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(May 15, 2012)
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Top Customer Reviews
As an avid fan of this series, I was thrilled to see them announce a blu-ray release. I've been patiently waiting for this release to show up on my doorstep, and my copy arrived today. Sadly, this is a massive disappointment. For starters, there's the fact that the blu-ray is absolutely only season 3, and has nothing from season 4 (episode/disc breakdown at the end of this comment). But that's not my main problem. I was kinda figuring that was going to be the case, given the low disc count and the wildly conflicting info on various sites about this release (Image Entertainment's own site gets the info wrong about this release, for crying out loud).
No, the real problem with this release is the quality. It sucks. As somebody who owns the season 1 DVD set (USA release) and the season 7 DVD set (Australian release), which are the only 2 previous home video releases of the show, I figured this blu-ray ray set would be at least somewhat better quality. Not only is it not better, it's significantly worse. These encodes are SEVERELY plagued by interlacing/combing problems. I have no idea how many different frame rates and encodes this was pushed through to get to the form it is in now (29.97 fps 1080 interlaced), but it must have been a mess of a transfer process. Like the other commenter said about the DVD version of this release, it also has a flickering couple lines across the bottom. That's not a big deal for me, as it can be matted/cropped off. But the main interlacing problem is unbelievably bad. It's actively distracting. Every edge of every object in a frame has jagged lines, and the heavy motion sequences and cuts between scenes have a massive amount of interlace "tearing".Read more ›
"Let me preface this by saying I am a big fan of Air Crash Investigations/Mayday. I've watched every episode to date and am keenly awaiting the release of series 12. But...
Don't buy this set. Do not even contemplate buying this set. It is an absolute joke. I don't know who was in charge of producing this Blu-ray, but they should be barred from having anything to do with the home video market for the rest of human existence. First off, despite advertising to the contrary, this set does NOT include Season 4, only Season 3. Next, all the episodes have absolutely ridiculous levels of interlacing and combing problems. Even with a deinterlacing filter on, every single movement in the picture produces extremely obvious interlace patterns. I have examined the frames and can plainly see that these interlace lines are actually IN the picture. In other words, there is no way to remove them. To add insult to injury, at least one of the episodes, 'Attack Over Bagdad', has a serious audio sync problem. The video starts and plays for a full 10 seconds before the audio kicks in, remaining out of sync for the entire episode.
To think a product was produced with this level of incompetence and released to the public is absolutely insulting."
To their credit, Amazon did give me a full refund, so I have no issue with them or their service. I simply want to warn others about the absolutely appalling quality of the Blu-ray. I have not seen the DVD version, so I can't confirm if it suffers from the same issues.
I have since bought and watched the DVD release and can confirm like others that the quality is good on this format.Read more ›
I happened to see this 10-DVD set on a shelf at a local big box store in January 2012. I was perplexed because the Amazon ordering page listed this as a pre-order for April 2012. The set I purchased looks exactly the same as in the Amazon photos and the episode list is the same as listed on Amazon. The copyright for the set I purchased is 2011. The episodes in the set I purchased have the Mayday television show introduction on each episode and are narrated by Jonathan Aris. Each disc simply goes to home page view that lists each episode. There are also episode specific disc pages that list the 4 chapters per episode. I did not see any subtitles or audio options. Pretty basic. You are getting the episodes with no extras.
All of the episodes are in widescreen format, but there seems to be a stray line at the bottom of the screen. It reminds me of the early transfers of VHS tapes to DVD, with the different resolutions and screen sizes, and there would be a flashing line or two at the very bottom of the picture. Most of the episodes on the set I purchased do this. I don't have much trouble with it and the line isn't really that distracting to me, but I would expect with a new product like this that the transfer would be better. The rest of the picture is fine, however. Thus, I dock the product 1 star (along with the packing).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mayday. This is a set of reasonable docudramas.The use of human actors in place of the fallen did help to move the dtory along and keep it in context. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Joanne B. Black
Good list of episodes and cool packaging, but DVD quality is a real bummer. Each disc only has 2-3 episodes on it, so you're going to be switching a lot of DVDs. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nick
This series is well-produced. Each episode gives you a background leading up to a particular tragedy, what happened during the catastrophe, intense post-crash investigation... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Get Serious
In a word, EXCELLENT! I think the most informative part of this series is the "why" of the individual crashes in these real life disasters. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anthony J. Lomenzo