So, it’s Mr. Veale’s turn in the spotlight again. Now, you all know that I have “criticisms” of the CGI effects in Remastered. But I love these – because they suit the release. Like it or not, a lot of the content on these discs is the Remastered series, and so it makes sense to reflect this in the menus. And in the actual episodes, the CGI just doesn’t work – but DVD menus don’t have to be photo-realistic. It works extremely well on its own terms.
The into sequence featuring the three main ships is fantastic – it was shown at Dimension Jump, and it’s really rather impressive. (More on the DJ presentation – rather belatedly – next week.) And, shorn of the slightly-weird glowing effect, it’s also by far the best representation of “The Bodysnatcher Collection” logo. The canister used for Disc 1 is a great idea – it being part of a scene used in The End: The Original Assembly and representing the name and nature of the release. (Grave-robbing the archives.) And the looping nature of the menus is just brilliant – and symptomatic of the huge amount of small but lovely touches throughout this release. (The awkward way some DVD menus loop – sometimes fading out the music before it ends – really irritates me. Dwarf menus have generally been excellent in this regard, but this takes it to a whole new level.)
As for the rest of the menus – I think I might just prefer the text menus here to the animated bunkroom ones used in the main releases. Oh, sure, those menus looked beautiful – but ultimately, suffered from the problem of mystery meat navigation. These are just nice, simple, clear, and still look really classy – Microgramma is a beautiful font, and the backgrounds work really well with it. There is the odd criticism, mind – the main one being that I wish the subtitles option didn’t take you to a separate screen, and instead just allowed you to flick the option on and off on the main menu – exactly like Just The Shows. The subtitles option on the first disc is rather awkwardly placed as well, seeing as that disc needed five options rather than four. Oh, and the typo on the Script Extracts menu, as mentioned by Paddy Campbell on the Webboard, is a shame… but to be honest, I couldn’t see it even when I knew there was a mistake there, and had to have it pointed out. Still, they’re minor quibbles.
Oh, and sorry for all you Australians out there. Not for the release now being in 2008 – just generally.
Of course, the worst thing about seeing the menus is that I NEED THIS RELEASE NOW. Has there ever been a more tantalising menu than this one?