Commentaries on The End: The Original Assembly, Bodysnatcher, and the script extracts. By Rob Grant. And Doug Naylor.
I’ll say it again: Osdijsiosajisiodjwdh.
A few thoughts, then:
- These commentaries were recorded on May 16th at Trident Studios” – and yet again, I’m left to ponder why knowing the date and location of the recordings interests me so much. I think it’s because I’m a huge twat.
- “As you may know, it was the availability of a seventh episode filming slot that allowed The End to be so heavily remade.” I didn’t actually know this, and I thought I knew a fair amount about Red Dwarf‘s production history. (I always assumed that the reshoots for The End were fitted in during the remaining five main audience studio days.) Looking at Time Hole, there’s no obvious date where they could have fitted in the extra studio day – it’s one episode a week for six weeks. Was an extra studio day slotted in at some point during those six weeks, or was it done after? And was that extra studio day always planned, or did they fit it in when they realised how much of The End needed reshooting?
- Andrew looks like a geek. But he looks OK in 1993 though!!!!!!!1111111111111111
- “The boys went off for a curry” – those seven words make me feel so happy.
- The news of the two versions of Bodysnatcher is just… stunning. Not content with making sure that actual episodes are the broadcast versions, they’re now making sure that UNMADE EPISODES ARE AS CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT AS POSSIBLE. With a lot of DVDs for older shows, you’re lucky if they manage to stick the episodes on there without them being hacked to pieces…
- The obvious question to ask is – why isn’t Rob Grant featured on any of the episode commentaries? It’s pure guesswork, but I reckon that he probably didn’t want to get involved. Both Doug and Ed worked on the Remastered project – but Rob was long gone by then, and I suspect he probably didn’t want to do a commentary on episodes that were altered without his input.
I’ll say it again: I’m not sure a lot of Dwarf fans realise quite how lucky they are. This is happening now. Enjoy it while you can. We might get a Movie, we might get a TV series, we might get something completely different – or this might be the last Dwarf release ever. Who knows? But certain people on certain forums seem to think that the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS in the world of Dwarf is a new series, or the Movie. And that’s just bullshit. As much as anything else – they’re missing out on all the enjoyment stuff like this brings. Because these are just going to be some of the best commentaries ever, and this is going to be one of the best DVD releases ever. If all certain people can do is sit there and moan and bitch and worry and whine, when stuff like this is being produced…. I just feel sorry for them, really. I don’t understand how you can ignore stuff like this.
But all this also makes me happy for another reason. Who knows what happened all those years ago, between Rob and Doug? We may never know the full story – and nor do we have any right to. The VII docco is probably as close as we’re going to get. But… well, it matters to me, in some stupid way, that I now know that two people I’ve never met – but who have given me so much joy – are talking to each other. It makes me utterly, gloriously, happy.
And if that’s pathetic, then I’m quite happy to revel in my patheticness, thanks.