Haunted Histories Collection Megaset
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Fascinating stories lie behind even the most horrifying legends. From tortured spirits who haunt otherwise idyllic locations across America, to strange rituals, horrifying apparitions and frightening phenomena, this spine-chilling 20-DVD mega-set features in-depth profiles of the world s scariest stories. Learn, through these informative and entertaining documentaries, the truth behind the Salem witches and unexplained poltergeists. Discover the millennia-old history of Halloween and its seemingly harmless traditions. Travel to some of America s most haunted destinations, from Savannah, Georgia, where spirits have been known to lurk in the bucolic façade, to the windy city of Chicago, Illinois where ghosts are said to prowl the shores of Lake Michigan.
This comprehensive collection includes four volumes of intriguing programming on 20 DVD s:
The Real Stories Behind History s Spookiest Phenomena: Hauntings, Witches, Poltergeists, Vampires, and More
The Real Stories Behind Hauntings, Zombies, Voodoo Rituals, and More
Dracula, Witches, Voodoo, and Exorcism
America s Most Haunted Places.
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Sure, I had trepidation about getting this series for fear that it would have that random hodgepodge of documentaries that aired as part of either some old show on A&E channel, or others that were part of "Histories Mysteries", like the 5-Disc box set I had previously bought. But then I sat in denial thinking, "This is 'Haunted History' as it clearly says in the title! The History Channel would put out a 'Megaset' if it wasn't inclusive of all the states they documented in that series; they wouldn't do that to me!". Yeah...to my chagrin, I was wrong and I bought this and realized that they had indeed mislead me to thinking that this was the series that focused on state-by-state (or country) hauntings and it most definitely is NOT. There are only about 5 selected episodes of that series included here and they are some of the most lamest ones like Hawaii (who cares!) and Tombstone (annoying because of that damn guitar playing guy who is used to segue into the next story; Why!?). However, you do get Chicago, Washington D.C. and the Haunted History of Halloween which were all good.
Had this been the whole series inclusive of the better shows like New England, Hollywood, London, and New York; I would have been greatly satisfied and drooling with praise about my purchase. However this wasn't a wise investment, because all the other documentaries included in this set are either redundant (Salem, Mass and Vampires) or semi-boring after one viewing (Voodoo, Exorcisms, and the old A&E Haunted House documentaries that are edited in such a sensationalist manner it tunes me out). Plus, having bought the 5-Disc set in the past, I'm left feeling remorseful as this includes most if not all of those titles. In short, if you are like me and were expecting the whole series of the actual "Haunted History"; DO NOT PURCHASE THIS SET! However, if you are content with owning a myriad of titles from different series and channels, then by all means dump this in your cart and watch those dollars disappear via your online bank account.
I dont think I have seen any other dvd collection that can even come close to giving viewers such spooky goodness at such a value! The quality in video still holds up well and the sound is great , but most importantly , the fun is still crammed into each and every episode. Nothing has been cut from its original airing on television , and although theres no dvd extras contained in this set , it more than makes up for trust me!
If you're looking for something for the Halloween season , or are just a fan as I am of the supernatural side of the world we live in , you cannot go wrong in purchasing this set! Sit back , enjoy the shows in any order you want and as Bill Cosby was so fond of saying at the beginning the Fat Albert show "You might just learn something in the process!"
I'm taking 1 star off because of the quality. It is understandable that these are DVDs and were filmed before HD but on a HDTV they don't look good as they are interlaced. If you have an upscaling DVD player they look better but what I would recommend doing is ripping them with Handbrake as 'High Profile', that cleans them up a ton and makes them more watchable on a new HDTV. I do this to all my DVDs though, I like to have the file and watch it through a computer plugged into my HDTV through HDMI. This way I don't have to go through DVD menus and I don't have to switch out disks. With the quality I ripped them to all 20 combined were 16.1 GB which isn't much. Now in October I can make a play-list and watch on here and one there to get into the Halloween spirit and no worrying about scratching DVDs.