A show insider has emailed us to reveal the following exclusive news: the Back To Earth DVD will be released on June 15th – a mere two months after the last episode is broadcast. There are no details as to extras so far, other than the promise that there will be “in-depth bonus material guaranteed to inform and entertain”, much like the regular series releases. Excellent.
So, let’s speculate wildly. We can expect the usual trailers, deleted scenes (if there are any) and smeg ups. A cast commentary is probably a given, providing they find another day to get them all together. A commentary involving Doug would also be bloody excellent, whether he’s on his own, with the cast, with other crew members or even with Ellard or something. Please, please, Doug: do a commentary!
Other than those, who knows what they’ve got up their sleeve? The best bits of the regular DVDs mostly came from unearthing fascinating items from the archives, but this release has the advantage of being the only Red Dwarf DVD to be compiled alongside a production. The possibilities are endless. Hopefully, the Making Of element will be much heftier than the half-hour version screened on Easter Monday, and hopefully the development of the specials – the thoughts and dreams floating around Doug’s brain and how he came to realise them – will be covered as well as the actual shooting and editing.
In other news, TOS have confirmed that Back To Earth will now have three episodes, at the expense of Unplugged. Not much new information – just the assurance that the decision was made for creative reasons rather than budgetary or scheduling reasons. They’d already booked two days to make Unplugged, so there’s no problem there, and much of the material for an extra part was already planned to be used on the DVD.
Interesting titbits to dissect: the extra filming days will all be on location, which is interesting – more outdoor stuff! Plus, there’s a mention of the sets being struck by the time of the extra shooting days, which confirms that there WILL be sets of some description, after the confusion generated by Robert’s MacBreak Weekly interview. Doesn’t mean there won’t be extensive greenscreen elements for the shoot, of course – I love how there’s so many details of this production that we’re still completely in the dark about.
Ooh, I wonder what this DVD’s musical featurette will be!