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Street Fighter Alpha Anthology (PS2)
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology (PS2)
Offered by Gamesbuyer
Price: £8.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Fighter Alpha - Anthology of Excellence, 26 Sep 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
As a long-time Street Fighter fanatic, this compilation of classic games from the Alpha series and the additional Pocket Fighter was of course an immediate must-have for me, but nonetheless I am a little surprised that even viewed objectively, this collection still stands the test of time magnificently.

I had always felt these games to be some of the strongest in the series, and have particularly fond memories of Street Fighter Alpha 3, as an incredibly well-made entry, with a huge cast of memorable characters, all beautifully rendered sprites, a large variety of moves and some excellent music, background design and a strong level of difficulty. Like the other Alpha's here it does not disappoint, and still impresses as a very well though-out and realised fighting experience, that as far as I'm concerned holds it's own against further entries in the series and rival 2D beat-em-ups. Of course as with any classic game which one has enjoyed as a youth, there is always a twinge of disappointment when replaying it years later, they're never as amazing as you remember, no matter what the title and have naturally dated in some respects. But once you get past nostalgia all of these titles still have much to offer and have aged better than most other fighting games of that era. Each one remains a hugely repayable and satisfying experience, of course always best enjoyed with friends and provide real variety and a welcome change from most contemporary 3D fighters. Pocket Fighter, a game which I also always found entertaining, is still great fun, if limited and naturally doesn't provide too much of a challenge. The only real fault with this collection is the lack of any little extras, like art work galleries and so on, meaning you are essentially shelling out for purely the original games and nothing else, with no extra provided incentive. But that said, one can be thankful that they haven't felt the need to tamper with the originals in any way, as many other retro re-releases have done, a move which is never anything but irritating.

This is an authentic retro gaming experience and features direct arcade conversions of Street Fighter Alpha, Alpha 2, Alpha 2 Gold and Alpha 3 as well as Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix (aka Pocket Fighter) and as such provides both value for money and many many hours of undiluted brilliance and superior gameplay. Plus it also contains a cool unlockable feature that allows the player to customise the matches in many areas and adds to the overall playability of the games.

In conclusion, these can thankfully still be justly referred to as classics and remain some of the best examples of titles ever released in the Street Fighter series, they stand up to scrutiny and it's a testament to just how good these games were that they can still compare admirably to modern, technically advanced 2D & 3D fighter's and provide an extremely entertaining experience. If you're a fan of the series you should really already have Street Fighter Alpha Anthology in your collection, if you haven't yet bought this set then please do so immediately as it's an essential purchase. It's also the perfect place to start for newcomers to series.

I am eternally grateful to Capcom for providing yet another sterling release and for reminding us just how good these games really are. Outstanding.


Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £8.55

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion of the Davros, 17 Sep 2006
What can one say about Genesis of the Daleks that hasn't already been said? As the sticker on the box so proudly proclaims, this is the "number one Dr Who story ever!" It is a classic and I'm not about to state otherwise. Genesis is one of those rare occasions in which all the various strands of the production come together near-perfectly to produce a stone-cold classic. Right from the opening of The Doctor and his brief conversation with the unnamed Timelord on an arid, wind-swept Skaro, the tone is immediately set, this is to be a grim and gritty adventure of epic proportions. And gratifyingly the subsequent episodes really live up to that opening. The decision to go for the full-on World War I/II imagery is a wise one, I'm not about to delve into the obvious Nazi allegory and other parallels presented here, but they definitely work in the stories favour and the battle-ravaged Skaro is one of the most memorable (if unremarkable) planets presented in this era. An aspect of Who that is seldom given the opportunity to shine, the lighting is also particularly impressive and really adds to the atmosphere of the overall production.

