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Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series(TV) (2012-2013)
Daleks? Dinosaurs on a spaceship? Interstellar cowboys? The long awaited, much talked-about seventh series features a wild array of new thrills-and dangers. While the eleventh Doctor continues his time-travelling adventures, it's the final farewell for Amy and Rory.
For more about Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series and the Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray release, see Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on September 25, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston
Director: Adam Smith
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Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray Review
"Run, you clever boy. And remember!"
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, September 25, 2013
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series collects The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Series Seven, Part One, The Snowmen and Series Seven, Part Two. In addition to new special features, the 4-disc set also offers an upgrade for every special and episode, presenting each one with a 1080p video presentation and a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. (All previously released S7 titles were presented in 1080i and, in the case of Widow and Part One, a 2.0Mbps DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1 audio mix.)
Click on any of the links below to read a more in-depth review of the thirteen corresponding seventh series episodes and Christmas specials, which were released on Blu-ray between February of 2012 and May of 2013:
The Complete Seventh Series Disc One
The Complete Seventh Series Disc Two
The Complete Seventh Series Disc Three
The Complete Seventh Series Disc Four
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray, Video Quality
While all four previously released Series Seven Blu-ray releases topped out at 1080i, The Complete Seventh Series set presents both Christmas specials and all thirteen S7 episodes by way of a tip-top 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation. Colors are quite striking, skintones lovely and lifelike on the whole, black levels deep and satisfying, edge definition clean and refined, textures exceedingly well-resolved, and delineation excellent. Moreover, significant artifacting, banding, aliasing, ringing and other mishaps are kept at bay. I only noticed a single instance of aliasing and a single instance of banding (the former appearing along the bridge of Dougray Scott's glasses in "Hide," the latter during the opening fades of the same episode), and both were extremely negligible. Grain-like noise is still an inherent part of the image, yes, and, every now and then, contrast can be a wee bit overbearing. But the series' source is the cause, not the encode. BBC Home Entertainment has outdone itself with The Complete Series Seven, and that's a very promising sign that the Doctor Who: Series 1-7 mega set (which includes the new Series Seven AV presentation, as well as new 1080p video presentations for other seasons and specials already available on 1080i BD) will be the envy of many a Blu-ray collector this holiday season.
(Note: all screenshots are taken from The Complete Seventh Series 1080p video presentation.)
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Of the previously released Series Seven and 2011-12 Christmas special Blu-rays, two offered DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1 surround (The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe and Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part One) and two featured lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. However, both Christmas specials and all thirteen episodes included in The Complete Seventh Series set boast DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, yet again making the 4-disc release a more enticing upgrade than most of us expected. And while the differences between DTS-HD HR and DTS-HD MA may be minute, it all leaves quite a mark, particularly when the action amps up, trouble begins brewing and the Doctor and his companions tackle alien threats head on (or slightly to the side). The LFE channel is bold and booming, throwing its weight behind every explosion, implosion, TARDIS crash, lumbering beast, and destructive interstellar anomally. Rear speaker activity is dense and convincing too, with smooth pans and accurate directionality (especially in more atmospheric or frightening episodes like "Hide," where the bizarre happenings are made that much more intense by the enveloping soundfield). Better still, overall dynamics are excellent, and dialogue is clean, clear and perfectly prioritized at all times. The series' score comes on a bit strong on occasion, but it hardly amounts to an issue. All told, fans will be most pleased.
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
The 4-disc Blu-ray edition of Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series offers a variety of new special features in addition to most of the extras that were included on the four previously released standalone titles (The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Series Seven, Part One, The Snowmen and Series Seven, Part Two). The only bonus content that remains exclusive to the individual standalone titles amounts to three 44-minute television specials: "The Best of The Doctor," "The Best of the Companions" and "The Best of the Monsters."
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Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Not everyone will be happy to see The Complete Seventh Series set. Those who didn't plan ahead and already purchased the individual season releases and Christmas specials will feel as if they wasted their hard-earned cash, especially once they realize there's more to the 4-disc set than exclusive special features. Meanwhile, those holding out for the Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Gift Set have to wait another month to get their mitts on the new and improved Series Seven. However, those who do buy in -- whether by way of The Complete Seventh Series or the Series 1-7 mega set -- will be treated to new 1080p video presentations, new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround tracks, and a number of extras that weren't previously available. It amounts to a true upgrade that will delight and thrill undeterred Whovians.
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