Hmmm. I have work at 8 o’clock. I also have an apprasial – a main feature of which will be that I keep being late. I DON’T KNOW WHY.
The other bit of news is something that’s come rather quicker than I expected – info on future Dwarf releases! The one we could have predicted is Just The Shows: Byt… erm, Volume 2, coming this Autumn. I wonder what they’ll do with VII/VIII – eight episodes a DVD would be a bit of a stretch quality-wise.
More unexpectedly (although there has been the odd hint on the Webboard) – Dwarf is also making an appearance on UMD – Smeg Ups in June, with Smeg Outs before Christmas. Interestingly, there have been reports that some companies are reducing their support for the format (see the Wikipedia article), even though 2 entertain seem to be embracing it – but, then, DVDs didn’t take off as fast as people thought they would, with one particularly smug friend of mine declaring it a dead format just before it really took off.
Despite this, it’s not really a format I can see going anywhere – most people won’t want to pay for the same things twice, and most people interested in watching things on the move will just find a way of ripping their existing DVD collection, or buying something slightly bigger to watch their DVDs directly. Still, credit to GNP and 2 entertain for releasing something relatively new for the format – I’m sure people with PSPs are thrilled. I’m just not one of them, and am not really likely to be.
Most interesting of all, and completely unexpected, is the news about a Red Dwarf quiz DVD. To be produced in the next few months, and apparently with a “killer concept” for the format, I’m rather more excited about this than some people seem to be. DJ quiz night is always brilliant, and the team option especially has the prospect of lots of DRUNK ARGUMENTS. This has the potential to be great fun.
Perhaps some people were hoping for an announcement of the Remastered series with loads of extras – but, reading between the lines (or, indeed, just reading the lines) – if this sells well enough, that will follow. So cough up when it comes along, even if you hate the idea, eh?
Oh, and any ideas for what could be done for the 20th anniversary, mention them below. I’d love another Red Dwarf Night – if only to show all the stuff that’s difficult to clear for commercial release…