After much hinting, the designs for the 2007 Red Dwarf calendar are revealed. Now, the reason we’ve been crap at reporting on this up until now is because of our relaunch – but I must admit, I did have a slight doubt in my mind about the idea. I can’t quite put into words what that doubt was… but the end result was that I was simply worried that a collection of movie poster parodies would look crap and embarrassing.
I needn’t have worried. It looks great. The cover is probably the worst bit (as with the 2006 one, I’m not keen on the cast montage), but once you get inside it’s fantastic. I think my favourites are GoitFellas (I actually did a LOL!), Body/Swap (I’m a sucker for anything that references an episode so specifically), Morphbusters (the logo takeoff is BRILLIANT), and R.D. (just beautiful). As for the Dwarfspotting poster – well, that’s going up as soon as I get it. AND SO IS THE POSTER.
As for the rejected designs – I’m not keen on the other two, but I like Saturnian Smeg, if only because the tagline sounds vaguely dirty. As for the actual calendar itself – remember my moan about the 2006 calendar that “the way the numbers are presented in the actual calendar squares themselves doesn’t look quite right to me – centred, with a bit of awkward white space round them… I think it would have worked better if they’d been in the left-hand corner”? Well, clearly, GNP hang onto my every word. Except: they don’t.
I was all set to complain about the huge SAMPLE over the designs (I’ve never been entirely convinced that watermarking images achieves a huge amount) – but to be honest, I don’t care hugely. Yeah, it’s back to the Andrew and the Webboard again: “Global have plans to make a screensaver/image folder available to people who buy the calendar from their site, or on CD at Dimension Jump”. This isn’t confirmed yet, but if it happens it’ll be FANTASTICALLY BRILLIANT NEWS – the kind of thing you often think would be great, but never actually happens. Especially the image folder thing, so I can use it as a screensaver on my beautiful Mac Mini as well.
Release date will be around the 25th September according to TOS; copies should be available at DJ, and Play has it for £4.99. I’m in.
One final thing: if you like the calendar, please, please buy it full-price before Christmas, if you want to see more Dwarf calendars in the future. Bargain bins full of Red Dwarf calendars for 99p won’t be helpful in convincing companies to do a 2008 calendar. I know that sounds a bit crap – the only way I can really afford the DVDs I want is by waiting for them to come down in price, which doesn’t help further DVDs being released either – but this is £4.99, not £19.99. It’s very good value as it is considering you’re using it for the entire year…