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Not Worth It And Depressing
, January 8, 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Shada (Story 109) (DVD)
Over $30 for what is essentially the length of a 4 part 90 minute Doctor Who story, with some animated stills added to the original production and narration provided for large missing chunks by Tom Baker. (at this time, Barnes&Noble.com is selling the item for about $23, a more reasonable price.) It may be 3 discs, but the "full version", which is flash animation (read: sub par to what is considered broadcast TV quality animation) is only viewable through the internet (granted, most viewers probably have a DVD drive and can connect to a big screen TV) and does not feature the original cast (with a few exceptions, but even then the voices are different), and in my view is a lackluster cartoon attempting to make up for the real thing. As for the other big extra of "More than 30 Years in the Tardis", what you essentially get is a series of inaccurate memories as seen through a child's eyes. As with Dalekmania, the previous heralded Doctor Who documentary, it leaves the viewer confused and unimpressed at the end, destined to fade away with all your other bad dreams with zero value to any casual viewer. Even more depressing are the shorter extras, most of which, instead of celebrating the show, just remind the long term fan of all the people who were connected with the show who are now dead, almost all of which have absolutely nothing to do with Shada or even the Fourth Doctor, and make me wonder why exactly they are on THIS release, unless the producers saw the "Douglas Adams" association as a great marketing ploy to take advantage of, to sell something to fans that they otherwise would be resistant to purchasing. Besides all that, it is not the best story from that period of the show, complete or not, it's definitely not another Douglas Adams triumph as was the previous "City of Death". And ironically, for most fans who probably read the Dirk Gently novel first, it is THIS DVD that now seems like a weak ripoff of THAT story! With this DVD release, to me, Shada still remains incomplete and awaiting a more respectable treatment. Addendum: I noted that several reviewers are admitting that the DVD is not up to their expectations, but they are still giving this DVD 5 stars. Are we being completely honest here or is the 5 stars an intentional effort to offset the lower ratings? If so, then this whole review process is not trustworthy and completely useless. Please consider your rating: are you rating your own marvel and awe at the release of Shada, the story, or are you objectively rating this DVD item? At the very least, adjust your rating to be in synch with your comments. How can you call it a so-so DVD and give it 5 stars? How do you differentiate it from an outstanding item?
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