When Blake Neale’s video for Noise From The Dwarf – a musical celebration of Red Dwarf‘s past present and future, compiled by former Observation Dome colleague ‘Big’ Blake, and set to music by Ricardo Autobahn – first appeared online, we were blown away. It’s extremely rare to see a fan effort of such quality – technically and editorially – and with so much inventiveness, originality and style. There’s an incredible amount of individual clips in just under four minutes of screentime, but it’s the vast variety of sources from which the clips are drawn, from the obvious to the obscure, that revealed a true love for the minutia of Dwarf history, and inspired us to make a tribute to a tribute.
G&T’s Danny Stephenson was so obsessed with the video that he undertook his own labour of love – to catalogue each and every single audio and video clip used, and document them for your reference. He’s done this via the medium of this annotated Youtube video:
Whilst in the process of poring over each frame, we started to notice a fair few extra background details, snuck in via the crafty video manipulation skills of The Artist Formerly Known As Big Blake. We didn’t spot these on first viewing, and we’ll wager that a few of you wouldn’t have either. Thank the lord for screengrabs, then.
First up, look on the magazine rack behind Hollister in this scene from Pete Part Two:
There’s promos for Back To Earth and Series X, along with a copy of the Red Dwarf Movie script! And next up, in this Rimmer scene from Holoship, the science room is adorned with a full complement of Red Dwarf DVDs.
Unfortunately, some scruffy bastard has left one of these DVDs out in the Better Than Life drive room scene…
…which also features a complete set of novels, and – beautifully – the front page of reddwarf.co.uk circa 1999 on one of the monitors.
Meanwhile, in Lister’s Ouroboros sleeping quarters, there’s something we can’t quite identify. There’s a photo of Rimmer/Chris and Lister/Craig with an unidentified third person, on the wall of the bunk between the two characters.
Best guess is that the mystery man is Blake himself, although we could be missing something completely obvious. And finally – we think, but do let us know if we’ve missed anything – there’s a full set of VHS tapes in this scene from Epideme.
This even includes Six of the Best, all the Smeg Ups/Outs releases and Danny’s rubbish Tongue Tied video. Things like this, plus the inclusion of clips from the Series X pre-publicity, Red Dwarf USA, Bodysnatcher, Beat The Geek, deleted scenes, out-takes and even that Lister link for a Christmas repeat of Back To Reality, are what set Noise From The Dwarf apart from the rest. Many congratulations to Blake Neale/Blue Sun Pictures for creating a masterpiece of recycled footage; an unofficial promo piece for the new series which suggests that all the PR campaigns under the sun could never match up to the love, care and dedication of a proper fan.