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What did you think of these new releases? Does the classic The Green Death stand the test of time and did you enjoy the extras? Is Brother Bear good value as family entertainment and an educational tool for children?
The Green Death DVD has a few priceless elements. Some of the effects are dodgy to our modern eyes but you only have to look at editions of Top of the Pops from the era to know that the dodgy appearance shows that this programme is really of its time.
Look below the surface at the sometime fun and sometimes touching script and some wonderful performances and you will find a very satisfying story indeed. Although it is widely known, as "the one with the maggots", for many the most significant part of this story is that it is the final story to feature Katy Manning as the Doctor's companion Jo Grant. I defy even the most cynical to get through the final moments of the story without crying. This is Jon Pertwee's finest hour.
The extras on the disc are generous by most movie DVD standards but fairly ordinary for a Who DVD. Which proves the outstanding work done by the BBC on these releases. Brilliant.
Andy, London, England
The Green Death is great TV and well ahead of its time - the issues it comments on are still relevant today.
The main strength of The Green Death is its brilliant script. The plot is not too complicated which makes the story easy to follow and hugely enjoyable. It also boasts an excellent team of players who Jon Pertwee called his Doctor Who family. Jon Pertwee gives his all and does some excellent venusian aikido. The character of Stevens is compelling. The romance between Jo and Cliff is a nice touch. Bert is another memorable charcater. Sergeant Benton's adlib when feeding the maggots is hilarious. The commentary was interesting, informative and even moving towards the end. Mark Gattis's documentary was first class and it was great to catch up with some of The Green Death's characters as they are today. It worked becuase I cared about all the characters. I think this worked because it was an earth story without the alien invasion elements of the earlier Pertwee seasons, and setting it in Wales in a mining community gave it a freshness.
Jonathan Miles, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
This is one of the classics along with Spiders, Pyramids of Mars etc. The highlight for me was the extras with the spoof documentary investigating 'goings on' in Llanfairfach in the 1970s - this was inspired and had me chortling like a good 'un. Tip Top.
Christopher King, Islington, UK
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