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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.
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on 4 June 2013
DVDs have Dutch menu - that is why I gave only 4 stars.
Here is the list of episodes:
1.American Airlines Flight 1420
2.United Airlines Flight 811
3.Air Transat Flight 236
4.Swissair Flight 111
5.Aeroperú Flight 603
6.Alaska Airlines Flight 261
7.British Airways Flight 5390
8.Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529
9.Air France Flight 8969
10.American Airlines Flight 965
11.Avianca Flight 52
12.Überlingen mid-air collision
13.Iran Air Flight 655
14.MS Express Samina sinking
15.Hinton train collision
16.Japan Airlines Flight 123
17.2003 Baghdad DHL attempted shootdown incident
18.Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961
19.Aeroflot Flight 593
20.EgyptAir Flight 990
21.Federal Express Flight 705
22.Bristow Flight 56C
23.Aloha Airlines Flight 243
24.San Bernardino train disaster
25.Philippine Airlines Flight 434
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on 15 June 2016
More than 9 DVDs and 25 hours worth of documentary to watch is great value for money. The only downside is that all of the DVD menus are in Dutch and it had subtitles on as well which is very annoying
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on 29 May 2017
Great DVD of first 3 seasons. Sound and picture quality is really goo. Delighted with this purchase.
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on 8 December 2014
Each disc has one episode on it. As other reviewers have said, the menu is in Dutch, but nothing else is. I have watched about half of this set as of writing this. It's a bit of a lottery because there is nothing to tell you what the episodes are about and my only other real criticism is that there is little mention of when each event happened during the episodes. Here is a breakdown of the first five for you:
Disc 1 = Racing The Storm 1st June 1999
Disc 2 = Fire On Board 2nd September 1998
Disc 3 = Blow Out 10th June 1990
Disc 4 = The Killing Machine 24th December 1994
Disc 5 = Deadly Crossroads 1st July 2002
I recommend buying this if, like me, you are a fan of Air Crash Investigation. National Geographic ought to officially release their earlier series of this on DVD because there is obviously a market out there for it.
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on 8 October 2014
A lot of the discs didn't work properly, which meant that some of the episodes couldn't even be seen or stopped midway through.
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on 5 May 2014
Love Air Crash Investigation, so bought the box set. Tried on several DVD players, but title screen for each DVD is in German. Episodes themselves play in English, but really hard to navigate around each DVD.
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on 8 December 2012
I bought this item and every '*?!& disc is defective. Nine out of nine. One defective disc is a tech error. For every one of them to be defective is a $'*!!& the customer - just make money. It's not worth the time and grief to return the item; it's just really a rip off! Shame.
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on 13 January 2013
Excellent series on air craft crashes with vivid reenactments (though the quality of CGI is not up to that of today). Importantly, the underlying technical failures behind the crashes are explained in detail. Note that only dutch subtitles are available in this box set.
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on 12 February 2013
Don't let the Dutch box put you off, it's the same as aired on TV in the UK. No dubbing, no messing, only thing is DVD menu is in Dutch, but that's all...
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