Finally! After disappointing efforts (in my opinion) in both the quality of the Seasons 1 & 2 DVD sets and the dearth of "extra" material, this set more than compensates! The video quality is exceptional, and the extra material is chock full of behind the scenes information. Almost every episode includes an interview with either the producer, actor or other behind the scenes personnel, and many include both video and audio commentary from the same. The video commentary by Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor on "The Bitter Suite" is worth the price of this set alone!
The various producers and directors comments give excellent and insightful background on what were the intentions behind an episode, the complexities and challenges involved in getting it done, and their perception on whether or not the attempted vision was successful or not.
In addition, the video commentaries by Lucy and Renee are not only enjoyable because of the information the two provide about an episode, but also because of the camraderie between the two actresses. It's obvious that they enjoyed working together, enjoyed the challenges of their characters, and are very proud of the work they've done. They are self-effacing, down-to-earth, and very quick to give credit to the other actors and especially the crew for their efforts in making the show a success.
The additional interviews and commentaries by actors Hudson Leick (Callisto), Ted Raimi (Joxer), and Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite) are just as interesting and insightful; and the comments all make regarding the late Kevin Smith (Ares) are both genuine and poignant.
This set of DVDs has really set a high standard for the rest of the series' DVD sets. If Season 4, 5, and 6 are as awesome as this set, they can't get them out too soon! This set alone is more than worth the money - it's a MUST HAVE for any Xena fan!