For Hicksflicks.com, Aug. 16, 2013

Raymond Burr is Perry Mason, that venerable defense attorney who always gets his man or woman off of the murder charge — sometimes goading the guilty party into confessing right there on the witness stand.

Others have played Mason over the years, but Burr made the character his own, at least in the minds of those of us who grew up watching the black-and-white "Perry Mason" TV show for nine years in the 1950s and '60s, or in the 26 color TV movies starring Burr in the '80s and '90s. And it also holds true for younger viewers who have watched the shows in reruns — which are still showing today.

Another TV series followed Burr's, "The New Perry Mason" in 1973 with Monte Markham, but it lasted only half a season.

There was also a "Perry Mason" radio program from 1943-55 with four actors playing the character over the course of its run. And before that there was a film franchise in the 1930s, six movies, the first four starring Warren William.

And, of course, there are 82 Perry Mason novels by Erle Stanley Gardner.

But when we think of Mason, most of us think of him as portrayed by Burr. And now, with the release of "Perry Mason: The Ninth and Final Season" (CBS/Paramount, 1966, four discs, 15 episodes), the entire series is available on DVD, with uncut episodes in pristine quality … much better than some of the TV reruns.