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.