Ah, the BBFC, they’ve served us so well over the years, with episode title reveals and confirmations of DVD extras aplenty. As expected the forthcoming DVD and Bluray release has now been through classification and so all episodes and extras can be found on their website. I’ll be keeping this rundown spoiler neutral, although be warned that some of the BBFC’s notes might reveal details about the rudeness levels of future episodes.
For reasons you’ll see in a moment, I’m going to skip Twentica for now and go straight to Samsara, in which we learn that the BBFC considers numerous fellating skeltons to be “moderate sex references” but still go the extra mile to award this episode a 15 certificate, so I guess it’s at least like Marooned in that way, if no other. Give & Take is incorrectely labelled with a dirty, disgusting, blasphemous “and” but when Dave viewers get to see it this Thursday they will only have to worry about the more acceptable “infrequent moderate innuendo”. Onto currently unseen episodes, now, with Officer Rimmer upgrading itself to “moderate sex references”, which given what we know of the premise of this episode could lead to some disturbing situations. Krysis now, which will befauling our screens later this month with “mild bad language, drugs references, rude humour”, hopefully none of which deal with a run away robo-penis. The series finale, Can of Worms, will give us “mild sex references” so presumably we’re spared an in-detail exploration of a cat’s barbed penis.
Twentica also has a normal entry, but wait curiously also has a separate entry for an edited version. We’ve combed around and have been unable to find a reference to dual versions for any of the other episodes, so what the hell even is this? Neither listing indicate any cuts being made, they were both classified on the same day, and the only noticable difference is the latter runs a whole 51 seconds shorter than the original. The closest we’ve got as to a clue is Doug’s earlier mention that they made some tweaks to the episode after early screenings, so best guess is that the original was submitted early on and they then resubmitted based on the tweaks they made just before broadcast. This is backed up by the fact that the version currently on UKTV Play is only 2 seconds shorter than the ‘edited’ version, meaning that’s probably the one we saw on broadcast.
Onto to the extras now and all the things we’ve previously seen leaked through DVD covers elsewhere are also confirmed by the BBFC. It’s worth noting that the Behind the Scenes feature is running at just over 50 minutes, which is pretty brief compared to what we’ve had in the past. I’m not too worried about this turn of events, though, as as revealing and interesting as We’re Smegged was, it did go on a bit. Other than that and a collection of the shorter running items on the extras list we also have a whole 15 minutes of deleted scenes (which is just marvellous) and 20 minutes of model shots like it’s fucking 2002 or some shit.
Finally, more developments are afoot with the DVD artwork (and no, this has nothing to do with the tedious Twitter ramblings of a certain co-star) with a company called Steelbook giving us a look at what seems to be the final design of the Steelbook edition artwork in all of its purple glory. They also confirm a release date of the 14th November and the inclusion of Danny John-Jules in the cast photo.