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Doctor Who - The Mind of Evil [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, John Levene
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Professor Keller has created a machine that can pacify even the most dangerous of criminals. But when the Doctor and Jo arrive at Stangmoor Prison for a demonstration, things start to go horribly wrong – especially when they discover that the Doctor’s old enemy Master is responsible for the machine. What could he possibly want from the criminals? And what connects him with an impending World Peace Conference? Special

• Commentary with actors Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Pik-Sen Lim (Chin Lee) and Fernanda Marlowe (Corporal Bell), director Timothy Combe, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and stunt arranger Derek Ware. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
•  The Military Mind - A look at the making of the story. Featuring actors Nicholas Courtney, Pik-Sen Lim and Fernanda Marlow, director Timothy Combe, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks.
•  Now and Then - The latest in our long-running series visits the filming locations used in the story to see how they have changed over the years.
• Behind the Scenes: Television Centre Back in 1971, presenter Norman Tozer visited BBC Television Centre to find out what went on over 24 hours in the life of what was then an incredibly busy ‘television factory’.
• Radio Times listings (DVD-ROM)
• 1971 Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks promotion (DVD-ROM)
• Programme subtitles
• Production information subtitles
• Photo gallery
• Coming soon trailer
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2014
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A brilliant return to the style of Jon Pertwee's first season, with political intrigue and UNIT action, plus the greatest supervillain of them all and a thing of pure evil - and now all in colour again! 5*

It's a terrific six-part story for the final release of the Pertwee era, with superb action scenes, extensive location filming with a genuine missile borrowed from the RAF and great direction by Timothy Combe, excellent performances from the UNIT `family' and the large, talented guest cast, very impressive sets, lighting and soundtrack and a truly evil `monster' that turns its victims' deepest fears against them.

The colour restoration is astonishingly good, re-coloured by merging the surviving mono film with residual colour signal that was left within the mono material - the same `chroma dot' technique as for `The Ambassadors of Death' and with visibly better results. Perhaps the original materials were better, or the technique has been improved; either way the results are remarkable. Apparently episode one had to be restored manually, frame by frame, and it looks the best of all! It must have taken ages to do but the results are certainly worth it and the soundtrack is also excellent.

Cold War tensions and `summits' were never far away in 1971, so UNIT have a lot of topical problems on their plate managing security at an American-Chinese peace conference, a banned nerve-gas missile to dispose of - and the Doctor is worrying about prison reform? Yes, and with good reason, because down at the old fortress that is now Stangmoor Prison, the Doctor and Jo are witnessing the first British test of the `Keller Process', a supposedly humane machine that extracts evil from the mind of a criminal, leaving behind a limited but law-abiding citizen.
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As part of the BBC's misguided policy of destroying the master tapes of Doctor Who and many, many other programs in the 1970's, the colour masters of many Pertwee stories were junked. At one point only eight of the 24 adventures existed in full in colour in the BBC archives.

Things got better over the years. Colour copies of many of his stories were found in Canada and returned to the BBC - although these had been converted to the NTSC format and had lost some quality in the process. Other stories were recorded in the US by someone watching them on TV, and the colour signal from these was matched with the black-and-white recordings which had somehow - fortunately - escaped destruction. That left a few adventures with episodes only in black-and-white. Luckily technological innovation enabled colour versions being created of these, but the process is I believe time-consuming, expensive and requiring a lot of manual intervention.

The Mind of Evil is the last of this group of stories to receive the attention of the Recovery Team - on this occasion it was not individual episodes but all 6 that had no colour copies. And is a resounding triumph. They had to use the chroma-dot recovery technique for episodes 2-6 but for the first episode this was not possible and it had to be coloured by hand. I am pleased to say that the picture quality here is very good indeed. Episode one, surprisingly, looks the best of the lot.

As for the actual content, this is a superb example of early Pertwee. It shows the influence of James Bond, with its international political conferences, world-threatening super villain and cloak-and-dagger manoevering.
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The number of people prior to this DVD release who have seen The Mind of Evil in colour must be pretty small. On its single UK transmission in 1971 the majority of households would probably still have had only B&W televisions. It was sold abroad in the mid 1970's to various US TV stations, but after that only B&W film prints have been available.

It's been a long and winding road, but eventually it's available again in full colour. Episodes 2-6 use the Chroma Dot Recovery system, where the colour information hidden in the B&W print is utilised. Of these five, episode 2 is the poorest, but the other four are very good indeed. This is absolutely the best quality that is achievable at present, and when you consider that the budget for this restoration isn't particularly large then it's even more impressive.

Episode 1 presented a particular challenge. There were no Chroma Dots available, so instead selected frames from the episode were hand coloured by Stuart Humphryes, otherwise known as Babelcolour. In a 25 minute episode of Doctor Who there are approximately 36,000 frames. In total around 7,000 frames were hand coloured and then SVS Resources used these frames to extrapolate the colour signal from the adjacant B&W frames. After about 18 months and thousands of hours of work the final result is quite staggering - without the efforts of Stuart Humphryes and the others working on this project, episode 1 might have remained in B&W, so many, many people owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Whilst it's understandable that the colour restoration will be the main talking point, what of the story itself? Broadcast second during Jon Pertwee's second season, in many ways it feels like a throwback to the previous year.
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