Blu(e Midget)-ray, or something

The BtE Blu-ray cover, there

A trio of release updates from TOS this week. Not all that exciting on the face of it but what the fuck do you want, an announcement that Doug Naylor is going to come over to your house and show you his plans for the next series?

To pass the time until that momentous day, when we all gather in the streets to celebrate the ninth coming, you can do a lot worse than waste your time with these things:

  • Wiffle Lever to… er, Paperback: Remember that quite good book all about a man visiting a variety of conventions? Well, now it’s now smaller, cheaper and flimsier! Of course the interest here lies in the fact that he visited DJ XIII and then did a big write about it in his book. I’m even vaguely featured.
  • The stinking colonies thrown some scraps from our table: Following months of whining (I imagine) the North Americans will be taking time out from their ‘ho downs’, ‘proms’ and ‘burgers’ to enjoy the release of the Back to Earth DVD and Blu-ray editions on October 6th. Consider the late releases adequate punishment for hogging the Director’s Cut of Watchmen, you greedy shit-rags.
  • Finally, the UK are best at having Red Dwarf on Blu-ray.: First spotted by the more observant types in our forum, it is now confirmed that we’ll be seeing the glorious (I imagine once again) HD version on Back to Earth Blu-ray (and boy am I sick of typing that) on August 31st, which is much earlier than I originally expected. Nice that it’s coming out ASAP to avoid any ugly accusations of double dipping, though. There’ll be no extra content over the DVD version, just glorious resolution versions of the main feature and, surprisingly, a few of the extras including the documentaries. If, like me, Dwarf in 16:9 was enough to blow your tiny little mind, this is going to be too much to bear.

That’s yer lot, then. Now, get back to your filthy corner of the Forum and if you’re lucky we might shit out another DwarfCast at some point over the next few days. However, if you’re REALLY lucky, we might not.

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  1. For me it’s double-dipping only because I had no idea it was coming out on Blu-ray and already got the regular version; if it’s been widely publicised or you guys mentioned it, I obviously haven’t been paying close enough attention! Or are we just supposed to know that everything comes out on Blu-ray nowadays? I’m so out of the loop…

    Anyway, thank goodness for Play.com and their fantastic prices, which will hopefully allow me to feel less extravagent about buying it again on Blu-ray later on down the road. :)

  2. Love the shading on that Blu-Ray mock-up. Also, what font did you use?

  3. >For me it?s double-dipping only because I had no idea it was coming out on Blu-ray and already got the regular version

    It was filmed using Red One, so the prospect of a high-def release was a bit of a no-brainer.

  4. Excellent picture.

    That is all.

  5. G&T Admin

    Love the shading on that Blu-Ray mock-up. Also, what font did you use?

    It’s called CappsHand and was specially created for us for use in future promotions.

  6. Here’s the thing, I MAY have held off on buying the DVD if I thought the Blu-ray was coming in August. This is something I’m guessing GNP and 2entertain would not have wanted to happen hence them not confirming the Blu-ray till later. Of course, they may have had to wait for ratings and DVD sales to come through before putting the Blu-ray release in motion at all but…aw hell who cares, I’m gonna fucking buy it anyway. And here, while you’re at it, you can have the shirt off my back too, after all it has the words TWAT IT on it.

  7. How much will the Blu-Ray be? 50 quid?

  8. I’m probably alone here, but I think Blu-Ray is overrated. That is, the degree of improvement in quality isn’t sufficient to warrant paying the extra cash.
    Or maybe I’m just tight.

    > what the fuck do you want, an announcement that Doug Naylor is going to come over to your house and show you his plans for the next series?

    It has my vote.

  9. G&T Admin

    I?m probably alone here, but I think Blu-Ray is overrated. That is, the degree of improvement in quality isn?t sufficient to warrant paying the extra cash.

    I’d say that depends on your set up. You can tell the difference on a full HD telly (1080p), not so much on a rubbish ‘HD Ready’ number.

  10. G&T Admin

    Certainly, although we’ve found that you quickly get used to full HD, which is slightly disappointing after spending so long being awed by HD displays in Tesco…

  11. >I?m probably alone here, but I think Blu-Ray is overrated.

    Yeah, it’s not a HUGE leap forward, IMO (like VHS to DVD).

    I put together my first HTPC not long back and found there wasn’t THAT much difference between my Phillips upscaler and Blu-Rays/HD-DVDs. It’s noticeable, but if you have a good upscaler to begin with…

    That coupled with some occassionally awkward ‘in-movie menus’ suggests to me, at least, that regular DVDs are still far from a dead format.

    I vaguely recall there being some talk regarding a home version of HD VHS, a while back. Think it was called, D-VHS. I miss the convenience of my old tapes – especially the more intuitive fast-forwarding/rewinding.

    Saying that, I’ll still be getting the BtE BR(!)

  12. Let’s put it this way:

    I bought RD Series One on DVD before I’d got a DVD Player, having to watch it on my brother’s PS2.

    I won’t be buying this and playing it on his PS3 – I’ll wait till Blu-ray releases are so essential, I *need* a Blu-ray player (which won’t be any time soon, especially as we don’t have a HD TV.).

  13. Can we have a downloadable version of your cover if for any reason it’s not the official one?

  14. > I vaguely recall there being some talk regarding a home version of HD VHS, a while back. Think it was called, D-VHS.

    Was it triangular?

  15. > Was it triangular?

    And if not… *thump* WHY not?

  16. I think our TV is only 720p, but Blu-Ray looks beautiful on stills. (From the PS3)

    Not much different on video, although I do quite like the in-movie menus.

  17. Am i the only one wondering why the Bluray is in 1080i as opposed to 1080p?

  18. What’s the difference between i amd p Stabby?

  19. Thank you for the link Andrew =)

  20. > The original DVD – which, when reprinted, is apparently going to be adjusted to match the copy shown here

    And when might that be, sirrah? :)

  21. When they run out of stock I’d imagine. That’s the traditional time to reprint something.

  22. I’d supposed as much. I hope the flippant reply is merely a case of you being absent of a clue on the matter of a timeline for such an event.

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