Now together in this 18-disc box set, every episode of Red Dwarf plus 24 hours of extras! — Chicken soup machine repairman and intergalactic loser Dave Lister awakes from suspended animation to discover he is the lone survi... more »vor of a radiation leak and is now three million years into deep space and the last surviving member of the human race. Dave is soon joined by a hologram of his dead bunkmate, a life-form who?s evolved from his pet cat, and a neurotic sanitation mechanoid. Together this unlikely bunch of heroes attempt to find their way back to Earth, under the guidance of Holly, the ship?s senile computer, encountering a whole heap of smeg on the way.« less
One of the funniest and most unique series ever on TV
calvinnme | 12/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Aboard the Jupiter Mining Corporation vessel Red Dwarf, Dave Lister, a lowly 3rd Technician, smuggles aboard a pregnant cat and when he is found out he is confined to suspended animation for refusing to surrender the animal to the captain. During his time in stasis his bunkmate Arnold Rimmer, a lowly 2nd Technician, is forced to perform the maintenence duties without Lister's help and inefficiently repairs the drive plate, causing it to blow and subjecing the entire crew to deadly radiation. 3 million years pass until the background radiation level has dissipated to a safe level. At this point Holly, the ship's computer, releases Lister from stasis and tells him of the accident and also ressurrects Rimmer as a hologram to be a companion for Lister. After the initial shock, Lister realizes that he has the run of the ship, allowing him to be, basically, himself: a layabout slob. Rimmer and Lister discover that the cat had been sealed in the ship's hold during the accident and has bred there for the last 3 million years and evolved into man, one of whom is still on the ship. The rest of the cats mistook Lister's laundry list as navigation instructions to a habitable planet and crashed and died in space. When he discovers his new friend, Lister decides to complete his dream of owning a farm on Fiji and orders Holly to set a course for Earth. Much of this first season involves Rimmer trying to still boss Lister around even though he is just a hologram, the cat coming to grips that he is the last of his kind alive, with Lister constantly trying to get Rimmer to "turn himself off" so Lister can keep company with Kochanski's hologram instead. This is because the ship can only support one hologram at a time. Kochanski was the attractive officer Lister was in love with before he went into stasis.
The main dramatic thrust of the series from this point forward is Lister's attempt to get back to Earth. Along the way, however, are frequent distractions that usually see the Dwarf crew encountering strange races and lifeforms that have developed in the intervening millions of years. However, a core tenet of the series is that there are no aliens anywhere in the universe -- every element of the large and bizarre mix of intelligent life within the Red Dwarf universe is in one way or another derived from Earth, which is a result of developments in robotics and/or genetic engineering.
The crew roster changes as the years go by. During the second season, the Red Dwarf crew encounter the sanitation mechanoid Kryten, rescuing him from a long-since crashed vessel. Initially, Kryten only appears in one episode of Season 2, but by the beginning of Season 3 he has become a full time character in the series. At the end of Season 5, disaster strikes when Lister loses Red Dwarf, having forgotten which planet he parked it on. However, we later learn that Red Dwarf was actually stolen. This forces the crew to travel in the smaller Starbug craft for two seasons, with the added side-effect that they lose contact with Holly. In Season 7, Rimmer departs the crew to take up the role of his alter-ego from a parallel universe, Ace Rimmer, whose name has become a legend and a legacy passed down from dimension to dimension and is everything Rimmer ever wanted to be. Shortly afterwards, the crew find a replacement for Rimmer when they encounter another parallel version of themselves. In this universe, it was Kristine Kochanski -- Lister's long-time crush and ex-girlfriend due to merged realities -- who went into stasis, while Lister died and was brought back as a hologram. A complicated series of events leaves Kochanski stranded, and she is forced to join the crew.
Finally, in the eighth season, Red Dwarf itself is reconstructed by Kryten's nanobots that had stolen it and broken it down into its constituent atoms. In the process, the entire crew of the ship -- including Rimmer -- are resurrected, but the Starbug crew all find themselves sentenced to two years in the ship's brig on a set of convoluted charges. The series ends, however, with Red Dwarf being eaten away by a virus and all on board evacuated, save for Rimmer who is left to face Death, in the form of The Grim Reaper, for the second time. Unhappy with his predicament, he knees Death in the groin and runs away -- although the cliffhanger ending leaves this open to interpretation.
I really thought that the first five seasons of Red Dwarf were the best. I didn't care for seasons six and seven that much when the crew was traveling in Starbug. The good part of season six is that the role of the Cat was significantly increased to great comedic effect, although the trade-off is that Holly's antics are sorely missed. In season seven Rob Grant, half of the team that had created and written all Red Dwarf episodes, left the show and there was a clear downturn in quality and imagination. Kochanski's addition could not offset the loss of Rimmer, and the show just lost something. Season eight was better, since with the entire crew restored, there was more opportunity for character interaction under completely new circumstances. Chris Barrie is back as Rimmer, and this was certainly a welcome change. In spite of the fact that I am not crazy about seasons six and seven, I would still recommend the entire collection to anyone. It is far funnier and more original than almost anything else you'll ever see on television."
Red Dwarf is the Smegin' Greatest Creation of Mankind
Graham Douglas Lincoln | Louisville, KY | 02/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Honestly, I wish I could give this series more stars; Red Dwarf is the Smegin' Greatest Creation of Mankind.
I began watching this series in 1991, and I have always recommended Red Dwarf to everyone. I've been pimping Red Dwarf since the early '90s, but I never had a chance to finish watching the series. Now that I own the entire collection of episodes of Red Dwarf, and I have finished watching the series, I thoroughly recommend purchasing the Boxed set of DVDs.
