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  • Actors: Robert Llewelyn, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Hattie Hayridge
  • Directors: Doug Naylor, Rob Grant, Juliet May
  • 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: 8 Nov. 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TR8BI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The entire fifth season of the popular BBC sci-fi comedy set on board the mining spaceship Red Dwarf. In 'Holoship', Rimmer (Chris Barrie) falls in love with Commander Nirvanah Crane (Jane Horrocks), captain of a computer-generated spaceship. In 'The Inquisitor', Lister (Craig Charles)'s body is taken over by a self-repairing stimulant, known as The Inquisitor, who flies back and forth through time judging the quality of people's lives - and obliterating them if they do not meet his exacting requirements. In 'Terrorform', the crew cross the Swamp of Despair to look for Rimmer who has been captured on a 'psy-moon': a moon that shapes itself to a person's psyche. In 'Quarantine', the crew contract a Luck Virus and a Sexual Magnetism Virus from a hologram in an abandoned research centre. 'Demons and Angels' sees Lister and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) playing with their new invention, a triplicator - but unfortunately the machine is having more than a few teething problems. Finally, in 'Back to Reality', the gang 'wake up' to find they have been playing a computer game called Red Dwarf for the last four years, and they are actually a bunch of sad geeks... apart from Lister, who is really a rich and successful yuppie called Sebastian.


It's brown alert time all over again for Red Dwarf fans with the fifth season of the much-loved sci-fi/comedy series. Episode-wise, it's business as usual for the crew of the Red Dwarf--that is, if one considers encountering an alien squid that squirts a despair-inducing hallucinogen ("Back to Reality", later voted the best episode of the series by viewers and Stephen Hawking!), evil (and not particularly bright) versions of the crew ("Demons and Angels"), a virus that causes insanity ("Quarantine"), and a trip to a moon created entirely from the mind of the insufferable hologram Rimmer ("Terrorform") business as usual.

In short, it's six hilarious episodes, highlighted by the typically terrific writing of creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor (who also direct two episodes). As with the previous deluxe DVD releases, Series V features a wealth of supplemental features, the most intriguing of which is a look at the failed attempt to recreate the show in America (with U.K. cast member Robert Llewellyn and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Terry Farrell as Cat). Also included are cast and fan commentaries, featurettes on the show's "science" and villains, special effects tests, blooper reels, and a sampling of Grant and Naylor's BBC 4 radio sketch "Dave Hollins, Space Cadet", which served as the inspiration for Red Dwarf. Dedicated DVD owners will also be rewarded by Easter eggs lurking throughout the menus. --Paul Gaita

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Wright VINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
I can say with complete conviction that this is my all time favourite series of Red Dwarf by a long way. All of the episodes in this series are worth watching from the hilariously funny holoship ("Lister to Red Dwarf, we have in our midst a complete smegpot), to the ever so slightly disturbing Terrorform ("I've been stripped, oiled, licked, chained, humiliated and almost had a knobbly thing the size of a Mexican Agave cactus jammed up where only customs men dare to probe"). Buy this, watch this, laugh, watch it again, and again, and again, get upset when the disc melts from you watching it 400 times.
Also, not only do you get the shows, you also get a selection of highly enjoyable extra features, and if that weren't enough, with this special collectors edition, you even get a little model starbug to play with. What more could you want?
Buy this and I promise you won't be disappointed, especially at this price. I've seen the DVD on it's own for sale in shops for more than this. This is a fantastic item for any Red Dwarf fan, and if you haven't seen Red Dwarf, then this is one of the best series to get you hooked on it - this series is the one that got me hooked.
Happy watching!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dark Jimbo on 29 July 2006
Format: DVD
Here it is - the last point where absolutely EVERYONE agrees the series was still on top form. Some will tell you the rot set in with series 6 (they are of course wrong, it's great), and 7 and 8 especially both come in for a lot of flak. No such problems here. There's nary a rough edge or weak moment to be seen - and there's a good reason why series 5 is considered among the majority of fandom the best series. It's the absolute peak of Red Dwarf.

It gave us some of the most iconic villians and secondary characters the series ever had - Daune Dibbley, later to be vastly overused but hilarious here in his first appearance - Psycotic glove-puppet penguin Mr Flibble - the chilling Inquisitor - while also introducing a whole ship of holograms, (where Rimmer finaly gets laid!), giving us 'Rimmer in a red gingham dress with hex vision', and Red Dwarf's best ever epsiode, Back to Reality.

The episodes are much darker and more dramatic than ever before - it's becoming borderline sci-fi drama/horror here - and it's all much more story-centric, though it remains as funny as ever. No time for the sitting around chatting from series 2 and 3, there's characters to be developed, monsters to be fought and the series' most hilarious set-pieces to be set up. The ideas and themes on display here would give any 'serious' sci-fi show a run for their money, with the writers really pushing all the boundaries of what was possible with the format and budget of the show. It's also really Rimmer's series - at least three of the six episodes revolve entirely around him - and what with him being the best and most popular character, that's no bad thing. In short, it's simply phenomonal, containing moments never to be bettered in the four previous or three following series. The DVD package itself is as top-notch as ever too - which is nothing less than the greatest Dwarf series deserves. If you only buy one series, buy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE on 17 April 2007
Format: DVD
I could have given this series five stars on the merits of the brilliant 'Back To Reality' alone but that wouldn't do justice to another fabulous line-up of episodes and some of the best comedy writing Britain has ever produced.

Firstly, just to take up the point that 'Red Dwarf' began to lean more heavily on its sci-fi roots in the later series, there is a strong sense that Rob Grant and Doug Naylor have started exploring concept more than humour. Episodes such as 'The Inquisitor' and 'Quarantine' tend to explore sci-fi themes deeper than in previous years. However, I feel the balance is still right in 5 and 'Red Dwarf' always was something more than a straightforward sit-com. This is a very funny series, one of my favourites in fact, and you have to move forward to 7 and 8 to see where the story-lines became hopelessly tangled.

All the episodes except possibly 'Terrorform' are top notch and even that has one of the best Dwarf scenes featuring Lister's encounter with a meatball-eyed 'taranshula'. From Mr Flibble the killer penguin glove puppet in 'Quarantine', to Rimmer's fishnets in 'Demons and Angels' and just about everything in 'Back To Reality' (Duane Dibbley!) this series is a blast and will have you wearing out your DVD player in no time. The extras are good too!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 1 Feb. 2006
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Red Dwarf is one of the finest sitcoms ever to hit the British screen, and even though this series loses its way from time to time it is still a gem. The lines are brilliant, we meet Dwayne Dibley (rivals Ace Rimmer for funniest bit part character ever) and many episodes simply shine. Unfortunately, some of the flaws that BEGAN to surface in IV and would eventually cripple the show in later series are all too clear.
Quarantine is one of the episodes that can lose its way, with the focus sometimes shifting towards special effects although it still has its momenets with the King of the Potato People. The Enquisitor is much the same, with perhaps too much sci fi but laughs a plenty with Rimmer's adventures with Fiona Barrington. The low point is definately Terraform, but even that is still very funny, as Kryten's SOS terrifies the Cat and Lister. The series picks up in the later half though, Demons and Angels is brilliant, with Lister forced to do things he would never do, eat things he would never eat and spill things onto things that no one should ever spill things onto! Holoship is another that suffers from too much glitz rather than plot, but yet again it's a good laugh as Rimmer finds love (and she does NOT want to throw up all over him). But then comes the real reason to buy this DVD - Back to Reality. Quite simply one of the funniest episodes ever for any sitcom, the episode is legendary. From Norman Bates' mum, to the Cybernautics division, to Dwayne Dibley and from William Doyle aka Good 'Ol Bill Doyle to Billy Doyle, a name from the wrong side of the tracks, this episode is perhaps the best Red Dwarf episode ever.
Overall, the series is too hampered by special effects and glitz, taking away from the brilliance of the plot and characters.
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