikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason Office
Wonderful DVD collection of Perry Mason episodes! I especially enjoyed the celebrity narrative and interview. Excellent service, careful packing, and speedy delivery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy F. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the Perry Mason Anniversary Edition because I love to watch it.

Thank you,
Published 1 month ago by Glenn H. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy for the Extra Content
I bought this for the extras on the disc -- as listed by another reviewer -- thanks.

One of the more poignant extras is a TV spot filmed by William Talman (Hamilton... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Classic Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by charlie capps
4.0 out of 5 stars Basically buy it for the extras
This was an enjoyable collection of episodes, and as another reviewer pointed out, seemingly selected based on guest stars. Read more
Published 3 months ago by booknerd12
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perry Mason is my ALL time favorite since I was 10 years old!!!!
Published 3 months ago by margaret mcgaugh
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perry mason full series release?
Yes, because I've been a fan for years. I'm 55 years old and enjoy this kind of tv. I purchase a 48 disc 271 shows set for $156.00. It took a month to arrive. The Seller was to be a US seller, it came from China. Approximately 6 shows were viewable. The discs were scrambled and 95 percent... Read More
Aug 24, 2008 by Cynthia P. Turner |  See all 5 posts
What I am waiting for is the Return of Perry Mason, the two hour "Made for TV Movies" that aired in the 80's and 90's I believe there were about 26 of them.
May 10, 2008 by Richard S. Bisbee |  See all 7 posts
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