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Red Dwarf: X (Blu-ray)

The most inept band of space travelers ever to roam the interstellar highway; return with an all-new season of misadventures! The brand new series, written and directed by Doug Naylor, begins with the Dwarfers mining ship still creaking though the wastelands of unchartered deep space, but the posse soon stumbles upon the mysteriously abandoned SS Trojan. As they inspect the ship Rimmer receives an SOS distress call from an old foe and is suddenly faced with the dilemma of his life. Red Dwarf X reunites the much loved original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and promises to be a huge hit amongst the Sci Fi sitcom's cult following of devoted fans.

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In the annals of obsessed British TV followers, the cult of Red Dwarf aficionados is truly in a class by itself. The on-again off-again comedy/sci-fi series began on BBC in 1988 with an affably cheesy look (are you listening, Dr. Who?), a core quartet of lovable/hate-able main characters, a penchant for geeky storylines and juvenile joking, and a studio audience that provided an enthusiastic laugh track. Largely due to fan demand, the show's hiatuses have been temporary lulls. Just in time for the 25th anniversary, series 10 provides plenty of cause for celebration among its international devotees. For those unfamiliar with the Red Dwarf universe, it's probably cause for slack-jawed bewilderment. The original premise has remained the backbone of the show throughout its many runs: a schlubby Liverpudlian named Dave Lister (Craig Charles) is the last earthling in existence, having spent three million years in suspended animation when he awakes on the deep space mining vessel Red Dwarf. His crewmates are an unctuous robot named Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), an annoying hologram named Rimmer (Chris Barrie), and a descendant of Dave's beloved cat who has evolved into a preening, vain humanoid unironically named Cat (Danny John-Jules). Creator Doug Naylor still has this motley gang roaming infinite space and time in the six new episodes of Red Dwarf X. They will easily delight Red Dwarfers everywhere with absurdist stories that find the crew accidentally involving itself in the life of a man named Jesus in the year 23, the paradox of Dave spending Father's Day with a son who is also Dave, dealing with the fallout of a distress signal from a ship helmed by Rimmer's smug brother, a poker game gone wrong and a space-time blip that swallows Kryten and Cat, and a complicated mechanical love affair linked to a letter from Dave's million-plus-year-old girlfriend. All of this is top-loaded with the signature Red Dwarf toilet-anchored and often extremely juvenile humor, which translates easily across the millenniums for those who go in for that sort of thing. The lexicon, language, and rhythm of the show is intact, including the odd stretches of semi-drama interspersed with the one-liners. "Smeg" remains the universal catch phrase for the show as a one-size-fits-all code for all things crude. Notably, it's the fakey cardboard sets, the slapdash makeup, and the ever-present guffaws of the studio audience that remain the most comforting elements as they hark back to the show's roots. This may be the future, but it's nice to know that the Red Dwarf past lives on. Disc two of the package will be just as exciting as the six episodes on disc one. It's packed with extras, including a half hour of deleted scenes and a hilarious blooper reel of "Smeg Ups" that are all the more engaging because of the added interaction between cast and audience when set mistakes happen. The featured event is a two-hour documentary, "We're Smegged: The Making Of," an in-depth look at the entire production of series 10. This is a treasure trove of Red Dwarf marginalia, with lots of insight about the tiniest details of what Doug Naylor and his cast and crew went through to bring delight to their devotees. Appropriately, the series' final episode is titled "The Beginning," thereby giving hope that Red Dwarf will never really fly off into the space sunset. --Ted Fry

Special Features

We're Smegged - exclusive feature-length documentaryDeleted Scenes - with optional writer commentarySmeg Ups - the unseen outtakes

Product Details

  • Actors: Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Richard O'Callaghan
  • Directors: Doug Naylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009Z5BPYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Kristen on November 5, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
if you are a fan of red dwarf this is nothing short of a god send. this series is as good if not better than the original i especially love "fathers and sons" possibly the best Lister episode to date. at first i was worded this would be some ham handed attempt to cash in on a old favorite of mine, but much to my surprise its as good as it could possibly be! a credit to those how brought back the small rouge one.
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I have to admit when I heard they were doing another season I was worried that they were "going to jump the shark" with it. I couldn't have been more wrong and I can certainly tell you with no reservations that they did a fantastic job. Its great to see all the crew together again!!

