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Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD] [1972]

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, John Levene, Richard Franklin
  • Directors: Paul Bernard
  • Writers: Louis Marks
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VRO89C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

On Earth in the 22nd century, Daleks have enslaved the planet and humans live in fear of their masters. Meanwhile, back in the 20th century, a peace conference is urgently needed to prevent World War Three. When reports reach UNIT of a ghost at Auderly House--the site for the conference--the Doctor and Jo decide to investigate. Danger is waiting for them there, including a trip 200 years into the future without the Tardis.

Special Features:

Disc One:

  • Day of the Daleks Original four-part TV version
  • Commentary by actors Anna Barry and Jimmy Winston, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and vision mixer Mike Catherwood
  • Blasting the Past Cast and crew look back on the making of this story
  • A View from the Gallery
  • Nationwide
  • Blue Peter
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles
  • Radio Times Billings
  • DVD-Rom Only:
  • Coming Soon
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
Disc Two:
  • Day of the Daleks: Special Edition. A new version with specially shot sequences, brand-new effects and new Dalek voices, exclusive to this DVD
  • The Making of Day of the Daleks: Special Edition
  • The UNIT Family--Part Two
  • Now and then
  • The UNIT Dating Conundrum
  • The Cheating Memory
  • Teaser trailer
This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 1st – 22nd January 1972

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I have always loved this story and it has been one of my favourites of all time. The only problem with it (even when I saw it as a child) was not enough daleks.

An epic invasion looks a bit rough with only 3 daleks available, no matter how many camera angles you use! I was a bit worried that adding new sfx to the story would look out of place and be glaringly obvious.

Happily though, the special edition was obviously put together by someone after my own heart. The new CGI (and a few new short live action scenes)blend in really well with the original footage and keeps to the same style. It is not too OTT, but does give a better sense of scale. The quality of the transfer is good, so it looks good even on a big telly.

So there are more daleks, more Ogrons and better lasers. This really appealed to my inner 10 year old!
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This two disc set contains not only the original serial as it was broadcast in 1972 but also features the same story with noticeable alterations and new additions that weren't previously there. A cynic would argue against any meddling because the story works very well still in its original format albeit with issues such as invisible bullets and a 3 Dalek attack force in the finale. The special edition however fixes all those issues and actually enhances the story as a result making this the best version of Day of the Daleks to own. Previous and rather silly looking gun fights now feel dangerous and more thrilling to watch with characters now actually looking like they are dodging real bullets. The finale has added more Daleks and new footage that all works thanks to the great decision to enhance this story with new location footage shot and added computer effects that are specifically designed to sit alongside the more dated effects. The special edition is indeed a better version of this somewhat underrated Dalek story that can easily be considered a somewhat wink to the eventual first Terminator movie. Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning are superb in this well paced four part story that is one of my favourite stories of the Pertwee years and a must have for Doctor Who fans.
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Like most reviewers of a certain age this was my first childhood Dalek story on TV. In the 60s they left TV, and I was 2 years old. When this story aired I was 8, ready for them.
I have memories of being excited and instantly fell in love with them, starting a love affair which lasted until the 2010 redesign burned my eyes out. However, in 1972 these were my first Daleks (I hadn't yet seen the films) on TV. My little Rolykin had come alive.

In the VHS era I had bought the BBC tape and oh dear... it was a sad thing to watch. The performances were great, the story excellent... but the Daleks. Three of them invading Earth, and with silly voices. It was like a nightmare... my childhood memories were drowned and washed away.

So, having heard rumours that the Daleks were getting new voices I pre-ordered the DVD and it duly arrived... with 2 discs! One was a special edition with new voices and effects.
With shaking hands I watched it... and it was superb!
This was the way I remembered it being... exciting, dramatic and with menacing Daleks. Thanks to the resoration team and the talented individuals who brought in an extra Dalek, Nick Briggs, Mark Ayres and the CGI people who made an army of Daleks and a ruined future Earth.
Yes, it isn't the same as the transmission I watched in 1972, but it's the way my inner child thought it was.

Modern Doctor Who may have all of the effects, humanity and production values of a modern TV series, but it lacks what these old stories do: pure, unadulterated magic!
8 year old me is over the moon ^_^
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5 stars alone must go to the new edition, I was a bit apprehensive before viewing but needn't have worried. Subtle CGI effects, new Dalek voices and cleverly inserted new action pieces make this well worth purchasing. My eldest son watched Episode 4 and didn't spot that there were new sequences (and he has watched the original). Makes me wish that other stories could get the same treatment.
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I really enjoyed this one. The best Dr Who DVD of this year. I remember watching this story when it was first shown in 1972(when i was 7),it was the first Dr Who i remember all of it & the reason i became a fan. When i received it, i watched the special edition on disc 2 first. It is brilliant. The new cgi effects are very good & i wasn't too bothered about the dalek voices on the original, but the new ones are much better. I also think the newly filmed bits are very good as well. I would highly recommend this one to even non Dr Who fans.
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I think people just over think things these days when really it should be taken for what it is. A story from the 70's with Jon Pertwee and the Daleks. Personally growing up in the 70's nothing could be better and it's just great to see all the wonderful stories preserved for future generations to view and us older folks to reminisce.
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Looking ruefully at the BBC VIDEO 1983 premiere DOCTOR WHO release, REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN as it gathers dust as well as nearly 30 years worth of fading memories I could hardly imagine then that the series would be so extensively& professionally chronicled as it has become.

In this month's (September 2011) release, DOCTOR WHO - DAY OF THE DALEKS has reached an unimaginable level of superfluous excellent, creativity and attention to detail that it has established a new benchmark for the series by which all future- and the majority of previous CLASSIC SERIES releases - will be measure & judged by.

Flawless.

Sublime.

Distinction.

Simply, DVD release of the Year.

This two-disc contains a "special edition" of the four-parter that has been lovingly and appropriately enhanced with new CGI additions and live-action film inserts that is produced with such subtly and deftness of touch. It is a masterpiece. A genuine masterpiece from Steve Broster of BBC DVD and combined with a clarity of print restoration from the" unofficial" BBC Restoration Team and a stunning aural treatment from Mark Ayres (with Nicholas Briggs as the disturbingly elemental voice of the daleks) this re-working is essential viewing for CLASSIC SERIES and NEW SERIES fans alike.

I have a suggestion. Watch the "special edition" before re-watching the "original version" with the commentary activated or you will be sitting there "new bit spotting" instead of becoming all consumed by the magic, and, if you are like me and not watched DOCTOR WHO - DAY OF THE DALEKS for several years, you may be saying to yourself, "Wait, was that sequence in the original release? Did that really happen like that? Was there UNIT soldier shot there?
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