Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Aztecs - DVD details

BBC Worldwide have announced details of the upcoming Special Edition DVD release of The Aztecs. It hits the streets in the UK on March 11 with an RRP of £20.42 and also includes Galaxy 4 - a shortened reconstruction of the missing story, using off-screen stills, audio recordings and animation plus the recently recovered complete episode three to tell the story. Click on the cover for a bigger version.

Disc 1
    •    4 x 25 mins approx monochrome episodes with mono audio. Optional Arabic soundtrack for episode four only.
    •    Commentary - stereo. With actors William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, producer Verity Lambert OBE.
    •    Remembering The Aztecs - Actors John Ringham, Ian Cullen and Walter Randall recall the production of the story and of television production in the sixties in general.
    •    Designing the Aztecs - Designer Barry Newbery talks about his work on the story, illustrated with many never-before-seen production drawings and photographs from his personal collection.
    •    Cortez and Monezuma - An extract from a 1970 ‘Blue Peter’, introduced by Valerie Singleton on location in Mexico, giving historical background to the Aztec belief in human sacrifice.
    •    Restoring the Aztecs - A short featurette demonstrating the restoration and videoisation effects used for the release. With subtitles.
    •    Making Cocoa - An animated guide to making cocoa the Aztec way, voiced in character by John Ringham as Tlotoxl and Walter Randall as Tonila, with both characters animated and presented in ‘South Park’ style…!
    •    TARDIS-Cam no.3 - The third of BBCi’s TARDIS-Cam shots.
    •    Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story
    •    Intro Sequences - The umbrella story title ‘The Aztecs’ does not appear on any of the episodes, so for (outdated now) BBFC compliance a caption card with the title has been provided. To add interest, six versions have been provided, each with a different voiceover, in character, from three of the actors involved in the production. The intention is that the disc will randomly select one of these six sequences and play it out at the appropriate point as the disc producer sees fit. One suggestion is that the caption plays out the first time an episode is selected for play.
    •    PDF Material – Ratio Times listings in Adobe PDF  format for viewing on PC or MaC
    •    Programme subtitles.
    •    Subtitle Production Notes (new for this release).

Disc 2
    •    Galaxy 4 – a shortened reconstruction of the missing story ‘Galaxy 4’, using off-screen stills, audio recordings and animation plus the recently recovered complete episode three to tell the story. Supplied as one compilation, please add chapter points as necessary, although no menu-driven chapter selection is really necessary. Certainly there should be a chapter point at the beginning of episode three, plus the usual five chapter points through that episode as normal, all others at the producer’s discretion.
    •    Chronicle – The Realms of Gold – John Julius Norwich’s superlative 1969 retelling of the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the Aztecs, which also features music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop .
    •    Dr. Forever! – Celestial Toyroom – the first of a new five-part series introduced by Ayesha Antoine looks at Doctor Who toys. With original series producer Verity Lambert, new series creator Russell T Davies, writers Mark Gatiss, Rob Shearman, Paul Cornell and Joseph Lidster, BBC Worldwide product licensing executive Richard Hollis, product approval executive Dave Turbitt and ex- range editor Steve Cole, Audiogo commissioning editor Michael Stevens, Character Options’ Alasdair Dewar, DWM’s toy reviewer Jim Sangster and last, but by no means least, Doctor Who’s very own Winston Churchill, actor Ian McNiece.
    •    It’s a Square World – the very first Doctor Who skit (as far as we can ascertain), with Clive Dunn in full First Doctor costume as a scientist demonstrating his new space rocket to Michael Bentine, resulting in Television Centre being launched into space! Features cameo appearances by Patrick Moore and Albert Steptoe.
    •    A Whole Scene Going – an excerpt from a recently recovered edition of the sixties music and arts programme, featuring an interview with director Gordon Flemyng and a behind the scenes look at filming of his movie Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 AD.
    •    Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
    •    Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
    •    Programme subtitles.
Thanks to BBC Worldwide

5 comments:

Mister said...

So it has all the content from the original disc (as usual) but there is only one Aztec related content added for the special edition? The rest don't seem to be related to it at all. Odd.

Anonymous said...

"Supplied as one compilation, please add chapter points as necessary, although no menu-driven chapter selection is really necessary. Certainly there should be a chapter point at the beginning of episode three, plus the usual five chapter points through that episode as normal, all others at the producer’s discretion."

???

Anonymous said...

Supplied as one compilation, please add chapter points as necessary, although no menu-driven chapter selection is really necessary. Certainly there should be a chapter point at the beginning of episode three, plus the usual five chapter points through that episode as normal, all others at the producer’s discretion.

Rob W said...

"A shortened reconstruction of the missing story ‘Galaxy 4’, using off-screen stills, audio recordings and animation plus the recently recovered complete episode three to tell the story. Supplied as one compilation, please add chapter points as necessary, although no menu-driven chapter selection is really necessary. Certainly there should be a chapter point at the beginning of episode three, plus the usual five chapter points through that episode as normal, all others at the producer’s discretion."

That's, er, quite the sales pitch.

Although, in fairness, "recently recovered episode three" is the only sales pitch anyone needs. You can basically stop reading after that. Still! Can't wait to find out what happens with the chapter points.

Rob W said...

...Whoa! Did three of us happen to post that pretty much simultaneously, or was that some kind of technical failure on my part?

Weeeeeird.