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Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Doctor Who! 9 Oct 2011
By Scott12 - Published on
Now, all of us lets be mature and get past the puppet dinosaurs and see that "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" is a great addition to the series. The story is excellent. The acting, well, it was the '70s, give 'em a break. The chemistry between Sarah Jane and The Doctor is brilliant, especially during the first episode. The line between good guy and bad guy is tremendously well slurred and makes us wonder if The Doctor's doing the right thing. All in all, this is a great story and a wonderful tribute to the late Sladen, forever in our hearts.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrful fun but DVD puzzles at times. 17 Jan 2012
By A. C. Cronvich - Published on
First off, let me say that I dont have a problem with the dinosaurs. Why? Because I saw this story in High School (20 years ago +) and I thought they were dreadful, but acceptable considering I understood the limitations of the production. Over time the the dinosaurs became exgerated in my head. I thought of them as being much worse than they truly are. So. that stuff aside. Its a solid story. I wish I could say that the color enhanced episode one is a major disappointment. Color restoration had been impressive in the past on stories such as Terror of the Autons. For this version BBC only had partial color information and added the blue with a computer. So the blues look great and the rest looks pretty rough, especially browns and flesh tones. I must say that I am puzzled as to why they couldnt use a computer colorization technique to bring the entire episode up to the standards of the rest of the show. Especially when one considers they had the rest of the serial for reference it is a puzzle. Is colorization that expensive? Some of the color by computer work done in the past ten years has been quite impressive if not perfect. But superior to what BBC has provided. Note to anyone making a movie with puppet monsters/dinosaurs/spaceships: Try filming things backward and then reversing it in editing. It effectively creates the illusion that the object is propelling itself.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Doctor Who: INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS 10 Aug 2012
By G. L. Nelson - Published on
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The 5-Star rating is for the quality and value of the DVD. Superb job as is typical of the Doctor Who Restoration Team in their production of Classic Era Doctor Who DVD's.

Story # 71
Season 11's Second Story
Third Doctor, Jon Perwee Era, final season 1973-74
Second Classic Sarah Jane Smith story

INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS is a 10/10 story pulled down to 8/10 solely due to poor dinosaur special effects. If the viewer is willing to put forth a tiny bit of effort and engage their imagination when the dinosaurs are onscreen, the reward will be a truly superb story well worth the watching. It is truly sad that such an excellent story is pulled so low by a single problem. Were it not for the poor dinosaur special effects, INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS would likely rate among the finest WHO stories of all time, possibly even in the top 25.

Essential for SARAH JANE ADVENTURES fans, and highly recommended for Whovians, both veteran and novice .

Excellent Malcolm Hulke script. Many twists, turns and surprises for the viewer. Great dialog, impressive and creative story idea, believable and intriguing idealists as not-evil-just-misguided-villians. All elements combined make for an impressive, intelligent well-above-average-WHO story that will engage the viewer mentally and emotionally.

ACTING 10/10
Superb performances across the board for main cast, UNIT and guest cast. Jon Pertwee's "Third Doctor" is one of the best and most unique in WHO history, and he and Elisabeth Sladen have an entertaining, very watchable closeness and rapport making the Pertwee/Sladen companionship one of WHO's best-ever pairings. INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS looks much like an early test run for SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, as Elisabeth Sladen again lights up the screen in only her second story. Her portrayal of the serious-but-warm, girl-next-door, "Sarah Jane" pulls the viewer effortlessly into the story with her, and is a strong, capable, intelligent companion, whose actions move much of the story. The UNIT team regulars are very impressive as detailed below. The large guest cast is superb across the board with every performance engaging, believable and spotlessly done. One of the few WHO stories that can genuinely be rated "flawless" in all across-the-board performances. Veteran Whovians will recognize the incredible Peter Miles(Professor Whitaker) and excellent John Bennett (General Finch) from superb performances each will give in two WHO masterpiece stories to come in Seasons 12 and 14.

The sets are so well built, effectively filmed and believable overall, that even a minor wobble here-and-there, does not detract from the viewer's overall belief in the scenes and story. Paddy Russell's imaginative direction is every bit as impressive in overlooked, underrated INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS as it is in the highly respected and recognized PYRAMIDS OF MARS, and HORROR OF FANG ROCK.

The dinosaurs are so poorly realized onscreen that the score is pulled down to a "2/10" "far below average" even though other special effects are very well done. Minus the poorly realized dinosaur special effects, this story has superb producton values. Paddy Russell's filming of deserted London is particularly spooky, disturbing and chilling, giving the viewer a strong sense that something is terribly wrong. The "Time Eddy" presentation onscreen is very well done, even by today's standards, a surprisingly good achievement considering the limitations of mid-1970's CSO technology.