Tom Baker is on top form in one of his earliest and best performances, ably assisted by the lovely Liz Sladen and the always excellent Ian Marter. All the guest cast are strong, especially Peter Miles who contributes a unsettling and memorable performance as Davros' right-hand man Nyder, but naturally the show is completely stolen from under their feet by the magnificent Michael Wisher who rises to the challenge of portraying the tyrannical creator of the Daleks - Davros with a chilling and iconic performance that can only be described as spectacular. Wisher holds the screen with incredible intensity as he masterfully brings one of who's greatest creations to life, as a performance it's one of the best ever presented in the series history and Davros ends up as one of the most well-realised characters, visually and otherwise, with every subtle nuance of Wisher's portrayal up on the screen. He is the driving force behind this story's greatness, without him this might have been a considerably less successful venture, but he is the perfect match for Tom's wide-eyed brilliance and the two play off each other beautifully in some particularly well-written verbal sparring. Both their moral arguments are compelling and as a viewer one cannot help being sucked into the tightly constructed narrative. Admittedly the story does have it's faults, it can drag a little and may have worked better as a four-parter, the Daleks themselves barely feature and there are some big plot-holes and inconsistencies. But that's about it, even the giant clams, which seem to be some viewers only bugbear with this episode, are fantastic, it's nice that we are allowed to see some of the other remnants of Davros' twisted experimentation. For me they're the icing on a particularly well-made cake, and I'm pleased to say that even after repeated viewings Genesis stands up as a superb piece of work. Uncompromising, complex, exciting, vivid and visceral entertainment of the highest order, Genesis of the Daleks is just about as outstanding as it's sizeable reputation would suggest.

This story is also accompanied by some quite excellent extras, which largely consists of two lengthy documentary features. Narrated by the other great Davros, Terry Molloy, The Dalek Tapes focuses on Dalek history and trawls through each television story they appeared in with some interesting detail, as well as featuring some stunning colour footage of Mission to the Unknown in one of the clips, for the most-part it is beautifully presented and totally engaging, but sadly looses focus towards the end and tends to completely gloss over the eighties Dalek serials. This apparent acceptance of perceived fan wisdom (that the eighties era stories were generally weaker etc..) is quite unacceptable and proves a real disappointment as the rest of the featurette is so strong. That said this is still one the best produced features yet and probably the highlight of the disc. The second doc here is a standard making-of which fulfils the requirements of that parameter admirably. Although there are some aspects of the production which do not receive the attention they deserve and a little too long is spent focusing on the admittedly excellent lighting, this is still a satisfying doc, that although not in the same league as other's we have been presented with recently, is still of a high standard. The other item of interest is an excerpt from popular children's programme Blue Peter, which showcases some incredible homemade models by a young Doctor Who fan, this is much more interesting than one might expect and the level of craftsmanship and detail that has gone into the models on display is hugely impressive, a surprisingly memorable little feature. Lastly alongside the usual Radio Times billings, photo gallery, production notes and 1976 annual in PDF format, is an excellent commentary from cast members Tom Baker, Elizabeth Sladen, Peter Miles and the late, great director of this serial David Maloney. All are charming and amiable speakers with many interesting thoughts on the story, but of course again the presence of Tom Baker ensures that this commentary is a cut above the rest and he is his usual amusing, eccentric self. Oh and another shout out to the Restoration Team who have once again done a superb job on the restoration of these episodes. So, another superior and fascinating set of features here, with a few minor flaws (for a story of this calibre one might expect just a few more little extras).

As an overall set this is of course a must-have for fans of the show and the perfect place to start for newcomers. Another first-rate addition to the ever-growing Doctor Who DVD library.


Doctor Who - The Hand of Fear [DVD] [1976]
Doctor Who - The Hand of Fear [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.49

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eldrad lives again on DVD!, 14 Aug 2006
The first thing that strikes me on viewing this story again is Lennie Mayne's impressive directorial flourishes. Doctor Who often suffers from it's studio-bound nature and an inability of many directors to be able to do anything interesting with the camera rather than just point and shoot. But with The Hand of Fear, Mayne nicely utilizes the location shooting in particular, with the opening scenes of the quarry and the later nuclear plant being very well shot and the high and low angles help to add an extra dimension to the proceedings. As for the story itself, hand is well realised and helped by some strong performances from the central cast. Elizabeth Sladen is brilliant, very eerie when possessed by Eldrad and both her and Tom are particularly excellent in the stories famous closing scenes, they really underplay it to perfection. Judith Paris and Glyn Houston also turn in great performances for two characters that could have been quite uninteresting in the hands of less skilled actors. The Hand itself, although a simple effect is nicely achieved, the female Eldrad's costume looks great and there is some good model work too. Overall the story is always entertaining, but falls apart a little towards the end and just seems to come to a juddering halt rather than a satisfactory conclusion and this is a shame considering the absorbing and atmospheric first three episodes. But this is made up for with Sarah's superb leaving scene ( one of the best any companion has received on the show) and all in all this is an immensely satisfying adventure that comes highly recommended.

