Red Dwarf - DVD Release Announced

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  1. parin_patel

    parin_patel Stunt Coordinator

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    I've been looking out any info regarding the DVD release for this great series for a while, and found this information on their website: redwarf.co.uk
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

    Jeff Ulmer Producer

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    Unremastered versions? Is this a good thing?
     
  3. Julie K

    Julie K Screenwriter

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    Unremastered editions are a wonderful thing!!!
    I hate, absolutely hate, CGI tinkering after the fact. I want my Red Dwarf in it's pure original state.
    I'm so happy [​IMG]
     
  4. parin_patel

    parin_patel Stunt Coordinator

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    Jeff,

    Series I, II, and III were remastered and released with newly added visual effects and sounds a few years ago on VHS. Most fans of the show didn't like it that much, I personally liked the way how the originals looked. Anyway, basically having unremastered versions would be a good thing.

    Parin
     
  5. Scott Bell

    Scott Bell Stunt Coordinator

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    This is great news. I'm glad that they are doing this right. Cant wait for Nov.
     
  6. BrianB

    BrianB Producer

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    That it's the original un-remastered versions is the Best News Possible. That's what the fans wanted, and I'm glad it's what we're getting.

    The redone CGI & added "stuff" just didn't work well enough. It looked fake, it got in the way.

    Two disk sets of each series is excellent, I was afraid they'd spread it out thinner like the VHS releases.
     
  7. Jeff Ulmer

    Jeff Ulmer Producer

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    Okay, thanks for clearing that up. It's been a long time since I've seen this show. [​IMG]
     
  8. Mark_Wilson

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    This is good news. I hope Blake's 7 is next.
     
  9. DonRoeber

    DonRoeber Screenwriter

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    This is indeed excellent news, but does anyone know what region they'll be in? Since the news is coming from a UK new site, I'm assuming R2....
     
  10. Dan Brecher

    Dan Brecher Producer

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    Don, to my knowledge, both regions. There was discussion here recently where someone here did ask BBC America about it and they said this year for R1.

    VERY happy it is the original versions.

    Dan
     
  11. Richard Ruffner

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    That was my though to upon reading this thread, can Blake's 7 be far behind?
     
  12. Michael Sliger

    Michael Sliger Second Unit

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    Actually, I have heard an unconfirmed report this week that BFS Entertainment has plans to release Blake's Seven in Region 1 this coming January (Fabulous Films has recently confirmed their Region 2 release of the series as well). However, the specs for the set are very dubious (all four seasons in a set crammed onto 10 disks, meaning five to six ~50 minute episodes per disk!) and BFS hasn't listed this on their website yet. Once I get a chance, I'll probably try emailing them for a confirmation (but they haven't ever responded to me in the past).
     
  13. Britton

    Britton Supporting Actor

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    Finally, I'll get me smeggin' DVDs!!! I'm also excited about getting the "unremastered version" since I've only seen the ones with redone FX on my local PBS affiliate. And I missed Better Than Life, which I heard is one of their best!
     
  14. Steve_Knutzen

    Steve_Knutzen Screenwriter

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    This news is good. no it's better than good, it's

    DANGEROUS
     
  15. andrew markworthy

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    I just hope we get a better deal in R2 this time. With Black Adder, R1 got all the extras, R2 the plain vanilla version (for a BBC production for which the Brits payed licence money!).
     
  16. PhilipG

    PhilipG Cinematographer

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    For those wondering about the so-called "remastered editions", these boasted:
    1. Half the resolution (every other field was removed for that "filmic" effect)
    2. Image cropped at top and bottom for a 14:9 ratio
    3. Background music replaced with more "contemporary" music (now outdated!)
    4. CGI so poorly thought-out it makes your ears bleed - for example, a CGI scutter moving across the bottom of the screen, in a head-and-shoulders shot.
    Needless to say, I'm thrilled about getting the original versions. One caveat:
     
  17. Jon Robertson

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    The first (and, to a lesser extent, the second) series looks more and more like Dark Star every time I watch it.

    The balance of pathos and comedy, the sense of extreme isolation and loneliness (I adore the original, very bleak opening credits with trumpets and organ music) and even a few bits of philosophy chucked in make it a classic in my book.
     
  18. Rollie

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    What the smeggin' smeg's he smeggin done, he's smeggin killed me!

    Yes, once again shall I play the Red Dwarf drinking game!
     
  19. Brian Kaz

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    Man, I hope RD will look better than my Father Ted DVDs. Those look like EP recordings from a laserdisc.[​IMG]
     
  20. Michael St. Clair

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    I just love how the word 'remastered' can be used every time somebody destroys something. 'Remastered' is now simply a marketing buzzword that is used as an excuse to do whatever hell you want and convince consumers they should have it. It ought to be false advertising.
     

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