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Doctor Who: Moonbase [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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1.0 out of 5 stars RED ALERT!!!! The Moonbase DVD is a MESS!!! 27 Feb. 2014
By Dave C. - Published on Amazon.com
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The Region 1 DVD release of The Moonbase has been severely botched by BBC Worldwide and they have NO intention to fix their mistake or offer replacement discs to customers who already purchased this abominable release! It was mastered with an incorrect framerate of 23.98 (film speed) instead of the correct NTSC video framerate of 29.97 and essentially removes all of the VidFire sequences which is the process used by the Restoration Team to restore a "live" video look to sequences that were originally recorded in the studio onto videotape. The result makes these sequences look like they were incorrectly shot on film instead and the pixels are muddy and smeared on episodes 2 and 4.

According to the Doctor Who DVD FAQ, BBC Worldwide is aware of the mastering problem and they have issued a statement that they have NO plans to fix it or offer replacement discs with a "Take-it-or-leave-it" attitude:

"MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR - UPDATE

Due to a tight schedule, Worldwide Americas had this DVD authored in the US instead of the UK (as they normally do). In the process of converting this from the PAL video system, it should've been authored as interlaced video at 60 fields per second, however, the US engineers instead treated this as if it were progressive video. This has resulted in the loss of the VidFIRE video-look effect, and the episodes play slightly slower than they should play; they're about 1 minute longer than they ought to be. They did apply a digital pitch-correction so that the sound didn't lower in pitch. It's still playable, but the video-look is absent, and it does run 4% slow."

This is just inexcusable for fans who have waited DECADES for a proper release. With nearly all of the recovered Doctor Who stories already released on DVD, The Moonbase marks one of the last serials to get a DVD release and they just don't care! If they change their minds later they will likely issue a "Special Edition" to get another money grubbing "Double-Dip" out of the fans. For those of us who purchased this already, it is just unforgivable. For those of you who haven't purchased it, DON'T! Do not support a botched release by giving them your money. If more people who have purchased this return them as manufacturing defects and sales start to suffer, maybe they will get the message loud and clear that the fans demand a CORRECTED re-mastering and force them to do something about this atrocity!
63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR 14 Feb. 2014
By The Scifi King - Published on Amazon.com
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Worldwide Americas have made an apparent mastering error on this DVD. It should have been authored as interlaced video at 60 fields per second, however, it has instead been treated here as though it were 24 frame-per-second film. This results in the loss of the VidFIRE video-look effect, and plays the episodes slightly slower than they should play; they’re about 1 minute longer than they should be.

This is probably the reason the price went down. Since they haven’t recalled DVD’s in the past when errors have occurred, I recommend NOT buying this DVD till the error has been corrected. Just great after waiting several months after this DVD was delayed from its original release date of last winter, and now we still can’t buy ity!
42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT get this DVD! Mastering errors! 23 Feb. 2014
By David B. Minter - Published on Amazon.com
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Do NOT get this DVD! There are mastering errors in the video that cause the video to look like film recording instead of video tape, as they were originally intended to. The video also runs slower, resulting in the running time being about a minute longer than it should be.

BBC Worldwide Americas is aware of this issue and they have stated they will not correct it. They will not issue new discs or replacement discs for people who bought it. Why should they when they can release a so called Special Edition, double dip you, and cause you to pay for the same content twice, like they did with the R2 DVD of Remembrance Of The Daleks?
41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Massive mastering error. 15 Feb. 2014
By C. D. - Published on Amazon.com
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BBCWW screwed up even more than usual on this one.

We're used to getting errors in our R1 releases, which are a low priority compared to the R2 releases. Messing up the story name on the spine, or the text on the back is par for the course. But, they've removed the vidfire and screwed up the playback speed this time. Episodes clock in at a minute longer than they should.

They should recall this and issue us all replacement discs. They won't, but it is the correct response to this problem. Instead I'll likely just do an amazon return.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay story; cool but problematic DVD 29 April 2014
By Little Roy Blue - Published on Amazon.com
During the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who, the show featured several "base-under-siege" stories that involved alien monsters attacking, well, bases. To be honest, I don't like this storytelling formula, or think that it works well for the show. Apart from the fact that it's repetitive, it pretty much guarantees that everyone the Doctor encounters on his travels will be a soldier, scientist or stubborn bureaucrat who's in charge of the base.

That said, "The Moonbase" is a pretty good example of a story about, ahem, bases. The obligatory bureaucrat character is one-dimensional, but played by a good actor who does interesting things with the role. Meanwhile, the villainous Cybermen - in only their second appearance - are weirdly sinister and creepy. (I do miss the more human aspects of their Tenth Planet design, though.) Also, Troughton's Doctor really comes into his own in this story; in a great speech, he establishes himself as a crusader against evil who's ready to protect humanity at all costs. Good stuff.

So the story is, for me, a mixed bag. But how about the DVD? Well, since logging onto Amazon I've found out that it's mastered incorrectly, and plays at the wrong speed. To be honest, I didn't notice this problem when I watched it, so I'm wondering how bad it can actually be. (Well, maybe I noticed it on a subliminal level. I did, after all, fall asleep on The Moonbase because it felt slow!)

Setting aside the tech stuff, the DVD is otherwise fairly impressive but unexceptional for the Doctor Who range. The standout feature is that the "lost" episodes one and three of this serial are presented in animated form. The animation is pretty great; it makes the Cybermen look extra-creepy, and the likenesses of the actors are captured very well. Other notable features include an okay making-of documentary, an enthusiastic commentary track and the obligatory photo gallery. It's not a bad set of features, exactly, but more popular Doctor Who serials tend to get better treatment on DVD. Between the slightly bare-bones release and the mastering problem, you might want to think twice before you buy this - then again, it might be worth it for the animation alone.
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