Doctor Who-Series 7-Part 2 (Blu-ray) (2007)

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Released 22-May-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Making Of
Deleted Scenes
Bonus Episode
Featurette-The Companions
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 477
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Graeme Harper
Euros Lyn
James Strong
James Hawes
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Murray Gold


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     The new Doctor Who series, of which this is Season 7, has been going from strength to strength with excellent storylines, three interesting actors as The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant & now Matt Smith) plus some excellent companions such as Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) & River Song (Alex Kingston). This latest release includes the second part of the seventh season which features a new companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) although the character or variations on the character have appeared in previous episodes.

     This set is somewhat of a departure from previous seasons as this time the season has been split in two with 5 episodes in 2012, a Christmas Special in the middle of the season and then 8 more episodes in 2013. In previous seasons, 13 episodes have been done together bookended by Christmas Specials. This particular 3 disc Blu-ray set includes the 2012 Christmas special and the 8 episodes released in 2013.

     Unfortunately, this set of episodes is a bit of a mixed bag with some excellent ones (6, 8, 9 & 13 being the standouts) but also some subpar ones which are somewhat confused and a little lifeless at times. The new companion is great but the writing lets both her and the Doctor down at times. The Cybermen appear and also in a few of the episodes new recurring characters Miss Vastra and her offsiders Strax and Jenny. The final episode introduces a surprise to the mix. The overarching storyline for this season is the Doctor trying to work out why Clara is 'impossible'. This subplot is explained in the excellent series ending episode.

    Certainly worthwhile for fans of the series but perhaps not as good as some of the previous seasons.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good but not without issue.

     The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080i rather than full 1080p.

     The picture was very sharp and clear generally although there was some cloudiness in backgrounds and mild grain at times. Shadow detail was very good.

     The colour is also very good.

     There was some motion blur during fast movement.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

    There are no obvious layer changes.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good but certainly not up to the best of Blu-ray.

     These discs contain an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1.

     Dialogue was quite clear however sometimes it got lost in the mix of effects and music, meaning the subtitles were useful at times.

     The music by Murray Gold is excellent as usual adding significantly to the show.

     The surround speakers were well used for lots of directional effects, atmosphere plus the music and the subwoofer supported the music and action scenes.

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Extras

     A good collection of extras. Many of them have HD-MA 5.1 sound.

Menu

     The menu is similar to other seasons of Doctor Who featuring the Tardis in a wormhole and the theme music.

Disc 1

Clara's White Christmas (3:28)

     A short featurette on the Christmas Special.

Vastra Investigates (2:29)

     A cool prequel to the Christmas Special.

The Great Detective (3:17)

     A short story involving Vastra, Strax and Jenny plus the return of the Doctor.

Prequel - The Bells of St John (2:37)

     An early meeting with Clara in prequel to one of the episodes.

Disc 3

Clarence & The Whispermen (2:11)

     Extra Scene for the last episode.

The Companions (43:37)

     A worthwhile documentary on the companions focused on the recent seasons. It includes interviews with the actors and discussions with the writers about the companions, their natures and why the doctor needs them to continue. Includes lots of scenes from recent series. Certainly of interest to fans.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This part season is available globally however our local version includes a better range of extras than overseas versions as far as I can tell. Buy local.

Summary

   The second half of Season 7 of Doctor Who is a little patchy.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Good selection of interesting extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, August 16, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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