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Red Dwarf X [Blu-ray]
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Space battles, quantum entanglement, and love triangles with snack dispensers, are just some of the problems facing the boys as they return on the small rouge one.
Rimmer receives an SOS distress call from an old foe and is suddenly faced with the dilemma of his life. Lister grapples with the problem of being his own father, gets romantically involved with snack dispensers 23 and 34, while Kryten and Cat become quantum entangled forcing them to do everything in unison. The posse also find themselves marooned in 23 AD where they rescue a famous historical figure with a beard.
Packed with over 150 minutes of extras including an exclusive making-of documentary, deleted scenes and a brand-spanking-new collection of ‘Smeg Ups’.
DVD comes with special collector’s reversible sleeve.
Red Dwarf X is a genuine triumph. Following the critically maligned previous run of the show, Red Dwarf: Back To Earth, this is the programme back where it belongs: with six episodes, filmed in front of a studio audience. Written and directed by the show’s co-creator, Doug Naylor, Red Dwarf X reunites Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn and Danny John-Jules. They step back aboard the Red Dwarf ship of the title, and while Red Dwarf X has its bumpier episodes, there are a couple of cracking installments in the series, and a real sense that the show is back on form.
Take the opening episode, Trojan. This not only re-establishes the characters, it also injects plenty of laughs, and has a solid story underpinning it, too. Furthermore, the final episode, The Beginning, may be a little divisive, but there’s still a reason why many Red Dwarf fans list it as one of their favourites.
The disc release brings together all the episodes, as you’d expect, of Red Dwarf X, but there’s a lot more you get for your money besides. The centrepiece is an excellent, comprehensive documentary that’s both feature-length, and goes into great detail on the making of the show. There are umpteen outtakes to enjoy, too, and deleted scenes, with an optional commentary track from Doug Naylor. The documentary, however, is the highlight, and one of the finest extra features for a TV disc release in some time. It’s a fitting tribute to a series that’s proven there’s a lot of life in Red Dwarf yet… --Jon Foster
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What I love is that they seem to have truly "grown" together in this season, like a small family, which given the time they have spent together and what they have gone through feels right. And some of the exchanges between them are both touching and humorous at the same time.
I guess going to my original point though, about it being slick, is that it doesn't feel as "lonely", which for me was a great part of the conflict between Lister and Rimmer; a loneliness which despite not liking each other, kept them together. Anyway, this is getting as deep as a fat Italians pizza. Just go get a copy and enjoy yourself :-)
Therefore hopes weren't as high as they might have been when the first full six part series was broadcast.
In short, it's not as good as the `golden days' (which most people see as series 1-5ish). The loss of one of the key writers is noticeable. However, it is a damn site better than Back to Earth. It's great to see the cast reassembled and getting their sea-legs back again as they take on the old characters. It might not be as funny as it once way, but the series does pick up pace and, by that time, you will probably have forgotten why it doesn't link up with series 8.
Okay, it could have been better in some places. A few of the jokes seem a bit strained. But it could have been a hell of a lot worse.
If you're into nostalgia for the Dwarf, then you should like this. It's harmless fun. Bring on series 11.
The extras are pretty much as you would expect - the usual smeg-ups, deleted scenes and a documentary. All good for a laugh but probably not more than one watching.
Definitely a worthwhile addition to the Red Dwarf collection.
The humour comes from the interactions between the characters and the amusing situations they get into. This series in particular is very good and has many memorable scenes and funny quotes. It's an absolute blast and worth every penny.
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