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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Hugh Burden, Derek Smee
  • Directors: Derek Martinus
  • Writers: Robert Holmes
  • Producers: Derrick Sherwin
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 July 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CEB72JU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,485 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Originally shot in film Spearhead in Space has now been restored for HD and is the first Classic Doctor Who story to be released on Blu-ray. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, the TARDIS arrives on Earth in the middle of a meteorite shower and the Doctor is found by UNIT troops and taken to a nearby hospital. The Brigadier is faced with having to cope not only with the mysterious meteorites but also with Ransome, an ex-employee of a local plastics factory, who claims he has seen a walking mannequin.

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. G. Prizeman on 13 July 2013
I have based my review on the quality of the Blu-ray presentation, I am sure everyone knows the story very well and why it is the only Dr Who story from the classic series shot on film, so I am not going to add to what others have said. I was very sceptical about the issue of any Doctor who story on Blu-ray prior to 2010 when the new series moved into that format. I was also familiar with the BBC own statement that no programme made on 16mm film would ever be considered as high definition,and only programmes recorded on super 16mm (Merlin series 5 onwards for example)would be classed as HD. So you can imagine why I was a little concerned at the release of this story, and the fact that the story was only ever designed to be shown on 625 line TV format. Well the reviews prior to the release of this story showed nothing just claimed how exciting it was without actually seeing the new version.
My copy arrived this morning, and I have to say compared with modern day Blu-ray you would think this had been filmed yesterday, I have to say all my fears washed away, the clarity of the picture is just amazing, and this is 16mm film, not the industry standard of 35mm. There are some darker scenes where the picture is a little grainy but seriously nothing you would really notice, any more than modern recordings.
Obviously this could for some people be the third time you have purchased this story and although the special Auton box set was good this is now, well breathtaking clear. The sound is still mono regardless on the stereo claim on the box, although it would be dual mono. As for the extras they are in high definition as well, with a look at Caroline John's carrier, as well as a look back at Jon Pertwee's long carrier. None of the extras from the DVD release are included on the Blu-ray. So if your feeling flush with cash, then this is a amazing purchase.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K9 on 18 July 2013
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Here is the pinnacle of the Doctor Who Restoration team's work on the classic series: the Blu-Ray version of the very first colour story of the classic series. So clear, you can see every line of terror of the earthling's screams!

Doctor Who started the 1970s as it ended them- with a production disrupted by strike action. Unlike Shada in 1979, however, here the electrician's strike bizarrely benefited the production- as it forced the studio sections of this story to have been shot on location on film (oh why didn't they think of that for Shada!?) This story remains an oddity therefore: as the only Doctor Who story of the classic series to have been shot entirely on 16mm film and therefore able to be upgraded to HD.

When I first viewed the opening credits I was bitterly disappointed - the credits look as grainy as they do on any other Pertwee DVD release. Once the action begins however, the results are breathtaking - it looks like it was filmed yesterday, not 43 years ago! You can see detail in this production that just weren't visible yesterday - there's a fine pencil drawing on the walls of the Brig's office, in which you can now see every stroke. Every line of terror on face of each terrorised earthling is clearly visible! There is only slight grain on the darker, indoor filmed sections, presumably a limitation of 16mm filming in lower light conditions. For outdoor shots there is no such grain. It goes without saying the film is devoid of any dirt or sparkle, and particular praise must go to the colour grading which is superb. There has been a tendency in recent years to ramp up the saturation of the DVD releases, but no so here. The colours are neither washed out nor over saturated- but realistic, whilst being filmic.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By stuart gardner on 20 Aug. 2013
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Yet another re-release of this story? After two vhs versions, two dvd versions, audiobooks etc, surely everyone who wants to owns a copy of this story by now already does so. The big selling point this time round is the first classic series HD Blu-ray release.
The story was the first to feature Jon Pertwee's Doctor, the first in colour, and the first of the seventies. It was also the first to feature the lethal shop window dummies the Autons and the Lovecraftian Nestene Consciousness which animates them. Its a fast paced, briskly edited piece, with each episode flying by and still stands as a bold and confident show.
The HD remaster is glorious to watch with a considerable improvement on the SD remaster for the most recent DVD release. Colour quality in particular is an enormous leap and the autumn location filming now shows a gorgeous quality to the light on exterior scenes. There is some grain, particularly in some woodland and factory scenes but this is not distracting. Spearhead from Space suffered from sound recording difficulties when shooting but you wouldn't know it from the sympathetic but effective mix on this disc.
The extras do not from carry over from previous DVDs (the product team have said it is intended as a companion to the DVD rather than a replacement). Instead we have two comprehensive, personal and charming tributes to the late Jon Pertwee and Caroline John featuring archive interviews with them and more recent interviews with family and colleagues. There is brief featurette discussing the restoration process and some raw footage of the title sequence
This release represents a commendable start to the range of classic episodes on Blu-Ray. Sadly, it is also the end of the range. As all the other existing episodes were recorded on a mixture of videotape and film they cannot be enhanced to HD with the current technology. This may change one day but for now this will have to remain a very enjoyable anomaly
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