Red Dwarf - The Bodysnatcher Collection : BBC Series 1 - 3 Remastered Deluxe Box Set [DVD]
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(Nov 12, 2007)
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The first three series in this hilarious comedy show, Red Dwarf, now remastered.
Series 1: 'The End' sees a radiation leak wipe out the crew of Red Dwarf leaving only one survivor - Dave Lister. In 'Future Echoes' Red Dwarf breaks the speed of light leaving the crew experiencing visions of their own futures. 'Balance Of Power' sees Lister about to take his chef's exam and if he passes he will be able to have Rimmer replaced as the ship's hologram... In 'Confidence And Paranoia' Lister gets a mutated virus which makes his hallucinations come to life leaving the ship beset by herring rain amongst other things... 'Waiting For God' sees the ship's computer, Holly, find a pod floating about in deep space and Lister pleased to learn that he is a god. In 'ME2' Rimmer creates a duplicate of himself, all seems perfect until they both find themselves in a conflict that only one can win...
Series 2: Features the episodes 'Kryten' in which the crew of Red Dwarf finds an android called Kryten looking after three fellow crew members who have been dead for years... 'Better Than Life' in which Rimmer receives a note from his mother informing him that his father is dead, 'Thanks For The Memory' in which the crew wake up with no memory of what has happened over the past four days, In 'Statis Leak' the crew find a stasis leak which takes them back to the time of the original Red Dwarf... 'Queeg' sees Holly, the ship's computer, replaced by Queeg 500. In 'Parallel Universe' the crew are thrown into a parallel universe, there they meet their female counterparts...
Series 3: The complete third series of the television comedy science fiction programme. Features the episodes 'Backwards', 'Marooned', 'Polymorph', 'Bodyswap', 'Timeslides' and 'The Last Day'.
Including: Unseen episode 'Bodysnatcher', the lost episode of Red Dwarf I, storyboard episode performed by Chris Barrie, Red Dwarfs opening episode before the reshoots, commentaries by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.
Bonus Features: include brand new series I and II documentaries The Beginning and Its Cold Outside; four unseen storyboard script extracts performed by Chris Barrie with optional Grant/Naylor commentary; the Most Embarrassing Interview In The Universe Ever with optional Grant/Naylor commentary; original remastered promos Tongue Tied Music Archive and Animated Mobisode, rare deleted scenes, raw FX footage gallery; PLUS Easter Eggs and Collectors Booklet.
A must for any true Dwarfer!
What if you could communicate with a virus that was infecting you, and argue the ethics of killing a living being to sustain one's own existence? If you were Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, you'd probably reach an understanding that led to widespread vegetarianism and the elimination of disease. But if you're Dave Lister, you lose the argument, then have to lie there and listen to the smarty-pants virus mocking you. But you don't give up, because your gallant shipmates are sure to have another trick up their sleeves.
This tape contains the final two episodes of Red Dwarf Series VII, plus short interviews with the show's cast, creators and fans (including scientist Stephen Hawking and actor Patrick Stewart, who played Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation) and a collection of "smeg-ups", or outtakes, from Series VII. The episodes feature at least two of the finest sight gags in the entire Red Dwarf canon, both quite nasty and thoroughly hilarious at the same time. The smeg-ups are worth watching just for the snippets of Danny John-Jules' true accent, a far cry from the Cat's James Brown-inspired speech. --Anna Peekstok --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Perhaps Red Dwarf series 6 was beginning to show signs of running out of steam - too many repeating old gags (Dwayne Dibley and Polymorphs) and the same old space core directives over and over. Still funny though. After a long gap and the loss of one of the writers we finally got the return of Red Dwarf series 7. We can clearly see the difference in the two writers in the Red Dwarf books the writers wrote on their own. Doug Naylor's "Last Human" is a good story but not very funny. Rob Grant's "Backwards" is quite amusing but just recycles old TV episodes. Red Dwarf 7 is written by Doug Naylor on his own. Together the writers work very well but they seem to stumble when left alone.
The first things we notice about Red Dwarf 7 are the new computer generated effects and lack of canned laughter. It's even filmed on cinema film rather than video tape for bright colors and an expensive look. The new effects were mildly shocking at first - a lot of the charm of the old series was that it was obviously filmed in the BBC canteen and the props were painted cycle helmets and old computers they found dumped in skips. It a whole new big budget Red Dwarf and a lot of fans remain unsure if it works. It's so different it's almost a different show altogether. It does look very good. Once you get over the shock of the new look the first episode Tika To Ride is quite interesting. We get a very good time travelling story with some funny moments. There are some amusing moments but it is not as funny as before. The story is the main focus rather than the humour which is strange for a so-called comedy show.
In series 7 we lose the character Rimmer and with him we lost both the funniest character, the whole group dynamic and all the relationships that the show was based on. Lister no longer had anyone to wind up and bounce off, Kryten didn't have anyone to belittle him, the Cat had no one to make fun of. The introduction of Kochanski as a regular character was another huge blow. Chole Annet (not the original Kochanski either) plays the character far too seriously and politically correctly and it was just no longer funny. How could the crew be funny slobs as before when they had a women to impress and fawn over?
