With thanks to Si Bromley for posting about this on our forum, it would appear that there’s a new boxset on the way! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and Play, and is scheduled for release on 16th December (which, whilst technically in time for the Christmas market, is cutting it a bit bloody fine). Details are sketchy, but the British Comedy Guide notes that it will contain “every episode to date and out of this world extras”.
All sources seem to indicate that this set will comprise of a whopping 24 discs, so it would appear that it’s a collection of all the extras-laden versions of the DVDs, which is a first for the UK, as far as I can recall. But the individual releases of I to X are made up of a total of 22 discs, which leaves two spare. Will they add Beat The Geek? Just the Smegs? The main disc of The Bodysnatcher Collection? We just don’t know. I guess the former two are the most likely, as that’d be a case of just sticking the existing releases into a big box, rather than having to manufacture a special Bodysnatcher-lite edition. If so, that’s a bit of a shame, as the release would omit the big long documentaries for Series I and II, and of course Bodysnatcher itself.
It’s not going to be cheap – somewhere between £60 and £100 depending on where you buy it – which is understandable given the number of discs involved, but that makes it hard for those of us who have already got all this stuff to justify the purchase. It strikes us as being a wee bit money-grabby, but hey – if BBC Worldwide/2entertain can make any extra money off the back of Red Dwarf, then I guess that makes it even more attractive for UKTV to keep making more new stuff. We will report more on this as and when more details emerge.