I've posted this in another thread but I think it may be worth re-posting for those who didn't see the other thread:
They've sent review copies of this set out and it seems they've really phoned in the set this year.
First off there's the disc breakdown which is as follows:
Disc 1: The Eleventh Hour (with and without in-vision commentary)/The Beast Below + additional scene between the episodes
Disc 2: Victory Of The Daleks(with and without in-vision commentary)/The Time Of Angels(with and without in-vision commentary)
Disc 3: Flesh & Stone/The Vampires Of Venice(with and without in-vision commentary)/Amy's Choice + additonal scene after Flesh & Stone
Disc 4: The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood(with and without in-vision commentary)/Vincent And The Doctor
Disc 5: The Lodger/The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang (with and without in-vision commentary)
Disc 6: Cut-down Confidentials, trailers and teasers
The Monster Files and video diaries are dotted across the discs and the outtakes are on Disc 5
As you can see they've split the Angels 2-parter across two discs and all of the episodes could have easily fit on 4 discs, especially on blu-ray which probably would have driven the price down too.
There are only commentaries on 6 of the 13 episodes and they feature:
In vision commentary for The 11th Hour features Beth (producer), Piers (producer) & Moffat (show runner and writer)
In vision commentary for Victory of the Daleks features Gatiss (writer) , Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator) & Nick Briggs (Actor, Voice of the Daleks)
In vision commentary for Time of the Angels features Moffat & Karen Gillan (Actor, Amy Pond)
In vision commentary for Vampires of Venice features Johnny Campbell (Director) , Toby Whithouse (writer) & Alex Price (Actor, Francesco)
In vision commentary for Cold Blood features Ashley Way (Director), Alun Raglan (Actor, Mo) & James Dehaviland (Second Assistant Director)
In vision commentary for The Big Bang features Toby Haynes (Director), Gillan (Amy) & Arthur Darvill (Actor, Rory Williams)
As you can see Matt Smith isn't on any of the commentaries.
The two "Meanwhile in the Tardis..." scenes run around 3 minutes each, the three video diaries run 10 minutes each and the outakes are around 8 minutes. The Confidentials have been cut down from 45 minutes to probably 10 minutes or so, just like they were on the box sets for the first 4 Series. I can't find an exact running time for all of the Monster Files featurettes but the one looking at the monsters seen in the final 2 episodes runs 10 minutes and sounds like its just footage from Confidential re-cut so they're short and sound very fluffy. There's trailers and tv spots included too but I haven't seen a list of exactly which ones are included.
The biggest thing missing from the set are deleted scenes. Unlike other years Series 5 had a huge number of deleted scenes, in some cases as much as 25 minutes were cut and a lot of these scenes would have fixed plot and character holes found in the episodes.
Things cut from the episodes include:
What the weird girl reading the poem in the elevator in the Beast Below was all about, more scenes of Amy mentioning Rory which proves she really did love him all along, as well as scenes that make her much more likable and an explanation for what happens to the swarm of killer alien fish in the Venice Canals
All of this is taken from a Doctor Who Magazine special looking at the making of first half of the series. The second issue looking at the final half of the season won't be out until December so its not known exactly what was cut from the final half of the series but its been confirmed that Vincent and the Doctor originally ran 75 minutes long so there are some significant cuts there too. None of this footage is on the dvd.
They've also removed the "Next Time" trailers which are sandwiched between the end of the episodes and the end credits on the UK broadcast and previous dvd box sets. The trailers aren't even included as an extra feature. The BBC logo that appears onscreen over the first scene in each episode has been replaced with the BBC Worldwide logo, which is bigger and animated so its much more distracting. If you've seen this season on BBC America or Space here in Canada you've seen the distracting new logo.
So that's what you get in the Series 5 set. Given the high price and poor or flat out missing extras I don't really think its worth the money, especially if you didn't LOVE
the episodes. I own every other Doctor Who dvd but I'll be waiting for this to drop in price. Its not worth the money to me right now. I just wanted to give people who don't regularly visit Doctor Who websites a heads up on what's included in this set so they can decide for themselves if its worth getting.