2) Ms. Alabama Nursing Home:
5) Wood Island:
6) Have You Seen This Man?:
7) Iwo Jima: Memories In The Sand:
I'm going to rate this one as a Rent It due to the nature of the films presented on the DVD. Technically, the shorts were somewhat of an improvement on the previous edition but the material didn't seem as strong this time. Many of the shorts would've benefited from an audio commentary too since the more obscure releases didn't exactly lend themselves to thoughtful analysis.
Picture: The pictures were presented in their originally shot 1.33:1 ratio full frame color (mostly). Some of the older footage was in B&W and the quality of the footage here varied a lot, often depending as much on the budgets as the technical expertise of the directors, but none were so bad as to be unwatchable. There was a lot of grain and other visual problems though so don't expect a glossy look from any of the short films here.
Sound: The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English with some of the shorts in monaural. In some cases, the audio was very mixed and in others, it wasn't bad so I can't really give you a single comment that will cover all of the shorts here. Some directors were more talented in the visual arts and others with the use of audio so your mileage will vary.
Extras: The only real extras were trailers, biographies of the directors, catalog of Docurama titles, and credits. This was fine since that allowed more space for the short films themselves but a lot of fans like their extras.
Final Thoughts: If you want to see some of the best documentary film shorts released in the last year or so, this DVD will be a good selection for you. It had enough diversity of topics to give most viewers something interesting to watch and the humorous titles were usually good for a chuckle or two. While the technical issues varied a whole lot, the interesting nature of some of these shorts made the DVD worth renting at least once to see what's out there.