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142d. Special Features

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The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/7/16 5:41 am
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Easily, the best story of the collection that finds the Doctor sitting in on a DVD commentary for a movie he served as technical adviser for in the 1970s. The idea of a Doctor Who adventure told through a DVD commentary is inspired and as the release begins, it really does feel like you're listening to a DVD commentary, yet the story works in little moments that build the tension until we finally begin to get a full grasp of what's going on.

This was John Dorney's first script for the main range and it showed all the hallmarks of a great Dorney script as it mixes humor in with the increasing suspense and horror elements. I do also have to say that I appreciate the featurette for what it is. Big Finish wanted it to sound like it was a soundtrack for an anthology horror film from the 1970s. They succeeded, complete with many moments that wouldn't make sense on audio normally. Overall, an imagination, funny, and suspenseful release.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/26/15 8:10 pm
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This l stand corrected is a wonderfully way to end the release, with this a well above average story, Peter's extended parts, convey both anxiety, panic and a building fear, when he starts to explain the curse that is associated with a film, as the premises of a group of actors meeting up to provide a DVD extra commentary, Peter explains that the film is a vehicle of an alien entity called the Rash who enter into your conscious and then fester. The whole episode plays out like a Miss Marple, but a lot more intense and there is a driving horror to the proceedings. In fact best to listen with lights on to this one. Very good, and one that really has you on the edge of your seat. Fab stuff. This gets my - Definitely Saturday teatime from your childhood vote.
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Reviewed By: sarozReview Date: 5/23/13 8:36 am
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I really like John Dorney's work, usually, but this one didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would. Whenever people talk about or review the "Red Lodge" release, I feel like this is the critical darling, but I have much the same problem with it I have with the opening story. It's a great premise, but the story just plays itself out completely as you would expect. The result is a little like listening to a comedy sketch where you've guessed the punchline too quickly - you go, "Yep, yep, get on with it," and it ceases to be as charming as it might otherwise have been. It wasn't in any way a bad episode, it just felt predictable and a bit underwhelming for the finale of the set.
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Reviewed By: EiphelReview Date: 1/5/11 3:19 pm
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Another corker from John Dorney - You can see why they keep him around (It's cause he's funny in podcasts, but this is good too!) As soon as I saw the conceit I expected something clever, but I wondered how much they could commit to the theme. A podcast mention of it being the most complex recording they'd done was promising. Turns out, they could sieze upon it with gusto. Count me as another who'd love to get the 'DVD' track as a, heh, special feature. It's rare to get an idea so fully and flawlessly executed as this.
The characters are sketches, but ultimately that doesn't matter at all - In a brilliant two-step Dorney dodges the constraints of the running time. There's no space to develop a deep character study, so deploy a presentation which is innately shallow (as Bourke says, have you heard many DVD commentaries?). Similarly, it makes use of the audio medium by riffing on another audio medium. I love stories which really use their format. The end product is hugely immersive.
And, lest it appear that this is an excercise in style over substance, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good measure of plot running through things. Unlike some commentors, I found the ending quite satisfying and smart, and not too heavy on the technobabble. All this, and some witty writing just the right side of knowing. A great tale that tops a release that just kept improving. A high 8/10.

(As an aside, it struck me how brilliant this idea would be for an Easter Egg on a real DVD.)