Packaging: The series comes in one standard Amaray DVD box with 3 disks. It contains NO booklet with extra information.
Menus: Nice jass-like sound, static menu screens, fly-by logo on menu change. Within each menu the same music snippet is being played which gets a bit annoying when you browse through the menus. You can choose to start each episode with the titles or start each episode directly with the story (skipping the titles).
Subtitles: Not available (what I regret, though with good knowledge of English even I as a German viewer get along with the stories very well)
Video: The picture quality is not the best but really OK (I've seen better and worse). Some noise is noticable on walls, the whole picture looks a little bit like a very good divX. You simply shouldn't expect a perfectly digitally remastered video what it isn't.
Audio: Stereo 2.0 and Surround 5.1 are available, where the 5.1-Sound mainly comes out of my front right speaker. The 2.0 sound is good, all dialogues are clear, no annoying noise.
Length: Each episode takes about 50 minutes.
Stories: The design, sets and costumes are beautifully done. Marlowe always wears a tie that is way too short (like Bogart did in Big Sleep), his waistband is always a bit too high, he looks a bit shabby. The 1940 cars are awesome. Marlowe's actor Powers Boothe has a low voice and a cynical undertone that fits perfectly to the Marlowe figure. The supporting actors are acting so damn well (as does Mr. Boothe) that you believe that this IS the society and world Chandler described.
You find four episodes on disks 1 and 2 and another three episodes on disk 3 (11 eps in total).
Summary: If you like Chandler, the 1940s and complicated private eye stories: BUY IT!!! (price per minute of video is unrivalled)