On this video the actual episode where Rimmer leaves ("Smoke Me a Clipper") is missing!! To leave such an important episode off is bizarre to say the least. Unless you've seen it on TV you will have no idea where he's gone because it's just not mentioned. The second episode on this video (third in the series) is the introduction of Kochanski which is fairly good, with a great performance from Robert Llewellen and some interesting revelations about Lister's past.
The third episode "Duct Soup" is the first without Rimmer and with Kochanski in his place and it's not too great. The extras on this "Xtended" video are quite interesting, especially the hilarious Rimmer Munchkin song from "Blue". But it would have made more sense to put it on the video with the episode "Blue" on it... It seems to me that the running order of this video is wrong. Missing off "Smoke Me a Clipper" and replacing it with "Duct Soup" is stupid because when you buy the Byte Two video of series 7 then you'll have "Duct Soup" twice but not "Smoke me a Clipper" at all.
This video is OK. A lot of things that made the show great were now missing towards the end, but series 7 made up for it in part with some decent stories, especially towards the start. It is not nearly as bad as people say it is and it still has some funny moments. The first few episodes shown here on this video still hold the attention. However I recommend buying the standard video of Byte One of series 7 instead of this Xtended version. It makes for a more complete collection. The extras are not worth losing such an important episode as "Smoke Me a Clipper" for. I have no idea why they left that episode off this video. Maybe it's to make people buy both videos? Anyway, this video is not bad.
Like George Lucas did to the original Star Wars Trilogy, the old faded episodes have had there original film tossed into a washing machine, and scrubbed down by Kryten to bring there colors back up. Then the film has been fed to Holly who has re-touched it with even better colors, and dropped some frames out to give it that movie feel... oh, and also some FX have been added to things like the windows so it looks more like space then lights shining off of alphabet heads "H".
And then the scutters have been hard at work improving the sound, they have added better scores, enhanced sounds, added sounds, removed some sounds.. and when it's all put nicely together, Cat is happy to sit and watch the first 3 series like they where made in ....1997.
Some fan's may not like the idea of re-doing and re-touching the original episodes, but personally, my only complaint is removing the scene where heroic Ace (who has lot's of girlfriends) falls through the table.
Of coarse, these where re-touched in 1997 to help sell the original 3 series to an international market. Because as they where originally, they looked old and dated, and they know these shows deserve better then the quality of of a Melbourne public access television broadcast. (namely, C31)
So, the 1997 CGI shows when looking at a lot of the CGI, but it does not take away the comedy of Red Dwarf... it looks great to me, i'm happy owning both the original and remastered. So no complaint's with what they have done to the shows trimmed scenes, cut bits or time enhancing methods. However, Holly's episode one re-shoot did not feel as good as the original.
Ummm, I hate the menus... there boring... the rest of series had these nice parts of the ship to navigate around, and this one has a black background with text. Zzzzzzzzz, boring... it's like listening to Rimmer dribble on about his 1930's telegraph pole collection... well, maybe not that bad.
about 2 episodes per disc feature commentary... the commentary is great if you want to know more about "Spitting Image"... just too bad they don't have any of the cast commentating.
Now, why is this DVD called "Body Snatcher?"... well, they have done a new episode, which is actually an old episode that never got shot. Tho, don't get too excited, it's just Alphabetie-Spaghetti-Head reading the script with black and white still drawings over it.
It was going to be the second episode of series 1, but they could never figure out how to end it. Now, 20 years later, they thought of a way and present it in a kind of comic book like way. Then you can listen to the full version of Chris Barrie reading it without pictures.
Personally, with the hype the site made it sound like, I thought it was going to be an awesome cartoon like they did with there mobile shows... but, it's not.
they also do the same thing with some other unused scenes, like the start of series 3 with Lister pregnant, continuing off from where season 2 ended... but this one doe's have no ending. There is also a few others like that too.
then there is a heap of documentaries.. which is more interviews really. Pretty much just for the die hard fan who has to know what color pant's Lister wears and if the Cat is circumcised or not.
Then there is the original-ORIGINAL pilot episode. Episode 1.. gawd, it is sounding like Star wars now... the first episode of Red Dwarf was not actually the first episode... well, it was the first episode, but ya see, they filmed the first episode, then did the next 5, and where given the time to do a 7th episode, which the took the time to re-shoot the first episode to fix some mistakes and add more jokes. So really the first episode you know was the 7th episode filmed! And now you can watch the first take of the original original episode of Red Dwarf... mind you, you'll be glad they did re-shoot it! but it's interesting to see.
There is some hidden eggs of a boring interview and some not so funny out takes.. and err, ohh, subtitles, yup, it's got those (thumbs up)
And errr, there might be a few more things i'm forgetting... oh, the text tracks like subtitles that tell you whats been changed from the original. And ummm.... no, thats about it.
Overall, i'm happy with the purchase, however, a lot of the fan's of the original may not like the episodes being tampered with and presented in a new way... but i say to smeg with them, you can still purchase the original episodes un-touched. And the bonus features I'm smeggingly sure would only appeal to hard core Red Dwarf fans.
If you are new to the series, then the re-masters is the way to go, but I do recommend you buy both so you can see the differences and what the re-masters have actually achieved!
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