Red Dwarf: Back To
Earth - Director's Cut (2009/BBC
Blu-ray + DVD)
B-/C+ Sound: B/B- Extras: A Main Program: A-
Back to Earth, a revival of the very popular
series Red Dwarf, takes place 9
years after the lost (supposedly) of crew member Kochanski (Chloe Annett). The crew of the Red Dwarf after discovering an alien in their water tank is flung
into a dimensional worm hole in which the reach the 'real world'. They then discover they are just characters
from a TV series and will die in the final episode, so then in the spirit of Blade Runner the attempt to get more life they must
seek their creator and plead him to keep writing more so they could live
longer. Along the way they must not only
try and blend in, but run into the various actors and people who created and
promoted the series... could this be the end?
This is a BBC comedy filled series about 4 wayward space travelers: Lister
(Craig Charles), the last human, Rimmer (Chris Barrie), a neurotic hologram,
Cat (Danny John-Jules), a humanoid evolved feline, and Kryten (Robert
Llewellyn), a humanoid robot droid. After
discovering a tentacled creature the crew falls through a wormhole to the 20th
century reality where they find out what 'Reality' really thinks of them, but
more alarmingly they discover they can only exist as long as the series keeps
going, and they maybe in the final episode! In hysterical (literally) attempts to prolong
their life they search for their creator... wondering will they find 'The End'
or 'Happily ever after.'
This is a great British comedy; it makes fun of many Sci-Fi/Drama movies and
series, sometimes even polymorphing them. Created in the 1988 and resurfacing on and off
since, it is well written with many witty dialog moments with comedic situations
that will keep the viewers laughing both with the characters and at them. What is even more hilarious is in this
film when the characters enter the 'real world', they strive to blend in
is anything but. If I could say this
similar to any other series it would be like Mystery Science Theater crossed with Spaceballs
with a British twist.
1.78 X 1 image on the Blu-ray is pretty good for a new HD production, but
typical of how good the BBC HD releases have been overall despite more motion
blur and softness that expected, while the anamorphically enhanced DVD holds
its own for being in the older format.
The DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray is also solid and it
always puzzles me why they are not DTS-MA releases, while the Dolby Digital 5.1
mix on the DVD is active and just fine, but not as good as the DTS on the
Blu-ray. The soundfield is one of the
best for a TV program to date.
include both commentary with cast and director, deleted scenes, smeg ups, photo
galleries, and more.... even the extras are comedic and various mess/smeg ups
and outtakes are just as funny to watch as the show itself.
- Ricky Chiang & Nicholas Sheffo