With 31 videos spanning Iron Maiden's entire history, how can you go wrong? Inevitably the quality dips a little after the initial batch from Maiden's classic '80's albums, but it's still a great visual record of the bands history. Admittedly most of the promotional videos are based around simple band performance footage, but the quality of the songs is so high that overly flashy video's just aren't required. Probably the set's nadir is the woeful Virus, which as well as being an uninspiring song is almost unwatchable, as the video consists of nothing more than constant violent focus pulls, but elsewhere the much derided Blaze Bailey era holds up reasonably well, with even the dull Quo-rocking of The Angel and the Gambler enlivened by an energetic video. Extras come in the form of a number of video's redone with new animated inserts, and these work surprisingly well, especially for Run to the Hills and the Number of the Beast, where they replace the comedy material of the original videos with something more suitably dramatic. One aspect of this collection that may fade over time is the fact that almost a quarter of the songs are actual live performances that may well end up being released separately elsewhere (Rock in Rio has already been released separately - how long before Donnington etc?), but the sheer comprehensive nature of this collection makes it an essential purchase for all Maiden fans.
NB: Please note that the UK release has had the video for The Trooper censored for animal cruelty, (the inserts come from an old film where wires were used to trip horses to create stunt falls), so depending on your views you may wish to import the uncut US release.