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Published on September 16th, 2019 | by Chris O'Connor

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Air Crash Investigations Season 18 DVD Review

Air Crash Investigations Season 18 DVD Review Chris O'Connor
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Summary: Whether it makes you fear flying for seeing the crashes or makes you more confident by seeing the positive changes... either way, it's intriguing.

4.7

Aircrash Detectives


My wife and I have watched quite a few air crash investigation shows and I believe we’ve seen most of this particular series (which now also goes under the title Mayday… my wife suspects it may be due to the production group branching out and looking at other disasters such as train crashes and things as well, though  in other collections). One of the main things I noticed when watching this series is the improvement in production values.

The series has clearly been going for quite some time, you don’t get to season 18 of anything without some longevity. So part of the improvements are simply technological improvements in that time frame… but the overall production standard is very high. Compared to some early shows we watched when the computer simulated sections were a very basic looking plain over what would pass as a very blurry google maps image… we now have highly detailed plane models and landscapes that look real.

The cockpit set/s and investigators headquarters all look quite impressive also (though there are telltale signs the sets are simply refurnished for each story… keep an eye on the display screen housing.) It all adds to the immersion in the show.

Sadly there are still a number of cases the show has to choose from to create episodes, but fortunately some are more positive than others. Qantas shows why it has a reputation as the world’s safest airline (thanks Rainman) by way of well trained pilots who can keep their cool under difficult situations and bring a plane down safely despite all the issues. The amazing job the investigators do is again showcased brilliantly and really gives you an appreciation for not just what they do but what they go through to do it. Sorting through wreckage must be a very emotional devastating job but thanks to these teams the chance of more crashes in the future is reduced.

Visual quality of the show is excellent… even though I was reviewing a DVD copy, the images were beautifully clear and vibrant. The sound was similarly clean and it’s nice to have 5.1 audio even if it’s not used often.

My take away from these sorts of shows isn’t that flying isn’t a guaranteed death sentence… but rather that when things do go wrong, people take great care to learn what went wrong, why and how to stop it going wrong in the future and often that is exactly what we learn happens. Episodes tend to end with a little note explaining what the investigators found, the recommendations they made and sometimes just how much of an impact that has made to that airline/craft. All things come with risks… but thanks to Air Crash Investigators… the risk of flying is lower than it could be.

A great set for the enthusiast, maybe not for the nervous flyer.

DVD Details

Film Genre – TV Special Interest

Label – Shock

Audio – English (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Running Time – 400

Region Coding – 4

TV Standard – PAL

Rating – M

Consumer Advice – Mature themes

Year of Release – 2018

Primary Format – Movies/TV – DVD


About the Author

Father of four, husband of one and all round oddity. Gaming at home since about 1982 with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Moving on to the more traditional PC genre in the years that followed with the classic Jump Joe and Alley Cat. CGA, EGA, VGA and beyond PC's have been central to my gaming but I've also enjoyed consoles and hand helds along the way (who remembers the Atari Lynx?). Would have been actor/film maker, jack of many trades master of none.



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