Judge Kent Dixon is still confused by the whole Caramilk thing.
History is filled with stories of the unexplained. Can advances in science and technology bring new evidence to light?
"This series presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producers' purpose is to suggest some possible explanation, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries we will examine."
If the quote isn't familiar, it's likely because you didn't grow up watching TV in the late '70s when a show called "In Search Of…" made a weekly visit into average homes with explorations and investigations of supernatural and unexplained phenomena. In many ways, MysteryQuest is a similar concept for a new generation as, despite our 30-odd years of scientific advancement, we're no closer to explaining some of the mysteries that have fascinated humans for centuries.
All 10 episodes of MysteryQuest: The Complete Season One are included with this release, spread across three discs as follows:
• "The Devil's Triangle"
• "San Francisco Slaughter"
• "The Lost City of Atlantis"
• "The Rise of the Fourth Reich"
• "Devil's Island"
• "Return of the Amityville Horror"
Each episode of the series follows a similar formula: four to five minutes spent setting up the historical background of the subject matter, followed by the introduction of a team of scientists and experts who closely examine the evidence related to the subject, and finally more evidence that leads to an undefined conclusion. MysteryQuest: The Complete Season One takes on an interesting and eclectic mix of subjects- from ancient civilizations and supernatural phenomena, to aliens and unsolved murders- treating each topic with the same thorough examination and investigation. The approach is comfortable, logical, and thoroughly engaging.
Fresh off my review of History Channel's Clash of the Gods, I immediately recognized narrator Stan Bernard. He lends his emphatic baritone to MysteryQuest with a vocal quality that lies somewhere between David Ogden Stiers (Beauty and the Beast) and Canadian voice actor Paul Soles (Spider-Man 1967 animated series), both engaging and authoritative.
The video presentation is adequate, but skin tones range towards a bit too red a times and whites can be on the hot side. There's also noticeable grain and minor digital artifacts visible in some episodes. The dialog dominated audio track is crisp and clear, remaining largely anchored in the front of the room, but providing some surround activity with music and atmospheric sounds. Some 30-odd minutes in total run time, the "Bonus Footage" section offers two to three minutes of additional footage from each episode, but as you can imagine, there are no startling revelations or real value in anything that short.
It's interesting to note that, despite thorough investigations, each mystery explored in MysteryQuest: The Complete Season One is left somewhat unsolved, so anyone looking for the final answers to the mysteries of humanity should keep looking. For anyone who loves to be "on the case," the series offers fascinating new facts and information about some of the most famous unsolved mysteries mankind has ever known. With 10 strong episodes in its premiere season, let's hope the producers have many more fascinating and mysterious tales in store. Not guilty.
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Studio: History Channel
• Bonus Footage
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