Sadly the extra features don't quite live up to their potential and prove something of a disappointment.

There is precious little to get through here, the bulk of the extras being a 50 minute documentary supposedly focusing on the Doctor and Sarah's "special relationship". But despite some amusing anecdotes and interesting titbits, on the whole it falls flat and suffers terribly from a general lack of focus, at first concerning actors careers then the story then something else, it's all done in a bit of a muddle. Despite the long running time, it feels like there is much left uncovered and you find out precious little if anything of this story's history and Bob Baker in particular should have had much more to contribute. Even the relationship between Sarah and the Doctor is not satisfactorily explored and the last straw is some bizarre attempt to liven up proceedings by having interviewees occasionally appear in the background shuffling around whilst the person in the foreground is talking and then suddenly zooming in on the other persons face. The technique is pointless and disorientating and they seem to give up on it quite quickly anyway making it all the more infuriating as to why they bothered in the first place. I strongly feel that it would have been much wiser to present two separate documentaries here, maybe a twenty minute feature purely concerning the story itself and a thirty minute one on The Doctor and Sarah. Overall it`s not up to scratch,, there is so much left unsaid and for a companion as popular as Sarah's last story, there seems to be a remarkable lack of material on Liz or the character. As for the other "extra" the Swap Shop feature is short and mildly interesting if forgettable. Tom Baker does his best with an incredibly irritating Noel Edmonds, whilst Liz Sladen gets very little to do except look stunningly beautiful. Nice to have it on the disc but nothing more. Beyond that your left with the commentary which is thankfully far superior to the other features on display. It benefits greatly from Tom Baker's presence, who is of course hilarious and a joy to listen to, in fact this is one of the best commentaries yet and let's hope Tom makes many more appearances on future releases. Lastly I'd again like to praise the RT for the amazing restoration work done on the sound and picture quality, which is so good it almost makes up for this disc's generally lacklustre features. Almost but not quite. Despite the superb commentary, one feels severe displeasure with the extra's here, which pale in comparison to recent releases such as Inferno or The Beginning. There just isn't enough to peruse through and this disc could have benefited greatly from even a few more brief easter egg type segments. I sincerely hope this isn't a sign of what we can expect from future pared down releases. As a full package The Hand of Fear is still worth owning for the fantastic story and commentary alone, but overall one cannot help feeling deeply let-down, this could have been so much more.


Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Burton
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £3.50

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-dropping spectacle beyond my wildest fantasies!, 30 April 2006
I originally saw this when it first came out in Japan, a version complete with nonsensical subtitles and even then I was totally blown away. It has been a long time since I have been so completely enthralled by a film that I loose all track of time and don't find my mind wandering or over-analysing on-screen events. Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children is as stunning piece of work, beautifully realised with some of the best CGI I have ever seen, of course I was already a huge fan of the game so I was always going to enjoy this on some level but it really has surpassed my highest expectations and then some. There are so many brilliant scenes and fantastic set-pieces that I don't know where to start in reviewing it, so I'll try to make this short and to the point - the animation is dazzling, Nobu Uematsu's music beautiful (as ever!), and ultimately the film is totally engrossing. Oh and the finale with Bahamut! Wow! I was already giggling like a school girl when Vincent made his first dramatic entrance and then with Barrett, Cid, Yuffie, Cait Sith & Red XIII arriving out of nowhere to help save the day, so by the time Sephiroth finally appeared my excitability was at breaking point! Sure the story was at times baffling but my copy had been very poorly translated, which will have been rectified on this version and let's be honest this really was a project made specifically for fans of the game anyway.

