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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Blu-ray

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Special Edition BBC | 1970 | Season 7 | 101 min | Not rated | Aug 13, 2013

Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

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English SDH

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Extras 3.4 of 53.4
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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space

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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic Spearhead from Space! Exile! The Time Lords have banished the newly regenerated Doctor to Earth. But the Doctor isn’t the only alien to have arrived.

For more about Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space and the Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Blu-ray release, see Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker
Director: Barry Letts

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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Before tackling Spearhead from Space, be sure to watch the short but revealing "Restoration Comparison" high definition featurette included on the disc. Not only will your appreciation of the results be heightened, your faith in the serial's restoration will be bolstered. However, before I dive into the many merits of the resulting 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation, it's probably wise to warn most of you to avoid setting your expectations too high. Shot in 16mm, the episodes aren't exactly striking, at least not in the traditional sense. Purists will be more than thrilled with what they see -- the film-like nature of the grain field will be enough to win over most videophiles -- while some casual viewers are likely to pass early (and uninformed) judgment on a restoration and transfer that deserve nothing but praise. Colors may be bland overall, but primaries and skintones are accurately saturated, black levels are satisfying, and contrast is just right, without any unfortunate crush or delineation issues to report. Detail isn't revolutionary but it is noticeably improved, as is the clarity of the presentation, which doesn't have to fend off macroblocking, banding, aliasing or other alien threats. By Spearhead's end, I found it difficult to imagine a scenario where the four-episode serial could look much better than it does here.


Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There isn't anything all that remarkable about Spearhead's DTS-HD Master Audio mix, but there also isn't anything nefarious or out of sorts either. Dialogue is generally clean and clear, without any debilitating hiss or noise floor, and effects, although decidedly cheesy and canned, sound about as good as bleeps and whirs from a '70s sci-fi television show could. The LFE channel and rear speakers aren't employed in any capacity, of course, which I'm sure will lead to some grumbling. And the tinniness, hollow interior spaces and flat soundscape will draw just as much criticism. Still, this is Spearhead from Space at its finest, and I doubt it could sound any better than it does here without a major high-dollar overhaul or remix. Even then, the only real "improvements" to be made would be superficial and, worse, distance the serial from the tone and tenor of its original sound design.



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