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4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the bank, 28 Feb 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD] (DVD)
Firstly if you do not have these titles this is a must, however if like me you bought these first time round then its sort of a big price tag. I am not against the re issue of older stories, i just feel its something to be done once all stories have been released, all the stories in this set are excellent and this review is based on the value of this reissue. If you love extras then its for you. Like Revisitations One, the choice of stories is somewhat strange. (Vengeance on varos is now going to be re released as a two disc set in 2012).First of all have watched the original issue with the new there is little difference in picture quality. So if you are shelling out on this set it would be for the extras. Firstly Seeds of Death this was a double issue and for extras they are pretty good two strong documentaries the monsters that came back, and lords of the red planet are very good. However the original release was Vid fire so I am not sure why the need to re visit this story,as these extras could have been used on the ice warriors release when ever that happens. The commentary is the same as the original issue and sowing the seeds is also included as per the original. The next story is Carnival of Monsters, has the least extras and I found the least entertaining set. You do get all the extras from the first issue and then some be hind scene's work, which was included in more than 30 years in the tardis (now that would be a good extra!), you have two disc's and the original and edited endings,a longer episode 2 and the behind the scenes CSO with Barry Letts. Again same Commentary. Finally Resuscitation of the Daleks now this is a strange one, this was issued with 5.1 sounds and also with some good extras, ok you get a few more including breakfast time with Janet Fielding and John Nathon-Turner, and a very nice look back on the 5th Dr's tenure with David Tennet.Also its the only disc to have a knew commentary with Eric Saward. As for the other version you get the Broadcast version the two parter, which was just edited together originally by some BBC engineers,at least it has an option to have 5.1 sound as well.However this two parters nothing like say Curse of Fenwrick, or enlightenment, it is just the two episodes edited together. The picture quality has not improved by leaps and bounds and to answer another reviews question re 5.1 sounds, the technology is now available to create a 5.1 SOUNDTRACK even when the original elements are no longer available (see Colin bakers Revelation on how to expand mono to 5,1).So for the extras yes this is great well two of the sets are, all are double discs but this is a large price tag just for extras. Personally i think it would have been better to issue the stories as stand alone so you could select your favorite story.The next set is on its way in October and has Tomb, Robots and The Three Dr's, the debate continues at the strange selection of well the last title anyway. Please note again the tree stars is for the value of the set.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2011 16:45:41 GMT
Since the issue of this review vengeance is being released as a two disc set in 2012

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 11:52:52 BDT
Sophie says:
Good. Any news on The Ark In Space? That one's outstanding. In both senses :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011 20:02:44 BDT
No as far as i have found out vengeance is the last to be revisited, and there are only three box sets containing the titles I have mentioned hope that helps.

Posted on 2 Jun 2011 03:02:04 BDT
Iceboy says:
You say see Resurrection on expanding mono to 5.1. What do you mean?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 08:38:10 BDT
On the DVD of resurrection and also curse of Fenwrick Mark Ayers explained how they took the mono soundtrack and expanded it to stereo on the mixing desk. That is what I meant with the Caves DVD was there a posibility this could have been done to that soundtrack

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 08:39:03 BDT
Iceboy says:
Oh great, Ive seen the Fenwrick one, where is the one on Resurrection?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 11:42:19 BDT
Gavin golly my memory i must apologies its my old age i get muddled i will correct this review I believe its on the Colin baker revelation, when I finish work ill check please forgive my mistake

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 18:11:15 BDT
Iceboy says:
No worries, I had a feeling you were mistaken, hence my asking you to be sure.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 23:05:57 BDT
Gavin it is on revelation as it is the one the add back the original music which was omitted from the VHS version cause of rights issues
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