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Long overdue DVD now on the shelves !,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Dæmons [DVD] (DVD)
The Pertwee era is my favourite from Doctor Who - although the Tom era runs it close. The Daemons epitomises my first-hand memories of the show when I was a child - the Doctor/Jo pairing, the Master, Unit, but all fans of the show will know the plot.
The restoration is a step up again from the previous attempt 20 years ago - advances in technology having made this possible. For the first time, we see the raw material they had to work with and appreciate how much work has gone into this. See the decidedly mediocre picture quality on the Tomorrow's World clips, the terrible picture sparkle on the closing stages of the restoration test, and hear the wobbly sound particularly on the closing credits !.
To be picky, in general I think the location material looks a little inferior to the parts recorded in studio - just a little grainy, but nothing to worry about.
The extras are very well done. It's a pity that rights issues prevented Return to Devils End being included, but in its absense a nice "making of" story has been assembled - featuring some of the surviving cast and crew (but why no Stephen Thorne, who gave a good contribution to the recent Three Doctors rerelease ?). The tribute to Barry Letts is a fitting one to the late producer whom Who fans have much to thank for. And like the similar Hinchcliffe feature from the recently-released "Android Invasion" it prominently features his children, who knew him best. Some nice colour film from location,
the Tomorrow's World feature and colourisation test I have already mentioned and the usual photos and trailer (in this case for Nightmare of Eden) round things off.
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2012 14:52:07 BDT
Paul Smith says:
a missed opportunity for return to devils end to be included, would have made this PERFECT......
Posted on 12 Apr 2012 17:24:39 BDT
Bear in mind, though, that the interiors were shot on videotape and the exteriors on 16mm film (normal practice at the time), therefore the quality of the outside scenes was always bound to suffer no matter how complete the restoration.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2012 07:01:37 BDT
F. Lane says:
That answers my question, thanks! I've been waiting for ages for that as well as the Daemons. Maybe they reckon we'll shell out for the Return as a separate DVD?
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