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Mayday: Air Disasters (2 DVD Set)

Stephen Bogaert , Christopher Bondy , Bernard Vaillot , Bryn Higgins    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Ditto to my review here:

If you are a North American like me this series was aired on Discovery. It is a great series, but probably the best part about it is the narrator, Stephen Bogaert. But they did this for British audiences, this time with David Bamber as the narrator. He does not have nearly the voice and tone that Bogaert does. This series is with Bamber narrating.


Why would a N American buying from Amazon expect to get the narrator switched on them?

For me, this really made a difference and I don't like it at all and probably will not watch them. Most of the show is narration, and I find Bamber's voice even more poncy and grating on my nerves than Aris' (see my other review). What bothers me the most is that it would not have been difficult for the distributor to have made both narrators available, with a choice in a menu for the viewer to decide which one they wanted.

Second point: This did not play on my DVD player. No error code or explanation. My DVD player is not old or obsolete. I put it in my wife's notebook computer (which is only a year old) and it did play, so the disks weren't damaged, just picky. If you have fewer player options, you may find these unwatchable for more than just the narrator.

I am returning it to get my money back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen most of them Jan. 12 2013
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Seen most of them on Tv before. The announcer would put you to sleep. The ones on Tv had different announcer who puts life into it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new stuff Jan. 16 2011
By Bob
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I wondered if it would be merely tv shows that I saw before, but no, I id learn a few stories. Too bad it is only 6 of them, but I would buy again.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Show Oct. 25 2010
By Jeff
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This is a fantastic show for people who enjoy all those plane crash movies and documentaries on plane crashes and near misses.

Keep in mind each season only consists of 6 episodes and the narrarator for the first season is not as good as the other 5 seasons.

I dont think they are going to bring out the other seasons but I feel this was a great buy only because amazon lowered the price!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to further releases... Sept. 28 2009
By Guy G. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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Hurray! I've been a huge fan of this series for a number of years (it also airs under alternate names like Air Crash Investigations in various countries). This is the first "season" of the series, which currently has 6 seasons of episodes, with something like 60 or so episodes. This is one of my all-time favorite documentary series featuring nice analytical and engaging storytelling and excellent production quality (typically far better than the average documentary). While later episodes would feature somewhat more advanced production quality, this first batch is still excellently produced.

Later episodes of the series aired in HD, but I don't ever recall seeing these earlier episodes in HD. An extra bonus for this set is that it's in anamorphic widescreen. Having only seen these early ones in their 4x3 aspect ratio, it was nice to see them in their full 16x9 aspect ration.

To the folks at Koch and National Geographic, PLEASE continue releasing this series. I'll absolutely purchase them all. And heck, it'd be extra cool to get the ones produced for it released in high def.

UPDATE: These episodes on the DVD's are definitely extended from the aired versions I've got previous recordings of. The couple episodes I compared had some 6+ more minutes on this DVD version (interview clips with family & survivors less important to the narrative seem to be a favorite for cuts). Each episode clocks in at 52 minutes, give or take a few seconds.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayday Air Disasters March 15 2010
By Jerry A. Dahlback - Published on Amazon.com
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I have watched the National Geographic series about Air Disasters for sometime now and it is done in a superb manner. This DVD set depicts well documented and very accurate information about these disasters as well as reports of post-air disaster information and how there were settlements by Airline Companies relative to what had occured. The series is done so well that you actually feel a part of the flights because of so much detail and how it is presented. I really don't find these accidents interesting except for the NTSB facts and the accuracy of how they were presented. It was as much of a learning experience for me as well as an unbelieveable way to stay completely glued to to watching a documentary. It is fascinating to watch.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAYDAY AIR DISASTERS Feb. 22 2009
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Mayday air disasters is my favoritw tv show it is also known as air emergency or air crash investigation its shown on natgeo and this website is the only place you can get it. its fun its educational anyone who like planes will enjoy this show!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very basic DVDs, but a good show Sept. 15 2012
By C. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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There are two Mayday DVD sets available in the USA right now - this one (which contains six episodes - season 1 - of the series), and a 10-DVD set that contains 23 episodes - seasons 3 and 4.

The two-DVD set reviewed here is very basic. The packaging for the DVDs in a regular two-DVD case containing only the DVDs and an advertisement for other DVD sets. The DVDs themselves are also quite plain. There are no subtitles or closed captions, alternate languages, or extra features - merely an opening menu and three episodes per DVD. The image quality of the episodes is not particularly good - which could either be the transfer or simply the quality of the source material.

Comparing the 10-DVD set to this one, the 10-DVD set is a better value for the money. For barely twice the price of the two-DVD set, you get nearly four times the episodes. The episodes in the 10-disc set are from later in the series when the production values had improved. The video quality of the 10-dvd set is noticeably better than the video quality of the two-disc set.

I'd recommend a purchase of this set if you already have the 10-disc set and want some more episodes to watch. if you don't have the 10-disc set, get that first.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on the edge of your seat Feb. 7 2011
By BPaPilot - Published on Amazon.com
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This couldn't get better! I always loved watching this show on Nat Geo. Anyone with an interest in aviation should watch this show. It's all about what happened in the past and how they made aviation so safe today. My favorite episode isn't on these discs: Mystery Crashes. Mystery crashes is about how three random 737 jets rolling randomly on their sides. After 2 crashes, the third jet to roll over lands safely. Ten years from the first crash they discover that a cold rudder control unit and hot hydraulic fluid would cause the rudder to jam and sometimes reverse! After this discovery, all 737 jets have been modified to fix this and all pilots are trained on the possibility of this ever happening again.
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