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12-02-13, 02:34 PM

Someone in another thread mentioned that Amazon is selling seasons of Perry Mason pretty cheap, so I went to have a look, and what do I find? This. (http://www.amazon.com/Perry-Mason-Movie-Collection-1/dp/B00G4NV7B8/) If you don't feel like clicking the link, I'll tell you: it's a "Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume 1" available for pre-order.

This (http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Perry-Mason-Movie-Collection-Volume-1/19217) recent article on TV Shows On DVD says that they reported this "a little over a month ago," but I apparently didn't get the memo.

When I started watching these movies, I was a bit surprised by how good they were. Not that they're masterpieces, but they're better than your typical TV movie reunion crap, and the best of them can stand with the best episodes of the original series.

Right now, the only TV movie available on DVD is the first, Perry Mason Returns, which is included as an extra on the Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition set. The others periodically get uploaded to YouTube, and are usually taken down a few days later for copyright violations.

It'll be nice to have them on DVD, but of course there are drawbacks. First, although the original planned release date for Volume 1 was 31 December 2013, TV Shows On DVD is saying that it's been "postponed," and Amazon doesn't list a release date, although it's available for pre-order. Second, the list price is steep: $58.99 for six TV movies, and Amazon is only offering a 10% discount.

Hypothetically, if they release all 30 movies in six-movie sets at $60 each, it'll cost $300 to own them all. I guess $60 for 571 minutes of material doesn't seem too unfair, but as much as I like these movies, I wouldn't pay $300 to get them all. Hopefully there will be some huge sales when Volume 1 is released.

12-02-13, 02:40 PM
Nice. I'm a fan of Perry Mason and the TV movies that aired on NBC years ago were really good.

Holy shit!! There were 26 Perry Mason movies from 1985 until Burr's death in 1993. -eek-

12-02-13, 02:53 PM
^ Yeah, from what I've read, Burr preferred the longer running time of the movies (90 minutes compared to 60 for the TV series) because it allowed for more character development and for the more complex stories to breathe, so he really threw himself into them.

That's probably one of the reasons why they're so surprisingly good. So many TV movie reunions are lazy and tired and done for no reason other than nostalgia, but Burr and Barbara Hale were obviously eager to get back to these characters.

Apparently everyone was signed for four more after Burr died, so the last four were "Perry Mason Mysteries" with Paul Sorvino and Hal Holbrook taking over for him. I wonder if they'll even bother putting those on DVD. It may be slightly awkward if the final volume only has two movies starring Burr while the last four don't.

By the way, Amazon is currently selling the 72-disc Perry Mason: Complete Series pack for $203.49, almost a full $100 less than what getting all 30 of these movies will cost if bought at the MSRP. I'm hoping the first-week sales come to the rescue on this one.

12-02-13, 05:53 PM
My wife and I watched these when they were on in the 80s and 90s, and enjoyed them a lot. I even taped a few of them, and enjoy watching the fuzzy copies to this day. I'd love to have them as DVDs, but that price looks high to me. I'll wait.

12-17-13, 02:10 PM
According to TV Shows on DVD (http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Perry-Mason-Movie-Collection-Volume-1/19225), this is an exclusive to Amazon. So there won't be any price matching/lowering going on. :(

12-22-13, 11:47 PM
Getting closer to the release date (December 31), I was hoping for a price drop. But since it's an Amazon exclusive, they can price gouge to their heart's content. It's currently at $53.09, which is at least $20 more than what I would find acceptable.

Also, they're apparently releasing the films out of order:

1. Perry Mason Returns (1985)
2. The Case of the Notorious Nun (1986)
3. The Case of the Shooting Star (1986)
5. The Case of the Lost Love (1987)
7. The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987)
4. The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987)

Thanks but no thanks, Paramount.

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