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Mayday: Air Disaster, Series' 1-3
on 20 May 2012
Containing 9 DVD discs that hold the first 3 out of 12 series of Mayday: Air Disasters, this is overall a reasonable quality product. Just to clear things up, this is the show produced by Cineflix and aired initially on National Geographic. In Britain, Australia, and Asia, it's entitled 'Air Crash Investigation'.
The show itself is of excellent quality. Each episode begins with a factual account of the events covered, along with a compassionate look at the humanitarian aspect of the disaster/incident, and then a reasonably thorough scientific investigation of what happened, why, and how. Both the material and the narration are of high quality, and the computer generated sequences add frightening realism to the content being discussed.
As mentioned earlier, though, this is far from the complete show; hardly over a quarter of the aired episodes as of today's date are contained on this boxset. Some of the more noteworthy episodes included are the fire that brought down Swissair Flight 111, the incredible incident on British Airways Flight 5390 in 1990, the hijacking of Air France Flight 8969 in 1994, and the Bashkirian Airlines/DHL collision over Germany in 2002. NOT included in this boxset are the Concorde Paris crash and the Septemper 2001 hijackings (although pictures of each of these are on the cover of the boxset). The Lockerbie episode is NOT in this boxset, nor are the Munich disaster, the Heathrow Crash-landing in 2008, nor the famous emergency landing of US Airways 1549 on the Hudson River in New York, 2009. This is not a criticism of the product; there are many great episodes here and I'm glad I bought it, this is just included for your information.
What I would criticise the product for the fact that, while the episodes are in English, all the text on the DVD boxes and menus on my copy are in Dutch. This is somewhat annoying, and doesn't seem to be displayed under the product information.
Overall, the video content (which is good quality) make this product worthwhile, in my opinion, despite the poor quality of the boxset.