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Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33)

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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Moonbase! (NOT FINAL) The TARDIS arrives in 2070 AD on the Moon, where a weather control station under the command of a man named Hobson is in the grip of a plague epidemic - in reality the result of an alien poison planted by the Cybermen. Polly realizes that as the Cybermen's chest units are made of plastic they must be vulnerable to attack by solvents. She and her friends manage to destroy all the Cybermen on the base with a 'cocktail' of such chemicals shot at them through fire extinguishers.


Special Features

Audio Commentary Lunar Landing Making Of Photo Gallery PDF materials: Radio Times Listings Production Note Subtitles Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Michael Craze, Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines
  • Directors: Morris Barry
  • Writers: Kit Pedler
  • Producers: Innes Lloyd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Black & White
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6ACWLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on February 27, 2014
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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.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By The Scifi King on February 14, 2014
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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!
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By David B. Minter on February 22, 2014
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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?
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. D. on February 15, 2014
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malbus on April 1, 2015
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Don't let the fact that episodes 1 & 3 are animated scare you off this wonderful story. The sound track is original and the animation is very well done and that combination allows for a "missing" Troughton story to be seen once again.

A few of points on the DVD compilation itself:
1. There are no production notes available for the 2 animated episode although they are there for the filmed episodes 2 & 4. I would have liked to have the production notes for the whole story.
2. The commentary tracks are different between the animated and filmed episodes. I found this a bit odd as I would have liked to hear comments from all the individuals involved for each of the episodes.
3. Extras are scarce but there is a 21 minute "making of" extra which is decent.

Besides the nitpicking three issues I had with the compilation, it was fantastic to be able to get the whole arc of this story. It was definitely worth getting and I enjoyed much more than I thought I would.

The animation on episodes 1 & 3 was really well done I thought. It didn't really stray at all from what what I saw on the filmed episodes 2 & 4. The characters looked like who they were supposed to be and the backgrounds, props, etc all matched up to the originals on the filmed episodes. I put off getting this story because of the animation but after seeing how it's done, I'm going to get the remainder available that have animated episodes.
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