Perry Mason courtesy CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment
Earlier this week CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment announced the Perry Mason - 50th Anniversary Edition 4-disc set, coming out on April 8th.

We've got the scoop now on just what episodes and extras you'll find in this great upcoming DVD package!

The studio describes The 50th Anniversary Edition as a compilation of "12 of the most gripping, thrilling, and shocking episodes of the show's incredible 9 seasons". The episodes selected to celebrate Perry's golden anniversary are: "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter" (with Barbara Bain), "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee" (with Robert Redford), "The Case of the Envious Editor" (with James Coburn), "The Case of the Barefaced Witness" (with Adam West), "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank" (with Burt Reynolds), "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe" (with Leonard Nimoy), "The Case of Constant Doyle" (with Bette Davis), "The Case of the Deadly Verdict" (Mason loses a case), "The Case of the Bountiful Beauty" (with Ryan O'Neal), "The Case of the Twice-Told Twist" (the only color episode), "The Case of the Dead Ringer" (Raymond Burr plays a dual role) and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out" (with Dick Clark and Erle Stanley Gardner).

Each of the episodes listed above contain an introduction by actress Barbara Hale, who memorably played Della Street on the show. Also included is the 1985 TV-movie revival Perry Mason Returns.

Plus there is a lot more bonus material: new interviews with Barbara Hale, producer-director Arthur Marks, and CBS executive Anne Nelson; Screen Tests (Burr as Mason, Burr as Hamilton Burger, and William Hopper as Mason); a featurette called "The Case of Erle Stanley Gardner"; Syndication Promos; Burr interviewed by Charlie Rose on CBS Nightwatch, Burr interviewed by Charles Collingwood on the CBS News/Edward R. Murrow program Person to Person, a clip of the cast of Perry Mason playing on Stump the Stars, and a Photo Gallery.

This package was put together by award-winning DVD producer Paul Brownstein (the man behind releases of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Get Smart and The Twilight Zone) and co-producer Jim Davidson. Jim was the founder (and past president) of the National Association for the Advancement of Perry Mason, and currently runs the Classic TV Info website, and I am very grateful to him for his help with this story. - David Lambert

You can pre-order these DVDs from Amazon.