John’s Newsround – 16/7/05 News TOS updates time. Firstly: fantastic. That is all. I could go through the storyboards and give you excepts from the script, but I value both my freedom and my testicles. The other piece is also DVD-related, and is a fantastic look at the new Dwarf releases around the world – a perfect combination of advertising and anal fan ramblings. I feel sorry for the Portuguese – the book chapters or music featurette I could do without, but no music cues or raw effects footage? Two of the best extras on the Series 1 release? I wonder why they were left out. Rights? Or did the people releasing it over there just think people wouldn’t be interested? It gets worse for the Benelux version, however – the Re-mastered version? Aaargh. Over the past two years co-running this site, I’ve gone from being very judgemental about everything to, erm, still being very judgemental about everything but with an apology for being like that beforehand – but the Re-mastered versions are an abomination, and I can’t see any possible reason for anyone preferring them. Even Doug Naylor has expressed doubts about them in interviews. A hideous, hideous release. And presumably the reason the the cast commentaries aren’t on there because they don’t match up with the Re-mastered episodes, so it’s a double loss. Still, all the menu designs look lovely. Although this picture is just fascinating – what kind of cultural differences exist to mean that they went to all the trouble to change the colours of the buttons? Nice to hear that Japan is finally going to get the long-rumoured version with extras. Excellently, “regular series releases more akin to the UK versions” sounds like they’ll be getting dubbed versions of the original episodes, rather than the Re-mastered (the pictures are from the current, Re-mastered releases). So hooray for the Japanese. As for BBC Japan, their site wins the award for the most annoying in the world, for rendering perfectly in Firefox but coming up with a warning message each time to navigate to a different page informing me that “This site only supports IE5 upwards”. If someone could inform me how someone actually gets paid for designing such a pile of shit, I’d love to know. Mind you, I wished it had forbidden me access completely when I went to the comedy page in search of Dwarf info. Out of all the wonderful stuff you could broadcast over there… They obviously only show THE BEST.