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Red Dwarf: Series II (2003)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007AP32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Red Dwarf: II (DVD)

The second series of Red Dwarf was, as Danny John-Jules says in the accompanying DVD commentary, "the one where it really went good." First broadcast in the autumn of 1988, these six episodes showcase Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's sardonic, sarcastic humor to perfection. The cast had gelled and the occasionally erratic tone of the first series--which was made a little too much in the shadow of Dark Star and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--is replaced by a confident assurance that the show's mix of sci-fi in-jokes and gags about bodily functions really does work. There's more color this year, too, as the drab sets are spiced up, a little more money has been assigned to models and special effects, and the crew even goes on location once in a while.

"Kryten" introduces us to the eponymous house robot (here played by David Ross), although after this first episode he was not to reappear until series 3, when Robert Llewellyn made the role his own. Then in "Better Than Life" the show produced one of its all-time classic episodes, as the boys from the Dwarf take part in a virtual reality game that's ruined by Rimmer's tortured psyche. Other highlights include "Queeg," in which Holly is replaced by a domineering computer personality; the baffling time-travel paradox of "Stasis Leak"; the puzzling conundrum of "Thanks for the Memory"; and the astonishingly feminine "Parallel Universe." --Mark Walker

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The worlds premier Sci-Fi comdey programme is here!!! December 24, 2002
...and its about time. Join the continuing adventures of the crew of the Red Dwarf; Dave Lister (the ship screwball and slacker and the last human being alive), "Holly" (the ships computer), Arnold J. Rimmer(a holographic representation of Lister's deceased bunkmate), and "Cat" ( a humanoid who has 'evolved' from Lister's cat while he was in stasis for 3 million years) as they meet "Kryten", an android who will join the ship as a regular crewmember in season 3, survive a stasis leak, and travel to an alternate universe!!

Seasons 1 and 2 are available Feb 25th 2003, and two seasons will be released every ensuing February until all eight seasons have been released.
This is the funniest television program ever made in my opinion, and I am sure you will enjoy it!!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
After watching the first season of Red Dwarf, I wasn't expecting very much from the second season. I figured it'd be more of the sets, the slob and the neat freak, and some crazy cross between James Brown and a feline bouncing around on screen.

I was's all that and more. But I was wrong to think it would be boring. The show actually takes the time to explore the characters and really get into their heads. In season 2, the show hits its stride.

David Lister (Craig Charles) is still Lister, but he's more subdued. Someone finally realized that watching a slob be a slob is funny in small doses. Which is good, because Lister got on my nerves after awhile. More screen time is given to Arnold Judas Rimmer (Chris Barrie), the real star of the show. It's easy to figure out why Lister is a pig, but the uptight Rimmer is much more intriguing. We delve into his neuroses as well as his past. And Cat (Danny John-Jules) exists primarily as Lister's foil. His quieter screen presence helps let the show be funny rather than distracting.

It is in this season that we first meet Kryten the android (David Ross), a manservant who isn't too good at determining the liveliness of his hosts. We learn about Lister's love life, the death of Rimmer's father (a touching scene that's played straight even though everyone's long dead anyway), watch the blokes play in a virtual reality game, mess with time travel, and enter a parallel universe where women rule.

I can't harp on this point enough: a lot of other science fiction shows ripped off Red Dwarf. Lister gets pregnant by a female, just like Charles Tucker in "Unexpected" on Star Trek: Enterprise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big improvement over Season One May 30, 2009
I had been hearing incredible things about RED DWARF for years and was dearly disappointed watching Season One. I found the production to be really low quality, the cast to be far too male-dominated, and the writing to be less than splendid.

In Season Two the cast remained a bit too all-male for my taste, but the production improved through an obviously improved budget, and the writing seems to find its groove somewhat. The interaction between the main characters improved, with the change in dynamic between Rimmer and Lister improving markedly. In Season One every episode was highlighted by their unmasked dislike of each other. That got old quick. In Season Two they aren't exactly bosom buddies, but the constantly negativity lessened.

I haven't given up on the series yet. I've asked around on several boards and everyone assures me that the series gets a lot better after Season Two. I hope so. I started watching this in part because of a need to watch all major TV series with a robotic character. We saw him for one episode in Season Two and I know that he comes on board full time in Season Three. But I also wanted to see it because I'm interested in quality TV. Hopefully it will get better in Season Three, but that won't retroactively make the first two seasons better. But it is improving. If we could do fractions, I would have given Season One a 2.5 rating while Season Two a 3.2. Hopefully Season Three will get a 4.0.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures Continue Beyond the Ship April 19, 2003
For budget reasons, the first season was limited to events on the ship. Now that the Red Dwarf model is built, money can be spent on other things like planet shots and adding color to the ship's set. The plots are still like a sitcom, but the scripts are a little more developed this time. There will be radical changes in the next season so don't get used to this as it is.
This DVD has one of the best commentaries I've ever heard. I love hearing the actors comment on the show.
This set also has the best extras, included on a second DVD. It has some of the same type of things the first one had like smeg-ups (bloopers), deleted scenes, and photos. It has the complete Tongue-Tied performance. The A-Z Documentary is interesting and has some great moments. I'm not sure why the Daleks appear, but you do hear comments from various actors and well-known people - Patrick Stewart, Stephen Hawking. The "Smeghead" segment is great!!! ...especially when a young fan is heard asking what "smeg" means. The word remains undefined although most of us can probably guess the meaning.
The A-Z Documentary and Alternative Personalities offers some insight into what to expect in the future seasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Back to the old formula
Published 19 days ago by Smeghead
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Laughs
It's the very first British show I ever saw and no matter how many times I watch it Red Dwarf always makes me laugh. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Russell B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dwarf is smeggin' great!
I love this show. I watched it years ago and was happy to see it on Amazon prime. I'm looking forward to seeing the episodes again and watching the newer seasons I never saw... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Nowell
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Published 1 month ago by Willis W Hines Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great tv show,my wife and I love it. AAAAA+
Published 1 month ago by Ronald Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Your a smeg head if you don't like this searies
Published 1 month ago by STEVE ZIMNEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love it. Been so long since I have seen it
It brought back old memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful break from reality
This show is hilarious and at times poignant. The cast has wonderful chemistry and the actors are very talented - so much so that you believe that you are watching Lister, Cat, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dawn W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great fun. Entertainment the way it should be.
Published 2 months ago by Debra Kipikasha
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I'm getting ready to let my grandbabies watch red dwarf I think they might get a kick out of it like I do
Published 7 months ago by Peggy
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