I own just about every major SF related DVD to come out (EVO2K2 - EVO2K4, ECC8, NEC3, TS4) and I recently got my hands on a copy of B5 I borrowed from a friend. I sat watching it yesterday afternoon and to be honest I got pissed off more than anything else.
See the reason I’m pissed is because B5, a DVD made back in 2001 may well have been the best DVD as it concerns production values that I have seen from the EVO series. The one that truly blew me away was the fantastic interview segment that had overlayed names of the players, giving those that aren’t familiar with the big names someone to put a face to the name they see on SRK on a regular basis. I mean seriously, where was all of this stuff in future discs? The audience grows and the production values drop?
It’s not to say it’s just the EVO discs, other folks (Light Circle Productions for one) must have seen this disc before making NEC3 and yet it doesn’t even compare to B5’s production. The only disc that made this one look obselete was the fantastic ECC8 DVD set with it’s player commentary, player picture overlays and smooth motion transition menus among other nice features.
The question I have for past SF DVD buyers, future SF DVD buyers, past and present SF DVD producers and hell anyone else, have we become so complacent with products and have that “I want it now” mentality that we’re willing to take products that have DOWNGRADED since inception?