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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth

Standard Edition, Director's Cut

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4.2 out of 5 stars 216 customer reviews
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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…

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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


Special features

  • Cast commentary
  • Director commentary
  • All-new exclusive documentary The Making of Back to Earth
  • Deleted scenes
  • Smeg ups
  • Featurettes
  • Trailers
  • Web videos
  • Photo gallery
  • Easter egg

Product details

  • Actors: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 216 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0026P3HPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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