THE PLOT THUS FAR
Perry Mason (Raymond Burr), America’s favorite defense attorney, is back in action once again! Employing the skills of Della Street (Barbara Hale) and Ken Malansky (William R. Moses), Perry once more attempts to exonerate the accused. From Las Vegas to Paris, France, Mason and his team travel to the scene of the crime, crossing paths with mobsters, war criminals, and demanding divas at almost every turn in this riveting 6-movie set.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Perry Mason enters his third volume of TV movies. It’s more of the same if you’ve been collecting the other volumes. Most of the original cast is dead, but you get a few stragglers that show up. William Katt is missing from most of these movies, but it’s not a big loss. Perry actually gets to travel the globe and the production budget shoots up a bit. That had to be a big plus for Raymond Burr.
Ian McShane steals focus when he shows up early on the first DVD. Outside of that, it’s more of the same. The TV movies of the late 80s are pretty typical for their time. The video has a soft haze, over-emoting Soap Opera actor stars in bit roles and Perry Mason trying to find ways to be edgy. Poor Burr was starting to get really chunky at this time, but that’s what happens. Just ask Orson Welles and his passionate love of fish sticks. The programs are what they and that’s all you need. Non-fans will pass, as this stuff is so dated.
The DVD comes with no special features. The standard definition transfer is crisp enough. I’m guessing that it beats your parents’ old VHS copies. The Dolby track works for the soundstage that it needs. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
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