Packed with terrific, thoughtful and dense humor. Wonderful!
Valnastar | Deep 13, USA | 02/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Red Dwarf Series 5 is filled with wonderful character exploration and insightful social commentary, yet delivers the same hilarious and dense level of humor as the series that came before it. Holoship gives a wonderful, humanizing look at Rimmer beyond the annoying exterior and Back to Reality is a tremendous look at the motivations and inner workings of all of the major characters in one of the funniest Red Dwarf episodes ever; it also delivers a delightful plot twist the first time you see it. Series 5 reveals a great comedy show delivering some of it's very best writing yet. Episodes include:
1. Holoship - Rimmer leaves Red Dwarf to go to the Holoship Enlightenment where he must compete with the best of the Space Corps to remain aboard. Everything he wants is on this ship. Will he make the cut and find true love as well?
2. The Inquisitor - The Inquisitor travels time and erases the unworthy from existence and the Red Dwarf crew, having not led the most productive lives, are on his list.
3. Terrorform - Rimmer becomes a prisoner of his own nightmares and must be rescued by the rest of the crew.
4. Quarantine - Contagion from a viral research centre causes Rimmer to force the rest of the crew to spend twelve weeks in quarantine. But who is really infected?
5. Demons & Angels- When the crew meet their evil doubles, things get unpleasant and the actors get to play interesting twisted versions of their usual characters.
6. Back to Reality - In a great plot twist that I won't give away here, the crew of Red Dwarf find that all things are not as they seem. Will life ever be the same?
Extras features include: Cast Commentary, Fan Commentary on Back To Reality, Fan Profiles, "Bad Guys" Music Featurette, Photo Gallery, Raw Effects Footage, "Heavy Science" Series V Doco, Weblink, "Dwarfing USA" featurette, The SFX of Red Dwarf, Deleted Scenes, Smeg Ups, TrailersBBC2/Skutter Channel idents, Lister Intro To "Best Episode Ever", Isolated Music Cues, Dave Hollins Radio Sketch and 3 Easter Eggs Including an Animated version of Back To Reality."
Here's some smeggen eggs.
Micheal Hunt | Hellbourne | 03/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, the DVD comes with everything it says it does. I think I'll skip a review about the episodes and bonus features and just tell you where some hidden eggs are.
Disc 1 -
- Back To Reality, Animated Commentary - Go to the episode selection menu. Go down to 3 "Terrorform" and then press right. You should have highlighted `drive room'. Then press down. That parts pretty simple to work out. Press down and highlight that glove. Press enter/ok. It will now display a pad to enter a secret GD code. Highlight each number, followed by enter... 1, 4, 5.It will access the hidden Easter egg of the creators talking about the episode "back to reality" in a cartoon format. Looks like it was created with macromedia Flash.
- What the smeg did they eat? - Go to the episode selection menu, just like above. And go into the "Quarantine" selection. Then once in there, go to the "next" option and press enter to view the second menu page for the episode. You should notice a penguin kind of drawing in the bottom/middle of the menu now. Highlight the "menu" option and press up to highlight the penguin, or whatever the smeg it is and press enter on him. I won't tell you what it access, you'll have to see it for yourself.
Disc 2 -
- The Accent Question - Go to the subtitles menu. Click up on "on/off". Then press up again and you will have selected a hidden icon in the shape of Holly's head. Press enter and you will see a little interview with what's his name about Jan Leeve's and where her Manchester accent on Frasier may well have come from. "
This is the one to buy for your friend!
Twiddles42 | MN, USA | 03/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Never before has sci-fi and comedy worked out for the mass audiences. And since "Red Dwarf", it hasn't happened. The characters diverse in personality, the sci-fi concepts rich, the humor is riotously successful on many levels. What's not to like?
The DVD quality is in top form (with, as usual, a surfeit of bonus material that alone justifies the "
Ok, Time To Put my Foot in My Mouth
D. Alanguilan | San Pablo City, Laguna | 05/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had written earlier in my review of the first series that I didn't like Red Dwarf. If you look at my review there, you'd see that I thought it simply wasn't funny and I don't get what the fuss is all about. And I wrote the entire series off and went to watch The Brittas Empire instead.
Later, I decided to come back to Red Dwarf, and watch Series 5, reasoning that by this time, they would most likely have gotten a handle on how to do it right. Although I still stand by what I thought of Series 1, oh man, I thought Series 5 is everything Series 1 was not. It's funny, clever, intelligent, engaging and not annoying at all. In fact, I LOVE it.
And after immersing myself in episodes from Series 4, 5, 6 and now 7, I have to say it's one of my most favorite series ever. I'm a life long Star Trek fan, and what I say would be blasphemy I'm sure, but there are many instances in this show where they leave Star Trek in the dust in terms of concepts, storytelling, and simple bravery in the kinds of stories they have the audacity to tell."
Red Dwarf Rocks!
zee1 | New York, NY | 05/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've never seen Red Dwarf and are a bit hesitant to purchase this collection, rent it first (Netflix has it) and I promise you'll be back to buy! "The Inquisitor" has many hilarious lines, and listen out for a sequence of numbers that is the code for unlocking one of the easter eggs. "Demons and Angels" is probably my favorite episode in this series, because of the blindingly stupid antics of the evil and good versions of the crew. I laughed until it hurt while watching this disc!"