Sorry for the very late post, but I decided to let this DVD set be on my Christmas list. Overall, the episodes look and sound reasonably good. The picture seems rather soft for something labeled as "Mastered in High Definition", but there are very few film flaws. On the surface, these seem to be original broadcast versions. Even the opening theme to Episode 3 has a slightly different mix as it did in the initial ABC broadcast (the synthetic harp played over the final shot of the palms is much louder than in the other episodes).
I do have to wonder what is the source for the "Previously..." segments. On the ABC broadcasts, they were much longer, had significant narration, and even had quite a few clips for the upcoming episode (still have my off-air VHS copy). On the DVDs, they are much shorter, seem very slapped together, and the voiceover says "Last week on Wild Palms" (shown over one week on ABC, AFAIK usually the same way on SciFi). Are these international recaps or did someone at MGM create some for this set?
I could not help but to beg for a producer/director/writer commentary track while watching certain moments. Some of the locations are so strange and beautiful
(the outside of the Channel 3 facility, the pool where Eli is drown, some of the cathedrals, etc.).
I kept wanting someone to tell me where they are located and how they were found. Guess we are getting too spoiled by current trends.