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Mayday! S3/4

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2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who is the Poncy Narrator? May 29 2012
By LEB
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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 with Jonathan Aris as the narrator. He does not have nearly the voice and tone that Bogaert does. This series--all 19 hours of it--is with Aris narrating.

THEY SHOULD HAVE MADE THIS VERY CLEAR TO THE BUYER ON THE WEBSITE.

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 just find Aris' poncy voice to be grating on my nerves. 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. But 19 hours of Aris? Sorry, I just can't do it.

If I could return it and get my money back, I would.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what is with the British Narrator Dec 15 2012
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I like the Canadian Narrator, Stephen Bogeart but the series is perfect who like Mayday on Discovery Channel or Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the show should like the DVD set Feb. 8 2012
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a fan of Mayday or Air Crash Investigation or Air Emergency or one of the other titles of the show (depending on where you live), then you will like this set. Most of the episodes are about air crash investigations, including a helicopter crash, but there are a couple of train crash investigation episodes. I'll leave others to comment on each episode, as I am here to review the set, as I purchased it.

I happened to see this 10-DVD set on a shelf at a local big box store in January 2012. I was perplexed because the Amazon ordering page listed this as a pre-order for April 2012. The set I purchased looks exactly the same as in the Amazon photos and the episode list is the same as listed on Amazon. The copyright for the set I purchased is 2011. The episodes in the set I purchased have the Mayday television show introduction on each episode and are narrated by Jonathan Aris. Each disc simply goes to home page view that lists each episode. There are also episode specific disc pages that list the 4 chapters per episode. I did not see any subtitles or audio options. Pretty basic. You are getting the episodes with no extras.

All of the episodes are in widescreen format, but there seems to be a stray line at the bottom of the screen. It reminds me of the early transfers of VHS tapes to DVD, with the different resolutions and screen sizes, and there would be a flashing line or two at the very bottom of the picture. Most of the episodes on the set I purchased do this. I don't have much trouble with it and the line isn't really that distracting to me, but I would expect with a new product like this that the transfer would be better. The rest of the picture is fine, however. Thus, I dock the product 1 star (along with the packing). I'd give the episodes and series five stars, because I really like them, but I am rating the product as a whole, not just the TV show.

The packaging from the set I purchased is a bit different than other sets I've seen. The 10 DVDs come in two DVD cases that hold 5 discs each, each disc getting it's own page (i.e., no disc stacking). The cases are labeled VI and VII, which is a bit confusing. According to the packaging, the VI means Volume I and VII means Volume 2, but I keep thinking it they are roman numerals indicating 6 and 7. The VI set is listed as "Air, Land, and Sea Disasters," and the VII set is listed as "Air Disasters." The episode listing for each disc is on the fold out sections of the cases. The DVD cases are made of dense, thick cardboard. The DVD trays are also made of the same cardboard with a little piece of white foam in the center that holds each DVD in. The DVDs seem secure in the packaging, but something is different about putting DVDs up against cardboard. I haven't seen any scratches on the discs, but it reminds me of some of the Simpson's DVD sets where you slide the DVDs into cardboard sleeves. There are no sleeves on the Mayday set I purchased, but putting discs against cardboard is just different.

I have watched these episodes many times throughout the years on television and was excited to see them coming in DVD format. I wish more episodes would be released for us to purchase. I enjoy the style of documentary and recreations of this series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAYDAY! June 23 2012
By vistrexis - Published on Amazon.com
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I think it's clear from the other reviews that there is an issue with the blu-ray version of this series. I originally bought the blu-ray set when released and was disappointed by the issues with video/audio sync on a few episodes and the false description of seasons 3 and 4. That being said, I immediately bought the DVD version (which has no issues) and am extremely happy - this show is amazing and I only hope they continue to release more seasons!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection! Feb. 5 2014
By DLRamos - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection includes seasons 3 & 4 of Mayday!

I absolutely loved this collection, and very fortunate to have some of my favorite episodes on here. The only Issue I can find is how they stretch out the collection across 10 DVD's, when 8 would've done fine. Some discs have only 2 episodes on them, others have 3. Video is superb quality (the Blu-ray version of this collection can't say the same unfortunately), and a nice looking package (for what its worth).
I can only hope that more collections will be coming out soon!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy if you like this type of show (DVD Edition) Sept. 6 2012
By C. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of "anatomy of a disaster" shows like Seconds From Disaster, you'll like the show Mayday! (also known as Air Crash Investigations and Air Emergency). Comparing the show to Seconds From Disaster, Mayday! is a little less sensationalistic than Seconds From Disaster, but it still quite gripping.

Based on the reviews here, I decided to get the 10-DVD set over the Blu-Rays, and I'm quite happy with it. There are 23 episodes spread out over 10 DVDs ... which will give you quite the Mayday! marathon.

The DVDs are packaged in two heavy cardboard packages inside a larger box. The two cardboard packages are the same dimensions as a typical multi-DVD box set, so they're easy to store if you take them out of the larger box.

The DVDs themselves contain either two or three episodes each of the series. Picture quality is decent - you'll notice some jitter in the credits, but nothing distracting during the shows themselves. There are no extra features whatsoever - it's a very basic set. Those who need closed captioning should avoid this set, as there are no subtitles of any kind and no closed captioning.

Still, for the asking price, the DVD set is a great deal.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH EVERY PENNY! Feb. 3 2014
By Linlou - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always loved watching disaster films but after watching all 1155 minutes of this MAYDAY set I'm now on the look out for more! This set is well worth the money and I have no doubt I'll be watching them more than a few times. Each episode is one incident showing a recreation and giving you the investigation results, when they were known. Most of these are about air planes but there is a bit of tornado, , hurricane, mudslide and train wreck added as well. Narration was easy to listen to and I felt the whole set was put together nicely. No over dramatization or repeated phrases like OMG. If you're a fan of real disasters, you won't go wrong investing in this set!
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