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There's good and bad
on October 4, 2002
It's great to see Doctor Who coming to DVD, but as with all DVDs being made, those who master them should put in the best effort possible to make them look and sound great. We should expect no less. Compared to the other Dr Who DVDs on the market, "The Key to Time" series is of lower quality because they weren't given the same amount of attention during the remastering.
The video, while sharp and vibrant, suffers from occasional black horizontal 'video lines' that blip on once in a while. These could easily have been cleaned up and are annoying to watch when they do appear. Fortunately, they don't happen often (2-5 times an episode are they really noticable and bothersome.)
Second, there's audible hiss in the background. With modern clean-up procedures, this could have been reduced or completely eliminated. The hiss bothers me much more than the video lines because the sound is constant. And other BBC Video releases in America such as "Are You Being Served?" do come across rather well in terms of the audio.
Okay, negative points aside let's now dwell on the positives.
The audio commentaries and informational text are probably the most informative they've ever been and are alone worth the price of the set.
The video itself is vibrant with color not being overly saturated and is quite sharp. Video lines aside, the sharpness and saturation match that of other released Dr Who stories. And, again, the video lines are not frequent. Just annoying for when they do crop up. It could be worse...
But this is the Key to Time on DVD. It's been released, and that's how it is. We have to accept it, warts and all. I still say it's worth the purchase. The good does outweigh the bad. I just wish those doing the mastering would be more conscientious as they had done with previous Dr Who releases on DVD.