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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Who & The Daleks [1995] [Blu-ray]
Dr. Who & The Daleks [1995] [Blu-ray] THE FIRST EVER DOCTOR WHO FEATURE FILM!

Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored, Dr. Who & The Daleks (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and was the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour!

British film legend Peter Cushing plays...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "...whole restoration deserves appreciation...but (the Extras are) disappointing..."
With the television series celebrating its 50th anniversary of forcing children - and even some adults, I'm sure - to scurry behind the sofa or cower beneath one of its cushions, the release of STUDIOCANAL's DOCTOR WHO tie-in movies is adroitly timed and not only for that celebratory reasoning but for the fact that the Peter Cushing films are frequently derided and an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "...whole restoration deserves appreciation...but (the Extras are) disappointing...", 6 Jun 2013
With the television series celebrating its 50th anniversary of forcing children - and even some adults, I'm sure - to scurry behind the sofa or cower beneath one of its cushions, the release of STUDIOCANAL's DOCTOR WHO tie-in movies is adroitly timed and not only for that celebratory reasoning but for the fact that the Peter Cushing films are frequently derided and an intelligent analysis of their importance, not only within the DOCTOR WHO universe but assessing their role in British cinema in general.

Certainly, it would be remise of STUDIOCANAL to merely re-issue DR WHO AND THE DALEKS and DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. with new sleeve artwork and unceremoniously blow-off-the-dust in order to capitalise on DOCTOR WHO fan's whetted appetite in this anniversary year.

Sadly, that's what has happened, and whilst the two original print negatives have been meticulously cleaned & restored to their glorious Technoscope magnificence the releases have failed equally magnificently to provide a new array of intelligent, insightful, analytical `value added material' (VAM) or `Extras' that provides viewers with new appreciation.

And, regrettably, even the majority of the five VAMs are surreally obtuse and, seemingly, hurriedly written & filmed that result in an embarrassing mélange of mediocrity.

The VAM content could have been so much improved if - where's TARDIS when you need `her'? - STUDIOCANAL had researched and reviewed the `Extras' produced for BBC DVD's excellent DOCTOR WHO CLASSIC SERIES releases or had employed an independent production company, like London's PUP MEDIA LIMITED, to create an in-depth range of `Extras'.

Whilst that may seems harsh - yet honest - appraisal of the VAM, the RESTORING... featurettes is fascinating and demonstrates to all DOCTOR WHO fans the diligence of the Restoration Team as they, frame-by-frame, skilfully ensures that our enjoyment is not undermined or spoilt as we nonchalantly settle down in from of the screen, Tortilla Chips and cup of tea in hand, to lose ourselves within space-time. Frequently, DOCTOR WHO fan take everything for granted so understanding the lengths producers extend to will only enhance their enjoyment of the film or episode.

One question; who is Gareth Owen, and why was he allowed to be filmed in a `screening room' that contained grubby-stained headrest chairs that was only emphasised in using high-definition cameras? Why do I ask? Simply, his diatribe was so soporific that my attention, like a TARDIS key `perception filter' (see THE SOUND OF DRUMS [2007]), waivered of subject. Not impressive and forgettable, and 'the voice of the Daleks', Nicholas Briggs, may have been a more apposite contributor. By the way, he's the author of THE SHEPPERTON STORY.

In DALEKMANIA, the rise and rise in popularity of Terry Nation's seminal aliens is dexterously detailed with interview clips from the writer, cast and crew in addition to inter-linking narrative from 1960's `scamps' visiting a `flea-pit' managed by a familiar DOCTOR WHO actor, Michael (the original Davros) Wisher. Previously released on VHS and DVD, this is certainly a featurette that could have benefited from a `clean-up', however it remains entertaining and informative as it chronicles the development, filming and promotion of DR WHO AND THE DALEKS and its successor.

However, with that said, the restoration of the original print is masterful, with every frame pin-sharp, Mondrian saturated colour that delivers a richness of depth & clarity and an audio track devoid of distortion, drop-out or flanging that reverberates with both subtlety and expansionism. The on-screen image is so clear that you can clearly see the body definition of the 'Dalek Operator' through its neck gauze, in addition to the weave on the Doctor's waistcoat.

Without hesitation, the whole restoration deserves your attention and appreciation.

Of course, the story plotting echoes Nation's original screenplay for the 1963 seven-part story, (known as) DOCTOR WHO - THE DALEKS, truncating the meandering televised version into a responsive adventure story that is relentless in its pace. Here, the titular character, the Doctor (surname: Who) has invented TARDIS that accidentally transports the hapless, fidgety Ian (the engaging Roy Castle), Barbara (Jennie Linden) and the inventor's granddaughter, Susan (Roberta Tovey) to the radiation plagued planet of Skaro - home to two disparate life-forms, the Thals and, encased in `metal travel machines', the Daleks.