I cant think of many negative aspects to Advent Children, the only one being that it wasn't granted a much deserved cinematic release as this really is a movie that would be best served on the big screen and although many will probably find the film a tad confusing it is still very much worth a look for the epic visual feast on display alone. Maybe not to everyone's taste but I don't think I need to stress that anyone even remotely interested in the original game needs to see this rather wonderful film immediately. Stylish and exhilarating entertainment, FFVII Advent Children is an ambitious, magnificent mind-blowing adventure that should not be missed.

I haven't yet had a chance to view the features on this disc, but I'm sure their more than adequate, besides all FF fans should own this anyway regardless of the extras, it's just that good!


Doctor Who - The Web Planet [DVD] [1965]
Doctor Who - The Web Planet [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £6.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of an excellent adventure than bogus journey..., 26 April 2006
The Web Planet is hardly the best Doctor Who story ever made, as the majority of these reviews reflect, but it is not without merit. Fan opinion tends to be firmly divided into two camps - those that appreciate the production teams attempt to produce something otherworldly and different and those that condemn the story as slow, cheap and occasionally laughable. There is something to both these arguments but I myself am very much in agreement with the former and cannot help but admire the time and effort that has gone into realising a vision that could never really be achieved successfully. As with a lot of the more 'high concept' episodes a huge suspension of disbelief is required, but look beneath the rather chaotic surface action and there is a very interesting and at times disturbing tale lurking underneath - the scene featuring a Menoptra having it's wings torn off by a couple of Zarbi being particularly horrific. There is genuine insight into an alien culture and their suffering at the hands (or tentacles) of what is essentially a giant space mushroom, albeit quite a menacing one (helped significantly by Catherine Fleming's creepy voiceover), and despite the Menoptra being mildly irritating, one can easily sympathise with their plight.

Bill Strutton's original concept is incredibly ambitious and obviously significantly different to the end product, but I can't help but wonder what this could have been like had it been made with a proper budget, an epic realisation of the mammoth Zarbi army and their impressive lair, the Menoptra invasion force or the planet Vortis itself could have been a truly memorable spectacle. As it is though even with it's apparent failings, there's much to enjoy here. I find The Web Planet to be no more slow-moving than most other Hartnell era adventures over four episodes long, and for me the only problems are the occasional piece of bad acting, unnecessary padding and the slightly shoddier than usual production values, not in how the planet and it's inhabitants are realised but more the Zarbi running headfirst into the camera and that kind of goof. But a success or not at least the programme makers tried to realise a believable alien environment, which they had already attempted in Doctor Who's second story The Daleks (or if you prefer The Mutants) and three other stories prior to The Web Planet, and this was only the shows second season! A lot more impressive than the lamentable 2005 series which to date hasn't even tried (New Earth doesn't count) and instead prefers pandering to the masses with juvenile humour and flimsy storylines, yet the new team now has the time, money and resources to actually achieve what The Web Planet never could. Well given the choice I'd much rather have an ambitious failure than a soulless success, and although TWP probably doesn't deserve a five star rating that's what I'm awarding it for effort alone.

Naturally this is not going to be to everyone's taste, and newcomer's to the series would be well advised to start elsewhere, but The Web Planet is nothing less than entertaining and a valiant effort from a bygone era.

There is also a satisfying selection of features on offer here, firstly I'd like to praise the restoration team on the superb sound and picture quality of the DVD transfer, which sadly also exposes some of the more stagier aspects of the production and as a result the story looses some of it's atmosphere as with The Mind Robber. The commentary is affectionate, enjoyable and occasionally enlightening and it's nice to hear from Martin Jarvis on a story which obviously means a lot to him. The featurette is not as great as some of the other docs we've been used to recently but is still perfectly agreeable. The give-a-show slides are a fun bit of fluff as is the rather amusing Spanish soundtrack for episode six, but I think my favourite feature is William Russell's reading of Lair of Zarbi Supremo, a gripping yarn brought to life beautifully by the always warm and likeable Russell. Really very little to complain about here especially since they accompany a feature that is now over forty years old.
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Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks, The Colin Baker Years 1984 - 86 [DVD]
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks, The Colin Baker Years 1984 - 86 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £8.29

