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Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 2 (1957)

Raymond Burr , Barbara Hale , Andrew V. McLaglen , Anton Leader  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen, Anton Leader, Arthur Hiller, Arthur Marks, Christian Nyby
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • 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: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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  • 20 episodes on five discs

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The defense never rests as Volume 2 of the classic series Perry Mason returns to DVD with 20 more episodes from the groundbreaking first season!

The second volume of season 1 of Perry Mason fleshes out the splendid entire first year of the show, a masterpiece of '50s film noir and crisp, savvy TV writing. Raymond Burr's unflappable defense attorney Perry Mason is equal parts P.I., father confessor, and yes, judge, jury, and executioner. The crimes include murder most foul, and lots of that sordid specter that haunted people pre-internet: blackmail. Everyone has a motive, and everyone in the harsh light of Los Angeles seems to have something to hide. The boxed set contains the remaining 21 episodes of the first season, with highlights like "The Case of the Lonely Heiress," in which detective and Mason sidekick Paul Drake tracks down a rich woman, who is then suddenly accused of the murder of the man who tried to find her. Some episodes haven't aged well (one involves Mason interviewing a "schizophrenic" woman on the witness stand, interviewing "both" her personalities). But overall, the writing and the assured ambience of the series, and Burr's commanding presence, make Perry Mason among TV's topnotch armchair crime series. --A.T. Hurley

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150 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Entertainment! September 19, 2006
Perry Mason was certainly the finest courtroom drama ever on television. It was entertainment that kept viewers glued to their seats, waiting for that moment when Perry would nail the killer on the witness stand and free his client.

Raymond Burr had some good roles in films, but will always be remembered for the tough defense attorney you wanted on your side in the toughest jam. Barbara Hale was his pretty secretary, Della Street, who kept Perry human and was in love with him. William Hopper was the dapper detective, Paul Drake. He had a playful and flirtatious relationship with Della but every viewer knew that secretly her heart belonged to Perry.

William Talman as D.A. Hamilton Burger was the perfectly cast guy you almost felt sorry for, as just when he was ready to gloat over his victory in court, Perry would spring his client by revealing the real killer, once again defeating poor old Burger. The relationship of these four people made the mood and mystery of the often gripping conclusion fun to watch. There has never been anything close to it in genre on television since. Its mix of drama, noir, and humor, and its truly likable characters, made for terrific viewing.

Earle Stanley Gardner's original creation of Perry Mason was a bit more two-fisted pulp type reading, but slowly grew into something resembling the show when it became so popular. Gardner's Perry Mason novels, begun decades before the show and continuing for decades more, are still fun to read. The same can be said of every single show in the series.

The first season, unlike many shows, hit its stride immediately, and remained top-notch television for many years.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All ojections overruled October 12, 2006
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After watching volume 1, I could not wait for volume 2. The stories are even better than I remembered. The picture is wonderfully clear. This series is the grandfather of all courtroom dramas. Many have tried to imitate, but none have duplicated. Within the drama find humor, thrills and down right fun. You know he is going to solve the mystery, but can you figure out the secret? This is TV of classic proportions. The entire cast is merely excellent and the writing only fantastic. Watch this.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason-Season 1 Vol. 2 November 29, 2006
I am so happy to see these wonderful old shows being released on DVD. I do not watch the TV shows of today. I find them lacking talent, boring, cheap and a sad reflection of our times. In my opinion, wonderful shows like Perry Mason, represent TV at its finest. Great acting, great stars and wonderful writing. I recommend this set to anyone who loves vintage television. The transfers and sound are wonderful! Watching these great old shows bring back a time when life was simpler and we did not have to watch our fellow man eat bugs to get their 15 minutes of fame. I hope they release all seasons of Perry Mason. I also hope to see more of the wonderful old shows of the past.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming - PLEASE!!! September 28, 2006
By Deb
I bought the first volume of season 1 of Perry Mason and cruised through it. You can't beat this show! Not a clinker in the entire run. I am thrilled that there's not a huge gap in between volumes. Now to hope that they take this show all the way to the end!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Just in time for the holidays, we get the final 19 episodes of the first and one of the best seasons of Perry Mason.

Raymond Burr imbues his performance with a sophistication and toughness that became the standard for future shows about lawyers. Along with a light touch of humor that is very refreshing in contrast to the more somber elements of his cases. It's these lighter scenes with his confidential secretary Della Street (the "Beautiful" Barbara Hale) and detective Paul Drake (the constantly smoking William Hopper) that make this series a joy to watch.

William Tallman is the decent, yet appropriately stuffy as the world's least successful DA Hamilton Burger along with the world's oldest police Lieutenant Tragg as played by Ray Collins who were akin to the Washington Generals of the show.

All episode titles begin with "The Case of..." and each show has its own merits. Although some can strain credulity like "The Case of the Deadly Double"; which relies on a key figure having a true split personality. But the show is at its best when combining desperate characters in a post-film noir like setting with Perry coming to save the day. Especially when there is enough room to let the natural chemistry of Burr, Hale, & Hopper play out.

Like the first volume, there are really no extras in this set unless you include previews of other DVD releases. The back of each DVD case promises that the episodes are shown in the order they were originally broadcast, yet we get no airdate for each show. At least the Menu screens have publicity photos taken during that time. There are mostly Raymond Burr looking somewhat bemused (and colorized) and holding either a paper with "Murder" in the title or an actual Perry Mason pulp novel.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV As It Should Be May 13, 2007
Having just completed PM season 1, volume 2, I must say that I was thoroughly happy with this purchase. (I powered through season 1, volume 1 in early April--and loved it.) The storylines are all good here--a few are excellent. The acting is top-notch by Burr, Hopper and Hale. And I think Ray Collins (as Lt. Tragg) and William Tallman (as Hamilton Burger) also turned in good performances. What I like most about this first season of Perry Mason is the feeling it brings to the viewer--it is almost like being transported back in time to 1957. I was too young to watch these episodes on broadcast TV--and experiencing them now immersed me in a seemingly simpler time--when judgments about people and their actions were more or less cast in black or white, not in shades of gray. The dialogue moves along at a crisp pace. The guest stars are interesting, some are excellent supporting actors. Raymond Burr's character nuances are amazing (he is very good at using his facial expressions and authoritarian voice to convey attitude), and the quality of the video and sound is very good. Thankfully, you get the entire episodes--with the scenes that were edited or cut to make room for TV commercials--restored. I only wish that Paramount / CBS would put together a well-produced documentary on the Making Of Perry Mason. Even without this missing bonus feature, my plan is to purchase the next DVD set on June 17th. Wouldn't it be cool if, somehow, the producers and CBS-TV had filmed a special 2-hour episode back in the day--and having kept it a secret all these years--could NOW release it as a 100% new product on DVD? Certainly, it could bring in plenty of money--but back then not many could justify the expense of such a plan when few could have predicted the massive DVD home theatre market of 2007.
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