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Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.(1966)
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D - 1966; Again, based on an original story from the BBC TV Series, Dr. Who and his companions arrive on Earth in the year 2150 AD, to discover that the planet has overrun by Daleks and the population enslaved. The time travellers assist human resistance groups to foil the Daleks' plan to mine the Earth's core.
For more about Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. and the Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Blu-ray release, see Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Blu-ray Review published by Dr. Svet Atanasov on June 9, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Andrew Keir, Roberta Tovey, Jill Curzon
Director: Gordon Flemyng
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Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by Dr. Svet Atanasov, June 9, 2013
Gordon Flemyng's "Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D." (1966) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of StudioCanal. The supplemental features on the disc include the film's original theatrical trailer; new video interview with actor Bernard Cribbins; new video interview with writer Gareth Owen; production stills; and a new featurette focusing on the restoration of the film. In English, with optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. Region-B "locked".
Detective Tom Campbell (Bernard Cribbins, The Wrong Arm of the Law, Carry On Spying) accidentally enters the Tardis - which looks a lot like a phone booth - moments before Dr. Who (Peter Cushing, The Blood Beast Terror) sends it into the year 2150. The detective does not believe Dr. Who when he calmly explains to him that they are in the future, but after he steps out of Tardis he immediately changes his mind.
In the year 2150, London is in ruins. The Daleks have arrived and robotized the majority of the human race. (A robotized person does exactly what the Daleks tell him to do without ever questioning their orders). The few that have survived have gone deep underground, hoping that one day they could rise and defeat the alien invaders. They don't have the right weapons yet but their leaders are convinced that it is only a matter of time before they will be able to build them.
Accompanied by his niece Louise (Jill Curzon, TV's Quick Before They Catch Us) and grand-daughter Susan (Roberta Tovey), Dr. Who and the detective begin exploring the city. Not too far away from the London subway, the Daleks capture them and quickly send them to their spaceship where they are prepared for robotizing. Louise and Susan manage to escape and join a group of rebels hiding in the London subway.
Meanwhile, the Daleks begin drilling in a nearby mine, hoping to reach the Earth's metal core. With the help of sophisticated machines, the Daleks plan to detonate the metal core and transform the Earth into a giant spaceship which they will be able to move around the universe.
The action in this sequel to Dr. Who and the Daleks is on an entirely different level. There is a bigger number of Daleks that are all over London hunting the rebels and then quickly robotizing them so that they can follow their orders. The shootouts and the explosions are also far more elaborate than those seen in the first film.
The colonized London also looks quite good. As Dr. Who and his companions make their way through the demolished city, a lot of the visuals remind of those seen in Roy Ward Baker's Quatermass and the Pit. (Andrew Keir also has a prominent role in the film).
There are splashes of humor again, but this film is unquestionably darker than the first one. The Daleks here are also definitely not as naive as those in the first film - they are far better informed about their opponents and harder to outsmart.
Bill McGuffie's music score is also superior to Malcom Lockkyer's score. It blends terrific jazz and psychedelic themes which effectively enhance the film's exotic atmosphere. Some wonderful audio effects are also included for the Daleks.
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. was lensed by cinematographer John Wilcox, who also teamed up with Andrew Flemyng on Doctor Who: Dr. Who and the Daleks. Like Dr. Who and the Daleks, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. was also shot in Techniscope.
Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Blu-ray, Video Quality
Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Gordon Flemyng's Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of StudioCanal.
Some of the colors are not as lush as those seen in Dr. Who and the Daleks, but this is due to the fact that there is plenty of footage that was shot with natural light. However, contrast levels remain stable and clarity is indeed very good. Close-ups boast good depth (see screencapture #2). The larger panoramic shots with the special effects, however, convey some sporadic softness (see screencapture #3). Quite obviously, however, the softness fluctuations are directly linked to the various special effects used throughout the film (and especially the ones with the spaceship). There are no traces of excessive degraining corrections. There are no traces of problematic sharpening corrections either. The film been thoroughly cleaned up - there are absolutely no large cuts, debris, stains, or scratches. Lastly, I noticed a few minor artifacts popping up, but there are no serious compression anomalies to address in this review. All in all, like the first film Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. has a stable organic look which will please its fans. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).
Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Blu-ray, Audio Quality
There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray release: English LPCM 2.0. For the record, StudioCanal have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they split the image frame and the black bar below it.
The lossless track opens up the film in all the right places. The clashes between the Daleks and the rebels, in particular, have good intensity and a few of the explosions actually surprise with very good depth. However, I think that it is Bill McGuffie's music score that benefits the most from the lossless treatment - the jazzy themes are quite bright and well rounded. The dialog is consistently crisp, stable, and easy to follow. Also, there are no pops, audio dropouts or distortions to report in this review.
Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
This is definitely the better of the two Dalek films. It is darker and with a lot more action. I think that it is perfect to see very late at night. Recently restored by StudioCanal, Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. looks quite beautiful on Blu-ray. The release also contains a very good featurette with excellent information about the restoration and color grading of the film. Buy with confidence, folks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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StudioCanal will release on Blu-ray the classic sequel to Dr. Who and the Daleks, Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on May 27th.
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