Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33)
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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.Read more ›
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!
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?
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.
That said, "The Moonbase" is a pretty good example of a story about, ahem, bases. The obligatory bureaucrat character is one-dimensional, but played by a good actor who does interesting things with the role. Meanwhile, the villainous Cybermen - in only their second appearance - are weirdly sinister and creepy. (I do miss the more human aspects of their Tenth Planet design, though.) Also, Troughton's Doctor really comes into his own in this story; in a great speech, he establishes himself as a crusader against evil who's ready to protect humanity at all costs. Good stuff.
So the story is, for me, a mixed bag. But how about the DVD? Well, since logging onto Amazon I've found out that it's mastered incorrectly, and plays at the wrong speed. To be honest, I didn't notice this problem when I watched it, so I'm wondering how bad it can actually be. (Well, maybe I noticed it on a subliminal level. I did, after all, fall asleep on The Moonbase because it felt slow!)
Setting aside the tech stuff, the DVD is otherwise fairly impressive but unexceptional for the Doctor Who range. The standout feature is that the "lost" episodes one and three of this serial are presented in animated form. The animation is pretty great; it makes the Cybermen look extra-creepy, and the likenesses of the actors are captured very well.Read more ›
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This "lost episode" was nicely re-created. Parts of it were original film and parts were still shot with audio. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Marchner
It was awesome seeing a "new" Dr. Who story! I loved seeing Patrick in a story I have never seen before! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paragape
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 13 months ago by VictorSlim3D
The VidFIRE process was accidentally turned off for the region 1 release, so it loses a star for that. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nicholas R. Ferrara
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... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Malbus