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You are a fool Orcini, you cannot kill me! I am Davros!", 14 July 2005
"Revelation" is not really a Dalek story, it's a Davros story with some Daleks thrown in and a cameo by The Doctor. Many would site this as the stories main weak point, after all The Doctor is completely superfluous to the plot, and his presence makes absolutely no difference to the events that have been set in motion or their resolution. As for the Daleks they are reduced to mere foot-soldiers, lurking in the shadows and occasionally threatening people in rather high-pitched tones. The Doctor and Peri don't even come in contact with any of the central characters until the second episode! It is indeed a peculiar narrative, but it works. Maybe The Doctor should have had more to do with the outcome, but his smaller role in events allows Davros to take centre stage and the supporting characters to flourish. The Daleks too work well in this respect, kept mainly in the background and seen only occasionally gliding through the misty corridors of Tranquil Repose, they retain a sense of menace and are nicely underused until the finale. Graeme Harper manages to bring the whole thing to life beautifully, he has a keen sense of what works dramatically, and visually this is one of the most polished and impressive stories the series ever produced. Saward, an often unfairly maligned writer has delivered probably his finest script here, a multi-layered story dealing with predominately adult themes, littered with memorable lines, strong supporting characters, drug references and excessive violence. Strong stuff for it's pre-watershed timeslot. I'd like to add that I for one like the DJ, He quickly becomes likeable, as we see him converse with Peri & kick some Dalek b*tt! and is perhaps the heart and soul of the whole story, so it's a real shame that he's exterminated so quickly.
But this is a Davros story after all, and I have rarely been so enthralled with an actor's performance. Terry Molloy is utterly superb, in what is truly his superlative appearance as Davros.
Some don't care for Molloy's take on the mutated Kaled scientist, and prefer the power-house performance that Michael Wisher so memorably gave us in "Genesis", they tend to feel that by the 1980's Davros had become nothing more than a lunatic, and lacked the subtle nuances of Wisher's definitive portrayal. This is of course a matter of opinion. I love both actor's take on the role, but Molloy's performance is marvellously restrained in "Revelation", the actor obviously aware of the need to make Davros resemble a real person rather than your archetypal two-dimensional villain and Davros has never been more cold and calculating than he is here, always one step ahead of every other character in the story, he outsmarts all of them, and the only mistake he made was in not anticipating the arrival of the renegade Daleks. I particularly enjoy the scene in which "The Great Healer" attempts to control his temper in front of Kara, and be diplomatic but cannot conceal his true totalitarian qualities, ordering her instead of asking , his softened tone of voice frequently returning to "rant mode" as he attempts to keep up the charade. It is an impressive insight in to his true character, flawlessly played by Molloy. Once again the creator has become more interesting than his creations. He also appears to have harnessed the powers of the Dark Side of The Force, as he now has the exact same ability to shoot blue lightening from his fingertips as Emperor Palpatine did in "Return Of The Jedi" and "Revenge of The Sith" respectively and can also hover about the place! What a bad-ass! But I digress, Revelation is a true classic, definitely the finest story of the Colin Baker era and an excellent choice for release this year. I don't need to see the features to know that this is an essential purchase for fans old and new. I can't wait to see Graeme Harper back in the directing chair for the news series! As judging on the strength of this and the classic "Caves of Androzani" we're in for a real treat!


Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £12.20

77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Day of Armageddon is nigh!, repent!", 18 Dec 2004
It's difficult to know where to start in my review of 'Lost in Time' as there is so much to get through on this triple disc set, it is choc-a-block full of classic sixties Who, but navigating through it all is well worth the effort.
I'll avoid talking about each individual episode (they all have their own merits) and just briefly mention the real highlight of the DVD, which rather unsuprisingly is "Day of Armageddon". I have always been fond of "The Dalek Masterplan" but I never thought in my wildest dreams that anymore footage would turn up, so imgaine my exitement when an whole episode was returned to the BBC!. "Day" does not disappoint, we get to see alot more of Mavic Chen, (played with relish by the brilliant Kevin Stoney) and best of all those weird and wonderful alien deligates!, It's a pity that it all goes by so quickly, as by the end you are left drooling incessantly for more. And that's the worst thing about this set, you really get so into these episodes, but get no closure, instead having to move on to a completely different story. But even so it doesn't really matter.
Other highlights of the disc are mainly obvious ones. "The Web of Fear" part 1 is absolutley superb, and really catapults this story instantly into my most wanted list. "The Moonbase" also looks lovely in it's new VidFIRE'd state and remains an atmospheric and thoroughly enjoyable tale. I would like to give a special mention to "The Underwater Menace" as it has been unfairly maligned over the years, and is actually great fun.
Really, all of these episodes have something to enjoy and it's a good mix of stories to represent this classic era.
As for the features I am a little torn. I would have liked to have seen some new documentary featurettes on specific episodes or maybe the sixties era as a whole, and more commentaries but there isn't unlimited space available so what we get is mainly all the existing footage from lost stories. Alot of this I have already seen, but it's nice to watch again. "The Power of the Daleks" trailer was a bit of a dissapointment as it is incredibley brief and not what I expected at all, whereas the "Fury from the Deep" footage is the exact opposite, I never would have expected it to be so good. For me this was the best thing on the disc as you get to see alot more than I had anticipated and the Weed creature looks fantastic!. As for the commentaries, basically the Hartnell era ones are excellent with particular kudos to Julian Glover and Peter Purves for their sterling work, and the Troughton ones (with the exeption of "The Wheel in Space") are rather disposable. Finally the Missing years documentary remains excellent but I thought the 'update' could have been alot better, it's very short and "Day of Armageddon" isn't even mentioned.
All in all though this is a packed set of features and provides real value for money.
There is very little to complain about here, as this is meant to be a celebration of what we have lost, and this DVD fulfills that admirabley. As a representation of The Hartnell and Troughton era it is a perfect collection of episodes, backed up with a lot of great features. And my only complaints are purely personal.
This is an outstanding DVD, and worth getting for just for "Day of Armageddon", but thankfully there is alot more to enjoy here too, so do not be put off by the incomplete nature of the episodes, instead go and buy this as soon as you possibly can, as it is essential.


Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Offered by somethinginmyeye. Same Day Dispatch by 1st class Royal Mail.
Price: £11.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic tale of Martian Marauders and fashion faux pas!, 26 Sep 2004
When I heard this was the next Troughton story to be released on DVD, I was overjoyed. It was one of the first Doctor Who videos I had bought as a young lad, and always stirred up fond memories for me, The ice Warriors were cool!. Anyway although I had always liked this tale of Martians and exploding pods,I had regarded this as a rather silly story as a child (Guys with underpants over their trousers spring to mind) and now felt that it was time to reappraise it. And boy was it overdue!.

'The Seeds of Death' is by far one of the best Doctor Who DVD releases so far. First of all the story itself stands up incredibley well today, it is a terribly imaginative production, with many interesting concepts and most of which are well executed. The main trio of The Doctor, Jaimie and Zoe have really gelled by this point in the series and work very well together, the supporting cast too are generally excellent with the odd exception, and the entire story is is fast-paced and atmospheric. Michael Ferguson's direction in hindsight is superb, with many lovely touch's such as the countdown sequence were the numbers are superimposed over Miss Kelly's face, or the chase sequence involving the Doctor and the Ice warriors. The Ice Warriors come across very well too, despite their general slowness and lumbering around. I can't help but love this story, it has all the ingredient's in place for an exciting, well-made adventure. Sure it is hard to igonre the silly costumes and the odd over-the-top death scene, but who cares when it's as good as this!.
This story is also very well served by it's features, which are a very neat little package. The commentary is informative, amusing and never dull. The doucumentary is light-weight, and is pretty much just the actors complaining about their sweaty costumes, but is still highly entertaining. 'The Last Dalek' feature is a fascinating look at the end sequence of 'The Evil of the Daleks' which also has an excellent ommentary by Michael John Harris and Peter Day. But the real treat on this DVD is the newly discovered New Zealand censor clips from 'The Web of Fear', which are frankly stunning and really make this particular story one you desperatley wish could be recovered in it's entireity. 'The Wheel in Space' punch-up clips don't really stand a chance against those marvellous Yeti!
All in all this is yet another fantastic Doctor Who DVD release, with plenty to enjoy in the story and features. So go buy it if you haven't already, and enjoy everything this disc has to offer.


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