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This is a cheap product, make sure you pay a cheap price for it.
on 8 February 2014
I bought this when it was about £35, and to be honest, if you pay more than that, you're possibly overpaying.
This is a mediocre video quality collection, with OK sound, on embarrassingly poorly created discs, in reasonable packaging. I am only on disc 5 from season 1, but the marker has been laid down, on how this set is going to be.
Video quality ranges from watchable, to poor. Sometimes the compression causes the detail to fly away like one of the mythical creatures in the show. Sound is adequate, and no worse than you would expect from a show this old. One reviewer said there were no extras, but there is a Photo Gallery on Disc 3 of Season 1, so there may be more that the other reviewer missed. It isn't mentioned on the DVD case though, so this could explain why they said that.
So then we come to the actuality quality of the disc presentation, and this is where it falls over. I can only presume that these discs were put together by lazy workers, using 10 year old DVD authoring software. When you get to the Episode selection menu on DIsc 4, it says "Disc 1" on the menu. I thought, "well maybe it was originally released in two halves, and this is Disc 1 of the second half of the season". Then I put in Disc 5, and that also said Disc 1. A small mistake, but it's just laziness that it is there at all. It's not rocket science to change the number displayed, to match the actual disc number. The discs are physically labelled correctly, so it's purely a disc menu error.
You can't use the skip button to get past the lengthy "Playback" intro video, but hitting the "Top Menu" button, will take you straight to the main menu. If you choose to "Play All" on the main menu, you can't use the skip button after the episode has finished, to get to the start of the next episode either. So you either FFWD through the credits every time, or go back to the Episode selection screen, which makes the "Play All" option, pretty pointless. One thing they thankfully have done correctly, on Season 1 anyway, is set a chapter mark after the voiceover section (the bit that says "This is Xena, warrior princess, forged from battle etc, etc...") that happens in every video. So when that starts, hit skip, and it goes to the right place to carry on watching the relevant part of the episode. They do get plus points for doing that. Check it on each season though, as I have seen other series do it on one season, then not do it on the next.
I get the impression that "Playback" is a budget label in every sense of the word. So make sure you pay accordingly when you buy this set. It's worth getting to watch each episode without annoying TV adverts, as long as the price is right.