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Red Dwarf: Series III (2004)

Chris Barrie , Craig Charles  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN0ZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Dwarf: Series III" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Six episodes on two discs with cast commentary on every episode
  • "All Change" Original Documentary
  • Outtakes: Smeg-Ups and Deleted Scenes Galore!
  • Raw FX Footage
  • Isolated Music Cues
  • Trailers
  • "Food" Featurette
  • Hattie's DJ Diary
  • Tribute to designer Mel Bibby
  • Audio Book Chapters
  • Photo gallery
  • Weblinks & Easter eggs
  • 12-page Collector's Booklet

Editorial Reviews

The third series of Red Dwarf introduced some radical changes--all of them for the better--but the scripts remained as sharp and character-focused as ever, making this a fine candidate for the show's best year. Gone were the dull metallic grey sets and costumes, gone too was Norman Lovett's lugubrious Holly, replaced now by comedienne Hattie Hayridge, who had previously played Hilly in the Series 2 episode "Parallel Universe". New this year were custom-made costumes, more elaborate sets, the zippy pea-green Starbug, bigger special effects and the wholly admirable Robert Llewellyn as Kryten.

The benefits of the show's changes are apparent from the outset, with the mind-bending hilarity of "Backwards," in which Kryten and Rimmer establish themselves as a forward-talking double-act on a reverse Earth. After a modest two-person episode that sees Rimmer and Lister "Marooned", comes one of the Dwarf's most beloved episodes, "Polymorph." Here is the ensemble working at its best, as each character unwittingly has their strongest emotion sucked out of them. Lister loses his fear, Cat his vanity, Kryten his reserve, and Rimmer his anger ("Chameleonic Life-Forms. No Thanks"). "Body Swap" sees Lister and Rimmer involved in a bizarre attempt to prevent the ship from self-destructing. "Timeslides" delves deep into Rimmer's psyche as the boys journey haphazardly through history. Finally, "The Last Day" shows how completely Kryten has been adopted as a crewmember, when his replacement Hudzen unexpectedly shows up. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Boldly going where no one in their right mind would ever go, this hilarious, cult Sci Fi spoof takes you on a joyride three million years into the future. Those ubiquitous anti-heroes of space travel - Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten - are following up their spectacularly successful series I & II DVD's. In Red Dwarf Series III, the inept crew stumble further into deep space facing an emotion-sucking polymorph, a psychotic mechanoid and a version of Earth where time runs backwards.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Red Dwarf is a great comedy series that is a toss up between a sci fi comedy, or a comedy sci fi. For me, it's a comedy set in space, sci fi sounds to geeky to describe this hillarious and long running series.

season 3 is even funnier then season 1 & 2. and has some hillarious and all time great comedy moments. if you cant enjoy Red Dwarf, you must be a smeg head.

- EGGS -

Un-edited Polymorph clip.
On disc 1; Go to the "episode selection" screen. And highlight the `drive room' text. And just wait for about a minute and 20 seconds. You will hear the music change and the polymorph monster will come out and stand in the middle of the menu for a few moments. Press down and you will highlight him. When you highlight him he will turn into a rabbit. Press ok and you will view a scene in polymorph that is en edited. You watch it in its raw form.

Disc 2.
- Animated commentary -
It's not exactly hidden. But, in the Extra feature's menu, Highlight the witches' cone and press down. The display box will show a "?". Click enter and you will be viewing the producers animated commentary that is hidden on each series somewhere.

these seasons keep getting funnier then the previous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dwarf Resurrection June 23, 2004
The Show: Series 3 is one of the all-out funniest Red Dwarf series, without becoming too dumb. Every episode in this series is a classic. I remember seeing Backwards for the first time back in 1996 and not being able to stop laughing. It still cracks me up today. Marooned injects some real character development for Rimmer and Lister, and still manages to be hilarious. Polymorph needs no introduction. Timeslides is possibly my favorite though. The sets are all-new, and COLOR if you can imagine, and two of the episodes even have location shoots.
The DVD: Fan-smegging tastic. Quality has not dropped. The sound and video are just plain awesome, well, at least compared to seeing it on broadcast television. The extras just keep getting better every series. As always, commentaries are great, as are the outtakes. Watching the Backwards episode forwards...well its an interesting idea lol. If not just to hear what the pub owner says (one of the greatest RD in-jokes).
Buy this DVD!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I've been watching the Red Dwarf series in order, which means I'm not getting quite the same effect as if I had viewed the series on television. So I saw Season Three a week after viewing Season Two. I imagine TV series hold up much better when they're not viewed back-to-back.

Season Three is a complete reboot of Red Dwarf, in the same way that Alias reshuffled its characters but kept the show's premise the same. So what happened? You can find out if you slow the DVD down to read the Star Wars-like credits.

We last left Season Two with Dave Lister (Craig Charles) discovering that he had two children. For the first Season Lister figured he met a great bird (to use Brit slang) eventually, even though he was on a massive ship (Red Dwarf) with no other companions except a humanoid cat (Danny John-Jules) and a hologram (Rimmer played by Chris Barrie). Lister was in for a big surprise when it turns out that it was he who got pregnant, by sleeping with a female version of himself in a reverse universe where women impregnate men. So the twins Lister saw in a picture in one of the earlier episodes were indeed his.

Season Three explains that they kids grow to maturity due to the difference in parallel universes and that eventually Lister drops them off in their mother's parallel universe. Poof! No more twins/Lister pregnant plot.

Holly (Normal Lovett), the monotone droning computer who runs Red Dwarf has changed his appearance. Strangely, he changes it to the female computer he encountered in the parallel universe. Why the creators chose to do this is anyone's guess, but we're led to believe it's because Holly really, really liked the other computer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Dward - Series 3 November 11, 2003
Athough the Series 3 pack has yet to be released, these episodes are available on VHS.
All I can say is that the show gets funnier and funnier, topped, I think, by the new "Kryten."
Kryten rounds out the cast and could probably have starred in his own series! His comedic blurbs are made all the more hilarious by his sometimes misunderstanding of the human psyche.
If you like or love Red Dwarf, this is a "must have!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A previous reviewer noted that in season 3 Red Dwarf (RD) becomes more about showing and not telling humor. And that showing is done thru parodoxical references and analogies to popular science fiction of mid the 1990's. I agree, but it think this upgrade or "re-boot" as he said works in favor of the show. Had the show not been re-vamped we would've been complaining about tired settings and you could only have so much actionless-Blackadder-like witty dialogue on a sci-fi parody show before you go nuts.

In doing this "re-boot", RD3 shifts away from the BlackAdder style dialogue humor (where characters mulled around in small stage/space and traded witty sentences) to physical humor like the Polymorph episode, one of the funniest RD episodes ever.

Also the setting is upgraded from the prison gray dungeon of the engineer quarters where Lister and Rimmer previously shared to a glowing soft white (much more modern science-fiction like) setting (which I assumed had to with the eventual decontamination of the upper and more posh science officers' decks and Lister finally being able safely to move in, in RD3 you also see more parts of the ship we never seen before which I also figured had to do with the decontamination progress that was mention once by Holly in season 1, episode 1).

This change of scene helps the plots which becomes more science based, it also gives more space for the physical humor to take place.

The addition of Kryten (finally) adds so much to the show, he is the central voice and vehicle for what the show wants to express whenever it parodies and ridicules popular science fiction. Kryten also adds to the physical humor that is now a main part of what makes us now laugh at RD.
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