My copy of the new condensed Barnaby Jones set finally came in the mail yesterday, here's some of my initial thoughts on the set after cherry-picking through the quality on a couple of the discs: Wow, out of the 35+ complete series DVD sets that I own, this set takes the cake at being the hardest to open. I was expecting VEI to utilize the same type of packaging that they used for both the condensed Cannon set and Poltergeist: The Legacy set from earlier this year, but they have opted for new packaging. The discs are housed in a large black plastic clamshell case that is sealed tighter than a bank vault. There is a large indent that you are supposed to use to get the case open, but you really need to put some muscle into it. I would suggest when one opens the set for the first time to do it over a table or other surface, so the discs don't go crashing onto the floor once you finally get it open. Once you finally get this Fort Knox of a case opened up, you'll see that VEI has packaged all the discs in quite a peculiar (and cheap) way. On the right side of the case is a large well which contains two DVD wallets (!) which house all the DVDs. These slide in and out of the plastic pouches, so scratching is inevitable if you wish to utilize these discs on multiple occasions. The case also features VEI's logo stamped right into the plastic, so it sadly looks like this is going to be the kind of packaging they are going to be utilizing for all future releases... Each disc contains either 6 or 7 episodes each, which is pretty standard for VEI's current efforts. VEI has obviously inherited the remastered prints for season 1 which CBS made for their own DVD release a few years back, but the remainder of the seasons still utilize the same cut syndication prints from the set released two years ago. If you are worried about the higher number of episodes per disc in terms of picture quality, then don't. The picture quality of these unremastered seasons wildly varies from episode to episode, indicating that these tape transfers vary quite a bit in age. Some episodes are about on par with Cannon, whereas others are about as good as the unremastered seasons of The Mod Squad. Here's something I found to be fascinating. Despite being sourced from ancient videotape transfers, CBS somehow felt the need to paste their most recent closing logo (CBS Television Distribution) onto the end of almost every episode from Season 2-8. This ultimately means that CBS has looked at these transfers within the past few years and figured they were "good enough" to keep and not worry about remastering them. I did however manage to find at least one episode while skimming ("Honeymoon With Death", from Season 4) which doesn't have the CBS logo at the end, but instead features the early 90s Worldvision Enterprises logo. Chances are they forgot to paste over it, but it does put a rather solid date on how old some of these transfers might be.