Picture quality is the same as the original release.
Cinema Un-Verite | New Jersey | 04/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I give 5 stars for the tv shows themselves. Xena is one of the greatest tv shows of all time.
I have compared the new DVD set to the original release and see absolutely no change in the picture quality. It still looks grainy and full of artifacts. I was hoping that the new release would be remastered better but it isn't. If you have the original release of the DVD, I see no reason to buy this new set. If you do not own it, what are you waiting for? Xena rules!"
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Slatersan | Austin, TX | 05/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before Alti and Eli,
Before The Fates and The Furies,
Before Lao Ma and Ming T'ien,
Before Caesar Julius Caesar,
Before Solan and Hope,
Before Livia and Eve,
Before Antony and Cleopatra,
Before Rifts Divided and Fates Collided,
There was Xena, Season One.
Return to the original incarnation of the Warrior Princess.
Reformed warlord , repentant mass murderer and newly minted fighter for justice.
A woman trying to find Peace in herself and share it with the world.
And Gabrielle, her traveling companion, friend, soulmate, and vocal (sometimes very vocal) conscience.
"She's got the Angels in her heart, and the Devil in her gut,
and her head has got to get the two of them together."
-- Lucy Lawless answering "Who is Xena?"
I give my highest recommendation for this entire remarkable television series.
By season three, this show would create what I think is the best episodic television ever produced. The first season contains numerous rough edges and incomplete thoughts, but it is still astonishing work. During season one, the actors, producers and writers were finding their way and the audience can see the learning process they went through on their way to making history.
There are few new features in this version of season 1 over the original Season 1 box set. All 24 uncut episodes of the first season are included in the 17 hours and 39 minutes of content.
The set is on five DVDs packed into a single DVD sized PVC case. Full screen 4:3 aspect video (as edited), shot on 16mm film, so the look is somewhat short of today's high definition standards.
Audio track is English only and there are no commentaries, featurettes or interviews. There are English subtitles (finally), but no other languages. The menu allows entire disk or individual episodes to be viewed. There are chapter breaks (not included on the menus) aligned with the Act breaks for the teaser, and Acts 1,3, and 4; but strangely not for Act 2.
I rewatched the entire season when I got this set. Something I haven't done in almost ten years. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the series has held up. Many of the Xena storylines have become near clichés in the intervening decade as Buffy, Dark Angel, Alias and similar series have mined the same plots and themes. But Xena and Gabrielle still resonate and still have the power to make me feel the pain and triumph of their existence.
Battle on Xena!
(No HCNBs were harmed during the making of this review.)