Let it never be said that we’re not a bunch of useless idiots. Anyway, it’s Catch Up Time, boys and girls!
First up, we got a look at the frankly beautiful Back to Earth DVD menus last week. We were so overcome with sticky joy that we totally forgot to actually say anything about it. Erm, sorry. Basically we’ve got G Deck for the main menu, the Diving Bell for the episodes menu and the bunkroom for the extras (the latter two of which have been lovingly re-created in CG in typical Dwarf DVD tradition and the former has been created by Mike Seymour based on the scene used in the episode.) A few at G&T have been seeing these in motion for the last few weeks now (yes, and we still don’t have a review up, but what the hell did you expect?) and can confirm that they’re as lovely as you expect. The G Deck scene in particular is brilliant, perfectly suited to menu looping and more than a little reminiscent of the Lost DVD menus that show various scenes from different angles. The CG Skutter (despite the nice joke of them giving you the finger) is a little pony but then I didn’t like the Skutter in the episodes, either.
It’s incredible, really, that this DVD has been put together so quickly considering that the actual show’s production must’ve damn near killed everyone involved, but I guess it must have something to do with this ‘organisation’ thing I’ve heard so much about.
Today’s update concentrates on the imminent release of the DVD to the public (most of you will be getting it on Saturday, I imagine) and it goes without saying that if you’re reading this you MUST buy it. Even if you *do* hate the episodes you miserable, MISERABLE bastards. I’ll be writing a nice big review for the next issue of the fan club magazine but my condensed opinion is that the new documentary is as brilliant as you’d imagine (with a surprise bit of Bonus Info), the featurettes really benefit from being produced alongside the main production (Mike’s SFX segment is especially excellent and, unless I’m very much mistaken, the first time an outside production company (fxphp) has created an extra for a Dwarf DVD), the director’s cut is interesting and the Doug’s commentary reveals something interesting about his Firefox bookmarks. It’s exactly the DVD you’d expect and I might be right in thinking (but too lazy to properly check) that it represents the best Show:Extras ratio EVUR.
Be sure to let us know what you think of the DVD in the forums, and we’ll try to have a review up before Series X.
Finally, Series III is on iTunes if you’re so inclined to care about such things. There’s also something there about helping Red Dwarf win some shiny awards, or something.