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Red Dwarf Series 1 & 2


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  • Actors: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett, Suzanne Bertish
  • Directors: Ed Bye
  • Writers: Doug Naylor, Rob Grant
  • Producers: Ed Bye, Ann Zahl, Doug Naylor, Lesley McKirdy, Paul Jackson
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: BBC / Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 25 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JZUB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,674 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Notoriously, and entirely appropriately, the original outline for Doug Naylor and Rob Grant's comedy sci-fi series Red Dwarf was sketched on the back of a beer mat. When it finally appeared on British television in 1988, the show had clearly stayed true to its roots, mixing jokes about excessive curry consumption with affectionate parodies of classic sci-fi. Indeed, one of the show's most endearing and enduring features is its obvious respect for genre conventions, even as it gleefully subverts them. The scenario owes something to Douglas Adams's satirical Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, something to The Odd Couple, and a lot more to the slacker sci-fi of John Carpenter's Dark Star. Behind the crew's constant bickering there lurks an impending sense that life, the universe, and everything are all someone's idea of a terrible joke.

Later seasons broadened the show's horizons until at last its premise was so diluted as to be unrecognizable, but in the six episodes of the first season, the comedy is witty and intimate, focusing on characters and not special effects. Slob Dave Lister (Craig Charles) is the last human alive after a radiation leak wipes out the crew of the vast mining vessel Red Dwarf (episode 1, "The End"). He bums around the spaceship with the perpetually uptight and annoyed hologram of his dead bunkmate, Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie, the show's greatest comedy asset), and a creature evolved from a cat (dapper Danny John-Jules). They are guided rather haphazardly by Holly, the worryingly thick main computer (lugubrious Norman Lovett).

The second season showcases the show's sardonic, sarcastic humor to perfection. The cast had gelled, the drab sets were spiced up, a little more money had been assigned to models and special effects, and the crew even went on location once in a while. "Kryten" introduces us to the eponymous house robot (here played by David Ross), although after this first episode he was not to reappear until season 3, when Robert Llewellyn made the role his own. Then in "Better Than Life" the show produced one of its all-time classic episodes, as the boys from the Dwarf take part in a virtual reality game that's ruined by Rimmer's tortured psyche. Other highlights include "Queeg," in which Holly is replaced by a domineering computer personality; the baffling time-travel paradox of "Stasis Leak"; the puzzling conundrum of "Thanks for the Memory"; and the astonishingly feminine "Parallel Universe." --Mark Walker


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I've been watching Red Dwarf since my Grandfather brought it to my attention on PBS several years back. I didn't think much of it then, but as I grew older and more mature (probably smarter too) I caught in on PBS again........different part of the U.S. this time. I believe it was somewhere around season 6 the second time........close to the same as before I think. Upon watching it I was drawn to the witty comments and true to science fiction atmosphere.......it had me in tears. When season six ended........all Dwarfers know the long awaited end to that season.....they picked up at the beggining with season one. At first I was very dissapointed, wanting to see what happened to the crew and all. However I noticed the change in the set....or special effects.....I was drawn to the story. I wanted to see where these lunatics where spawned. I watched all the way back up to season 6 again and still the cliffhanger. Luckily not too long after that they where released on Video.....I was elated. I purchased all that where available........and eventually the long awaited season 7.....then 8. Now I'm waiting for the movie to be finnished and released.....check out the fan club for more info. To make a long story short...season one and season two may not have the effects or the financing...however with a keen wit or intellect you'll find the jokes are just as funny. Once you work your way through the complete seasons.....and I mean all of them, you'll be glad you did. I just wish they could make them as fast as I can watch them. Its awesome that they are being released on DVD, I will wait to purchase them when all of them are released as a box set......and you know they will. If you have never heard of Red Dwarf (especially in the States) and you like LEXX......or british commedy then get Red Dwarf. Your life won't be complete without it.
Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast!
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I've been watching Red Dwarf since my Grandfather brought it to my attention on PBS several years back. I didn't think much of it then, but as I grew older and more mature (probably smarter too) I caught in on PBS again........different part of the U.S. this time. I believe it was somewhere around season 6 the second time........close to the same as before I think. Upon watching it I was drawn to the witty comments and true to science fiction atmosphere.......it had me in tears. When season six ended........all Dwarfers know the long awaited end to that season.....they picked up at the beggining with season one. At first I was very dissapointed, wanting to see what happened to the crew and all. However I noticed the change in the set....or special effects.....I was drawn to the story. I wanted to see where these lunatics where spawned. I watched all the way back up to season 6 again and still the cliffhanger. Luckily not too long after that they where released on Video.....I was elated. I purchased all that where available........and eventually the long awaited season 7.....then 8. Now I'm waiting for the movie to be finnished and released.....check out the fan club for more info. To make a long story short...season one and season two may not have the effects or the financing...however with a keen wit or intellect you'll find the jokes are just as funny. Once you work your way through the complete seasons.....and I mean all of them, you'll be glad you did. I just wish they could make them as fast as I can watch them. Its awesome that they are being released on DVD, I will wait to purchase them when all of them are released as a box set......and you know they will. If you have never heard of Red Dwarf (especially in the States) and you like LEXX......or british commedy then get Red Dwarf. Your life won't be complete without it.
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If you like ANY british comedy, from Ab Fab to Monty Python, you will LOVE this series. Comedy like this is a real breath of fresh air amidst the likes of all of the cookie-cutter Adam Sandler/Jim Carey garbage that permeates the shelves in most comedy sections of your local store's DVD rack. Starring (before they were stars) Danny John-Jules (Blade 2, Labyrinth, Lock, Stock, and 2 Smoking Barrels) as "Cat", Chris Barrie (Tomb Raider 1 & 2) as "Rimmer", and Craig Charles (Guest star on numerous episodes of East Enders and the P4X episode of Lexx) as the last (and slobbiest) human alive, Lister, along with Norman Lovette as the very likeable (although senile) Holly: "the ship's computer with an IQ of 6000, the same IQ as 6000 PE teachers."
I only give this 4 stars because of 1 BIG thing missing from the first 2 seasons of the show: Robert Llewellyn (author of books such as "The Man on Platform 5", "Thin, he was, and Filthy Haired", "Sudden Wealth", and "Punchbag")didn't join the show (as Kryten, the Andriod) until season 3. Best episode of the set, in my opinion, is the first episode of season 2, KRYTEN (with Andy Ross as Kryten, not as good of a casting job as "Bobby Llew"), featuring an exchange in one scene remeniscent of Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" skit. The extras were great, and the episodes themselves, although you can sort of tell that the actors hadn't fully gotten their roles as of yet, are cleverly written and performed. Season 1 is good, but the show didn't really begin to click until season 2, you can tell that even the studio audience is getting more into it as well.(YES, the first 5 seasons were filmed in front of a LIVE studio audience, so you aren't getting a laugh track as some reviewers (who OBVIOUSLY didn't care to pay attention to the extras) have erroneously claimed.
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