With the Bluray release just over a month away, we now have confirmation of exactly what’s packed in to those 19 shiny discs. Firstly, with regards to the episodes themselves, the TOS update is keen to emphasise that the extent of the re-mastering this time around is to upscale the video, clean up any damage and polish up the colour grade, rather than making any significant changes to the overall show. They note that there’s no change “to the feeling of each unique season”, so VII will keep its film look but none of the others will have it added. Bless, they know we’ve been burnt before with re-mastering, so they’re just trying to reassure us.
On to the meat of the matter: the extras, and the confirmation that no new bonus material has been compiled for the release. This is hardly a surprise – for a start, we’d have already heard about it by now if there was anything new, and we all know that budgets for home releases are not what they were. At the very most, I could picture there being a few more things chucked in from the archives, as per the recent Hitchhikers release, but even that takes time and money that isn’t necessarily available.
Thankfully, virtually all the original extras from the DVDs are included – again, not surprising ever since we knew it would be 19 discs, but good to have it confirmed. I’ve never quite been convinced of the necessity for this release, and I guess I won’t make up my mind until I see how the spruced-up episodes look, but at least the sheer comprehensiveness makes it a worthwhile one-off purchase for anyone who doesn’t already have all the individual releases.
Although it would be remiss of us if we didn’t point out the handful of things that aren’t included, namely the isolated music cues (possibly including the Tongue Tied Archive from Bodysnatcher), talking book chapters, the Re-Mastered commentaries and trivia track, the mobisode and the all-important weblinks. Furthermore, the status of the bonus Six of the Best based commentary on The End, the pair of fan commentaries and the Easter Eggs from each release other than Bodysnatcher are yet to be determined. As soon as we hear any news on stickers, we’ll let you know.
The final detail to note is that the extras discs will actually be DVDs instead of Blurays. I can’t decide whether this feels like a bit of a swizz, or whether it just makes financial sense given that the extras aren’t being upscaled and would therefore gain no benefit from being put on Bluray. Due to the way the VII and VIII releases were split over three discs, however, Identity Within, Comedy Connections are the fan films are the three extras that do make it to Bluray. I can’t imagine The Movie: Yeah, No, Yeah, No will upscale well, but I’m looking forward to seeing how Seb Patrick’s tits turn out.