Tuesday, February 15, 2011
DVD of Christmas Barely Past
I received my BluRay copy of Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol today, and it is without question the best Christmas special of the new series. It is, unlike the majority of the Tennant Christmas Specials, actually Christmas-y. Taking for its base the awesome classic Dickens tale, and adding in time-travel, cryogenically frozen beautiful opera singers, Jaws-like flying sharks, and a potential crash for a luxury liner, the special hits on every mark. It is hilarious, exhilarating, beautifully shot, expertly acted, and has just the right amount of Christmas special emotionality. And the BluRay version of the film looks absolutely gorgeous!
Luckily, the price on this release is pretty low, because there isn't that much extra on the release, and honestly, this is probably going to be on the Series 6 DVD and BluRay releases.
There is a making of special, Doctor Who Confidential, and a musical special, Doctor Who at the Proms 2010. The plus is that both are also offered in 1080i on the BluRay release.
The Proms is fantastic, as the music featured is from the fifth series, which is, I think, the best the music has been since the series returned in 2005. I owned the Series 1 soundtrack, and was content with that even with the release of the Series 2, 3, and 4 soundtracks. When the Series 5 soundtrack was released last week, I bought it without a second thought. The new Doctor's theme is so beautiful and haunting. Having an orchestral show featuring that music along with characters and scenes from the last series of Doctor Who is worth the purchase price to me.
The making of is as good as any of the others you have seen if you've watched any Doctor Who Confidentials. It is a well made, hour long, making of, and worth seeing.
Ultimately, since the price is so affordable, this is worth purchasing, but if you plan on buying the Series 6 release towards the end of this year, waiting for this special to be on that release would be forgivable. And if you just can't wait to own this, but don't want to pay 10-15 dollars for it with so few extras, the special is also available on iTunes.
Until Next Time, However you decide to go, I think that the release is worth spending less than 20 dollars on, especially in BluRay for the fantastic transfer of the special in HD, and for the hour long Proms featuring the fantastic score from Series 5.