|Review by jjw5858||posted 07-05-2012 11:16 PM||1665 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Ok here it is….we have waited and waited and then that great day came when we finally got the news…..the Woodrights Shop is finally going to be released on dvd!!!!!
Before I even review this first installment I want to say in my opinion this set may only be for the diehard Roy Underhill/Woodrights shop fan only, in regards to if you are wondering if the marked down $39.99 to $29.99 price tag is worth your money for each double disc dvd package.
The shows content….is priceless, great topics well instructed in Roys race to the 27 minute mark style. If country woodwork is your passion….this first 2 dvd set will make for some great learning. Roy is as always very enjoyable and spirited in his presentation, even when certain pieces of the project do not always fall together right on the spot Roy keeps a great enthusiasum that makes the viewer ready to go out and tackle felling a tree or hewing a log.
The projects themselves follow suit to his first book. You make a maul and glut, shaving horse, field rake, etc. All very interesting and not for the out of shape coach potato in any way, lol.
Now….with all good things, sometimes there is some bad….lol
If you are expecting shows of classic Roy to shine spit polished loud and proud on your big screen tv…..ahhhh…...that’s not gonna happen at all….lol.
I realize beggers cannot be choosers, I myself can and will live with it, but my review would be totally unfair to all of you if I did not say that….. I was a little dissapointed with the overall vhs style conversion to dvd. There are tracking marks throughout the first season of the set as well as poor audio.
I am a graphic designer by trade….the main menu was not very inviting either in my opinion. The main menu in no way matched the outside package that looks nice and in good style of the shows. No extras on the disc, no slideshows….etc. I am a huge fan…..I mean to me…this is Roy Underhill….I think his shows put to this format deserve far better production and care then honestly looking as if they were burned on to a DVD by a friend.
If you have no problems with that….you will love the set of season one. The information and learning is wonderful and I am overall very happy they finally released these.
Now….they have released seasons 1 ,2 ,3 and 20. Good news…...I have seen some portions of 20….(Com on….you know I have all four…lmao!!!!) Season 20 (2000) looks and sounds much more in the quality of something you would expect with a price tag of $29.99.
My apologies on my ignorance if in fact this was the best that they were able to do on the early seasons…..I am not a video specialist….so I may be wrong in my dissapointment with the actual footage and sound.
I give this a four stars…simply because of the overall lack of quality to some very highly educational material.
Here is a link for additional information you may find helpful.
Ok friends, I hope you get a chance to check these out, some wonderful material here to learn from.
Thanks for your time and great shavings ahead!
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB