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Red Dwarf: Series 3 [DVD]

Craig Charles , Chris Barrie , Ed Bye    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Rob Grant
  • Directors: Ed Bye
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Esperanto
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGTL4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The third series of Red Dwarf introduced some radical changes--all of them for the better--but the scripts remained as sharp and character-focussed as ever, making this a firm candidate for the show's best year. Gone were the dull metallic grey sets and costumes, gone too was Norman Lovett's lugubrious Holly, replaced now by comedienne Hattie Hayridge, who had previously played Hilly in the Series 2 episode "Parallel Universe". New this year were custom-made costumes, more elaborate sets, the zippy pea-green Starbug, bigger special effects and the wholly admirable Robert Llewellyn as Kryten.

The benefits of the show's changes are apparent from the outset, with the mind-bending hilarity of "Backwards", in which Kryten and Rimmer establish themselves as a forwards-talking double-act on a reverse Earth. After a modest two-hander that sees Rimmer and Lister "Marooned", comes one of the Dwarf's most beloved episodes, "Polymorph". Here is the ensemble working at its best, as each character unwittingly has their strongest emotion sucked out of them. Lister loses his fear; Cat his vanity; Kryten his reserve; and Rimmer his anger ("Chameleonic Life-Forms. No Thanks"). "Body Swap" sees Lister and Rimmer involved in a bizarre attempt to prevent the ship from self-destructing. "Timeslides" delves deep into Rimmer's psyche as the boys journey haphazardly through history. Finally, "The Last Day" shows how completely Kryten has been adopted as a crewmember, when his replacement Hudzen unexpectedly shows up.

