DVD Releases: September 15, 2009
Out this week we have five DVDs to feature: Sanctuary: The Complete First Season, Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Clone Commandos, Primeval, Vol. 2 (Series 3), X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Sanctuary: The Complete First Season: What a great sci-fi show. I love how it started as an independent web project utilizing an all virtual backdrop style that looks great. A must own exploration into the world of the abnormals. In season one we get to see the Sanctuary, Witches, a folding man, the dangerous Kush, the ever adorable Nubbins I want one and I know not to feed it after midnight, Nikola Tesla, Werewolfs, Vampires, and much more. Starring: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, Ryan Robbins, Christopher Heyerdahl, Agam Darshi. I can't wait for season two to start on October 9th
- Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2008 Christmas Special): Victorian London is the setting of this "Doctor Who" Christmas special, which finds the time-traveling doc (David Tennant) arriving in the city on Christmas Eve, 1851, to investigate a string of murders -- only to encounter a familiar foe: the Cybermen. He also crosses paths with another Doctor (David Morrissey) -- whom he believes is a regeneration of himself -- and together they must battle their common enemy, the evil Mercy Hartigan.
- The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season: This show is great geeky fun that is also a celebration in fandom. Whenever I want a nice laugh that still stimulates my mind with random science and a verbose vocabulary Big Bang Theory is my pick. I see a lot of myself in Leonard and I do live with Sheldon.
- Get your copy here from amazon: The Big Bang Theory season 2
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Clone Commandos: The second pack release of the TV Star Wars Series: Clone Wars. This DVD has four really good episodes "Rookies," "Storm Over Ryloth," "Innocents of Ryloth" and "Liberty on Ryloth." Full of Mace Windu goodness a plus yet not the complete series. I already own the complete series through . For those wanting to get it on DVD I would wait for the complete season which has a rumored fall release, fingers crossed.
- Primeval, Vol. 2 (Series 3): Is this series any good? I have watched some of the trailers for it but they did not get me excited to want to watch it. Evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter recruits Egyptologist Sarah Page to the team, hoping her research can shed some light on the mysterious time anomalies that continue to deposit dangerous dinosaurs in modern England.
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine: This movie was an utter piece of excrement. Don't waste your time. If you are insistent on wasting your money then at least support us by buying it here:
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DVD Releases: July 28, 2009
Out this week we have seven DVDs to feature: Dollhouse: Season One, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, Torchwood: Children of Earth, Knight Rider, Green Lantern: First Flight, Dragonball: Evolution, Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5.
- Dollhouse: Season One: This is a great show, Joss Whedon does it again. It received mixed view based on the first few episodes which are not the best but that is due to Fox forcing rewrites and re-shoots on Joss' vision. The fans have lovingly come to refer to those episodes as Fox's Dollhouse and the rest of the show as Joss' Dollhouse. After about episode five this show really opens up and develops. This set includes the original pilot episode plus the episode Epitaph One. A must own!
- Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead: a special episode of David Tennant Doctor Who when the Doctor and his fellow passengers are mysteriously transported through a wormhole to a planet inhabited by an endangered anthropomorphic species. It's on the top of my Netflix que if not an owner unseen.
- Torchwood: Children of Earth: I love this series, this is a five episode mini-series picking up for season three of Torchwood. It's on the top of my Netflix que if not an owner unseen.
- Knight Rider: This was a light, fun show with fast changing cars and action. It started with some promise of having substance with gay characters and interesting subplots it just unfortunately suffered from too much studio tampering and test audience death and lost it's substance. Watch it here on Hulu.
- Green Lantern: First Flight: another DC Comics animated project bringing us the Hal Jordan Green Lantern. It's on the top of my Net Flix que and almost an owner unwatched because of how good the past animated DC projects are.
- Dragonball: Evolution: a fun Dragonball movie, a lot of reviews trashed this movie but they missed the point and that is Dragonball is a niche film and made for fans of Dragonball. If your not sure about the Dragonball series then it should be a renter, for fans an owner.
- Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5: The conclusion of season four and the Battlestar Galactica show. I really liked how this show grew into it's own and tackled some interesting topics. I wished it had been bolder with some of the social and philosophical topics addressed. My issue with this product is it's an overpriced 1/2 of a season set.
- Watch it streaming online here on hulu
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Series Four Doctor Who In The U.S.
