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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Perry Mason (50th Anniversary Edition)'
(Raymond Burr, Ray Collins, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1965) 2008 / Paramount)

Overview: 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.

DVD Verdict: 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, you should know that this DVD set is quite first class with regard such great producers at the helm! Here is a complete list of the episodes for this wonderful 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); 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); 8. THE CASE OF THE DEADLY VERDICT - 1963 - Season 7 (Mason loses a case); 9. THE CASE OF THE BOUNTIFUL BEAUTY - 1964 - Season 7 (with Ryan O'Neal); 10. THE CASE OF THE TWICE-TOLD TWIST - 1966 - Season 9 (the only color episode); 11. THE CASE OF THE DEAD RINGER - 1966 - Season 9 (Raymond Burr plays a dual role); 12. THE CASE OF THE FINAL FADE-OUT - 1966 - Season 9 (with Dick Clark and Erle Stanley Gardner). This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

PERRY MASON RETURNS (1985 TV-movie revival)
SCREEN TESTS (5/24/1956): Raymond Burr as Hamilton Burger, William Hopper as Perry Mason, Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Featurette: "The Case of Erle Stanley Gardner"
Interviews with Barbara Hale, producer-director Arthur Marks and CBS executive Anne Nelson
Syndication Promos
Raymond Burr by Charlie Rose on CBS "Nightwatch"
Raymond Burr interviewed by Charles Collingwood on "Person to Person" (10/20/1960)
Clip from "Stump the Stars" with the cast of Perry Mason (7/8/1963)
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