Perry Mason - Season 1, Vol. 2

the character created by Erle Stanley Gardner
USA 19
57

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 deep, startling facts can be revealed. Often relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricks or traps people into unwittingly admitting their guilt.

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Perry Mason was more than just the best courtroom television ever made. It ranks as some of the best TV ever broadcast. Raymond Burr was as solid as a rock, with Perry always outwitting crooks ,femme fatales and D.A. Hamilton Burger (how did he ever keep his job?). Perry Mason also brought dignity to being a defense attorney that has been greviously nullified in the modern world. Still, seeing his preparedness, quick thought and one of his sidekicks, Paul Drake, whom could conveniently dig up any fact no matter how obscure within record time - is still comforting. Della Street was pretty easy on the easy too. The frequently used salacious titles (Restless Redhead, Sulky Girl, Vagabond Vixen, Negligent Nymph, and Cautious Coquette) were always at a juxtaposition to the ordered and noble feel of the episodes.

 

I see, especially the early episodes, as having a strong link to Film Noir. The atmospheric criminal capers of the 50's, replace the overly seedy societal anti-heroes with white-collar crime and you have some of the most addictive television ever shown. It lasted decades in syndication acquiring new fans with each generation. Even 40 years later this remains undated. Some of the music tracks are by such luminaries as Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann. This show still holds a strong appeal, fine performances, tight scripts and classically unique twists in the finale. A true gem of TV gone by. out of

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Television Premiere: September 21st, 1957 - USA and Canada

DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Paramount (5 single-sided dual-layered discs) - Region 1- NTSC

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Available at a bit of a savings is the entire Season 1 - Perry Mason - Season One, Vols. 1 & 2 with all 39 complete episodes from the First Season of Perry Mason.

          

Distribution Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime Each episode is around 52 minutes X 20. Almost 17 1/2 hours of entertainment
Video 1:33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.86 mb/s (sample)
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Season 1, Episode 20: The Case of the Lonely Heiress
Original Air Date: 1 February 1958
• Season 1, Episode 21: The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister
Original Air Date: 8 February 1958
• Season 1, Episode 22: The Case of the Fugitive Nurse
Original Air Date: 15 February 1958
• Season 1, Episode 23: The Case of the One-Eyed Witness
Original Air Date: 22 February 1958
• Season 1, Episode 24: The Case of the Deadly Double
Original Air Date: 1 March 1958
• Season 1, Episode 25: The Case of the Empty Tin
Original Air Date: 8 March 1958
• Season 1, Episode 26: The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife
Original Air Date: 15 March 1958
• Season 1, Episode 27: The Case of the Desperate Daughter
Original Air Date: 22 March 1958
• Season 1, Episode 28: The Case of the Daring Decoy
Original Air Date: 29 March 1958
• Season 1, Episode 29: The Case of the Hesitant Hostess
Original Air Date: 5 April 1958
• Season 1, Episode 30: The Case of the Screaming Woman
Original Air Date: 26 April 1958
• Season 1, Episode 31: The Case of the Fiery Fingers
Original Air Date: 3 May 1958
• Season 1, Episode 32: The Case of the Substitute Face
Original Air Date: 10 May 1958
• Season 1, Episode 33: The Case of the Long-Legged Models
Original Air Date: 17 May 1958
• Season 1, Episode 34: The Case of the Gilded Lily
Original Air Date: 24 May 1958
• Season 1, Episode 35: The Case of the Lazy Lover
Original Air Date: 31 May 1958
• Season 1, Episode 36: The Case of the Prodigal Parent
Original Air Date: 7 June 1958
• Season 1, Episode 37: The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde
Original Air Date: 14 June 1958
• Season 1, Episode 38: The Case of the Terrified Typist
Original Air Date: 21 June 1958
• Season 1, Episode 39: The Case of the Rolling Bones
Original Air Date: 28 June 1958


DVD Release Date: November 21st, 2006

3 double slim keep cases inside cardboard box
Chapters: 4 in each episode X 7 = 28 in total

 

 

Comments:

This represents some my favorite television ever and excellent value for the money. 17+ hours of classic Perry Mason. This collection includes the last 20 episodes from season 1 (1957-58) on five single-sided dual-layered discs transferred in the NTSC standard for Region 1. The first 19 from Season one can be found on Season 1 Vol. 1 reviewed HERE.

A big plus about Volume 2 is that is IS transferred progressively (unlike Vol. 1) and the image quality is that much sharper. These were put to HD first and transferred digitally - each frame separately. They are mastered from the original elements and look quite a bit stronger than the first Volume (aside from very minor speckles in only a few episodes). Still though there are no optional subtitles. Some episodes show a little more digital noise than others but it is not intrusive. The bitrate is quite low but contrast and detail are at acceptable levels. Audio is clean and clear. There are no extras at all.

A huge plus is that these are the complete 52 minute versions  (syndicated versions have 6 minutes or more missing from each episode.) It is nice to have these on single-sided discs and 4 episodes per discs is great. I am thrilled to view at my leisure. Lets hope Paramount don't wait too long for season 2!  out of       

Gary W. Tooze



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DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

Available at a bit of a savings is the entire Season 1 - Perry Mason - Season One, Vols. 1 & 2 with all 39 complete episodes from the First Season of Perry Mason.

          

Distribution Paramount - Region 1- NTSC




 

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