Series 5

Sarah Jane Adventures

For a full review of Series 5 (not the Blu-Ray)

Release date [UK] February 6,2012

 

Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith and her young side kicks are back in the final ever episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The gang soon find themselves up to their necks in alien trouble: discovering an explosive foundling baby; getting drawn into the middle of a war between Fleshkind and Metalkind; being divided by a curse delivered through an ancient totem-pole; coming face-to-face with alien light sculptors, the one-eyed Scullion – and Rani and Clyde getting married – just to save the world…

 

I personally like this series a lot, even though it's created for kids it's still fun to watch it, knowing it is in the Doctor Who universe. Of course very sad that Elisabeth Sladen passed away on such a young age. Gladly they decided not to go on with the series with another Sarah Jane Smith because that wouldn't have worked. 

 

The PQ of this set is more than sufficient, like you are used to from the Doctor Who sets. There aren't many extra's on it, only one in fact, besides the forced previews, but what lacks in quantity makes it up in Quality. The sound is, like series 4, only stereo.

 

This Blu-Ray features the following two-part stories:

 

  • Sky
  • The Curse of Clyde Langer
  • The Man Who Never Was

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Single disc (1 BD)
  • Video: Resolution: 1080i
  • Video: Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Sound: English: DTS-HD HR 2.0
  • Subtitles: English (HoH)

 

Special Features:

Goodbye Bannerman Road – Remembering Elisabeth Sladen (18 minutes)

A tribute to Elisabeth Sladen with contributions from those who worked closely with her, including the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.

Series 4

Sarah Jane Adventures

For a full review of series 4, not the Blu-Ray

 

Release date [UK] October 31, 2011

 

To everyone's surprise, series 4 of the Sarah Jane Adventures, was released on Blu Ray. Arguably the best series of all from this Doctor Who spin-off. Series 4 contains of 6 episodes which were being broadcasted in 2 parts of 25 minutes so in total series 4 has 12 episodes. In the third series there was a guestspot for the 10th doctor, this series we get a visit from the 11th doctor. 

 

It's quite an entertaining season, as i said earlier, perhaps the best of them all. The fourth season was the first series to be filmed in HD, that's why the first 3 series haven't been released on Blu-ray because they were filmed on video.

 

Still, there is hope we will someday see the first 3 series also get the transfer to HD because the same has happened to the first 4 series of Doctor Who and they are releasing them also in HD now.

 

The PQ is more than adequate, what you've come to expect from the BBC HD releases as Doctor Who. Sound is only stereo which is perhaps unfortunate but not sure if it really is necessary for this series to have a 5.1 or even 7.1 sound. Special features are not on this set in abundance, but it's the quality that counts!

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Two-disc set (2 BD)
  • Video: Resolution: 1080i
  • Video: Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Sound: English: DTS-HD HR 2.0
  • Subtitles: English (HoH)

 

Special Features:

 

  • Doctor Who Pyramids of Mars
  • Parts One-Four In Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen

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