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Nice video, shame about the animation,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror [DVD] (DVD)
The Reign of Terror has always been something of a mixed bag for me. There are great performances from the principals and the sets look fantastic, but the story struggles to fill six episodes and there is a lot of repetitive capture/escape/recapture padding. It struggles to live up to the pace and taut storytelling of the previous historical adventure, The Aztecs.
The video on this release is every bit as much of a mixed bag. The four surviving episodes look superb and have been beautifully restored. The increase in quality since the VHS release is amazing. The extras are interesting, well-produced and obviously well researched. The thing that lets the release down is the animation. After the superb job that was done with the missing episodes of The Invasion, I'd hoped for something of similar quality. Sadly, the quality of animation on these episodes falls far below that standard. Mostly, the movements are jerky and look unnatural, while the faces are poorly realised (especially Susan, who is almost unrecognisable at times) and look particularly dreadful while speaking. It's like watching a foreign-language film that's been dubbed into English. It's a terrible shame because The Invasion shows that animation has the potential to breathe life into missing episodes, but the BBC need to find someone who can do a better job next time. It's a pity because there's the occasional scene that shows potential (the scenes around the church either side of the episode 4/5 cliffhanger show a lot of promise) but never really manage to hit the mark properly. Hopefully any further animation releases will rectify these problems.
Overall, the quality of the restoration of the surviving episodes makes the DVD worth buying for the collector, but I'll be listening to episodes 4 & 5 from the audio in future.
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2013 17:12:12 BDT
Julia Trott says:
There's clips available on Youtube of the upcoming animation restoration for The Tenth Planet and The Ice Warriors. You can look them up and see what you think of the work they've done there, to see if you think it's been improved or not.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2013 18:13:18 BDT
Doctor Ex says:
I've seen them and it looks a huge improvement.
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 13:24:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 May 2013 20:22:12 BDT
I pretty much have to agree about the quality of the animation on this DVD. Only Barbara's face captures a good likeness - the others range from passable to looking-nothing-like-them. (William Hartnell's distinctive teeth, for example, are replaced by a set looking nothing like his!) And the way their eyes move on closeups is bizarre! Rolling eyes and blinking all over the place, very distracting. A further problem is a lot of very fast cutting which surely can't be what was on the original camera script? And jars with the shooting style of the surviving episodes.
Not as good as the animation for The Invasion at all... although I'm glad they attempted it!
To be honest I prefer telesnaps and there's actually a few 8mm snippets in on the Lost in Time DVD.
Posted on 8 May 2013 15:22:30 BDT
They don't have any money to make high quallity animations. It's this or nothing. The Invasion was an experiment, but it was far above the budget.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2013 16:22:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2013 16:32:24 BDT
of course, you have detailed figures available to back these assertions up :)
In any case, what you say doesn't make sense. It requires *talent* to draw a good likeness, not money. Similarly, it's a deliberate decision to make the eyes blink and roll during close-ups - what's money got to do with it? These kind of things are down to the artistic skill of the animators. You simply have to commission good people in the first place.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2013 21:27:35 BDT
Doctor Ex says:
The dentition is one of the worst-realised bits of the animation: everyone seems to have about three times the normal number of teeth! Sadly, this aspect doesn't seem to have improved in the Tenth Planet/Ice Warriors samples.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2013 23:06:50 BDT
You don't have to watch the cartoons. If you don't like them, don't watch them. Do you want this with crappy animation or nothing? I know what i prefer.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2013 20:48:15 BDT
John H Watson says:
feline if you want to stick with the telesnaps then good on you , as for me , I thought the animation was very good , what was you expecting ? Dreamworks or something? The lighting , the faces , the shadows were an improvement on Invasion to me but even if it had been the same quality it's still a million times better than what we had before.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2013 22:01:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 May 2013 19:51:45 BDT
Well I expect them to hire people who can actually draw a good likeness of the actors! And for them not to put wierd rolling/blinking eyes on everyone. The backgrounds were good, I agree, but the lead cast are a bit more important! If you're busy admiring the scenary, the drama's not really working :)
In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 18:39:52 BDT
John H Watson says:
I think we must agree to disagree here , the animation was for me very good , the only character I thought was horribly wrong was Barbara from the front , the Doctor wasn't too bad and Susan was decent , the scenes where Ian good captured were very well done , I think the fact I started to watch it as if it was a normal episode and forgot at times it was animated to me means i enjoyed it however I can see where other people thought it could have been improved upon.