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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Opportunity. An okay set, could have been so much more, 14 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Complete Box Set - Series 1-7 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
First things first, this is a very reasonably priced product. I know there have been claims of "overpriced" etc, however, if you examine that Seasons 5-7 are still priced at £35+ for bluray, then you have the Specials and seasons 1-4 included also, then £165 is quite decent.
Secondly, the product is very nicely packaged - The cardboard box is nicely designed and of good quality. The new cover designs on seasons 1-4 are VERY nice, and in my view a definite improvement on the previous packaging. ONLY problem I have is that they changed the "Doctor Who" logo from its "new credits" logo to that of the "classic doctors", which is fine, but from Season 5-7, the logo remains that of the "Matt Smith" era, completely breaking any continuity. My own thoughts are if they updated the packing from 1-4, then surely a logo change would have been easy to do on the newer series.
Now, there has been a lot of complaints about "slowing the show down" and that it runs longer on season 1-4. This sounds ridiculous to people, and yes, it is. The picture quality has DEFINITELY improved, lets get that out of the way first. In fact, my own thoughts are that the later seasons actually seem slightly grainer in comparison with the up conversions. If the show has been slowed by ANY amount, it isn't something you'd notice.
The sound quality is fantastic, I can honestly say that when Murry Gold's "Eleventh Doctor Theme" kicks in, it's amazing.
Now, my issues with this box set:
If you aren't bothered about extras or bonus features, then this won't be an issue, but for others there are some problems:
1. The bonus features are actually reduced in number from previous releases, not only on season 1-4, but on Season 5-7 as well.
2. The advertised bonus features of the Proms performance in 2010 is NOT included. And it has no plans to be.

Other minor niggles: The time that the disks take to reach the menu on season 5-7 is MADDENING. There is a whole series of unskippable "Accessibility" screens etc to go through, having timed them, it takes anywhere from 3-5 minutes JUST to get from one advert/access section through to the start screen. It's at times ridiculous. BBC - For future releases, whilst I very much appreciate your drive to make dvds and blurays accessible to all, please make the screens skippable for those of us that do not require them.

Again, it does slightly irk me that the extras on this are actually less than when bought on DVD or indeed, bought separately. This box set is meant to mark the return of the longest running sci-fi franchise in history, and its 50th Anniversary. I fail to understand why some additional features or documentaries marking this fact were not included.

Lastly, the BBC has again, sold the UK license Payers short with this. The American release comes with EVERYTHING plus additional content in the manner of the above paragraph; namely the features regarding the shows 50th anniversary and also the "best of" moments from the show since it's return. Why is it that the American release gets these and the UK is left short again?

The UK is overlooked on special features from NUMEROUS American studios in the Region 2/B releases. Why are we now being overlooked from our own establishments?

In short, the picture and sound quality as well as the price, DO make this a pretty decent buy. However, the oversights, ommissions and shortcomings are very noticeable, and I think show a bit of a hash job from the BBC. Not an issue for those just wanting to watch and enjoy the show, in that instance, I couldn't recommend this set more. But, if you're a big fan, and want ALL the bells, ALL the whistles and ALL the extras, then, in my view, the level of the picture quality improvement on 1-4, don't make this a "must have purchase" over the DVD's that contain everything else you could want.

If you're after extras, additional content: DVD and single season blu ray releases are the way forward.
Just after the show and quite a few extras in decent quality and at a pretty good price? This is the set for you!
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2013 14:44:24 GMT
Sylictic says:
Are all the commentaries for the first 4 series on this set?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 23:23:19 GMT
Thats what Id like to know too. This review is the closest yet but not one review has mentioned the commentaries specifically. Series 1-4 had commentaries for every episode!! We were spoiled in those days!!! And also hours of Doctor Who Confidential cut downs going behind the scenes. Reading between the lines on this review it would seem the Confidentials, at least, are absent. No extras, no commentaries is a complete deal breaker for me. Ill stick with my DVDs upscaled on the PS3. For now.........

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 18:35:54 GMT
revolver31 says:
I picked my season 5 + 6 blu-ray up new for around £15 each, I just bought the specials Blu-ray new for £11 and those have the best content over the 1-7 set. So that's £46 for those 3 that leaves 1-4 + 7 and £121 left over when deducting from the £167 set and as I've said the individual releases are better.
Now s7 can wait till it drops in price I wont pay £36 + it's also a little cheaper elsewhere but the fact is half the season is 2 yrs old now.
1-4 the best bet here is to hope the single season Blu-ray releases are given more attention with slip covers, better features, commentaries etc. because the fact is the upscale dvd's are very close quality wise and they have all the features.
we get 50gb discs with Blu-ray yet the 8gb dvd's have much more on them? now I know about pic + sound and bitrates etc. but my point is if we can put all this stuff on inferior 8gb dvd's surly we can get that and so much more on the superior 50gb disc's and audio commentaries don't take up much room and as for the rest well I mean even just 1 extra 50gb disc would cover it.
BBC have been very lazy and cheap here.

1. How can the next gen product have less content than the last gen were supposed to be moving forward not back.

2. How can this be complete when the 50th is not included.

3. How can this be the ultimate set worthy of buying when it doesn't contain all the previous content from previous releases let alone the so called "new content".

4. How can they expect to sell a product that is falsely advertised, is missing a disc and is in general giving the u.k public the shaft over the u.s version.

5. BBC = The British Broadcasting Corporation key word being British not American so therefor the British should be catered for first in this area god knows the American's look after there's first they always get the best content with there movies and they pay less.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 20:51:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2013 20:54:39 GMT
all the extras from the original release are present, the commentaries can be found by looking under audio options on the set up menu and not in the special features menu. all the confidential cut downs are on the last disc of each season, (1 - 4 at any rate) under special features.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 03:25:37 GMT
R.Mash says:
Brilliant review & i whole heartedly agree.However i won't be buying the box set at it's current price even though your comments are mostly valid.Having already got previous versions on both dvd & blu-ray i'm happy to wait till the box set is a silly give away price.Thanks though,nice to see some honesty,genuine detailed info & a balanced take on the box set.P.S.....Looking forward to Capaldi.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2014 15:35:12 BDT
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Posted on 25 Jun 2015 14:50:10 BDT
Well, it's put me off buying it if it doesn't include all the extras, when it does for the U.S. market. I'm sure it will put a lot of other prospective purchases off too?
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