The View from Earth
The View from Earth (Warner New Media) is a very attractive but very disorganized title. The initial four-part menu does a poor job of reflecting the actual content of this disc. Once you discover that certain information does exist, it’s difficult to get to it — once you do get to it, it’s hard to get back where you were. Chapter titles do not offer clear indications of content; some chapters are narrated, while some are only text. With thousands of text pages, you have no way to search other than by clicking through each page. There is an extensive bibliography, but no footnotes showing connections to the text. Help! It’s a shame the disc isn’t better organized, because the stills are fabulous and the original text is excellent – in short, it has all the right ingredients to create a first-rate title. Instead, this is a beautiful, content-rich disaster.
– April 1995