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Perry Mason (50th Anniversary Edition)
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- Raymond Burr's Charlie Rose interviews
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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 Complete List of Episodes and Extras for the "Perry Mason 50th Anniversary Edition" DVD:
EPISODES, with introductions by Barbara Hale ("Della Street")
1. THE CASE OF THE WARY WILDCATTER - 1960 - Season 3
* (with Barbara Bain)
2. THE CASE OF THE TREACHEROUS TOUPEE - 1960 - Season 4
* (with Robert Redford)
3. THE CASE OF THE ENVIOUS EDITOR - 1961 - Season 4
* (with James Coburn)
4. THE CASE OF THE BAREFACED WITNESS - 1961 - Season 4
* (with Adam West)
5. THE CASE OF THE COUNTERFEIT CRANK - 1962 - Season 5
* (with Burt Reynolds)
6. THE CASE OF THE SHOPLIFTER'S SHOE - 1963 - Season 6
* (with Leonard Nimoy)
7. THE CASE OF THE CONSTANT DOYLE - 1963 - Season 6
* (with Bette Davis)
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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....Read more ›
*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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Use to watch Perry Mason when I was a kid, and really enjoyed this show. So glad I ordered this and it brings back good memories.Published 11 hours ago by amazon customer
Just received this yesterday. Haven't had time to watch any of it yet, but I love the fact that the episodes on these disks are introduced by Barbara Hale and that there is a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by pink_icicle
my roomie got me hooked on Perry Mason. I enjoy the acting of Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale. All of the actors are superb. I love this treasure.Published 9 days ago by Tonya Johnson
Excellent interviews with Barbra Hale and a producer of the Perry Mason shows. Much good footage of Earl Stanley Gardner, even playing a judge in the last episode of the original... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Norman B. Tweed Jr.
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