Ian’s Newsround – 13/05/05 News Posted by Ian Symes on 13th May 2005, 13:07 Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, but us Dwarf fans are feeling particularly lucky today. For it has been revealed that the Series VII and VIII DVD sets will comprise of a whopping three discs each! Wahey! And, according to the article, “we’ll need every inch of space”. Could this mean they’ll break the record of about 200 minutes’ worth of extras each? I bloody well hope so. This is great news, and I’m rather excited. Not only that, but Series VII will contain both the original and Xtended versions of three episodes! Hurrah! I was worried that they’d only have the Xtended versions, which would abandon the ethos of only having the broadcast versions. That would have been a bit of a shame after going to the effort to ensure that Parallel Universe, Backwards and Polymorph were the correct versions. And! And! Series VIII will have the broadcast multi-part edits and full-length versions of Back In The Red and Pete! Yes! I’m really looking forward to seeing these as they were originally envisioned. You never know, they might actually be quite good. We still don’t know if they will be as originally envisioned, though – for example, will Back In The Red be an hour long, or will they simply chop out all the titles and “Captain’s Log” bits out of it, leaving in all the extra stuff that was written for Part Three? I hope it’s the former, as the episode might be half-decent in that state. Either way, it’s bloody exciting. Also in this update – billed as the main news, but it really isn’t – mock-ups of the VII and VIII cover art. No surprises in terms of what the background will be based on, as it’s been hinted at for years. It’s nice that our bit of guesswork from sixteen months ago has been confirmed, though. We could have guessed the Rimmer/Lister pictures on the front and all. Gah, I hate that Series VIII one. I’m a bit surprised about the choice of back cover picture for VIII, though – I was expecting that shot of the five of them in Canaries (Contrived And Needlessly Asinine Reason for Inmates to Explore Space) get-up. And finally, Hollister on the Series VIII spine is fair enough – he probably gets more screen time in the series than Cat, Kochanski and Holly do. This all goes to confirm that the DVDs will be worth getting, regardless of your opinion on the series. Three discs, man! Plus, there’s a chance that one of them will include MY FACE.