An actor rigs a fake on-air shooting with the connivance of his friend, the show’s host, but the practical joke goes horribly wrong when the gun, which he’d loaded with blanks, turns out to contain a live round.


“The Case of the Shooting Star” and “The Case of The Lost Love” are open and shut cases. However, Perry Mason shows up to make everyone doubt what they know. David Ogden Stiers shows up to pass judgment on everything else. Then, William Katt gets to provide the comedic relief. Everyone laughs and somebody gets the help they need to keep them off Death Row. How do I love legal dramas! Let me tell you!

Raymond Burr is a solid lead and he knows the character. That being said, it is very hard to give a damn about the same thing in repetition. That being said, it’s friendly, familiar and repeating for older people that need some stability. I guess that means something for them. It gives me the fits. It’s not that every legal drama created has to say something new about everything. However, there needs to be a reason to watch it. While the idea of a TV host shooting caught live is interesting, nobody really adds anything to it. Maybe we’ve hit a point with television where saturation of tropes and expectations has led somewhere where cinema matured out of it. Basically, we understand what we like to see as an audience, but we treat it poorly when we’re exposed. Does that make a lick of sense?

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is very typical. There’s nothing special about it. That being said, it works for what it is. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2014

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