The quality of these DVDs, both in terms of picture/sound and content, is decidedly variable, and one episode in particular looks like it came off someone's home VHS tape. But the variability is the price you pay for getting the whole series. You are electing not to allow someone else to select the bits they think are still funny, but to take the whole instead.
So for example the 1st episode has nothing funny in it - but at the time the mere vicious accuracy of the puppet caricatures was enough to make the show deeply exciting and controversial, and its not surprising the team took a couple of weeks to get into their stride.
Likewise the voices - Thatcher is brilliant but many of the rest are done by Chris Barrie using a somewhat limited range, and anyone familiar with Red Dwarf will now just hear Arnold Rimmer time and time again.
But there are great bits too, and it is easy to forget just how shocking and groundbreaking the portrayal of the Queen putting her bets on when she should have been meeting the Prime Minister, or of Thatcher's cabinet as full of spineless chinless wonders, was at the time.
And unlike a lot of 'alternative' comedy of the 1980s Spitting Image was as derisive about the left wing as it was about the right. So Neil Kinnock, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Roy Hattersley, Arthur Scargill etc. are all as viciously lampooned as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
And its all definitely worth it just to see Sting's re-recording of "Every breath you take" with biting new lyrics - the finale to the series.
If you buy the complete first series of a 23 year old satire you are going to get some duff bits. But IMHO there are enough gems to warrant 4 stars.