What’s interesting about this is how soon you forget how stylised it all is (you’ve got Chris Barrie reading out stage directions, for fucks sake – which is brilliant, don’t get me wrong) and how soon you’re just sitting there watching it like a regular episode. I’ll leave off making any proper judgement on it as an episode until I see it all, though – but from what we’ve seen, it at least seems a damn sight better than Duct Soup.
We also have a few more release dates – for VII, we knew the R2 release date was November 7th and the R1 date was January 10th – the R4 date has now been announced as December 1st. Meanwhile, on VIII, the R2 date is now likely to be February 27th, with the R1 date (as the two releases are not released together this year) back to… May 2nd. Ouch. IMPORT. The R4 date isn not confIrmed yet, but will be February or March.
Veeeeeeeeery interestingly, we’re also given a hint that the R2 VIII may also have a gift set released as well, like V – and apparently, it won’t be the obvious choice of the Corgi Red Dwarf in there. Anyone have any ideas?
Last, and certainly least, in Czech news (how come Andrew never gets in trouble? OH YES, BECAUSE HE KNOWS THE NAME OF THE FUCKING COUNTRY), they’ve now got a Re-mastered Series 2 release, with no extras except the obvious audio language and subtitles options (both Czech and English). I still don’t understand why countries insist on releasing the Re-mastered versions when Doug Naylor himself has expressed doubts about them, but I suppose it’s up to the distributor themselves – and if they want to be idiots, then so be it. And again, whilst the lack of extras is at least understandable (one disc is cheaper than two), it seems such a shame for them to lose out when there’s bucketloads of wonderful extras just waiting to be used – and especially when the Czech Republic obviously has a Dwarf fanbase, as evidenced by the websites.