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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth
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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth (DVD)
The boys are back, and while they may be older, they’re still none the wiser. The crew discover a dimension-hopping leviathan, but Rimmer is threatened with replacement by the new, improved holograph Katrina. She is determined to guide Lister to his home planet, but no one is prepared for Earth 2009, where the hapless crew face death unless they can track down their creators. The Red Dwarf crew rocket their way back to DVD and Blu-ray in this all-new special! Kochanski is dead and the crew is hurled through a portal to discover they are just characters from a TV series. Knowing they will die in the final episode the Dwarfers, in best Blade Runner tradition, decide to track down their creators to discover how long theyhave left to live. First the crew attempts to track down the actors who play them in the series and their metaphysicalodyssey begins…]]>
It was a long time coming, but finally the crew of the Red Dwarf were reunited for what could be the last time with Back to Earth. And it proved to be a bit of a mixed blessing, with all three parts throwing up moments of absolute genius, alongside parts where you couldn’t help believing that its best days are far behind it. The idea behind the show is quite ingenious. Back to Earth takes place after the supposed season 10 of Red Dwarf, and the crew find themselves thrown through a portal, at which time they realize that they’re all just characters from a TV show. Furthermore, they’re characters from a TV show who are going to all buy it in the final episode. The only solution? To track down both the actors that play them (including a trip to the set!), and the creators of Red Dwarf itself. This opens the door for plenty of postmodern gags and situations, but arguably it’s only when things get back into more familiar territory that they start to gel a little more. And when they work, you can’t help but enjoy the fact that the crew are back together. Will this be the last voyage for Red Dwarf? Quite possibly, and there’s little doubt that it’s far from the show’s peak. But it’s still a fun and entertaining send-off. --Jon Foster
- Cast commentary
- Director commentary
- All-new exclusive documentary The Making of Back to Earth
- Deleted scenes
- Smeg ups
- Web videos
- Photo gallery
- Easter egg
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Three episodes make for a short viewing experience too.
But that said, the cast do a bang up job with what they have to work with, and there are some genuinely side-splitting moments.
The extra features, behind the scenes stuff and featurettes, make it better value for money, but if you had to drop one RD product from your want list this would be the one in my opinion.
I'm glad this was used as a springboard for new episodes. In that capacity, five stars.
But standing on its own, not much bang for buck really.
The story is good, but it lost the series' innocence.
The movie is basically a series of events they go through and people they meet on their way to finding their creator. There is an absolutely wonderful segment which has Dave Lister encounter two young kids on a bus - a boy and a girl; the boy fully understands Lister's heartbreak at losing Kochanski. And, as you might expect, their final encounter with their creator is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops existential confrontation of epic proportions, after which they goof around a bit then go home to their own reality - aware at last that, yes, they really do exist and really do have their own place in their own universe.
Thank goodness for that.
When we first got this, it had a nasty scratch on disk one. BUT - Amazon instructed us how to send it back, and sent us a pristine disk in its place, with no further costs to us. They even gave us the option of having the label printed with the carrier, as we don't have a printer at home.