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Magnificent Set but.........***EDIT***24/10/2014
on 6 September 2014
Received my boxset this morning and on the whole, it is a magnificent looking thing! However, what I assumed would be a solid outer keep case (a la the Star Wars BD set), is in fact a rather flimsy card and plastic window, which will undoubtedly be quite easily damaged. Especially when the access to the seperate cases inside the box is through a flap on top (a la cup a soups) as opposed to the much better sliding in from the side, used in practically EVERY OTHER boxset!
Quite who makes these baffling aesthetic decisions within the marketing department of the beeb or 2entertain, and why, is a mystery.
On the content side of things, without going into the worthiness of the individual episodes, everything is pretty much as expected. The episodes look fantastic in HD and it is a proper TREAT to have 'An Adventure' and 'The Five(ish) Doctors' in glorious 1080i too! A comprehensive selection of extras too barring one glaring omission, which I'll come to.
A couple of slight niggles : The Script to Screen Table Read is actually a 15 min featurette with only brief cuts to the actual table read. This disappoints the uber geek in me as I've seen a couple of FULL table reads of different shows and they are enormous fun.
: Strange to watch the Cinema introductions for Day of the Doctor talking about switching to 3D and not have the 3D version available.
: NO COMMENTARIES! This is the biggest niggle for me. The biggest episode in the show's recent history. The most high profile run of episodes in years and a magnificent one-off show dedicated to the birth of Doctor Who and not a commentary between them. A massive missed opportunity.
Anyway, still a great release, especially if you held off from buying all the stand-alone releases since last November. Just someone please have a word with the designer of the packaging :P
*****EDIT*****24/10/14******FAULTY DISC REPLACEMENT SERVICE UPDATE******
I note that the BBC are now offering to replace the faulty 'Day of the Doctor' disc, which is disc 2 of the set. It has audio and video playback issues, due to a framerate error. It's a freepost address, but is only for purchases of the 50th anniversary set. You need to send the faulty disc to
BBC Worldwide Ltd
BBC DVD Support
33 Foley Street
And the turnaround for delivery of the replacement discs will be roughly 4-5 weeks. Nice job!