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DVD review: Lived up to my expectation!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD]  (DVD)Frontier In Space & Planet Of The Daleks has always been my all-time favourite Dr Who stories than any other Classic/New Series adventure. For me, Planet Of The Daleks is better than any other Dalek Story ever made including the New Series of Dr Who. But that's just me. I just love everything about it. The two stories are completely different only inter-link in between, which is why both stories stand alone brilliantly on their own merits.
Planet of The Daleks is a solid Dalek story adventure that has elements of the early Dalek stories from the 60s and does not have Davros in it. The Dalek props used in them have such a metallic authenticity, that gleams. The Dalek Supreme truly excels on screen. There are so many memorable scenes, one of them is on location film where the Daleks are pushed into the pool of ice. The exotic jungle, has an alien planet feel to it, where the subdue lighting by director David Maloney is really effective, even more so in the Dalek Head Quarters and corridors and is now evident in the colour episode three.
I won't go into the storyline but focus on the DVD.
Firstly the dvd cover sleeve for each story is reversible. But why have the same picture? An alternative cover like `K9 & Company' dvd sleeve would have been great or an internal photo collage for each story.
Frontier In Space Disc 2:
Perfect Scenario: Lost Frontier: is a documentary dealing with social issues of 1972/73 around the World and some of it's reflection on `Frontier In Space'. The concept of a futuristic dreamers into discovering the similar social issues in this story is bizarre and padding, though very interesting.
The Space War: is the making of the story, with some great insights from Michael Hawkins (played General Williams).
Roger Delgado Biography: is well documented and strongly absorbing.
The Easter Egg: the experimental Dr Who theme for the opening/end credits to episode 5 at the time, that did not take off.
The photo gallery is really great. I remember pictures of Frontier in Space that featured in Dr Who Weekly, then Monthly and now called Magazine, well they are all featured in this gallery.
Planet of the Daleks Episode 3 was truly a visual experience. It looks fantastic in COLOUR! Though the texture is different to the other episodes just like in `The Sea Devils' and `Claws of Axos' DVDs. It must be said the colour match to the other five episodes are the same. Well done to the Dr Who Restoration Team!
The Easter egg is an original alternative commentary from 2007 for episode 3 before the colourisation restoration was considered.
I found the `Perfect Scenario: End of Dreams fared better than `Frontier In Space', this one focuses again on the social issues around the world in 1972 like the Vietnam War and how `Planet of the Daleks was conceived by Terry Nation. Though by now the two white coloured suited dreamers in the chairs and repeated scenes are a bit padding. But the contents and particularly the interviews are great. `Rumble in the Jungle' is a great look at the making of `Planet of the Daleks' with interviewed footage of the Director David Maloney.
The photo gallery is just simply brilliant! It has some stunning pictures of the Daleks on location as well as deep in the Dalek Headquarters. There's a wide selection of behind the scenes, particularly the Daleks on the Tardis set.
These are THE best Dr Who DVDs I have seen. The extras are a real treat. The Dalek War Box set has lived up to my expectation.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2009 20:50:32 BDT
Mr. Stephen D. Hester says:
The reversible Covers are for those who want all their covers to bear the Original BBC DVD Logo, that's the only difference between the sides.
Pity they didn't think of that when 2Entertain started putting their Logo on the spines !
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