Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Red Dwarf: Series XI
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Red Dwarf XI (DVD)
Red Dwarf XI, the eleventh series of the cult-favorite sci-fi comedy hit, reunites the original cast offer a brand new series far-flung space escapades. With big laughs and dazzling effects, Red Dwarf XI recaptures the show's golden age.]]>
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Director : Various
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 3 hours
- Release date : November 8, 2016
- Actors : Various
- Studio : BBC
- ASIN : B01EKMKEW2
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The first three episodes - "Twentica", "Samsara" and "Give and Take" - are excellent, with "Samsara" being a particular highlight for not just its humor, but for its unique story structure and its morality bending sci-fi premise. "Officer Rimmer" falls a bit flat, rehashing the worn concept of any small success going to Rimmer's head and ends on a rather sudden note. "Krysis" is like something written by Douglas Adams, examining Kryten's midlife crisis while the crew has a face to face meeting with The Universe. Finally, "Can of Worms" marks the return of a Big Bad that's well known to fans of the series, though the episode itself is a bit on the weaker side. Still, even lukewarn Red Dwarf is far better than most sitcoms on the air nowadays. All in all, this release is a must-have for Red Dwarf fans, even if (like me) you were less than thrilled with the recent releases of Back to Earth and Season 10.
That being said the bluray of Season 11 US release is 1080i video along with 2.0 audio. Its such a bizarre thing it should say that somewhere on this page.
What happened to 1080p and 5.1 of season 10? I know the production company changed but interlaced video is going too far. Who knows what kind of scaling issues will happen in the future. Id have paid a few more bucks for 1080p, for just the consistancy.
BUT I have an issue with the Blu-Ray. When ever a special effects shot comes on, like a pan of Red Dwarf or a ship flying through space, the video gets choppy. It will jump forward a few frames at a time. But when the actors are on screen like a normal shot it's fine. I am playing it on a PlayStation 3, and the same happens when playing back on my computer.
I paid extra for the Blu-Ray for the best quality possible, and this is not it.
Also for $35 you get the bare minimum in a Blu-Ray pack. Just a case and a disk. I know it's a limited audience and they have to make money producing a short run of disks. But it feels a little skimpy for 6 short episodes. Something extra in there would be nice, like a little booklet or sticker or something.
Top reviews from other countries
Of course, Series XI has long-finished broadcasting on Dave, and while we wait for Series XII to come along later this year, let’s revisit Series XI on DVD.
Series XI continues the exploits of Lister (Craig Charles), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) and the Cat (Danny John-Jules) as we saw them-last; older, and none-the-wiser, still three-million-years away from Earth, and settled into life alone in deep-space. However, life is about to change somewhat (at least in the VERY short-term) for Rimmer and the Cat as their dreams finally come true, Lister discovers a rogue droid has stolen some vital organs of his, and Kryten is having a mid-life crisis. All the while, the Simulant menace still looms…and the Dwarfers are forced to contend with all manner of threats, problems, and accidents they could do without.
Following the winning-format of Series X, Doug Naylor continues the trend with his simple, effective approach. Six self-contained episodes; each focusing on all-manner of outrageous situations & ingenious concepts. In other words, typical Red Dwarf (which is good).
So how good is Series XI? And how well does it compare to previous series? I’d say it’s pretty solid & enjoyable overall. Series-opener “Twentica” is a great start, focusing on the Dwarfers’ latest encounter with their Simulant-rivals, who time-travel to change history so that they can rule the present. It’s gloriously self-aware of all the sci-fi clichés and produces some cracking humour because of it, as well as scoring points for the 1920s American parallel-universe atmosphere. “Twentica” is a strong entry for Series XI, and kicks things off nicely.
Other episodes offer plenty of good material, with “Samsara” reinventing the old Justiceworld-idea for the ‘Karma Drive’ and featuring a mental conversation between Lister & the Cat. ‘”Give & Take” boasts a terrifying Red Dwarf monster and another awkward situation between Lister & the Cat, and “Krysis” is a fine Kryten-episode which sees our favourite mechanoid literally having a mid-life crisis after millions of years of service.
For me, the best episode of all Series XI is truly ‘Officer Rimmer’, which sees Rimmer finally achieve his dream of becoming an officially-ranked officer of the space corps, much to everyone’s chagrin. Needless to say, Rimmer is quick to abuse his newfound power but it’s not just the results that make ‘Officer Rimmer’ so absolutely hilarious; there are tonnes of brilliant gags (specifically one involving 3D Printing!) and tremendous throwbacks to vintage Red Dwarf. It’s most unfortunate that ‘Officer Rimmer’ is let down by such a ridiculously-abrupt ending; because the rest of it was building up to something that could’ve been a true classic.
Finally, ‘Can of Worms’ is a must-see episode; if for no other reason than it being an actual CAT episode! After all these years! At long last, the Cat finally has a chance to fulfill his heart’s desire with a female Felix Sapien! Alas, all is not as it seems…and much chaos ensues. Again, there are tremendous gags and hilarious sequences, and for the first ‘official’ Cat episode, it’s a cracker with Danny-John Jules really shining!
Certainly, Red Dwarf XI is another solid success for the show, and more proof that it’s revival on Dave has been a true joy. But compared to the absolutely stellar Series X, Red Dwarf XI doesn’t quite feel like the progression/success that the last series was. There’s a vibe present that feels like it’s more content to ‘play it safe’ with the typical Red Dwarf formula rather than take the show in a new direction. A lot of the classic concepts & ideas are used to great effect, but this series of Red Dwarf doesn’t feel like treading actual new ground. And we’re still left wondering if the likes of Kochanski & Holly will ever return to the fold.
The format of this 2-disc set also feels somewhat rushed. No longer do we have the usual animated menus set on-board Red Dwarf or Starbug. Instead we have pretty-basic menus which lets the presentation down on the DVD. However, this is made up for with a terrific batch of extras. An excellent Behind-The-Scenes documentary, deleted scenes, trailers/promos, an image gallery, visual effects/model shots and plenty of fresh Smeg-Ups all round things off very nicely.
In conclusion, Red Dwarf XI doesn’t quite reach the heights of Series X or Classic Red Dwarf, but it’s certainly superior to Red Dwarf VII, VIII and Back to Earth. And it nevertheless remains a solid outing, and proof that there’s still life left in the show. Fans will be satisfied! Roll on Series XII!
Series X seemed to suffer for each episode being formulaic. I didn't complain, as I thought it was the last I would see of them. In contrast, series XI feels entirely natural in our now middle-aged crew, their adventures and mishaps they find themselves in. They have honestly managed to get back to the level of quality we last saw in series 5-6.
I really don't wish to say any more about the plots, as if I heard what they were planning to do in some of these episodes I would have come to the conclusion they lost it. Instead, I can only say just watch them. If your favourites were series 5-6, you won't be disappointed.
Almost 3 hours in total with some smeg up out takes and behind the scenes stuff. There's a gem every time I watch and it gets better and better. Series Xll already on preorder.
These episodes are available for free on Ukplay of course, but the Blu Ray is superior quality and you get all the cool extras and deleted scenes added in there. Looks rather attractive on the shelf too. Fans of the show shouldn’t be without this. It’s like a vindaloo curry with extra strong chilli sauce. Brutal!
Although were's Holly or Hilly as my memory of season 10 currently seems to be non-existent....