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Red Dwarf: Complete Collection (DVD)
Now together in this 18-disc box set, every episode of Red Dwarf plus 24 hours of extras! Chicken soup machine repairman and intergalactic loser Dave Lister awakesuspended animation to discover he is the lone survivor of a radiation lis now three million years into deep space and the last surviving memberhuman race. Dave is soon joined by a hologram of his dead bunkmate, a liform who’s evolved from his pet cat, and a neurotic sanitation mechanoidTogether this unlikely bunch of heroes attempt to find their way back tounder the guidance of Holly, the ship’s senile computer, encountering a heap of smeg on the way.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 4.25 inches; 2.85 Pounds
- Item model number : E2702
- Director : Various
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 26 hours
- Release date : September 5, 2006
- Actors : Various
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified
- Studio : BBC Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000GI3RZ6
- Number of discs : 18
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Who after watching this can't remember the Rimmer Munchkin song, or watching Cat dance in the landing bay with the various shuttles dancing as backup for him? And anyone who knows the series remembers the emotion stealing monster who stole Lister's fear, Cat's Vanity, Rimmer's anger and Kryten's guilt, leading to a meeting that is so ridiculous that is has to be watched to be believes.
This show is special and its sad that its slowly being forgotten. If you like comedy this is for you. If you like science fiction and can take series that are for entertainment, this is likely for you (purists tend to dislike how silly Red Dwarf gets.) All, I can say is that nearly 30 years after I first watched a few episodes, I still laugh when watching.
So why only three stars? The show itself would be a solid 5 easily, but the DVD cases feel extremely cheap and flimsy. Two had slight damage on arrival with little pieces of black plastic breaking off of the top and sides of the case - wasn't worth the hassle of trying to get them replaced, but still annoying. The DVDs also don't stay in the cases well - most of them have 2 or 3 DVDs in a case and when I open one at least one disc usually falls right out of place.. Disappointing. Minor points in the big picture perhaps, but its enough of a nuisance to warrant mentioning. That said, the show is still as great as ever and these discs will get plenty of playtime.
I did not have problems with season 6 (first thing I checked since it was mentioned) however, I do have a slightly shiny foil effect slipcase, which might indicate either a different print run or just a good batch without disc problems
My complaint that knocked off a start was the... less than professional DVD menu. It is so laboriously slow to navigate. It's obviously the product of love and someone put a lot of passionate effort into making it. Kind of something I'd expect on a 90s Geocities website -- very personal to who made it, but super-tacky and clumsy.
In actual practice for us customers it's just difficult to use. We dread having to fidget with it just to watch an episode. It takes forever to navigate to where we want to go, and its transition sequences (and the leadup when starting the DVD) obstinately refuses being skipped. Sometimes we just walk away and handle other stuff while we wait for the DVD to stop congratulating itself.
Other than that irritation, it's a solid recommendation. This is a very fun series and we love re-watching it.
The show really evolves over the years and as the characters develop. For me the show gets better and better. So if you're already a fan of the show this box set is great, if you never seen it before - you might want to get one of the single seasons to get a taste of the show before buying the whole box set. Ton of extras through the different series sets.
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For years I have put off buying this complete set due to those reviews saying that the Original "Ship Painting" opening sequence has been removed, along with reviews that say Holly's screen part's have been altered or chopped up........NOT TRUE either.
This set is the BBC release, and just like the original aired series, the famous Opening Sequence with the guy in the space suit (Lister we presume) Standing in the middle of a Giant red letter "F" painting the outside of the ship while the Brilliant instrumental opening theme song plays in the background is fully intact and plays during the first 2 seasons, just as it did in the original airings.
Once we get to Season 3, the opening of the show changes just like it did in the original BBC airing of the show as well. Holly's part's are also all intact and unaltered. So why people have been Lying in their reviews of this set is beyond me.
Anyhow, glad I finally bought it after realizing the BBC would not be releasing a Blue Ray version anytime soon. Each season contains 2 discs. One of the shows, and the other for the extras. All the episodes play in their original format and are just brilliant to watch. It's the only show that I have watched that has been made over such a long period of time. It has taken the BBC 25 years to make 10 seasons of Red Dwarf, with an 11th season set to start shooting in October of 2014. It appears
Along with this set, I purchased the 9th season (which consists of only 3 episodes, but are well worth it) and 10th seasons, which were available on Blue Ray separately.
Seasons 1& 2 were filmed and aired the same year. Then one year later came the 3rd season. Then it took 2 more years to make season 4, which followed with seasons 5-6 the following two years. Then it was not until 4 years later that we got the long awaited 7th season of Red Dwarf, followed by another 2 year break to get the 8th season. After season 8 It was more or less known that the show was finally over. The following years left fans on the edge of their seats waiting for the Red Dwarf Movie...which was eventually completely shut down and never happened. Then 10 years later, out of the blue a 3 part season 9 was made to the shock of many dedicated fans that is said to be Red Dwarf meets Blade Runner. Another 3 years go by and we get season 10, which finally brings us back to the Original Vibe and style of Seasons 1-6. Now with an 11th season set to start shooting in the fall of 2014, it would appear the Red Dwarf may be back on a bit of a re-bound.
Don't expect this show to uphold any coherence about its sets. Things will change, for the best, every seasons. I've rarely seen something take so many risks, or develop into so many directions at once... and yet stay itself at the core. This is the story of the last janitor. In space. The mankind you know has disappeared since a very long while now. Of course there are some digitized memories that goes around as little holograms, and robots. But not much else. Cats and dogs have now evolved, long enough to reach their hipster phase, and no amount of time travel, or dimensional shifts, will alter that truth.
"Everybody, Everybody IS Dead Dave!"
But what other show would dare to be a sitcom, yet builds full sets for spaceships, planets, and even still uses miniatures for exterior shots? (At least in the beginning. Later parts have better CGI than Babylon 5.) What shows will remain consistent enough to pull a time travelling joke over many seasons, just for the giggles? None.
(B5 wasn't a joke.)
None other will give you shape-shifting balloons, whales of despairs that dreams up dystopian futures that ARE YOUR FAULT. And certainly no other will ever attempt, with such brilliance, the hammering of the point of having your characters talking in de-synchronized fashion for a whole episode.
"Wait. Are you trying to tell me everybody's dead?"
As you can see from above, its hard to miss that Red Dwarf takes place into a bleak place. But it is funny!
I promise you. It is funny like only a show that takes itself extremely seriously can. In a way, it can go up there with Adam West's Batman, or with anything produced by the Monty Pythons!
You won't regret it!
"I wish I'd never let him out in the first place."
But you will have to track all the sequels, in different and separated box-sets!
Joke aside though, a small technical point surprised me. While the length of the episodes are very, VERY variable... There aren't many per seasons. So this is not something that will take you months to go through. The writing is excellent, and you will have value for you money. But manage your expectations from nine season to nine movies. The reality is somewhere between.