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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic Continues, October 6, 2012
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This review is from: Perry Mason: Season 8, Vol. 1 (DVD)
For Perry Mason fans, the release announcement of Season 8 volume 1 is a sure sign that all entire nine seasons will be released, after all. For those who watch the series closely, you'll notice some subtle changes by the beginning of the eighth season. Maybe the 1964- 1965 season reflects the world that changed after JFK's assassination in November 1963, but you'll see a bit edgier Perry Mason---more reflective of the contemporary world. You'll also notice more close ups and changed lighting with the addition of cinemetographer John M . Nickolaus. In terms of music, the early years of Perry Mason reflected the stock CBS music library--much of which was created by Bernard Herrmann in the 1950's. Seasons 8 and 9 reflect specific music scored by Richard Shores. Ray Collins (Lt Tragg) is only seen very rarely--even though his name is listed in the credits of every show through the end of the 8th season-----he was suffering from emphysema and died in July of 1965.

Some say that the series best years ended by the seventh season. I disagree. The last two seasons were every bit as good, if not better.
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Initial post: Oct 9, 2012 8:54:16 AM PDT
Do you know if sales of the Perry Mason series have been strong?

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 9:19:14 PM PDT
I love the series as much as anyone and I will complete the nine seasons as they come out, but seriously, seasons 8, and 9, while entertaining, are not the equal of the first seven seasons. For my money, the show started declining somewhat with season five (David Gideon anyone) and by season 7, it was really showing wear. This show was outstanding right out of the box, and the energy, writing, performances, and grittiness of the first four years surpasses all that came afterwards. Lt. Tragg is missed in many of the episodes after season 5. Season 9 is very weak, though the charm of the performers always makes the show worth watching.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:20:29 PM PDT
Strong enough that new half season sets are still being released. I understand the sales have been pretty steady.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2016 7:51:18 PM PST
I heard Burr make the point that the first fives seasons were the show, so the great actor thinks as you, and I think.
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