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Red Dwarf: Series VII

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Red Dwarf: VII (DVD)

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Here's what you'll find in the seventh season of Red Dwarf: the truth behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the return of Ace Rimmer (or a reasonable facsimile), an emotional rollercoaster created from real emotions, a very seductive virus, and numerous mishaps involving dimensional accidents, wormholes, nanobots, and male-female relationships. If that makes perfect sense to you, you're undoubtedly a fan of the cult comedy/science fiction series, but even if you're not, there are plenty of laughs to be had. Of course, not every Red Dwarf fan will be in accordance--Series 7 has been the subject of much controversy since its original airing in 1997-98, due mostly to the departure of co-creator Rob Grant, the departure of Chris Barrie's Arnold Rimmer, and the arrival of new castmate Chloe Annett as Dave Lister's ex-girlfriend, Christine Kochanski (who had been played by another actress, Clare Grogan, in earlier episodes). But no matter which side you happen to pick for this debate, there are still enough amusing and thought-provoking moments in each episode to please even the most demanding fan.

Highlights for the season include the opener, "Tikka to Ride," which turns a trip for curry into a visit to Dallas circa '63; "Blue," which addresses the departure of Rimmer and the uncomfortable relationship between Kochanski, Lister (Craig Charles), and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), and "Nanarchy," in which the aforementioned microscopic robots create more havoc than actual repair. Supplemental features have always been one of the main attractions to the Red Dwarf DVD sets, and Series 7 doesn't disappoint: included are commentary by the cast (including Norman Lovett, the original Holly) on "Nanarchy"; "Back from the Dead," a 90-minute featurette with new interviews and previously unseen footage; a pair of short films made by fans for a competition; extended editions of three episodes (with no laugh track); 40 minutes of deleted scenes; early effects footage; and lots more. --Paul Gaita


Special Features

  • Eight episodes on three discs: Tikka to Ride, Stoke Me a Clipper, Ouroboros, Duct Soup, Blue, Beyond a Joke, Epideme, Nanarchy
  • Identity Within: the "lost" episode of series 7, performed by Chris Barrie
  • Commentary by Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, and Chloe Annett
  • Commentary by Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, and Chloe Annett, plus Norman Lovett
  • Fan films
  • Behind the scenes
  • Burning Rubber music featurette
  • Raw FX footage
  • Isolated music cues
  • Son of cliche
  • Deleted scenes
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailers
  • Smeg ups
  • Back from the dead

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BVM1TQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Dwarf: Series VII" on IMDb

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Valnastar VINE VOICE on November 7, 2005
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Red Dwarf Series VII is very different than any Red Dwarf to come before it. Rob Grant, half of the team that till then had created and written all Red Dwarf episodes, left the show and the strain on remaining writer Doug Naylor clearly shows. Some of the writing slack is taken up by others, including Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), who has written a few successful books on his own, but the feel of the show is never the same from here on out. The humor is now less dense and arguably less sharp at times, and the situations in which the characters find themselves often do not have the same comedic quality of the older shows. Additionally, Chloe Annett is introduced as Kochanski. While competent, she is far different than any of the actesses that originated the part like C.P. Grogan, and her addition to the cast takes time away from funnier established characters, like the Cat, who is brilliantly played by Danny John-Jules. To add to the list of unwanted changes, Chris Barrie was not fully available for this series and so is absent much of the time.

That said, if you love Red Dwarf, you'll probably feel obligated to own these later shows anyway. There are still occasional brilliant moments, and the cast is still funny and committed to their roles, even if the writing is now very uneven. Series VII is better than Series VIII, which takes Red Dwarf even further away from it's original comedic fundamentals.

As in Series VI, in Series VII the crew are still living aboard Starbug and still chasing the trail of their larger mother ship, the Red Dwarf. Episodes in Series VII are:

1. Tikka To Ride

Lister ignores Kryten's warnings about the hazards of time travel and takes the crew on a quest for more curry that will change history.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Iain Leggate on October 29, 2005
Format: DVD
So Red Dwarf 7 is almost upon us, this one being one of the most debatable ones of the entire series. Grant Naylor becomes half the man he used to be in this series (Grant Naylor is a made up person from Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, the two writers of Red Dwarf who have a bit of a spat and split up so only one of them writes this series), Rimmer decides to leave (Chris Barrie was in others things and decided to leave) and Kochanski comes back, but in a different form (Claire Grogran was on MTV and they get Chloe Annette instead).

This doesn't sound a great start to begin with, and to be honest with you I do think this is the weakest series so far. However I do think they other series are all fantastic so being the weakest means this is only good (of course I should point out I am a major fan!)

The episodes are:

1. Tikka To Ride

2. Stoke Me A Clipper

3. Ouroboros

4. Duct Soup

5. Blue

6. Beyond a Joke

7. Epideme

8. Nanarchy

This series takes Red Dwarf in a different way to the rest - of course it would have to with Rimmer leaving and Kochanski coming back - but I still enjoyed it.

The depressing thing about this series is that after this one we only have the final series 8 to look forward to and hope that they manage to finish the film by the time that is out so we can enjoy more Dwarf!

Overall 4/5, less then the other series (5/5 for all the rest IMHO) but still very funny and better then most other series out there.

My favourite episodes are probably the Tikka to Ride, where they run out of curry and travel back in time to Dallas, 1961 and beam into a book depository...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J on January 8, 2006
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I didn't know anything about the background production of the show until I read all the reviews here. I only know from what I watched when this series was released on PBS. What I noticed were the following:

More colorful sets

Much better special effects

A new female lead which really helps balance out the show

8 episodes instead of 6

The only negative was Chris Barrie (Rimmer) missing in a few episodes

So I really don't understand what these people are talking about how the show being drastically different. The show drastically changed during season 3 as well with the introduction of Kryten. And then did another change during season 4 when Red Dwarf was lost. I mean look at the Cat, he changed from a fish obsessed narcisist to an effective pilot of Starbug with a keen nose sensor. To me these changes kept the show upbeat with more variety. I absolutely love Seasons 7&8 and they're my favorite seasons because we now had the lead characters interacting with more than just a single new person per episode. The show has always changed drastically from season to season. Season 7&8 was no different. And I don't think it ever lost its magic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce W. Johns on December 15, 2005
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First I'd like to say that if you like the first six series, then you must watch the seventh and eighth series. I know a lot of people have written bad reviews about series seven(and eight) but I believe those people are the types that do not like change.Yes Chris kockanski is played by a new lady (Chloe Annett)and Chris Barrie leaves after the 2nd episode. Well not really leaves he is in an episode later on called Blue. Yes Kryten does get "menstrating-woman" syndrome. Yes Doug Naylor (writer) is not involved as much in the creative side of the show. However, laughs are still there! I will say that the first four seasons were more of a comedy based on sci-fi. While the later series are a Sci-fi based on comedy. The "look" of series 7 and 8 are far superior to the "gray" sets of series 1 and 2. I love this series! I love all the Red Dwarf series! Basically if you are casual fan I would give this a rating of 3 stars. Never seen it before I would give 3.5 stars. But if you know Krytens middle name or who Fionna Barrington is (warm composte series 5), 10 out of 5 stars is what I would rate this series(if for no other reason than 8 episodes instaed of 6!) Later smeg-heads!
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