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Doctor Who and the SnowmenBlu-ray BBC
- Studio: BBC
- Distributed By: N/A
- Video Resolution: 1080I/AVC
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA
- Subtitles: English
- Rating: Not Rated
- Run Time: 59 Minutes
- Package Includes: Blu-ray
- Case Type:
- Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
- Release Date: 05/28/2013
- MSRP: $19.98
The Production Rating: 5/5For the 2012 Christmas Special “Dr. Who Versus the Snowmen” we pickup sometime after the events of “The Angels Take Manhattan” and realize we are dealing with a new, somewhat downbeat Dr. Who. Left without companionship, living alone in the TARDIS. We begin our story set in Victorian England, where somehow, as though gaining intelligence in an unusual way.. snow seems to come alive to terrorize those around it.
Dr. Who and Strax, a Sontarin alien that looks somewhat like a swollen big toe exchange typical Dr. Who banter – which is to say at moments fantastically humorous and dead on point.
Matt Smith reigns as the Doctor and turns in a solid performance and Jenna Coleman gives us something more than the eye candy.
I found Doctor Who and the Snowmen much better than the previous Christmas special, “Dr. Who: The Doctor, the Witch and the Wardrobe” which I didn’t find all that effective – good, but this is significantly better in my books.
Video Rating: 4.5/5 3D Rating: NA
I have always held a bit back on BBC releases because they tend to not issue out in a matter that I consider to give the highest quality of a title. But Dr. Who and the Snowmen completely sets that on its ear. Presented in 1080i at an MWBR of 39Mbps, this is a title that looks stunning. There is a beautiful level of crisp detail provided here that really helps sell the quality of the production. There are going to be a lot of Dr. Who fans who will pull still shots – like I have here – just to show off how good this production really looks when presented in this format.
The color quality and spacing is dead on.. from the powder of snow to the color of skin, everything looks perfect. Complicated makeup jobs take on a refined look that really works. I admit, I love the Dr. Who franchise, but I am very pleased with how well this title is presented in comparison to some of its counterparts.
Audio Rating: 4.5/5Again, if you read through many of my reviews here, you’ll note that the BBC has a tendency to put out titles in Dolby Digital 2.0 or DTS-MA 2.0 on Bluray; but Dr. who gets the full DTS-MA 5.1 treatment, and the soundtrack fills a room. From the backing music that makes early scenes to special effects that wash over the rear channels and pull you into the action, this is a creative, fun and active 5.1 mix that never loses track of the dialog. Dialog is crisp and clear while the world of the Victorian age seems to leap around you.
Special Features: 3.5/5The extras are a bit thin, but they serve their place.
Clara’s White Christmas – 3:24 – an introduction of Clara, who becomes a key component of the remaining of season 7.
Vastra Investigates – 2:44 – a very brief (but humorous) prequel to the film, which quickly sums up how the Lady Vastra manages to make the most of the Victorian age. It also explicitly lays out the nature of Vastra & Jenny’s relationship.
The Great Detective: Children in Need – 3:24 – another brief, prequel type short that deals with Lady Vastra, Jenny, Strax and the Doctor finding their way in the Victorian era. It also sets up the idea of Vastra as the keen detective of her era.