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on 8 July 2011
In an unnecessarily large box (not a slip cover) you get 6 separate DVD cases, each containing a single DVD with a single 40 minute programme.
So what might look like excessively good value could easily have fit on a pair of DVDs in a single DVD case, fitting far more easily on your shelf.
The programmes themselves each cover a separate topic:
Big foot and other monsters
The Loch Ness Monster
Jack the Ripper
The Amityville Haunting
Hoaxes - The Piltdown Man
Each programme is what one may assume, an unedited version of an original History Channel broadcast made up of testimonials, newsreel footage and storytelling. Narrated by an American, whose accent I often found laborious, with the obligatory self-promoting pre-ad call-outs (e.g. "in a moment you'll find out who the real Dracula was..."), it lacks the polish of, say, a BBC production.
However, that being said, it still manages to be entertaining and educational, and the topics covered were interesting enough to fascinate my seven-year-old boy.
The DVDs are unrated but not all discs are suitable for children. Jack the Ripper, for obvious reasons, but also the Dracula and Amityville stories, the former making passing references to sex and showing wood-cuts of impaling and mutilation, the latter for horrific description of murder.
Enjoyable yet somewhat throwaway. It would have benefited from increased content or reduced packaging.