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2.0 out of 5 stars
Believe the hype, 11 April 2008
The other reviews aren't wrong, you'll never see anything like this. Ellard managed to pack so much material into over 279 pages for a 132 minute movie.
He provides info on everything you could possibly need to know about the movie: actual transcripts from his quiet "yeah, no, yeah, no" talk with director Ed Bye that led to ChloŽ Annett being quickly replaced with Irish actor Claire Grogan early in production; why every set was green screen; the struggle to get Archie back from his obligations to French cinema.
My only criticisms are the way it was printed, the binding feels non-existant at times and at some point somebody must have thought it was was hilarious to make a largely black and white book have every letter "D" coloured red. And for an official book the fact that every Ellard Prod. owned character, location etc. is followed by a distracting TM, or (C) or [KiT] doesn't seem to justify itself.
Also curiously absent is any reference to Brimstone & Treacle, a film which the writer was universally on record during magazine and radio interviews as the basis for the entire movie's plot:
'"Red Dwarf the Movie(C) would be my Seven Samurai to [his] Magnificent Seven", Andrew added, smiling through his beard.' - BTL Magazine 2005
But overall it's a great work and you can tell he clearly enjoyed writing it. (It's written on there). Hopefully the recently announced 'Red Dwarf Movie II Book II' will get the same attention.