New to Blu: TV > October 30-November 5

November is a mega-month for Doctor Who fans, and what better way to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary than to binge on the Blu-ray of The Complete Seventh Series?

Of course, it may as well be 1963 given Doctor Who’s shabby SD transmissions on Prime.

But at least Roadshow Entertainment releases the latest seasons and specials on Blu-ray, with the seventh including four commentaries, six documentaries and a bounty of other extras.

The Complete Seventh Series set presents both Christmas specials and all 13 S7 episodes by way of a tip-top 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation.

“And, for all intents and purposes, it’s as close to perfect as any Doctor Who fanatic could hope for.”

“The show comes with a DTS HD audio track that suited the show well.

“There is a lot of aural action in the show; the TARDIS taking off, various battles with monsters, etc., and those sequences were engulfing and forceful.”

Also new this week are Once Upon a Time – The Complete Second SeasonBeing Human – The Complete Fifth Series and Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season Five.

“The second season of Once Upon a Time has a great looking 1080p HD transfer. All 22 episodes are presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

“The biggest flaw with this release is its green screen scenes. When there is a segment that is heavily shot with a green screen background, the image nose dives into oblivion with banding, motion blur, and aliasing. It’s horribly distracting.”

“Series five marks the last episodes of Being Human in the UK … Recorded in 1080p/AVC, this title continues the stepped up attention to video quality that the BBC has paid for many of their signature titles of late.”

Speaking of which, series seven of Doctor Who on Blu-ray spearheads a month-long commemorative slate and although the other titles are DVD only, they’ll be a must for fans.

Roadshow has released this update of release dates and details:

DOCTOR WHO REVISITED VOLUME 1 (November 6)

A special 50th anniversary DVD series 

The first volume in this restrospective series showcases Doctor Who’s first four doctors – William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, spanning from 1963-1981.

The Doctors Revisited includes a half hour profile and a classic story for each Doctor introduced by Steven Moffat (the current Lead Writer & Executive Producer). Each classic story is available to view as a widescreen, feature-length version or in its episodic, original format.

Featuring The Aztecs (William Hartnell), The Tomb of the Cybermen (Patrick Troughton) Spearhead from Space (Jon Pertwee) and Pyramid of Mars Tom Baker.

DOCTOR WHO REVISITED VOLUME 2 

The years 1981-1996 saw four new actors portray the Doctor, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, the focus of the second volume in The Doctors Revisited. Featuring 30 minute restrospectives per Doctor, a Steven Moffat introduction. Each classic story is available to view as a widescreen, feature-length version or in its episodic, original format.

Featuring the stories: Earthshock (Peter Davison), Vengeance on Varos (Colin Baker), Remembrance of the Daleks (Sylvester McCoy), and Doctor Who: The Movie (Paul McGann).

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH PLANET (November 20)

Contains a newly animated fourth episode (the original is currently missing from the BBC Archives) 

The very first regeneration story 

The TARDIS lands at the South Pole in 1986. The arrival coincides with the appearance of Earth’s

forgotten twin planet Mondas along with visitors from that world – the emotionless Cybermen. It’s up

to the Doctor (William Hartnell) and his friends to stop the creatures before they convert Earth’s population into similar cyber creations – but the encounter will have a devastating effect on the Doctor…

Special Features: • Commentary • Frozen Out Making Of • Episode 4 Reconstruction • William Hartnell Interview • Doctor Who Stories – Anneke Wills • The Golden Age • Boys! Boys! Boys! Peter Purves, Frazer Hines and Mark Strickson reminisce about their time as companions • Companion Piece • Blue Peter Tenth anniversary retrospective on Doctor Who’s history • Radio Times Listings • English Subtitles • Photo Gallery • Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality

DOCTOR WHO: THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD (November 27)

The first DVD release of the 11 lost episodes recently recovered in Nigeria. 

The Enemy of the World, is the fourth six-part tale of the original fifth series which first broadcast in the UK December 1967. Alongside Patrick Troughton, who plays both the Time Lord, and his antagonist (Ramon Salamander) are his companions Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria). Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 had been missing from the BBC archives, until now. All episodes have been re-mastered.

27 Doctor Who stories still remain missing or have incomplete episodes, after a number were lost as a result of BBC Archive space-saving measures.

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4 Responses to “New to Blu: TV > October 30-November 5”

  1. A Doctor Who Blu-ray seasons 1-7 boxset is about to be released in the UK and US. I already have seasons 5 & 6 and the Specials on Blu-ray. Hopefully series 1-4 will be released as stand-alone Blu-ray series in the near future.

  2. I’m VERY impressed by the video and sound quality for the Doctor Who Complete Seventh Series on Blu-ray, everything is SO clear … love HD 🙂

  3. Seasons 1 – 4 will be upscaled so will look better than DVD but not as good as the best Blu-rays. Still an improvement though and hopefully they come with lossless audio tracks.

  4. Roadshow Entertainment will release S1-4 on Blu-ray next month but no plans at this stage for a S1-7 box set.

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