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Great preogrammes, shame about the DVDs
on 5 September 2008
Since all the preceding reviews are dated before the DVD set was released, I can only assume they're reviews of the TV broadcasts rather than of actual DVDs bought from Amazon. My copy of this boxed set suffers from a fault, which I can only assume is common to all copies: the highlighting on the navigation menus fails to appear when the discs are played in a DVD player, making it impossible to select chapters, programmes or sub-menus; the discs can only be watched straight through from beginning to end, unless one indulges in an excessive and frustrating amount of guesswork and click-counting when attempting to select menu items.
Perhaps this is some kind of brain-teaser to ensure that only those deemed worthy by dint of their puzzle-solving ability are allowed to hear the hallowed Word? Or conversely, perhaps the authoring house has inadvertently employed an undercover creationist, bent on anti-Dawkinsian mischief... :-P
For some reason, though, the menus work as intended on my Apple Mac; I have yet to test them on a PC, and indeed should not have to.
In short, excellent programmes let down fatally by (apparently) sloppy DVD authoring. I shall be asking for a refund pending publication of better-authored discs. A great pity, as I can echo all the positive comments made above regarding the programmes themselves, and would dearly love a working copy of these disck for my collection. Dawkins, as usual, is rivetting and erudite.