Most people love a good mystery. If you have any doubt,
you just have to look at the TV line-up. Most cop shows,
lawyer shows, and even medical shows are all mysteries. That
covers most of the TV line-up out there.
The old show "Perry Mason" was always a great mystery.
Instead of a cop, it was lawyer Perry (Raymond Burr) and his
team who uncovered the truth while trying to defend their
client. Because TV was in its infancy, they followed a
certain formula so that Perry almost always figured out the
real killer and then made the bad guy confess while on the
stand (which is not very realistic, but it was accepted on
TV back then).
Later on, Burr returned in a series of Perry Mason
movies. These were even better than the original series
because of two reasons. 1) They were more modern and more
like real wife; and 2) the writers had 2 hours to craft
their stories, instead of just one. The formula worked even
better in the movies, I think, than the original show.
These DVD's have two movies each from 1988 and 1989.
Perry and his loyal secretary, Della, were in both the
show and the movies. Instead of his investigator Paul Drake,
he had Paul Drake's son (played by William Katt, who is
actually the song of Barbara Hale - Della!). I loved
William Katt in these movies. David Ogden Stiers (of
"Mash") played the opposing detective. As time went on, Katt
and Stiers left for other projects. Katt was replaced by
William R. Moses (most known for "Falcon Crest") as young
lawyer Ken and his girlfriend Amy (Alexandra Paul of
"Baywatch" and "Melrose Place"). The stories were
still good, and Perry and Della were still fun to watch,
although it's sad to see them get older and Perry's health
failing (as Burr's did).
These collections are great to have, and I really enjoyed
them. They show lots of actors I loved back then as well as
some that were just starting out: Brian Keith, Robert
Guillaume, Erin Gray, Patty Duke, Shari Belafonte, Pernell
Roberts, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Orbach, David Hasselhoff and
Bruce Greenwood (these last two looking very young and
handsome!). I'd forgotten just how incredibly gorgeous
Hasselhoff was back then. I was a huge "Knight Rider" fan
and not because it was a great show. Looking at his
old face, he really reminds me a lot of Jensen Ackles (Dean
on "Supernatural"), which I'd never noticed before.
Anyway, if you like mysteries, check it out! There are no
extras or features, unfortunately.
courtroom drama returns when Perry
Mason Movie Collection Double
Features Four, Five and Six arrive on DVD.
Raymond Burr stars on the titular role as the famed defense
attorney who passionately fights for justice. With the help
of his team, Perry takes on
blackmail, murder and more. The collections continue with
these single-disc double feature releases of digitally
enhanced versions of
made-for-TV movies such as:
The Case of The Scandalous Scoundrel
The Case Of The Avenging Ace
Double Feature Five
The Case Of The Lady in the Lake
The Case Of The Lethal Lesson
Double Feature Six
The Case Of The Musical Murdero
Of The All-Star Assassin
Date: September 9, 2014
minutes (Four), 190 minutes (Five) and 189 minutes (Six)
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