Loads of fantastic stuff, then. And top of the list has to go to something we never thought we’d see: Robert’s first day! Unfortunately, however, “the rushes don’t show the infamous moment where Robert was electrocuted by the FX team’s trick lighter apparatus” – and this is rather at odds with what Robert says in his famous (amongst Dwarf fans, anyway) telling of the incident in The Man In The Rubber Mask, which specifically says the electrocutions happened during actual takes, rather than rehearsals. It’s amazing how these DVDs continually break down received knowledge when it comes to this kind of thing.
The rest of this article does, however, run the risk of just turning into the following:
Want to see them setting up and detonating Confidence and the Mayor of Warsaw?
Want to hear the cast complaining while buried up to their necks in sand?
Or Danny and Doug’s accidentally-recorded ‘Have a word with Ed, man’ conversation in the Stasis Leak hotel?
Want to see skutters, erm, wander into the wall?
However, special mention must be made of the inclusion of the unused reshoot of Gordon from Better Than Life Remastered. I can’t put it better than how Seb puts it below – but since when was Gordon Salkilld’s performance anything less than great in the original? And since when did that early part of Better Than Life need gagging up? (If anything, it’s once they get into the game itself that the episode loses it slightly.) Yes, in the end it wasn’t used, so it’s slightly unfair to draw conclusions about the Remastered series from it – but it does point to some odd decision-making processes during its production. And yet how marvellous that something like this is included on the Bodysnatcher release…
As for the five extra Holly gags recorded for inclusion in the Remastered episodes – I am expecting something similar to the quality of the Holly gags that went unused for Red Dwarf III. But we’ll see.
The Paradise Beach scene, meanwhile – it’s just incredible that this is seeing the light of day. An abandonded scene, from a 1988 BBC sitcom? We really don’t realise how lucky we are sometimes, when so many sitcoms don’t even get any kind of deleted scenes treatment whatsoever. It’s just such a shame that so few other releases have either the budget, or the people who care enough, to actually find and get this stuff out there. And the longer it’s left, the less chance there is that we’ll ever see them, and the more chance there is that the material will be deliberately junked, or just accidentally lost.
We can only hope that TEH DIGITAL REVOLUTIONS, and the associated reduction in costs, opens up the possibility of this kind of stuff being dug up for more shows. I mean, who knows what still exists from Brittas? It’s an important thing to remember – because, at this point it’s easy to get jaded about gems from the archive being dug up for Dwarf. Let’s not forget that this kind of thing is incredibly rare for a 1988 sitcom. Take the fact that Tony Hawks did the warm-up for Series 1 – a fascinating little snippet of information I read years ago… that suddenly, we’ll actually be able to watch, come October.