The Blu-ray release of The Complete Specials – the Doctor Who box set featuring The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Waters of Mars and The End of Time – has been reviewed on Blu-rayDefinition.com.
It is an interesting review – The Complete Specials is on the face of it a collection of 5 Doctor Who adventures shot in High Definition, but those of you with long memories will recall that the troubled Planet of the Dead was in fact the first story to be filmed on such equipment. The Next Doctor has in fact been upscaled from single definition (SD) source tapes, and as such is the only episode included here that isn’t taking advantage of the 1.78:1 1080i/60 VC-1 high definition encoding.
Planet of the Dead seems to suffer from being the first HD Doctor Who – Blu-rayDefinition.com reports that it has:
“…soft detail and high amounts of video noise. Things begin to pick up with â€œThe Waters of Marsâ€ which looks clean and sharp, with low amounts of noise and strong shadow details. By the time â€œThe End of Timeâ€ 1 and 2 roll around, Doctor Who looks very strong. The picture does suffer from some judder, but itâ€™s not excessive at all and I didnâ€™t notice any combing artifacts either.”
On the matter of sound quality meanwhile:
“The Doctor Who Specials are all provided with English DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1 soundtracks. This rarely used lossy variant of the DTS-HD codec may not be lossless, but it still provides a high quality and high bitrate (3Mbps) option that is more than adequate for the program material.”
Visit Blu-rayDefinitions.com for more of this very positive review – alternatively pickup a copy of The Complete Specials on Blu-ray from Amazon where is available for just Â£33.88, considerably less than the RRP!
Incidentally, Blu-rayDefinition.com are also running a Blu-ray Complete Specials giveaway to visitors based in the United States, closing on March 31st.