Doctor Who The Collection - S14

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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby 'teleportNOW!' » Wed May 06, 2020 10:12 pm

I watched Masque of Mandragora Episode 1 tonight.
Some nice scenes and acting, although also some pretty cheap and dodgy special FX.
The picture quality of the material filmed on location at Portmeiron looks bloody awful - the Restoration Team article (http://www.impossiblethings.net/restora ... oraDVD.htm ) explains that's cos it was transferred to videotape at the time with a particularly rubbish telecine machine. Ah well!
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Postby Darren Lake » Thu May 07, 2020 12:02 am

The Lis Sladen documentary is lovely. Very touching.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Kranger » Thu May 07, 2020 12:17 am

Since Masque looks apparently grotty (filmed sequences), perhaps it’s appropriate that it’s the first serial of the season and quickly out of the way in the S14 set.

Very interested in seeing how well Talons scrubs up compared to the two DVD releases - both of which looked bad.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby professor_who » Thu May 07, 2020 2:02 am

Checked my status and it says 'preparing to send'

so very frustrating when everyone else seems to be enjoying theirs.

Might be better off next time just waiting for the Australian release as it will certainly take a long time to get once posted, if posted, in these times.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby The Ginger Cat » Thu May 07, 2020 2:32 pm

My copy from Simply has just arrived, so that's one less worry.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby shuzbot » Thu May 07, 2020 3:42 pm

Bloody hell!

Mines just arrived too.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby paulhickling » Thu May 07, 2020 6:04 pm

'teleportNOW!' wrote:I watched Masque of Mandragora Episode 1 tonight.
Some nice scenes and acting, although also some pretty cheap and dodgy special FX.
The picture quality of the material filmed on location at Portmeiron looks bloody awful - the Restoration Team article (http://www.impossiblethings.net/restora ... oraDVD.htm ) explains that's cos it was transferred to videotape at the time with a particularly rubbish telecine machine. Ah well!


Been watching a lot of Hinchcliffe recently, the interest being these Blu ray discussions. So delete me now as I don't buy 'em.

But yes, the sfx are actually extremely ropey in some. I think the team decided to write sfx off and concentrate on the plots and characters which are excellent to be fair. But I do cringe when I see that sh*t nowhere place at the start of Masque. And you, TN, never mentioned the sparkler that was the Mandragora Helix. Virtually no attempt to do anything respectable! Shame, coz they make Portmeirion look great. Shame it looks poor on Blu ray.

My dvds still look stellar. Just what is the point of these things exactly?
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Kranger » Fri May 08, 2020 12:28 am

For those here that have their sets, any further work done to the off-air sourced, original “drowning” cliffhanger footage, from part three of The Deadly Assassin?
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Marco's Voice » Fri May 08, 2020 9:08 am

How does 'The Robots of Death' look? Much improved?
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby 'teleportNOW!' » Fri May 08, 2020 9:44 am

paulhickling wrote:

But yes, the sfx are actually extremely ropey in some. I think the team decided to write sfx off and concentrate on the plots and characters which are excellent to be fair. But I do cringe when I see that sh*t nowhere place at the start of Masque. And you, TN, never mentioned the sparkler that was the Mandragora Helix. Virtually no attempt to do anything respectable! Shame, coz they make Portmeirion look great. Shame it looks poor on Blu ray.


Well it looks marginally better on the BluRay, although only really in an "you can see the grottiness more clearly" kind of way.

For example, the CSO shot of the TARDIS "boot cupboard" - I guess they don't have the original photo to recomposit back it (it's on some stately home somewhere) but my god does it look crappy out of focus and fuzzy!
The sparkler still looks like a sparkler but I kind of like sparklers :D
The whole madragora helix thing is just awful though - a kind of wierd swirling paint thing then this awful CSO-ed crystal necklace.
Honestly I don't know what this new CGI rate looks like (I dread to think) but if it were up to me, and we have to have new FX, I would've tried to do something with the boot cupboard and the helix. I doubt they could've made them look any worse!
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby darnall42 » Thu May 14, 2020 11:59 am

Might finally get the chane to own this set ,thanks to Amazon spain (order should be arriving today :) ) but the BBC need to sort out these releases by increasing the run which might kill of the greedy scalpers !!!
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Marco's Voice » Thu May 14, 2020 8:07 pm

Well I finally received my copy of Season 14 yesterday, I had ordered from HMV on the 10/02/2020.

I've watched episode 1 of 'The Robots of Death'. Some of the scenes of the sandminer crew relaxing in their crewroom look very sharp indeed, especially the closeups of the actors faces. Other scenes, perhaps filmed, such as the Doctor in the silo, are of a poorer quality.

Looking forward to watching this boxset at the weekend.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Servorobot » Thu May 14, 2020 10:49 pm

This has been pushed back to July 15 in Australia.

The good news is that Zavvi have dispatched mine, so any Australians who ordered through them should be receiving a copy in a couple of weeks (hopefully).
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Kranger » Sat May 16, 2020 1:37 am

Yes, my S14 copy (from Zavvi) has also dispatched. Still waiting on my S12 reissue (also Zavvi) now.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby pmname » Sat May 16, 2020 9:36 am

I didn't preorder straight away as I've sort of been half in, half out with these releases, and then they ran out. Tried a late base preorder which was predictably unfulfilled. I'm not very sure I want them. At 40 quid they're a fun pastime, but can I live with a gap?
I attempted a couple of ebay auctions, losing both and feeling incredibly dirty.
Will they rerelease?

Having got the first 6 I'm now considering selling the 80's stuff and just getting season 13 down. If it's at all possible.
Complete doctor sets in 5 years time would kill this line and suit me fine. If they rerelease 14 I'm back (half) in.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Marco's Voice » Sat May 16, 2020 11:21 pm

Watched 'The Robots of Death' Episode 2. The studio footage is sharp and there are moments, especially on closeups of an actor or Robot, where the clarity and detail of the image seems to pop out of the screen for an instant. Film looks much worse than I remember on dvd and video.

Certainly the sharpest I have ever seen this story.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Servorobot » Fri May 29, 2020 9:15 am

For any Australians who didn’t snaffle a copy it’s up for preorder.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/doct ... 76-blu-ray
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Kranger » Fri May 29, 2020 1:04 pm

Servorobot wrote:For any Australians who didn’t snaffle a copy it’s up for preorder.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/doct ... 76-blu-ray

Thanks for the link. I pre-ordered a back-up copy just in case. I still haven't received my copy from Zavvi yet. It was supposed to arrive two days ago. Worried it may've been lost in transit.

Did you get your copy?
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Servorobot » Fri May 29, 2020 1:46 pm

Kranger wrote:
Servorobot wrote:For any Australians who didn’t snaffle a copy it’s up for preorder.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/doct ... 76-blu-ray

Thanks for the link. I pre-ordered a back-up copy just in case. I still haven't received my copy from Zavvi yet. It was supposed to arrive two days ago. Worried it may've been lost in transit.

Did you get your copy?


I don’t think anybody here has yet.

Things are taking their time at the moment.

I’m surprised they haven’t announced the next series for the blu-ray treatment.

Maybe they’re using COVID-19 as an excuse to delay the announcement so they can get the release date right for a change.

Come to think of it there’s been no announcement of the next Rob Ritchie animation project, although he did tweet some reference to Evil recently. Not that that means anything.
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Re: Doctor Who The Collection - S14

Postby Kranger » Fri May 29, 2020 2:42 pm

I think S20 was supposed to be the next BD season set?
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