One of the best stories for the UNIT Team. The Brigadier, Yates, and Benton each get their chance to shine, and they and the stunt UNIT regulars are in great form, acting and looking like a genuine military organization, and pull off a few major surprises for the viewer, which helps bump this story up considerably from a normal "5/10" average "Importance" rating. It is definitely one of the finest and most ambitious Pertwee-era stories and that is saying a lot, as there are some genuinely GREAT stories during Jon Pertwee's run as the Third Doctor, Season 7-through-11.

Excellent across the board except as noted in the following remarks. The excellent PEOPLE, POWER AND PUPPETRY documentary truly gets to the heart of what makes INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS such a superb story. The on-screen text information by David Brunt is also excellent. However, the commentary is a bit disappointing for once. The commentary is excellent in Parts 2, 3 & 6, but gets off-topic in Parts 1,4 & 5, where director Paddy Russell and moderator Toby Hadoke are the only participants and Russell's career outside of WHO is discussed as much or more than INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS. It is very disappointing that the commentary isn't mostly as it is in Parts 2, 3 & 6, actually concerning the making of the story itself, and less about Paddy Russell's career in-and-outside WHO. I would have much preferred to listen to more observations and memories from Richard Franklin, Peter Miles, Terence Wilton and Terrance Dicks.

DOCTOR WHO STORIES: ELISABETH SLADEN PART 1 is a 14 minute interview from 2003 with Elisabeth Sladen, that is so delightful, that the poignancy hits extra hard on the realization that with her passing on April 19, 2011, the WHO world lost a genuine, irreplacable, treasure. Keep it running past the credits for a cute little surprise.

These wonderful DVD extras are what make Classic WHO DVD's such special treats, so DO NOT overlook them as you will be losing a tremendous portion of the enormous value of a Classic WHO DVD!

COMMENTARY Participants
Toby Hadoke(Moderator) & Paddy Russell(Director) in Parts 1,4 & 5.
Parts 2,3 & 6 has varied participation with Toby Hadoke(Moderator), by Richard Franklin, Peter Miles, Terence Wilton(Actors), and Terrance Dicks(Script Editor); [special 10-minute solo commentary by John Levene(Actor, Sgt Benton) available on Part 5].

Matthew Sweet(Presenter); John Pertwee-1993 Interview, Terence Wilton, Peter Miles(Actors); Barry Letts(Producer); Paddy Russell(Director); Terrance Dicks(Script Editor); Richard Morris(Designer).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of these Special-- Non Special Editions. 24 April 2014
By Jim Phillips - Published on
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This is not billed as a Special Edition, but again it could be, there is enough info here

Ok as usual I will skip the plot line its mentioned in the other reviews.

I will mention this is the first time we see the Whomobile.

Whomobile; A hovercraft-type vehicle that was also capable of flight, used by the Third Doctor in the serials Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Planet of the Spiders. The vehicle was also known as Alien, but was only ever referred to as "my car" by the Doctor in the television series. However, it is popularly referred to as the Whomobile. The vehicle was specially commissioned by and was the property of Jon Pertwee, and was not seen in the program again after he left it. It bore the license plate WV0 2M, and was registered as an invalid tricycle.

2 Disks containing 6 Episodes and Special Features

Disk One:

All six episodes and...special features

Special Features:

Disc One:

Episode 1 Colour On/Off; You can watch this in both black and white and in colour

Audio Options; Commentary

Info Text On/Off; Still my favorite

Coming Soon;

Disc Two:

People, Power And Puppetry;

Deleted Scenes;

Now and Then;

Doctor Who Stories: Elisabeth Sladen Part 1


John Levene Commentary

Photo Gallery

Billy Smart's Circus

PDF Materials
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done DVD 24 Jan 2012
By The Propmaster - Published on
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I haven't seen this episode in some time and I mostly just remembered the story of the first episode being wiped (in color format) because it was called only "The Invasion" in an effort to surprise viewers when the dinosaurs come.

The DVD is high quality, with many enjoyable extras. I generally watch the episodes at least once with the info text on, even though I have now learned that this is often a repeat of stuff from the features, the deleted scenes, or the commentary. However, it gives the information right when needed, which is good. I enjoyed the 'making of' featurette and the Elisabeth Sladen segment. The first episode is available in colourized version as a special feature, but is presented in B&W by default.

I received Doctor Who: The Android Invasion (Story 83) at the same time. The similarities were weird, starting with arrival in a deserted town, but this is the better of the two episodes, in my opinion, and a much better collection of extras.
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