John’s Roundup – 22/2/05

G&T News! I should do some more of these, really.Stuff, then:

DVD REVIEWS: Cappsy of his White Hole, in celebration of the VI DVD release, has done… a Series V DVD Review. Excellent. Big Blake has also done two VI reviews. Excellent. Oh, and here’s Cpt-D’s review, with Ellard response. Excellent. Finally, it’s also been reviewed by Sci-Fi Online; and unlike their other reviews, it’s not that annoying! Excellent. We’ll have our VI review up later tonight. Excellent.

SCREENSAVER: Just to let you know that if you order the VI DVD from RDSUK, you get sent a nice little VI screensaver free via email. It’s Windows only sadly, but it’s a nice collection of publicity shots from VI, and well worth having if you’re Bill Gates’s BITCH.

DVD COMPO: Andrew Ellard has said on the TOS webboard that the entry form for the fan film competition will be published on TOS this Friday… along with a deadline extension. Excellent. We could do with it…

AND FINALLY: Go here or here. If you’re particularly sad.

More stuff coming this weekend! Maybe. Oh, and remember when we said last year that we might have a surprise for you at DJ? Well, this year we might have something more than just some snide leaflets…

15 Responses to John’s Roundup – 22/2/05

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  1. Yes, though, technically, this is a round-up, not a newsround. So you still got the title wrong.

  2. Thanks, John.

    Thohn.

  3. You can read my review at my blog. Go on, you know you want to. Just click on my name down there…..

  4. > Yes, though, technically, this is a round-up, not a newsround. So you still got the title wrong.

    LIAR

  5. Here in the States we have a late-night block animation on Cartoon Network. It’s called Adult Swim and they are currently having their own contest that is similar to this TOS competition…

    They want people to make a 30 second commercial–pretty much open-ended as far as content goes–to promote their new DVD.

    But now that the deadline is nearing (end of the month, I think) they’ve had only 10 entries and are very disappointed.

    Adult Swim is pretty popular over here, especially with college-aged kids, so I’m surprised so few entered.

    I wonder if Red Dwarf is going to have a similarly low turnout. It IS a bit more complicated than fill-in-a-survey-and-win-a-commentary-seat.

  6. I hope there’s exactly six entries, and ours is one.

  7. I hope there’s 1 entry, ours – and then it can be put on 6 times.

  8. Ah! I see that you seem to like the scifi online review this time around. Was that because the reviewer didn’t have anything negative to say?

    I have to say that off all the “Professional” reviews I’ve found theirs to be the best. Unlike SFX at least they watch everything (that much is obvious) and give a well balanced review.

    While I don’t agree with everything they say, they are intitled to their opinion on different aspects of the extras. Personally, I have many issues with the commentaries and the clips that are thrown together with music – but that is just my opinion. When someone doesn’t agree with me it is still my opinion.

  9. > Ah! I see that you seem to like the scifi online review this time around. Was that because the reviewer didn’t have anything negative to say?

    Well, no. Because he *did* have some negative stuff to say, re the commentary in particular.

    I liked it because I agreed with most of it – unlike most of the previous Red Dwarf reviews. Fair enough, isn’t it?

    > I have to say that off all the “Professional” reviews I’ve found theirs to be the best. Unlike SFX at least they watch everything (that much is obvious) and give a well balanced review.

    And yet the Series III review says the extras are disappointing… and doesn’t even mention the major extra, which is the documentary. There is something odd there.

    (Off the point, but I also find the comment about the extras in that review that “Most of them will only appeal to Billy Fanboys” just bizzare, for any number of reasons.)

    I can’t comment on their reviews for other shows though, as I’ve never read them.

    > While I don’t agree with everything they say, they are intitled to their opinion on different aspects of the extras.
    >
    > Personally, I have many issues with the commentaries and the clips that are thrown together with music – but that is just my opinion. When someone doesn’t agree with me it is still my opinion.

    Of course. Just as I’m entitled to my opinion on their Red Dwarf reviews!

    For what it’s worth, I share some of the problems with the commentaries and musical featurettes, personally. But I recognise that they are really aimed at a different type of audience to me – and the DVD has to appeal to a wide audience.

  10. “(Off the point, but I also find the comment about the extras in that review that “Most of them will only appeal to Billy Fanboys” just bizzare, for any number of reasons.)”

    And what of this “casual viewer” that people keep referring to? Wouldn’t the casual viewer be more interested in the episodes anyway? And then, should Mr. Casual enjoy the program, he would move on to the extras. If I hate a show/movie, I’m certainly not going to watch any of the extras on the DVD.

  11. Chris Barrie will be on Des and Mel (ITV1) tomorrow for anyone interested.

  12. “And then, should Mr. Casual enjoy the program, he would move on to the extras.”

    I have to agree. I bought series 1 and 2 on a whim, never having seen “Red Dwarf” before (I don’t think it gets much more casual than that), and I enjoyed the extras.

    And “Fanboys”? Hmm…hope the reviewer isn’t one of those boring masculinists…

  13. I was talking to a mate of mine, who I suppose is far from ‘casual’ (apart from the T’shirt and jeans of course) who has all the DVD’s (and the Video’s and books for that matter) but has not watched any of the extra’s apart from ‘Dwarfing USA’…
    It seems he buys them merely because they exist and his videos are wearing out. When I pointed out that the ‘just the shows’ will be all available next year, he claims to have them on his Birthday list.
    Now, this is the same bloke who thinks People who attend conventions are a bit sad.
    Clearly, there are some who do not fit any description.

  14. “Now, this is the same bloke who thinks People who attend conventions are a bit sad.”

    I’ve a friend who is a bit of a street-gangster-wannabe (or “chav” if you’d prefer to call him that). He can’t stand science fiction, often ‘belittles’ me because of my obsession with Red Dwarf – yet he’s borrowed my spare RD I DVD for well over a year now, and can’t get enough of it – extras and all.

    Completely OT: – Craig Charles’ short film ‘news’ here: http://bigblake.co.nr/reddwarf/240205b.html

  15. Well just watched Chris Barrie on Des and Mel and I may well have to sue for mental anguish. What a truly awaful show! Chris himself was OK though. He was on to promote the latest Brittas DVD. Standard interview stuff about the series and he seemed to do a lot of bad impressions of himself. They then moved on to Dwarf and which he prefered. He said they were so different they don’t compare but mentioned the costumes in Dwarf tended to still have the pins in! Then spitting image with the standard whirlwind of impressions and wrapped up with a brief mention of massive machines. Pam Ayres is on now. Joy.

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