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3.0 out of 5 stars Great preogrammes, shame about the DVDs, 5 Sept. 2008
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This review is from: The Richard Dawkins Collection (The Genius of Charles Darwin, The Enemies of Reason and The Root of All Evil?) [DVD] (DVD)
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.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2009 07:47:23 GMT
Peter Piper says:
Thanks for the point about the faulty menu system. Good review!
I doubt it was a Christian who messed it up. It was either God or the Devil.
Or maybe an Angel or a Demon.
Or Cherubim.
Or Seraphim.

Or even the Flying Spaghetti Monster! ;o)

Posted on 24 Dec 2009 16:30:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Dec 2009 16:31:12 GMT
he he he, Peter Piper, of course it was god who messed it up :-) The omnipotent omnipresent guy has created and now manoeuvres everything, including the devil; and nothing in the whole universe moves without his knowledge and permission.

But hey, Peter Magellan, surely since god loves us all no matter what, if you just pray then the DVDs will work fine ? (however let's not hold our breath)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2010 08:57:16 GMT
peterwr says:
Hot dang, I never thought of that! Here goes... :-)

Posted on 20 May 2011 10:20:55 BDT
Tsuchan says:
If you used it on your Mac and it worked, and used it on your DVD player and it didn't work; isn't there some possibility that the problem is with your DVD player? It would be interesting to try it on a friend's DVD player to get better evidence on that.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2013 21:52:10 GMT
I have this problem with many, many DVDs- and always have done, going back ten or more years. It's simply crappy authoring and cheap testing. If these companies could be bothered to test their product on the correct number of machines before sale, and then fixing any issues, we'd all be happier. They can't- it's too expensive- and they know that people will blame "the machines" anyway. Quite simply, every DVD should play on every player. It's not hard.
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