Red Dwarf: The Complete Collection
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For years I have put off buying this complete set due to those reviews saying that the Original "Ship Painting" opening sequence has been removed, along with reviews that say Holly's screen part's have been altered or chopped up........NOT TRUE either.
This set is the BBC release, and just like the original aired series, the famous Opening Sequence with the guy in the space suit (Lister we presume) Standing in the middle of a Giant red letter "F" painting the outside of the ship while the Brilliant instrumental opening theme song plays in the background is fully intact and plays during the first 2 seasons, just as it did in the original airings.
Once we get to Season 3, the opening of the show changes just like it did in the original BBC airing of the show as well. Holly's part's are also all intact and unaltered. So why people have been Lying in their reviews of this set is beyond me.
Anyhow, glad I finally bought it after realizing the BBC would not be releasing a Blue Ray version anytime soon. Each season contains 2 discs. One of the shows, and the other for the extras. All the episodes play in their original format and are just brilliant to watch. It's the only show that I have watched that has been made over such a long period of time. It has taken the BBC 25 years to make 10 seasons of Red Dwarf, with an 11th season set to start shooting in October of 2014. It appears
Along with this set, I purchased the 9th season (which consists of only 3 episodes, but are well worth it) and 10th seasons, which were available on Blue Ray separately.Read more ›
I bought the individual sets as they came out, gladly paying upwards of $40-50 each, so this is definitely a great deal for eight series of the best British comedy of all time! (A "series" is the equivalent of a "season" in the UK, by the way, each being 6 to 8 episodes in total). And don't forget to buy "Back to Earth" ("Series IX") and Series X (sold separately) or Mr. Flibble will be very, very cross with you! :D
In the UK version you will get the original opening sequence of Lister painting the outside of the ship with the more subdued music and mood. When first seen you don't know if the show will be a drama or something else. It's only when the first ridiculous lines between Lister and Rimmer that you realize this is a off-the-wall comedy. Maybe you prefer to know right from the intro that it's a comedy, but I prefer to let a show throw a curve-ball and keep you guessing until you start laughing spontaneously.
This remastered edition (North American) also has too many "interruptions" with Holly's face (an older Holly) filling the screen. The original UK version doesn't have that. Holly is an image on the monitor in the scene and you get to see Lister or Rimmer's expressions (as you were meant to.)
Obviously, I'm biased and like things to stay the same. I find it less enjoyable to watch the "remastered" version of a great show that did not need these "improvements." Of course, the UK Version won't play on a North American DVD player, but it's easy enough to purchase a universal DVD player, then you are not "held hostage" by the producers.
This set is the BBC release that I watched and loved many years ago, including the openings sequence in seasons 1 and 2.
Truly enjoyable and many hours of laughter.
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First two seasons were a bit thin but then they found their groove. Seasons 6, 7, 8 were great.Published 15 days ago by biglog
Fantastic offbeat UK comedy show.
Only issue I had was the booklets were missing from series 2,3 and 5 sets. Read more
Presentation nice, however the series itself lame. Can't believe it was on as long as it was.Published 3 months ago by Linda Farmer
Would give it 5 stars, but some of the cases were damaged on the inside.Published 5 months ago by Kevin Ursel
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