I might buy 2 just to make sure they do another season!!
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I loved this season. While not up there with the best season they did in the past I can't judge based on that since people like different season best due to personal taste.
It was great seeing the old crew back together with a live audience and creative solution to the budget.
Some highlights:
The dwarfers meet Jesus.
Rimmer gets some peace with his past.
Lister gets a lesson in responsibility from his father - himself.
I can't say too much without giving it away to the lucky few who are fans and havn't seen it yet.
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Having waited seemingly forever for Red Dwarf to REALLY return (not counting the lackluster Red Dwarf: Back to Earth), I am delighted to report that the wait was worth it! Red Dwarf X recaptures the feel of the original Series 1 thru 6, especially with the use of a live audience. And the show is FUNNY again, which didn't happen very often in series 7, 8 and "Back to Earth."

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Sidestepping (or rather, ignoring completely) any continuity issues, Series X gives the fans back what made the show work best during its heyday: Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf, encountering all manner of cosmic and comic situations. The best of these 6 shiny new episodes are character-driven, such as the excellent "Fathers and Suns." And where else but on Red Dwarf would you find characters traveling back in time, picking up Jesus, then having to give him an emergency operation for kidney stones ("Lemons")?

The only thing really missing is Holly, the ship's original computer. But you just may find yourself laughing too hard to notice. And credit must really be given to the four principal actors for stepping back into their roles with such apparent ease. And everyone has aged extremely well, especially when you consider they've been playing these roles for about 25 years. The show itself looks very polished, but not in a distracting way like Series 7 did.

As with previous series releases, this one has bonus disc with a lengthy documentary, plus that good ol' fan-favorite, the Smeg Ups. All in all, a very solid continuation of a cult show that, happily, refuses to die. Highly recommended.
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Some of the best writing. Best aesthetic design. Best direction. Best audience interaction. Always worth the wait with these guys, and like everyone else, I'd love to see another ten seasons.
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These guy's never get old. The same great humor and story as the early days of Red Dwarf!!! Much better than VII and VIII, if you didn't care for those too much.
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Red Dwarf fans, if you are like me and can't wait until January for this mini-series, fear not. At amazon.co.uk this set is available on Blu-Ray NOW. The Blu-rays are region code B, HOWEVER, they do work on U.S. Blu-ray players. (My Panasonic player has no difficulty playing them at all.) The DVDs are also available, but those are region 2 and probably won't play on U.S. players.
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Red Dwarf X is a brand new series (or season, to us Yanks) of Red Dwarf, more than a decade since the last such season. This alone is cause for celebration among us Dwarfers. Though certainly not as good as it was in its prime, the boys can still elicit the laughs.

This time around we have only four major cast member, our core four if you will: Lister, Cat, Kryten, and Rimmer (as a hologram again). The boys are back on the Dwarf, not in prison, and the rest of the crew is absent, including Kochanski, as is Holly. For those wondering, there is never an explanation given as to the resolution of Series 8's cliffhanger ending, nor why Rimmer is a hologram again. We're just kind of thrust into the boys in their current situation, without any real backstory to fill the gaps.

As I mentioned above, these six episodes are clearly not the best the series has had to offer. However, there is still much here to love for a true fan of the series. The actors are as true to their characters as they ever were, and to a fan like myself it brings a smile just to see them on screen again. Couple that with the trademark Dwarf humor, and this is one fan who is eagerly awaiting the announce of a series 11! Or 9. Or whatever these crazy guys do next!
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