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Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D/DVD Review

Doctor Who- The Day of the Doctor Blu-ray

“The Day of the Doctor” hits home video with a Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD package.

Having already reviewed “The Day of the Doctor” 3D theatrical screening (link here: https://dvdcorner.net/2013/11/26/the-day-of-the-doctor-3d-review/), I won’t be talking about the 50th anniversary special. If you want details about the plot and my opinion on it, just check out the link above. Instead, I’m just going to talk about how the Blu-ray disc looks and sounds and the extra features that you will find on it. So, without further adieu…

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray disc is absolutely breathtaking. From the Time War CGI to the English countryside footage, the hi-def transfer is simply crystal clear. I know I say this with every new DW Blu-ray release, but this really IS the best looking “Doctor Who” episode on Blu-ray to date. As far as the Blu-ray 3D goes, I’m sure this format will appeal to some, but, to me, it’s just a gimmick. No more, no less.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? “Brilliant!” Whether Murray Gold’s rousing score is playing or the TARDIS is materializing (or dematerializing), the audio track never ceases to take Whovians on an audible thrill ride.

Extras:
* Trailers for the “Doctor Who” Series 1-7 set and the now canceled “Copper.”
* The ultra cool teaser trailer and the Comic Con trailer for “The Day of the Doctor.”
* “Behind The Scenes” (AKA “Behind The Lens”)- This featurette (narrated by Colin Baker) contains the behind-the-scenes of “The Day of the Doctor.” For those that saw ‘Day’ on the big screen, this is the extra that came after the end credits.

* “Doctor Who Explained”- A “Doctor’s Revisited” esque extra that gives a rundown of the history of the Doctors, the companions, and the TARDIS. Interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, Neil Gaiman, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Steven Moffat and others are included. While this material is all common knowledge for longtime fans, it’s still an entertaining extra to watch.
* “The Night of the Doctor”- I was fortunate enough to watch this phenomenal minisode weeks ago without having it spoiled. If you know nothing about it prior to watching it, you will be blown away. To me, this was the real 50th anniversary gift for Whovians. It may only run a little over 8 minutes, but it is so incredibly satisfying for hardcore fans. Out of respect to those who have not seen it, I’m not going to spoil what happens or who is in it. There are plenty of web pages that spill the beans about this short if you’re really dying to know what it’s all about.
* “The Last Day”- A minisode involving the Time War, the Time Lords, and the Daleks. This one is pretty forgettable prelude to “The Day of the Doctor.”
* Last, but not least there is a full 12 pack of Topps “Doctor Who: Commemorative 50th Anniversary Trading Cards.” The beautifully designed cards contain images of all 11 Doctors (plus John Hurt’s The War Doctor) as well as images of villains such as the Kandyman, the Autons, Cybermen, the Daleks, among others (don’t want to spoil everything). As an added bonus, if you assemble all 12 cards together, it forms one cool looking picture!

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