Bought this partly for my daughter and partly out of nostalgia for the TV of my youth.
The rating of this item is not a reflection of the original programme content - this is just as good as I remembered (5 stars!). The narration is spot on and the stories have a simple, repetitive beauty that children love.
However, buyers should remember that these programmes were made DECADES ago. The quality of the playback is distinctly variable - some episodes are OK, but others are blighted by 'scratchiness' on the screen. Some episodes are noticeably darker than others. Worst of all, payback suffers from a sort of 'wobble' - this varies between episodes, but the worst ones made me feel a little sea-sick after a few minutes!
I can only assume that this is down to the quality of the original tapes from which the DVD was produced. I note that this is not a BBC product, and is not up to the standard of other collections I have seen (e.g., Bagpuss). Perhaps true fans should petition for a 're-mastered' edition from Auntie Beeb herself.
Pros: Gotta love those puppets. Brian Cant's narration. 39 episodes on 3 DVDs
Cons: video quality variable, with disturbing 'wobble' on some episodes. Very basic menu function only - no notes or accompanying info.