On the DVD: Red Dwarf, Series 3 two-disc set maintains the high standard of presentation and wealth of extra material established by its predecessors. Among other delights there are the usual "Smeg Ups" and deleted scenes, plus another fun commentary with the cast. There's a lengthy documentary, "All Change", specifically about Series 3, a tribute to costume designer Mel Bibby, Hattie Hayridge's convention video diary, and--most fascinating--the opportunity to watch "Backwards" played forwards, so you can finally understand what Arthur Smith's backwards-talking pub manager actually says to Rimmer and Kryten in the dressing room. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Starring: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett, Robert Llewellyn, Clare Grogan Directed by: Ed Bye Episode titles: Backwards, Marooned, Polymorph, Bodyswap, Timeslides, The Last Day. DVD Extras: Cast commentary. 'All Change' making of Series Three. 'Building a Better Universe' tribute to production designer Mel Bibby. Smegs Ups and deleted scenes. Amusing 'Food' featurette using clips from all eight series. Special effects footage. Talking book chapters. Isolated music cues. Photo gallery. The episode 'Backwards' played backwards. Hattie Hayridge's video diary of Red Dwarf fan convention. Trailers. Animated menus. Weblink. Easter eggs.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-smegging-tastic. 4 Nov 2003
Need I say more? OK then!
Series three is where the show stopped being "OK" and instead became one of the best UK sitcoms ever made. Usually in a TV series you get strong episodes and weak ones, but of these six, not one of them sucks. I could watch them all again, and again, and again until the DVD melts.
The series debut "Backwards" launches you straight into gems like Kryten's driving test, the reversing tandem and an unforgettable barroom-tidy. "Marooned" has Lister and Rimmer crashed on an ice planet with just a few burnable items, a bag of soggy smoky bacon crisps, a pot noodle and a tin of dog food to keep him alive. "Polymorph" is a true classic involving a genetic mutant, killer shami kebabs, shrinking boxer shorts, terror and alphabetti spaghetti. "Timeslides" features shenanigans with causality, the Tension Sheet, a suspicious briefcase and special guest appearances from Koo Stark, Ruby Wax and Adolf Hitler. "Body Swap" includes a new approach to losing weight, the most hilarious kidnapping ever attempted, liberal amounts of Domestos and a heap of mashed potato. And in "The Last Day" Kryten's lease has expired, and he's on his way to Silicon Heaven, to join all the calculators - but there's still one last party before his replacement arrives...
This is Dwarf at its strongest; cheeky, fast and fun, and this two disc set pulls out all the stops. There's a good set of extras: "Backwards" run backwards for a whole episode, a good documentary with the cast and crew from series three, smeg-ups, deleted scenes and even some original BBC trailers, rescued by dedicated Dwarfers and included on this DVD. As Extras discs go, this one is very junk-free.
All in all this is an excellent DVD set. The price is low, the content is excellent, the extras are good and the picture and sound quality is admirable. Excellent value! So get yourself a curry, get out a six-pack of lager and stick this DVD in your machine. Final verdict: Five Stars. You must own this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ship wrecked and comatosed 31 Oct 2003
This was the series in which Red Dwarf went from cult show to popular hit. The cast were well settled and a plot had been established – but in the best traditions of cult sci-fi, the writers Grant and Naylor could not see a future for it so dumped it in favour of an entirely new one. So out with the old - grey sets be gone – and in with the new; Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) is established as a new main character, and Hattie Hayridge replaces the excellent Norman Lovett (whose deadpan Holly was the highlight of the previous series – no one could announce an emergency quite as well) and there is some character development of the existing regulars. The Cat is just as self-obsessed, Lister is slightly less disgusting (his clothes look like they may have seen a washing machine at some point), but joy of joys Chris Barrie is at his nose flaring best as Arnold Judas Rimmer, at who’s expense the audience can extract maximum fun.
Every episode from series 3 is a corker – in fact ‘Polymorph’ is often voted as the fan’s favourite, but for me the real treasure here is the superb ‘Backwards’ where to get to see a pub brawl entirely in reverse (a technique later used in an advertising campaign).
Both this and series four were to prove the highlights of this comedy series simply because they managed to combine the best effects they could afford, great characters and sharp writing – something that could not be sustained (particularly when Rob Grant stopped co-writing) which is a shame. As a fan I hope that some that it can return to this standard for the rumoured film version.
Given the excellent packages so far for these DVD releases the standard of extras should be high once again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 Nov 2003
Red Dwarf series 3 is a good comedy show with a bit of sc-fi thrown in here and there. It has all 6 episodes from series 3:Backwards, Marooned, Polymorph, Bodyswap,Timeslides and The Last Day.
As with all the Red Dwarf DVDs, series 3 has a massive load of extras on its second disc. These are:
A Documentary
Deleted Scenes
Smeg Ups (Outtakes)
DJ Diary
Mel Bibby Tribute
Food Featurette
Backwards-played Forwards
FX Footage
Music cues and Talking book chapters
On the 1st disc there is commentary by the cast and there are also easter eggs on the dvd. Quite hard to find actually!
I recommend, no, I tell you, no, I DEMAND you buy this DVD now because you will enjoy it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Think Wilma's Sexy? 28 Jan 2006
By Chris C
When Red Dwarf officially closed its production doors after eight series, it was the end of a legendary sci-fi comedy. Thankfully, Grant Naylor productions has been bringing out the entire back catalogue of Red Dwarf along with fascinating extras. If Series One introduced it and Series Two refurbished it, then Series Three without a doubt gave it a whole new makeover.
As stated in linear notes 'Red Dwarf III established how the show was meant to look - a benchmark for production values..'. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor officially became in control of Red Dwarf by Three, and two people were brought in to improve the looks and dynamics of the show. Mel Bibby (whose paid tribute to on the bonus disc) would design the sets and Howard Burden designed the clothes.
Aside from production, Series Three saw the exit of Norman Lovett as Holly and Hattie Hayridge replacing him as the same character. Robert Llewellyn would also mark his debut as the adorable android Kryten. Whilst Hattie and Robert were fitting in, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie and Danny John-Jules had fitted into their characters like it was second nature.
Episode-wise, Series Three has some of the most memorable moments ever. Not just in Red Dwarf history but in British comedy altogether. Featuring all time classic episodes like Backwards, Marooned and Polymorph (Chameleonic life-forms no thanks). Hearing the cast commentary is a must for any Red Dwarf fan.
The bonus features is brilliant. Featuring a seventy-five minute documentary on the series appropriately titled 'All Change'. There is also thirty minutes of deleted scenes, Hattie Hayridge's diary of the 'Dimension Jump' convention in 2003, and Backwards Forwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you like it, you like it
What can you say about Red Drawf, if you like it, you like it. Great series, could watch it over and over again, hence buying this .
Published 1 month ago by Terence McKenna
3.0 out of 5 stars red dwarf is a good series but not my top one sorry
an ok series. red dwarf is a good series but not my top one sorry.
Published 1 month ago by X_Hannah_X
4.0 out of 5 stars great
IF I get bothered to enter rubbish like this all the time then I will not bother with any reviews
Published 8 months ago by Anne (and family) view(s)
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Dwarf takes off...
While the first two series were very simple in terms of set production, the third series really steps things up, introducing a great improvement in the quality. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gatekeeper197
4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present
I purchased this for my brother as he is a huge Red Dwarf fan. Delivery was prompt, and for a used item, exceeded expectations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mr Tommy Fairweather
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a funny series and well worth seeing it may be getting on a bit now but still very funny
Published 14 months ago by Stephen Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy.
Good value set with interesting navigation animations. Some better episodes in this series 3 too.
Five more words required why?
Published 16 months ago by Steve123
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Who doesn't like Red Dwarf, well worth watching over and over again -- one of those series that will be repeated over and over again
Published 17 months ago by big moma
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy classic!
Having bought the basic series 1-8 box set some time ago (so that I could introduce Red Dwarf to my teenage daughters to this glorious series! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jersey Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The High Point
The best RD series, contains some absolute classic episodes. If you're undecided or haven't seen much RD before, start with this series. It's where everything clicked into place.
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