Overall, whilst the `value added material' is disappointing and bereft of care & attention, it is the film's print restoration that redeems the release (issued by STUDIOCANAL both on standard DVD and Blu-Ray) and is wholly recommended.

However, there is a caveat, the Extras are poor and, seemingly, hurriedly compiled and produced without the crafting that DOCTOR WHO fans worldwide have come to expect from having access to BBC DVD's CLASSIC SERIES releases. If STUDIOCANAL had thought through the content then viewers may have been treated to, perhaps, a .pdf of the filming script or storyboarding, new CGI special effects option, extensive biographical profiles of the actors (this re-mastered release may be the first encounter by a young fan of Peter Cushing) and a NOW AND THEN feature.

Sadly, a missed opportunity to truly celebrate the TARDIS' only forays onto the `big screen'.

And so to DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, average blu-ray., 6 Sep 2013
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If you already own the DVD version of this film, I'd suggest waiting a couple of years to pick up the blu-ray at a bargain price, as the HD transfer barely makes a difference. Honestly 'Dr. Who & The Daleks.' has never looked better, but clearly the source material was beyond improving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Who & The Daleks [1995] [Blu-ray], 2 Jun 2013
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Dr. Who & The Daleks [1995] [Blu-ray] THE FIRST EVER DOCTOR WHO FEATURE FILM!

Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored, Dr. Who & The Daleks (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and was the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour!

British film legend Peter Cushing plays everyone’s favourite Timelord, and having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro. A primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines. A merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks!

Cast: Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden, Roberta Tovey, Barrie Ingham, Michael Coles, Yvonne Antrobus, Geoffrey Toone, John Bown, Mark Petersen, Ken Garady, Nicholas Head, Michael Lennox, Jack Waters, Virginia Tyler, Jane Lumb, Bruce Wells, Martin Grace, Sharon Young, Gary Wyler, Michelle Scott, Bruno Castagnoli, Michael Dillon, Brian Hands, Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Eric McKay, Len Saunders, Gerald Taylor (Dalek Operators) and David Graham and Peter Hawkins (Dalek Voices) (uncredited)

Director: Gordon Flemyng

Producer: Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky

Screenplay: Milton Subotsky and David Whitaker (uncredited)

Composer: Malcolm Lockyer and Barry Gray (electronic music)

Cinematography: John Wilcox

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [Techniscope]

Audio: English: 2.0 PCM Original Mono Soundtrack

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 83 minutes

Number of discs: 1

Studio: StudioCanal

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – Dr. Who & The Daleks [1965] was the first Doctor Who film and the first colour appearance of the Doctor, has finally been released on Blu-ray by StudioCanal to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this beloved sci-fi programme, which premiered on BBC Television in 1963. The release also coincides with the hundred year anniversary of famed actor Peter Cushing's birth, who stars here as the first non-canon Doctor. What does non-canon mean, in terms of the famous adventurer? Since the show first began with William Hartnell starring as the intelligent, if somewhat abrasive humanoid alien known as the Doctor, to date there have been eleven different actors appearing as the Doctor due to his ability to regenerate in different forms.

Peter Cushing is not considered part of that pantheon because his character, despite being known as Dr. Who, bears few things in common with the Doctor of the television show, such as his love of science, travel, and adventure. Specifically, Cushing's Doctor is a human, not an alien, whose surname just happens to be Who. Despite also featuring the Doctor's most infamous nemeses, Dr. Who and the Daleks is not an official Doctor Who film, but rather an attempt by British studio Amicus to continue competing with Hammer Studios. The two studios often ran neck to neck with horror films and adventure movies, and this film was Amicus's attempt to compete with Hammer's more family-friendly pirate and dinosaur-themed adventure films. Other than an intelligent, science-oriented character named Dr. Who, the villainous Daleks, and the Doctor's T.A.R.D.I.S. time vessel, Dr. Who and the Daleks bears almost no relationship to the Doctor Who Television Series.

The Film was Co-written by Amicus founder Milton Subotsky and Doctor Who scribe and Dalek creator Terry Nation, Dr. Who and the Daleks was an attempt to cash in on Dalekmania, the Dalek craze that swept Britain during the early 1960s following Doctor Who's establishment. A scientist named Doctor Who [Peter Cushing] invents a police box-shaped time machine known as the T.A.R.D.I.S. He shows the machine to his two granddaughters, Susan [Roberta Tovey] and Barbara [Jennie Linden], as well as to Barbara's clumsy boyfriend Ian [Roy Castle]. Ian trips and accidentally activates the machine, sending them light years away to a strange, hostile planet occupied by Daleks, militant robots determined to take over the world. Furthermore, the Daleks have enslaved a peaceful, humanoid race, the Thals. Doctor Who and his family work with the Thals to escape from the diabolical snare of the Daleks and potential radiation poisoning.

