This DVD was my first introduction to Suzanne Bowen and I was impressed with her style - she is not in the least bit annoying and for the most part gives clear instructions, except they're a little rushed. The production values are top notch and you feel like you are in a living room with your own personal trainer.
If this was intended as a way to help you build on your existing Pilates routine by adding more "oomph" to your toning and sculpting efforts, or as a way to just grab some quick fix ten minute exercise breaks here and there, it delivers well. Especially on the arm section, which classic matwork doesn't do a lot for. I am planning to use this as a complement to the classic matwork, and probably won't do the whole DVD from start to finish.
Now for the flaws. Since you can mix up your own segments in any order you want, it's easy to overlook the stretching segment altogether. Mistake! None of the individual segments includes a warm up or cool down -which given the ten-minute format makes sense, but you still need to do it anyway or your muscles won't be warmed up and you could easily pull something and hurt yourself - especially if you have not excercised for a while and are out of shape.
I think this DVD is appropriate for all levels from beginners who have been exercising for a while on through to advanced exercisers as there are quite a few challenging moves. However, in performing a couple of the more challenging exercises in some routines, the instructor says "if you're up for the challenge - do this." So if you are not up to that particular move, you'll either be sitting there doing nothing or fast forwarding as there's no modification for those. Also, the instructor goes through the moves in each segment very quickly. Even the stretching seems a bit rushed, rather than fluid. The importance of stretching and warming up is only mentioned there, and not in the other segments.
From what I observed here, aside from some of the abdomonial and legwork segments - particularly the "sidekick" series of leg moves - much of the work bears little resemblance to classic Pilates moves and offers virtually nothing in the way of philosophy on the importance of breathing, keeping the right form during movements (such as turning the legs out in the Pilates stance when standing and aligning the "box" - shoulders over hips - when lying down) and these oversights may offend Pilates purists. I think the issue could be resolved if DVD's like this one were referred to instead as Pilates-inspired exercises.
All in all, I liked it for the boost it will give to an existing Pilates routine. If you are looking to learn about the philosophy behind Pilates and get a good introduction to the matwork, I would recommend Ana Caban's DVDs highly - particulary beginning Pilates Matwork or Easy Pilates to start out with, and as a next step, her intermediate matwork DVD. I would also recommend two books - Pilates - Body in Motion by Alycea Ungaro and The Pilates Body book by Brooke Siler, two of the most informative works on the subject with great illustrations and photos on getting the technique right.