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Red Dwarf: VIII

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Red Dwarf: VIII (DVD)

The nanobots have populated the ship with its original crew. This is especially good news for Rimmer, who is now a lot less dead, but is extremely bad news for everyone else. Locked up on Red Dwarf's prison deck, the crew join the Canaries, a battle hardened convict army and not, as they first thought, the prison choir. Pity it's not with the girl of his dreams. Pity it's not with a girl.

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What's in store for the crew of the Red Dwarf in their final adventures? Well, for one, they've all been re-created--even Arnold Rimmer (unfortunately)--by the Nanobots, but Lister, Kochanski, Cat, and Kryten are almost immediately in hot water for allegedly stealing the Starbug. From there, things get stranger (or back to normal by Red Dwarf standards): it seems that everything the crew is experiencing is an artificial-reality creation programmed by the Red Dwarf's captain, Hollister ("Back in the Red, Part 2"); Rimmer discovers that despite his recent revival, he's doomed to die soon ("Cassandra"), which puts a serious crimp in his plan to finally make officer; the rewired Kryten turns a pet sparrow into a rampaging dinosaur ("Pete, Part 1") and turns a tidy profit by secretly filming women in the shower ("Krytie TV); and finally, the Grim Reaper comes to call in the series finale, "Only the Good Die Young," which reveals the fate of the entire crew. More bizarre than bittersweet, series 8 is classic Red Dwarf lunacy and an inspired sendoff for this unique and clever U.K. cult TV series. As with previous DVD sets, series 8 is loaded with extras, including commentary by the cast on "Cassandra"; "The Tank," which offers interviews with the cast and crew; and featurettes on the show's origins and special model effects designer Bill Pearson. Rounding out the extras are deleted scenes, raw effects footage, a gallery of stills, a frothy "Fight!" music featurette comprised of brawl scenes from the series, a battery of promotional spots filmed for BBC and American PBS stations (as well as the amusing Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace parody that heralded the beginning of series 8), a 1984 "Dave Hollings: Space Cadet" radio sketch, and as always, a collection of "smeg-ups" (bloopers). --Paul Gaita

Special Features

DVD ROM Features: Cast Commentary "Back From The Dead" Original Documentary Deleted Scenes Smeg Ups "Identity Within", the lost episode Robert Llewellyn Video Diary Fan Films, the winning shorts "Burning Rubber" Featurette "How Do They Do That?" - the effects Trailers and Kryten Introductions Raw FX Footage Isolated Music Cues "Dave Hollins" Radio Sketches Photo Gallery Weblink 16-page Collector's Booklet PLUS Easter Eggs DVD ROM Features: Cast Commentary "Back From The Dead" Original Documentary Deleted Scenes Smeg Ups "Identity Within", the lost episode Robert Llewellyn Video Diary Fan Films, the winning shorts "Burning Rubber" Featurette "How Do They Do That?" - the effects Trailers and Kryten Introductions Raw FX Footage Isolated Music Cues "Dave Hollins" Radio Sketches Photo Gallery Weblink 16-page Collector's Booklet PLUS Easter Eggs DVD ROM Features: Cast Commentary "Back From The Dead" Original Documentary Deleted Scenes Smeg Ups "Identity Within", the lost episode Robert Llewellyn Video Diary Fan Films, the winning shorts "Burning Rubber" Featurette "How Do They Do That?" - the effects Trailers and Kryten Introductions Raw FX Footage Isolated Music Cues "Dave Hollins" Radio Sketches Photo Gallery Weblink 16-page Collector's Booklet PLUS Easter Eggs DVD ROM Features: Cast Commentary "Back From The Dead" Original Documentary Deleted Scenes Smeg Ups "Identity Within", the lost episode Robert Llewellyn Video Diary Fan Films, the winning shorts "Burning Rubber" Featurette "How Do They Do That?" - the effects Trailers and Kryten Introductions Raw FX Footage Isolated Music Cues "Dave Hollins" Radio Sketches Photo Gallery Weblink 16-page Collector's Booklet PLUS Easter Eggs DVD ROM Features: Cast Commentary "Back From The Dead" Original Documentary Deleted Scenes Smeg Ups "Identity Within", the lost episode Robert Llewellyn Video Diary Fan Films, the winning shorts "Burning Rubber" Featurette "How Do They Do That?" - the effects Trailers and Kryten Introductions Raw FX Footage Isolated Music Cues "Dave Hollins" Radio Sketches Photo Gallery Weblink 16-page Collector's Booklet PLUS Easter Eggs

Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Chloe Annett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1Q4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Red Dwarf VIII, the last Red Dwarf series produced for television, is so far off the original premise and comedic style of the first few series of the show that in many ways it seems like a completely different show. Having an entire ship full of people with whom Lister can interact really shatters the great comedic premise on which Red Dwarf was created, that being that Lister is the last human left in the universe. Personally, I've never enjoyed the premise of bringing back the entire crew and then putting the main characters in prison for nearly the full eight episodes. While amusing, I believe this series has a lot of unwelcome changes and writing difficulties compared to earlier series of the show. The humor is less dense and less clever, often relying on gags that do not even approach the level of razor-edged wit prevalent in earlier episodes of the show.

Nevertheless, there are a few bright spots in this series. Chris Barrie is back and the full cast of regulars is present for the entire series. And there is some occasionally inspired humor that still manages to make this better than most of the other shows on television. Cassandra particularly stands out as a good, "classic" Red Dwarf episode.

Finally, the extra features, as on the other Red Dwarf DVD sets, are terrific, with Smeg Ups, deleted scenes, extended versions of two episodes, a making of documentary, commentary tracks, and much more. The extra features alone are worth the price for any "serious" Red Dwarf fan. Based on that alone, I would recommend this set. Plus, what Red Dwarf fan can resist completing their collection? Sadly, as of this writing, Series VIII is the last Red Dwarf ever produced.
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I originally bought this as a Christmas gift for someone. To be completely honest, I did not expect much prior to watching this. I had read about it and just admittedly decided it was something I would not, could not watch. That much was already made up in my mind.

Please, allow me be the first to ask you to give this series a chance. It is a really good series all things considered. Yes, some parts are boring and it drags in other places. I cannot go into details about every episode and what it contains, but I can say I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this thoroughly. The person I bought this for had every season prior to this one. Once I showed even a tiny spark of interest in it, I was roped into watching them all. Definitely worth it!

Though this was purchased a while ago, I am just now getting a chance to review it. The packaging was great and it arrived quicker than I had imagined - in plenty of time for Christmas.

I definitely recommend taking the opportunity to watch it. You may find yourself like me: unexpected, yet pleasantly surprised.
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Loved it - the funniest show ever - the characters are historical you'll cry laughing. Its a British comedy version of Star Trek ands its too funny!
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If you like Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, or and of the off beat, dry, witty humor the Brits have then you will love this series.
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I've got very mixed feelings about this particular series. On a fundamental level I don't really like the idea of bringing not only Red Dwarf, but also the entire crew, back from the dead. However if that's the idea they had to go with then this is probably the best execution that could have happened. It does manage to capture that trapped submarine feel of the first two series, without all the grey. The performances are spot on and it's great to have the original Holly back. The ending is another of those annoying cliffhangers that never gets properly resolved, which the show indulges in from time to time. Overall a pretty good series even if the core idea behind this one wasn't the best.
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If you're in need of a change of brain food try watching the Red Dwarf series. It is an original, nothing like it, sitcom. It's probably even funnier if you're British because then you would get all of the references to British particulars. It would be nice if they had made a version for American audiences but I'm sure most of the zingers wouldn't translate into American anyway. Sit back and relax and listen and laugh hard.
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I love Chris, but I missed Rimmer SO much! And the saddest part of losing the Dwarf was always Holly for me. The original crew is back together and Lister can still try to get Chris to like him. Rimmer and Lister are much more friend-like now than before, still at each other's throat constantly, but getting into mischief and having a good laugh. This could well be my favorite season yet!
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I am heartbroken that Amazon has decided to stop making RD available free for Prime members. It was a major source of value for my membership. I had enjoyed RD in college, but never got into the more recent reboot until I could watch episodes whenever I wanted on Prime. What a thrill ride! Lots of fun, whenever and wherever I wanted. I really hope Amazon rethinks this decision
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