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5.0 out of 5 stars Pity there isn't more clasic Who in HD, but there we are, 2 May 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - Spearhead from Space (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
"Spearhead from Space" holds a special place in many Who fans' hearts, as the first colour serial and the first to star Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. It's also the only "classic Who" story to be shot entirely on film, and that's only because of a BBC technicians' dispute. It's a bit weird to think that this blu-ray only exists due to a strike, but that's the way it is.

When "Spearhead" was originally released on DVD the results were a bit disappointing, as the sound and picture quality wasn't as good as they could/should have been. Fortunately, when the special edition DVD was being prepared the Restoration Team located the original 16mm negatives and soundtracks. For technical reasons they made new fine-grain interpositives from the negatives and scanned them in HD "just in case" a blu-ray was ever released. I'm very glad it has been.

[Edit] I see from the Restoration Team website that for the Blu-Ray release they actually took new scans from the original negatives, which gave them even better quality except in the case of Episode 3, where the negative was blemished, so the interpositive was used again. The sound was taken from the same masters as the DVD, derived from the original magnetic soundtracks or digital copies made for preservation.

It's a pity there aren't any more of the classic stories in HD, but unless somebody invents software that can interpolate extra picture detail into videotaped images (which would require a computer to be able to interpret pictures in the way the human brain can) then we'll just have to be content with this, and give thanks to those striking studio technicians.
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Initial post: 2 May 2013 09:39:34 BDT
Feasibly, we could also have the TV Movie with McGann on Blu too as it was shot on film.
Apparently, as of this time, NONE of the existing extras will be ported over from the previous DVD edition/s. There is another 'review' with this information here already and the frustrating reasons why. Perhaps you should amend your 'review' to correct this misinformation.

Id like to see Blu-ray disks used to house entire seasons of who together a la ST:TNG or Battlestar Galactica. The show would, obviously, still only be in standard definition but the space saving would be astronomical. And yes Id be quite willing to fork out on the stories all over again after owning them on VHS and now DVD to have them all together on Blu disk sets. You could possibly get the whole of Colin Bakers run on one set. McCoys too. Davison might need a couple of sets and then further back it's probably a season a set but It wouldnt end up being too expensive. Comparitively, with buying every story seperately.

Posted on 2 May 2013 13:45:06 BDT
Lee R says:
Here's where I quote the information that the DVD extras will not be included. http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3FXFBXH8S5PRB/ref=cm_cr_rev_detmd_pl?ie=UTF8&asin=B00CEB72JU&cdForum=FxILJRI6OFCZA5&cdMsgID=MxKPJ227TUXME3&cdMsgNo=10&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx2729V58I269RC&store=dvd#MxKPJ227TUXME3

Posted on 2 May 2013 21:28:49 BDT
The two 60s dalek movies can also be released on blu ray (as they were shot on film) and are being released latter this month. Which means 4 classic episodes can be upgraded but only 3 have or will be released. Just the movie to go then we are done with classic blu ray.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013 21:55:40 BDT
Enjoyable as they both are I don't really consider the 60s' movies as canon or fitting in with the classic series at all. Ill still pick them up when theyre about a fiver though as I haven't seen them for yonks.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2013 14:23:08 BDT
Paul Bristow says:
Although the TVM was *shot* on film, it was *post-produced* on video. That means teh only way to get an HD version would be to re-do all of the video effects work in HD. I doubt that will ever happen (and if it did, what are teh chances some things would be change that fans would argue about forever as to whether the new version "counted" as canon...? =:o\

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2013 20:25:22 BDT
The movie is already a minefield in that regard. Half human Doctor indeed!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 06:58:12 BDT
Lee Mendham says:
Redoing the FX in HD is not impossible - they did it with ST:TNG - but the budget on Who restorations probably wouldn't cover it.

Posted on 6 May 2013 20:32:11 BDT
Just thought, Dreamland can also be released on blu ray as that was shot in HD, but was only ever released on DVD. Same as the Sarah Jane adventures series 3.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 20:46:42 BDT
Paul Bristow says:
Dremalnd wasn't *shot* at all! It's an animation. As long as teh original animation files still exist, it can be (re-) rendered at whatever resolution people want.

Heck, it could beteh first ever Doctor Who release in 4k! =:o}

(WHether it *should* be, of course, is another matter...)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 20:48:27 BDT
Paul Bristow says:
Dremland wasn't *shot* at all! It's an animation. As long as the original animation files still exist, they can be re-rendered at whatever resolution people want.

Heck, it could be the first ever Doctor Who release in 4k! =:o}

(Whether it *should* be, of course, is another matter...)
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