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4.0 out of 5 stars Kamelion tales /Doctor who the Planet of fire/Kings Demons, 31 May 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD] (DVD)
Well this DVD release is an odd on to say the least. Firstly its of a lesser known companion of the Doctor (only Two Stories he appeared in due to deaths in the design/computation department). I do think as a character it was missed opportunity.

Dvd. The Kings Demons looks amazing, picture quality is improved vastly from the VHS (not too difficult considering the quality of the tape stock used) But still huge improvements all round.

The Extras are
The extra commentary is actually director Tony Virgo solo . Main commentary on The King's Demons: Davison, Isla Blair, and Eric Saward ... together! Not sure why this was done, but it does add another value for money material .
Other features: Magna Carta (self-explanatory) But its taken from a BBC 2 documentary similar in vein to the Tony Benn one for the War Machines . and Kamelion - Metal Man An interesting look at what went wrong, and why. Sad really. So nothing of great importance , but enough to keep you amused (if a fan) iso Score, Radio times Billings, Production notes , the usual bits and bobs.

As for Planet of Fire: commentary from Davison, Bryant, Strickson and Cumming.

Features: The Flames of Sarn (making of)Which is better than I would have expected , For some reason I thought this would be bland and uninformative, but it is interesting .

Return to the Planet of Fire (locations feature)Almost likeone of the NOW & THEN features we used to get on other Doctor Who discs.

Designs on Sarn (interview with production designer)Says what it does on the tin.

Calling the Shots ("looking at the story's production")Directors point of view (I did wonder if this was trimmed a bit to give a story perspective for the third discs feature film widescreen 5.1 version as it has its own changes featurette .

and Remembering Anthony Ainley.This is sweet and as Anthony was a very private man, should hold some info for the die hard fans as well as casual new ones.

The Special Edition Edit is a Marmite production from the start. Do you want/Like your 4;3 (square) tv Picture cut to make it 16;9 (widescreen) and some shots have been re-done with overdubs, some are cut while others are layered with CGI recreations of things. It does move a long better than the 4 part version, so does cut some of the long hot desert scenes, but for me these added to the overall feel, so maybe didnt need cutting so tightly. Shorter is not always better.

The 5.1 is brilliant, but then I`d have loved a 5.1 on the 4 part version, but not sure it could have been done, and like the similar experiment with Doctor Who Enlightenment, its a worthwhile try. And Works better than Enlightenment did. (for me anyways, some of the cgi was too obvious last time, this time there are the odd couple of bits that stand out, but I have seen this loads of times and so would notice, the perspective of someone who isn't so familiar with the source material might have seen less changes and had more appreciation for the them.

Over all its nice that we still get Special Editions, of stories to fit the new who style timing , would have liked a feature length special edition (like Curse of Fenric) But at least we are getting one, which is odd as the Silver nemesis DVD due later in the year has no special edition or extended edition, just a reel of extended/deleted scenes.

Bryan Simcott
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2010 09:17:44 BDT
Jeremy K. says:
Unless you were involved in the making of the extras, how can you make useful comments about them?
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