Top positive review
Great TV series, unfortunately DVD quality hasn't lasted
17 September 2018
I bought this DVD set in 2009 and the series itself is fantastic - so the content actually merits 5 stars! It was really good to explore some of the foundation stories and characters that we know from TOS, TNG and Voyager (sadly I never had the time to get into DS9).
DISC QUALITY!! 3 STARS and these are the reasons why:
I've watched the full series 3 times since I started buying each season in 2009. On first viewing 1 or 2 episodes in season 2 had a few glitches but you could make it to the end of each episode, so not much harm done.
On Second viewing more episodes had glitches and on the 3rd disc in the season 2, 1 episode (a key one in the series too so very annoying) was completely unwatchable - causing a DVD player and a laptop trying to play the episode to completely eject it.
On my most recent and 3rd watch the quality of each disc has deteriorated further. Most discs still look mirror smooth on the reverse, no dust or grease to interfere with playback. The exception is disc 3 which is mottled and foggy which explains why it can't be played. On each disc 3 of 4 episodes can't be played in full without some sort of glitch resulting in 5-10 mins of the episode having to be skipped. I've just got to the end of Season 2 and could not watch about 10 crucial mins of the last episode "The Expanse". Any STE fan knows this is very bad in terms of the story arc. Also, I can't watch some of the special features on the same disc.
I've got plenty of DVDs which are way older than this box set from 2009, which have been stored in similar circumstances (houses - not too warm or cold) and which I have watched multiple times without suffering this loss of quality.
I'm fed up with the difficulty of simply watching the DVDs so I'm going to buy a new complete series DVD box set and once I've watched the episodes in the new set and know they are ok, these old ones will be going in the bin.
It's VERY DISAPPOINTING to have paid out for authentic products which just haven't lasted. This had better not happen with my other ST box sets....