Geno Munari has done a spectacular job with this set, and Allan Ackerman was the perfect choice as the performer.
Allan stresses that the DVDs are meant as an adjunct to the book. He performs everything as close to Erdnase's descriptions as possible, pointing out changes he has adopted. The visuals make 'Expert' come alive, clarifying, at least for me, some sleights that were less than clear when I read them, and I've read the book a dozen times.
The Ackerman explanations occupy six of the 10 disks (plus a CD-ROM). There are interviews with Martin Gardner, an exploration by Richard Hatch of the possible real identity of the author, the CD-ROM with a ton of material, including press clippings of the Milton Franklin Andrews case, a pdf of 'Expert' and lots more.
The respect shown by Geno and Allan for the material is exemplary, and Allan's skill level is awesome.
For $130 for 10 DVDs and the CD-ROM, a beautifully written and illustrated accompanying booklet which matches up each item on the DVDs with a page number in 'Expert', the Hollywood-quality introduction narrated by Ernest Borgnine -- this is an unbelievable bargain -- about the same price as 5 crappy one-trick DVDs.
If you're interested in card magic, I truly think this set is indispensable. I'll be returning to it for years to come.
Those who ordered early received several books for the same price as a reward, including Racherbaumer's "Marlo on Erdnase" (available separately from the Houdini Magic website), a Bart Whaley manuscript, and a facsimile reprint of "How Gamblers Win", an extraordinary Erdnase precursor from 1865!
What a bonus!