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Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. [Blu-ray]
(Gordon Flemyng, 1966)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: AARU Productions
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,192,491,504 bytes
Feature Size: 17,708,580,864 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps
Case: Thick (UK) Blu-ray case
Release date: May 27th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
• Restoring Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (7:11)
Description: Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. directed by
Gordon Flemyng, now fully restored and starring Peter
Cushing in his return to the big screen as British TV’s most
iconic sci-fi hero, Doctor Who.
By far the stronger of the Doctor's two early big screen adventures, perhaps because it was based on a popular story from the TV series, Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 AD delivers all-out adventure with refreshingly little messing about. Peter Cushing never quite clicks in the role of the famous time traveller but makes an engaging enough protagonist nonetheless, whilst Roberta Tovey reprises her role as granddaughter Susan, Jill Curzon plays curvacious, no-nonsense niece Louise and Bernard Cribbins is a Cocney copper who, in a swift opening sequence, stumbles into the TARDIS, determines to file a complaint, and finds himself stumbling out again in 2150. There's also an appearance from Quatermass star Andrew Keir.
It's certainly rather more light-hearted, and that tone suits the movie, which is colorful and sort of groovy, with its elfin space hippies and splashy opening titles, in a way that the black-and-white series produced by the BBC's children's department wasn't. It's deliberately funny throughout, with Castle especially giving a fine comic performance: He does a nice sort of collapse-a-bit-but-get-right-back-up every time Ian falls short in his attempts to impress Dr. Who or Barbara. Still, while it's a kind of a light adventure for the whole family, it also doesn't hold back in terms of cliffhanging adventure or keeping the dangers of nuclear war - which left this planet a radioactive wasteland and seemed quite likely when this film was released in the 1960s - right at the forefront of the audience's mind.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Dr. Who and the Daleks is restored on Blu-ray from Studio Canal in the UK. The image quality is superior to that of Dr. Who and the Daleks Blu-ray. It is 1080P and has rich black levels in the, cinematic, 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray has a consistent appearance not crisp but there is depth. The grain texture isn't thick and reasonably consistent. Visually this isn't dynamic but has no marks or flaws and it is decent in-motion. It may be the best the film will ever get. I wasn't displeased with my viewing at all.
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Studio Canal offer an uncompressed linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 1536 kbps (16-bit) with a few instances of notable depth but the film doesn't have an abundance of aggression in the conventional sense - with robotic Dalek demands and some gas-shooting, fires and expositions. It's fairly passive. The score is by Bill McGuffie (Corruption) and adds to the film's adventure with some sci-fi cures that sound imaginative in the uncompressed. Many will recognize Bach's regal Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles (see sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Studio Canal offer less than the Dr. Who and the Daleks Blu-ray, without a commentary here, but we get a 7-minute Restoring Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. plus a interview with actor Bernard Cribbins and another with Gareth Owen (author of The Shepperton Story: The History of the World-Famous Film Studio). There is a stills gallery and a trailer.
November 25th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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