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Really enjoyable classic historical,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror [DVD] (DVD)
This story was a first for me, and was glad to have seen the DVD featuring the vid-fired and lovingly restored version, with animation to complete the serial. I've come to realise I really like the early Hartnell historicals (well, I can't be the only one), so I may be a bit biased. I had high hopes for it and was not disappointed. Basically, if you enjoyed The Aztecs this will be a welcome addition. The production values are wonderful considering the use of the more cramped Lime Grove studios circa 1963, but there's a lot of attention to detail, something talked about by Carol Ann-Ford on the main DVD making of extra. Considering the director of this story didn't speak great English, collapsed during the making of ep 3 due to stress, and would never work on Doctor Who (or I think, BBC) again, this is a very accomplished story. All actors do there jobs pretty well, and there are a lot of dark moments as well as a bit of humour, though never over the top. Series 1 of classic Doctor Who was just that: 'classic' in my book and I am happy that with this release we have all of it on DVD, and that it survived the early 70's BBC tape junking fun to a large degree.
I found the animation of ep 4 and 5 very watchable. There was a lot to commend about the sets and the facial design, and for me felt like as good, if not better than The Invasion. I found some of the quick cutting a little jarring early on during ep 4, which was quite noticeable, but this improved and although some have complained a lot about the animation and some of the short comings, I don't see it! I think for a first attempt the animation studio have done Doctor Who proud. For the uninitiated the same animation house are doing 'Tenth Planet' ep 4 to finish up the Hartnell era on DVD. And another studio are doing a similar thing to the 'Ice Warriors' release due a little later in the year. All told it's a very good year to be a classic Who fan, and buy this release as soon as you can it's great!
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Initial post: 30 May 2013 20:38:16 BDT
John H Watson says:
I totally agree with you re the Animation , the best praise I can give it is that watching the Animation Gallery in the extras I started to think that I couldn't rememeber which particular scenes had been animated and which I thought I had watched in real life so to speak.
I also agree it's a massive step up on the Invasion animation with the lighting in particular been excellent.
A bit disappointed in the extras , not exactly gone overboard on them but the main 6 episodes are superb.
Posted on 2 Jun 2014 01:22:46 BDT
Brilliant review, Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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