Audiences will find plenty to love here, as the film is fun, colourful, over the top, and packed with amazing, era-appropriate scenery. Amicus certainly spared no expense on the set, which was shot in Technicolor and looks simply incredible. From the Dalek city to the petrified jungle, the film seems to have had some influence on later sci-fi films. This is definitely a film for children and adults of all ages.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Released in a 1080p resolution and 2.35:1 aspect ratio, Doctor Who & The Daleks has been digitally re-mastered and presented in HD and on Blu-ray for the first time. The Technicolor looks wonderful and the otherworldly, fantasy elements of the set look fantastic here. The film was shot in Techniscope, a two-perforation (as opposed to the normal four) 35mm process/ Techniscope was popular in the 1960s and early 1970s, often for lower- or medium-budget films, as it provided a widescreen image without the use of expensive-to-rent anamorphic lenses and as it exposed an area half the height of a normal 35mm frame one reel of film got twice as much use. (Techniscope fell into disuse in the 1970s except for some special-effects work, though the name is sometimes used more recently as a synonym for two-perf Super 35. Films shot in the latter process include Shame and Silver Linings Playbook.) One downside of the process, or a feature if you prefer, was increased grain, ‘Dr. Who & The Daleks’ isn't hugely grainy, but the grain on this Blu-ray transfer does look film like. The colours do look true, with solid blacks and close shots are very detailed. Some of the longer shots look a little less detailed, though that may well be as per original.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – ‘Dr. Who & The Daleks’ was made and released in mono, as was the case with almost every film of 1965 other than 70mm presentations. Thankfully, StudioCanal have not remixed the soundtrack into fake 5.1 and have left it as the English 2.0 PCM Original Mono language track. It sounds fine, with dialogue, music and sound effects clear and well balanced, as befits a professional job of work by Amicus's sound department. Also thankfully, StudioCanal have provided optional hard-of-hearing subtitles, which has not normally been their policy on English-language releases. This is presented in decent sounds and only has a slight hiss. Though some of the dialogue is a little low, everything sounds clear and the almost constant Dalek-related special effects sound great, are indeed beautifully mixed.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary with Roberta Tovey and Jenny Linden: Some of the extras are ported over from the film's DVD release from 2002. This includes a commentary, billed as featuring Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey but in fact is moderated by Jonathan Southcote, author of The Cult Films of Peter Cushing. This is a pleasant chat, with both women clearly having clearly happy memories of the filming and of working with Peter Cushing in particular. They both remember Roy Castle taking opportunities to practise his trumpet playing and tap-dancing in his dressing room at every opportunity, distracting young Roberta Tovey (and her chaperone) from her schoolwork. Gordon Flemyng struck a deal with Roberta Tovey that he would give her a shilling every time she did a shot in one take. He didn't repeat this deal for the sequel, presumably as he realised how much he would be out of pocket! This commentary is heavier on anecdote than anything else, so it may be light on the hard information some Who aficionados might wish for.

Dalekmania [58:00] Is a documentary that dates back to 1995 and the film's VHS release. It's presented in the aspect ratio 4:3, upscaled to 1080p, though film clips and some dramatized material at the beginning and end are letterboxed. (Who fans will note that the commissionaire in the opening scene is played by Michael Wisher, a regular Dalek voice on television and the first and definitive incarnation of the Daleks' creator Davros.) Roberta Tovey features here too, so inevitably this duplicates information from the commentary, though we do find out exactly how many shillings “One-Take Tovey” earned. However, we do get to hear from people who were alive then but aren't now, notably Terry Nation, who died in 1997 and has been inevitably sparsely represented on the range of Dr. Who DVDs of the television series. Stunt coordinator Eddie Powell, who died in 2000, also appears: he towers over the adult Roberta Tovey in one shot, so you can see why he was used as Christopher Lee's stunt double. Peter Cushing and Roy Castle had both passed away the previous year, and the documentary is dedicated to their memories. (Gordon Flemyng who died in 1995.) Given that it is now eighteen years old, it's unavoidably a little dated – one contributor is looking forward to seeing the Who films in colour and widescreen on video (younger viewers, ask your parents what that was). It could also have been more detailed: Raymond Cusick, recently departed as I write this, certainly deserved some attention for coming up with the design of the Daleks. Meanwhile, you do get to find out how much Dalek memorabilia went for back in the day. We also see some very faded-to-pink and battered clips from the Italian and French dubbed versions of the film, so thank the Blu-ray gods that you aren't watching something with that lack of picture quality.

Restoring Dr. Who & The Daleks [9:00] Included in this section is a feature about the restoration work done on Doctor Who & The Daleks. The film and television historian Marcus Hearn, the BFI National Archive curator Jo Botting, Deluxe senior colourist Steve Bearman, Deluxe restoration supervisor Tom Barrett, and Deluxe content mastering manager Ian Pickford discuss the production history and new restoration of Dr. Who & The Daleks.
Interview with Gareth Owen [8:00] Gareth Owen, author of The Shepperton Story, who talks to camera about the film's conception, making and release and discusses the history and timeless appeal of Dr. Who & The Daleks.

