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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Mind of Evil [DVD] (DVD)
The Mind of Evil is one of the least known Pertwee stories and when I first saw it back in the summer on 1984, from a fuzzy black and white VHS copy, I instantly adored it. Until recently it was almost entirely represented by these black and white prints (albeit not as fuzzy as MY copy had been) save for a few colour minutes salvaged from part 6.
Enter the Doctor Who Restoration Team and the magnificent work of Stuart Humphries, aka Babelcolour.
Episodes 2 to 6 have used a magic-by-any-other-name process called colour recovery that uses chroma dots trapped in the film recordings to regenerate (almost Time Lord style) the original colours. After years of work these episodes look as good as we will probably ever see them unless a full colourisation takes place; which leads me onto the work of Babelcolour - a talented fan who has hand coloured key frames of episode one to make it look as near to the original quad 2" tapes as is possible. Its a stunning piece of work (aided by Peter Crocker of SVS)
The extras are in depth and fascinating (albeit tinged with sadness as some of the participants are no longer with us) and all in all this is the release of the year for me. A great story now looking the best it has for 40 years
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2014 21:35:28 GMT
Timelord - 007 says:
Great indepth review of a Third Doctor classic I'm a huge Doctor Who fans & reviewed many items.
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