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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (Story 51) Blu-ray Edition
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Nearly all of the classic Doctor Who episodes were shot in the studio on videotape because it was cheaper to produce with post-production finishing and special effects being done onto videotape while location scenes had to be shot on film because, back in those days, it was impractical to use bulky studio cameras that required heavy electrical cabling to shoot outside of the studio, thus nearly all Doctor Who episodes (up until the mid to late 80's when portable broadcast videocameras became standard) constantly intercut between a "live" television studio look and a softer "film" realized look.
But is it really worth upgrading from the recently released DVD Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (Story 51) - Special Edition?Read more ›
Now, long-time fans will no doubt be aware that Spearhead has been released before, on VHS and DVD (twice). Thus, we all face a burning question...is it worth triple- (or quadruple-) dipping and buying this same story yet again, in a new format?
The short answer is, yes. The Blu Ray edition of Spearhead has a much nicer print than even the recent DVD special edition, with vivid colors and details; indeed, it simply blows away the washed-out prints of this story that I remember from back when I was a kid. To cite just two examples of how good this print is, I was able to admire the stitching on Jon Pertwee's shirt, and I noticed for the first time that the main villain has yellowed teeth.
That said, Blu Ray is a bit of a double-edged sword. The clarity of the print allows you to see extra detail, but also (in my opinion) makes film grain much more obvious and distracting than it looks on DVD prints. For this release, the Who Restoration Team cleaned up some of the grain but stopped short of "polishing it out" completely, which I think was a good move. The resulting presentation is not totally pristine but still very nice, and looks comparable to other Blu Ray prints of movies/TV shows from this period.
Now, on to the prickly subject of special features. The main offerings on this Blu Ray are two excellent (if a little sad) documentaries on the late Caroline John and Jon Pertwee.Read more ›
the additional doccos are exceptional., real in depth detail into the careers and lives of both Caroline John and Jon Pertwee to a scale never before seen
Kudos to BBC Worlwide - The Restoration Team and PUP Productions
This high definition release of Spearhead from Space, is just plain awesome. I've always liked this show anyway. Robert Holmes is the best writer the series ever had. So many of his stories are classics today.
Most of the Jon Pertwee elements of his era are there already in his first program! This openning show is, in my opinion, the strongest beginning show of any of the Doctors. Baker's The Robot was only a so-so affair, Davison's Castrolvala, was downright boring at times. And Colin Baker's Twin Dilema, I haven't bothered watching again since the first time I laid eyes on it.
But, "what is so great about this release?" you may ask. Well, where to begin. The show has literally never looked better. The picture is more than pristine! Every color is gorgeous. It looks like it was just shot today. The computer picture restoration has removed most of the flaws, as well as lowering the graininess of the original 16mm film. Unfortunately, the few shots that have dust particles in the frame were not altered, so the hairs are even more noticeable!
If you've always liked this story, it is totally enhanced by the fantastic image quality, and is worth purchasing just for that.
The Extras have a few goodies as well. I personally love the ones on the restoration processes. This one was a bit short however. I wish they had invested in making a more in-depth study in the restoration process. The real gem is the documentary on the life of Jon Pertwee. It is rather well done and is also in high definition.Read more ›
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This looks better than my expectations, which says a lot. The colors are almost natural, which is better than I thought they would ever get it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nicholas R. Ferrara
First off, the only disappointment - no audio commentary! I think this is the only Dr. Who serial out of a collection of 70 some discs that doesn't have any. Ah well. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tinfoot
I received the Blu-Ray on time and will do business again in the future. I love the Doctor Who Series both classic and new doctors. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lee F. Allen
Reaching into the annals of Doctor Who we find the first appearance of Jon Pertwee as the famous Doctor in the 1970 story, Spearhead from Space. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Lucas Goldstein
This arrived in perfect condition and is exactly as promised. Doctor Who fans, both young and older, will love it!Published on January 2, 2014 by Susan
Jon Pertwee is the earliest Doctor I can remember. I stopped watching Dr. Who round about the beginning of the Sylvester Mcoy Era. Though the new Dr. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Mr. Stevan Butchart
The Blu-ray release of Spearhead from Space was an amazing presentation. The color and image was so clear it was like watching it for the first time. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Eric Siglin