Doctor Who - The Collection - Season 18
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(Mar 18, 2019)
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Re-discover seven classic adventures from Tom Baker’s final year as the much-loved Fourth Doctor. In these twenty nine episodes, the Doctor and his companions encounter the Foamasi, Meglos, the Marshmen, vampires and Tharils, building to a final deadly showdown between the Doctor and his arch nemesis the Master.
Each episode has been brilliantly restored for Blu-ray and comes with in-depth special features, both old and new.
Build your own archive of classic Doctor Who seasons with this eight-disc special 'limited edition packaging' box set.
Hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD
Brand New Bonus Features
• A new Making-Of documentary and updated special effects for Logopolis
• Revealing new 2019 commentaries moderated by Matthew Sweet (Tom Baker on The Leisure Hive, Lalla Ward & Rachel Davies on State Of Decay), surround sound mix for Warriors’ Gate
• Rare behind-the-scenes footage from The Leisure Hive, Full Circle and Logopolis
• Eight more editions of Behind The Sofa
• Brand new documentaries The Writers Room and Weekend With Waterhouse
• A new interview with K9 & Company’s Ian Sears
• Another dip into the Panopticon convention archives with Tom Baker
• HD photo galleries plus scripts, production files and rare documentation provided as PDFs
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Simple really. Access to a much bigger source of material, making it much easier to gather up a load of extras and `wack out` a boxset quickly, without too much of a problem.
Poor Tom looks worn out, and once the lovely Lalla Ward departs into E-Space taking her beloved K9 with her, the companions dilemma really hits the decks and only succeeds in aggravating the situation.
It`s the end but the moment has been prepared for` Tom utters, as he regenerates. It was the end. Doctor Who would never be the same again, as it lumbered through the 80s, dying a slow death.
Worth buying for Tom Baker alone who just about carrys it off, but this is a poor season, and one can only hope that the wait is not too long for Toms earlier and far far superior seasons to appear on the Blu Ray Boxset range. 13 and 14 are the magic numbers!
I think releasing classic Who in season box sets was was always going to happen at some point so the BBC might as well give the releases much added value to entice us to buy....again. I missed out on the Tom Baker season 12 but am eagerly awaiting Peter Davison’s Season 19 release due any day now. These two releases seem to have a reasonable level of new extras to supplement the up-scaling of the stories contained within.
This one however seems a bit light, if the details of extras given so far are complete. Only one ‘making of’ documentary added to the package even though 3 of the stories featured didn’t have one on originally release (Season 19 got 5) and only one surround sound (12 & 19 had two each).
At £56 this is an expensive box set and I would have expected more in the way of additional material.
I wonder what there’ll do with the up scaling of the Jon Pertwee episodes given that many are not held on their original tape? and the incomplete B&W seasons? there’s the potential with these to have colourised episodes, that would really make it worth it assuming that no more missing episodes turn up in the mean-time. But I’m guessing the budget for such an exercise might be too much.
I’m hoping that future season collection box sets up the anti a bit, I don’t want to buy these simply for the ‘behind the sofa’ features and occasional new interview, up scaling apart that’s not enough for me.
Additional: Well at least the price has dropped down to £39.99
Against 'Tanzbrindle' and the hundreds of 'blu-ray skeptics' bringing down everyone else's spirits, let's face the facts:
-There is EVERY REASON to want Who on Blu-ray: because the DVD editions often squeezed so much content that the puny bitrates couldn't handle even the original (native) video tape source material without SEVERE digital compression: see "Genesis of the Daleks'.
-THAT BEING SAID, there is a VERY SERIOUS QUESTION about how BBC are handling the HD transfers. On the PETER DAVSON set, they apparently FOUND THE 16 mm single camera location film and where able to present those portions of the episodes in TRUE HD. That's the way to do it!! (On the other hand, the less said about DW: THE MOVIE, the better).
-SO THE FINAL QUESTION IS ACTUALLY TWO QUESTIONS: (1) do they have the original single camera negatives (or any materials) for any of the Tom Baker eps.??? and (2) for the non-film (native video source material) are they going back to the original 2" Video Tape masters and re-transferring them for a TRUE UNCOMPRESSED PRESENTATION, or are they just plopping the previous (sometimes poor) DVD transfers onto a blu-ray disc with a little tweaking of the digital files???
-Depending on that, BBC is either doing us all a service or STEALING OUR MONEY....!