Stills Gallery [3:00] A collection of promotional and production stills from Dr. Who & The Daleks.

Theatrical Trailer [4:00] Original Theatrical Trailer for Dr. Who & The Daleks.

Finally, whilst the series relied on monochromatic obscurity for its uncanny terrors, the movie takes the Daleks into the world of spectacle and colour. From the glitzy title sequence to the colour coded Daleks; from its use of lava lamps to the (perhaps ill-judged) use of purple eyeshadow on the otherwise butch Thals, the movie throws colour and 1960s glamour at the audience. This means the crisp digital restoration and the release on Blu-ray version considerably enhances the movie. The film is well acted though the dialogue is stilted so the real two stars of the film are the Daleks themselves, and the impressive, almost Ken Adam-esque set design. I originally had the Two Doctor Who films of the The Dalek Collection [Two Region 2 DVDs] and was at the time the best way to view these films on ones Homes Cinema set up, but of course with this Blu-ray release, it is now in the ultimate collection version and if you’re a true Doctor Who fan, then this will be your ultimate viewing enjoyment and give you endless hours of sci-fi enjoyment. If you are a fan of British adventure films and also love Peter Cushing, the it comes highly recommended for the sheer fun factor. ‘Dr. Who & The Dalek’s was followed by a less successful sequel ‘Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.’ which also starred Peter Cushing and has also been released on Blu-ray simultaneously by StudioCanal. Be forewarned that these are both Region B/2 disc releases and American fans can only watch them with a Multi-region Blu-ray player. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and the Daleks., 27 Feb 2014
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Peter Cushing throws off his Hammer House of Horror charactors to play a loveable Doctor .... such a change from William Hartnell.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with the Dr, 29 Jan 2014
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For a bid screen Dr Who adventure I found it never came close to the original TV series and had very poor visual effects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUBTITLES?, 20 Sep 2013
Could anyone tell me if the Blu-Ray is for deaf and hard of hearing? I would really appreciate your response.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who, 26 Jun 2013
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This is the first Film outing for Doctor Who and perhaps the best film yet. This was based on the second TV story staring William Hartnell. really enjoyable film worth watching again and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Now on the Big Screen In Colour', 2 Jun 2013
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This is a great release, with a fantastic 2.35:1 picture. A clean,detailed image with mild film grain of course.
Sound is Mono, and is once again very clear and crisp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for this to come out, 31 May 2013
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Have been looking out for this for some time so am pleased it is now out and I can enjoy watching it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amicus' Tardis is blown off course., 16 Aug 2012
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I feel I have to put a disclaimer here. I am not a hardcore Dr. Who fan, I grew up with Pertwee and Baker and loved them, after that I hit puberty and the good Doctor left my own personal universe. So basically I want to say that I view this picture as a film lover, not as some serio Dr. Who fan. Thus I ask, just how did Amicus get it so wrong?

Oh it really isn't as awful as some "who" fans have painted it as, and by painted I mean spittle daubed venom! But it looks like Amicus have tried to reinvent Dr. Who about 25 years before he needed reinventing. I mean, I realise it's a show involving time travel, but Amicus' Tardis is just a bit too early! They have taken two of Britain's most beloved entertainers and made one a bumbling comedy side-kick (Castle as Ian), and the other a doddering old eccentric granddad type (Cushing as the Doctor). Fair enough Cushing's Doctor is a genius, we know and understand that, but if you take away the Tardis invention, then this could be any old geezer in a sci-fi movie.

Things are further muddied by lack of screen time for Cushing, he is strangely secondary here. It's a good job the two girls playing his nieces (Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey) get good characterisations to work from, and that the Daleks are a colourful and dastardly foe, because Sir Peter of the Who is jostling for attention in a film that bears his character's name. The irritants continue when you reach the end credits and the action quota amounts to being very little. It's safe to say the stunt department and director Gordon Flemyng's camera were not required to work over time.

On the plus side. The production design, considering the low end budget, is visually impressive. The outer lands of the Dalek's planet Skaro is very striking with green tints and scorched plant life. The interiors are suitably metallic in feel, plenty of odd angles, though you will have to ignore parts of the set flapping about when they aren't meant too. The Thal race of beings that enter the story significantly, are interestingly costumed and made up, preempting Glam Rock by a few years, and those Daleks, pop culture for ever assured and entering the villain stratosphere, really do rock with their staccato voices. But ultimately the film feels like such a waste of talent and source material, so much so that not even a casual Dr. Who fan can proclaim it a worthy spin on this particular practitioner. 5/10
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