I am pleased today to see the U. S. distribution of Doctor Who speed up. For years now I have been disappointed with how slow and difficult it is to get to watch Doctor Who in the states through legal means. Usually that means waiting a year or so for it to be shown on Sci-Fi Channel or waiting for the DVD release. This year they have speed up the release of series four in the states to only a 20 day wait! Much better than one year and defiantly a step in the right direction.
Some of you who are saying that Sci-Fi channel are releasing series four on the 18th are mistaken, that includes Sci-Fi channels schedule. They are releasing the series three special Christmas episode on the 18th but the first episode of series four which airs on BBC TV on the fifth will show on Sci-Fi channel on the 20th.
It is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done. They are still excluding a large market of SF fans who no longer watch appointment TV but have a great desire to watch the show and participate in the conversation. By keeping these shows unaccessible they encourage fans to turn to piracy to watch the show. I don't endorse piracy and I have to exclude myself from the conversation because I don't participate in it. That being said, the easiest way to reduce that piracy problem would be to make the show more accessible and in a more timely fashion.
I am not able to catch appointment TV this being another example. Looking at Sci-Fi's schedule I am working during both the 9pm and 11pm time slot and thus not able to watch them.
Hopefully they will continue to move in the direction of making Doctor Who more accessible and maybe Sci-Fi channel could get permission to put it up on Hulu or some other streaming service... Fingers Crossed!
Doctor Who & Torchwood Rule iPlayer
Doctor Who and Torchwood dominate the top 10 watched or downloaded shows on the new BBC iPlayer. I hope this means that with it's success of more than 11 million streamed or downloaded shows that they continue to branch out offering content in America. I'm being selfish of course but I would love to be able to get current Doctor Who, Torchwood and other BBC favorites on my AppleTV. The iPlayer allows the user to either stream the show from the previous seven days or if downloaded it lasts for 30 days. This is an intriguing model because it would allow content providers to take better advantage of adds and to give assurances of add relevancy while giving the content users the choice to download the content instead of only being allowed to steam it. I would love to see the American studios take advantage of this program as long as they remember to keep it free for users and add supported if it will be disposable downloads.
BBC iPlayer Top 10 (25/12/07 to 12/02/08)
1 Doctor Who 2 Louis Theroux Behind Bars 3 Torchwood 4 Ashes To Ashes 5 Torchwood 6 Six Nations Rugby 7 Top Gear 8 Mistresses 9 Mistresses 10 Torchwood
All I want for Christmas is My Daleks
On Nov 26 2007 the glorious and grand BBC released a very exciting box set titled "Doctor Who : The Davros Collection." This glorious news brings me great sadness because I can not get it and if I got my hands on it I could not even watch it :( They released it as a region 2 DVD and being American I can only watch region 1 DVD's. That being said, I hope that they will do a release for the states so that I could get it. The box set contents as described by amazon.co.uk
The Doctor Who: Davros Collection contains: all five classic Doctor Who Davros stories, including an exclusive special edition of "Remembrance of the Daleks", all seven Davros audio stories, plus an exclusive brand new audio story – "The Davros Mission", and a host of special features including an exclusive documentary.
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (discs 1 & 2): This classic Doctor Who story was voted number one in a poll by Doctor Who Magazine. Starring fans’ favourite Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor, "Genesis of the Daleks" introduces the merciless villain Davros (Michael Wisher), and tells the terrifying story of how the Daleks came to be. Disc 2 contains a brand new documentary "Davros Connections" which takes an in-depth look at the history of the Daleks' creator, Davros. Special features include: Commentary with Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Peter Miles (Nyder) & David Maloney, "Genesis of a Classic" - cast & crew recall working on the story in this specially shot documentary. "The Dalek Tapes" – new documentary narrated by Terry Molloy (who plays Davros in other Doctor Who stories), that tells the story of the Doctor’s most iconic villain, including rare footage from programmes such as Blue Peter. "Blue Peter" – a March 1975 item looking at a collection of Doctor Who models. Doctor Who 1976 Annual as a PDF Radio Times listings Continuity compilation Photo gallery Subtitles
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks (Disc 3). "Destiny of the Daleks" stars the much loved Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor alongside Lalla Ward as a newly regenerated Romana and David Gooderson the most notorious villain, Davros. Special features include: Commentary with actors Lalla Ward and David Gooderson, director Ken Grieve. "Terror Nation" - documentary about writer Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, and his work on Doctor Who. With contributions from producers Barry Letts and Philip Hinchcliffe, script editor Terrance Dicks, director Richard Martin and Dalek voice artiste Nicholas Briggs. "Directing Who" - director Ken Grieve recalls his time on this story. CGI Effects – providing the option to watch the story with seventeen of the original video effects sequences replaced by CGI versions. Trails and Continuity - BBC1 trails and continuity announcements from the story's transmission, including the specially shot trailer heralding the return of the Daleks. Photo gallery - production, design and publicity photos. Prime Computer adverts - Australian TV adverts for Prime Computers, starring the Doctor and Romana.
Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (disc 4) Peter Davison stars as the fifth Doctor in "Resurrection of the Daleks". Captured in a Time Corridor, the Doctor and his companions are forced to land on 20th Century Earth, after being diverted by the Daleks. It is here that the true purpose of the Time Corridor becomes apparent: after 90 years of imprisonment, Davros is to be liberated to assist in the resurrection of his army. But not even the Daleks foresee the poisonous threat presented by their creator. Indeed, who would suspect Davros of wanting to destroy his own Daleks – and why? Special features include: 40th Anniversary video Commentary by Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, director Matthew Robinson. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. On Location - director Matthew Robinson takes a tour round the Shad Thames locations used during filming. Includes the last ever interview with producer John Nathan-Turner. Breakfast Time Trail for episode One TARDIS-Cam no.4 Extended and Deleted Scenes Production Notes.
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks (disc 5) "Revelation of the Daleks" stars Colin Baker as the sixth Doctor, with Nicola Bryant as his assistant Peri, battling with his most enduring enemy, the Daleks. Davros plans to create a whole new army of Daleks with which to take control of the Universe and it is up to the Doctor to stop him… Special features include: Commentary with director Graeme Harper, writer Eric Saward and actors Nicola Bryant and Terry Molloy. Revelation Exhumed - a new featurette interviewing cast and crew. In Studio - a behind-the-scenes featurette, which can be viewed with raw studio sound or with a commentary by Graeme Harper and Terry Molloy. CGI Effects Continuity - off-air continuity announcements from the original and repeat BBC transmissions, and shows how original two-parter was split to four parts on the repeat. Deleted scenes Isolated music Picture gallery Production notes Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound mix.
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks Special Edition (discs 6 and 7) Although "Remembrance of the Daleks" is already available as a single DVD, this box set exclusively contains a 2-disc special edition of the story. This special edition of "Remembrance of the Daleks" features a host of extras including: Commentary with actors Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. Back to School - Cast and crew talk about the making of the story accompanied by rare behind-the-scenes material. Remembrances - Cast and crew talk about the influences and references to other Doctor Who adventures that are spread throughout the story. Extended and deleted scenes Outtakes Multi-angle sequences - allowing the viewer to watch Ace's escape from the Chemistry lab and the Daleks blowing up the large gates from one of two camera angles. Trails and continuity Photo gallery Isolated music Radio Times listings Subtitles Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound mix
Davros Audio Stories (disc 8) This special edition box set contains an exclusive compilation of all 7 Davros audio stories plus an exclusive brand new audio story – "The Davros Mission" written by Nicholas Briggs. In this new audio drama, specially commissioned for this box set, Davros is taken by the Daleks for trial and imminent execution. But even in his darkest hour, he finds allies and an insatiable cunning to survive…
Now the reviews are very entertaining and can be summarized with those who loved the box set did so because of the contents and materials. Those that hated it were mad because the box set was a repackaging of episodes that the collectors already had. Now I understand the frustration of buying shows twice I went through it with Star Trek but I love having those types of collections. I love those types of collections because having both gives me more choices. I find myself at times sitting down and watching through Star Trek episode by episode or when I just want to watch the episodes with Klingons in it I put in the Star Trek Fan Collective - Klingon. I would love to have the Davros collection because then when I want to watch Dr. Who I can put in Dr. Who and watch through the episodes and when I want to watch the Daleks I could put in the complete Davros collection.
I hope that the BBC produces a region one release of "Doctor Who : The Davros Collection." To my brothers and sisters across the "pond" once again I'm envious. Cheers!