These DVDs have many extra features, edited and extended scenes, numerous extra bits, hidden features, and humorous additions which provide countless hours of entertainment.
No matter how messed-up the world is, or how much the daily news can ruin your day, this Boxed set of Red Dwarf episodes and Bonus materials will brighten your life! If you do not find the series humorous, you might want to check your pulse.
I personally feel a deep connection to the sets of the scenes, as well; Commodore geeks from back in the day will smirk often. In fact, the entire Red Dwarf series is likely to make you laugh and smirk, as well as adopt Red Dwarfisms. When your boss is a jerk, you can just say, "Smeeee....Smeeee." Your coworker will get it, but your boss or Human Resource Manager hopefully will not. There are a wealth of inside jokes, catchphrases and memorable scenes within the world of the Red Dwarf crew.
This boxed edition is well-worth the investment! Back in the day, I watched episodes that friends had taped, so I greatly appreciate the convenience of these great quality, well-packaged, stylish, well-documented DVDs. I am very impressed with every aspect of this set; the collection was well thought out, and I look forward to inducting more people into the Red Dwarf Cult in the future. Speaking of which, the bonus DVDs also include interesting Convention footage.
I will definitely update this review at a later time, but I want to start pimping the series, so more folks can enjoy the fantastic world of red Dwarf."
Definitely a "smegging" good time
M. Garland | AL, USA | 06/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe the entire collection finally came out on DVD. I can't say enough about it, and I can't get enough of this show.
This is by far the best comedy series I've ever seen, even above Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Rising Damp, and Butterflies. I watched this show every chance I got when they were being re-run on PBS. I missed so many at the time, then I got the set. My wife hates it when I pull these back out and start watching them again, sitting around giggling like an idiot at all the cleverly witty banter and situational comedy these characters get into. It's still as funny today as the first time I saw them. Even the late episodes are great.
Some of my favorite lines and scenes came in the later seasons. Like in Duct Soup, Season 7, Ep.4: Cat and Lister are crawling the ductwork of the ship, trying to repair a reactor leak (I believe), and Cat tells Lister he hears a sort of "swirly, watery, rushing kinda noise". It turns out to be the raging water of the backwash system that flushes the sewer ducts. A few minutes later, Cat says now that he hears a sorta "windy, swirly, drying kinda noise" and a frustrated Lister asks him if he's sure it's not a sorta "smacking cat upside the head kinda noise". Trust me, it's a lot funnier on the show and I can't do it justice; but it's one of my favorite scenes.
Also, this excerpt, Season 3, Ep.1, where no matter what, Cat is worried about his appearance: LISTER: Fasten your belt. CAT: Hey, I do NOT need fashion tips from YOU. LISTER: SAFETY belt! (Points out the window) Look! CAT: Is that what I think it is? LISTER: What d'you think it is? CAT: An orange whirly thing in space! LISTER: It's a time hole. That's where they are. We're goin' in. CAT: Are you crazy? You can't go in there! LISTER: Why not? CAT: Orange?! With this suit?!
Again, you need to watch the show, it's waaay better. The show is non-stop hilarity and interesting characters. I can't believe they made such a great show on such a low budget. Too bad it had to end. I just hope my DVDs survive the kids...they love it as much as I do."
Red Dwarf Box set
Jennifer D. Edmunds | USA | 03/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Aren't DVD box sets wonderful? I used to watch Red Dwarf on PBS when I was a kid. Looking back at the series now I realize how much of the humor (make that humour) was way over my head. I also realize how much this show shaped my sense of humor. I can't watch American sit-coms. They can't compare to this low-budget Brit-com. If you're contemplating purchasing this box set then you're already a fan of the show and you don't need me to tell you what it's about. If you're on the edge of buying it, wondering whether or not it's worth the money then I'll tell you that it is. I found myself sitting in front of the TV for hours. I had initially intended only to watch a few episodes but instead I was glued to the TV through the first two series. I had to tear myself away because it was way past midnight and I had work in the morning. The shows themselves are well worth it and the bonus material is great. There is an amazing amount of behind the scenes material for such an old show. Definitely worth the money!"
Red Dwarf Complete Collection (18DVD) Smeging yeah!
Phillip Goodwin | Tucson, AZ USA | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not expecting the box set to come out for another two years, I did my periodic search on the internet and found that the box set just been released. Two picoseconds later, I had the box set on order, via Amazon (at a great price at that)! I have been a devoted Red Dwarf fan, watching it on Saturday nights and during the yearly weekend marathons hosted on the PBS station (KCTS) in Seattle. The Northwest seemed to be a Mecca for Red Dwarf (I still have VHS tape of "Smeagheads in Seattle" when the cast members came to visit the Seattle area. Anyway, a short box set review: First off, Red Dwarf is a cult British sit-com that happens to be also sci-fi. Secondly, to fully understand the concept of the Red Dwarf series, it is highly recommend that you see the first episode, title "The End". A tad slow during season one, it picks up when they meet Kryten, an android butler with an overactive guilt chip. Kryten is a magic melding between Herman Munster and Albert Einstein. The series get better as it progresses and as the characters become more developed. I could really go on for some time about Red Dwarf but it would pretty much be a repeat of what you would find on Wikipedia, and then do a search for Red Dwarf.
If you love British comedy, if you like Sci-fi, If you like, satirical comebacks that only the Brits can pull off then get the whole box set. I think you will love it! "