Nearly two months after broadcast, Red Dwarf: The Promised Land is out on Bluray and DVD today, the longest wait we’ve had for new episodes to appear on shiny disc since Back To Earth eleven years ago. That’s assuming people can get hold of their purchases today, of course; ever since the olden days of play.com with their lax attitude towards both release dates and VAT, pre-orders have generally turned up a few days before the official release more often than not, but apparently retailers and postal services have other priorities at the moment, the bastards. Amazon customers were initially advised that their delivery had been put back by several weeks, but this was revised in the last few days and the majority of orders have now been dispatched, as have orders with other retailers such as Zoom.

So hopefully we’ll all get our copies within the next couple of days, one way or another. As with every release since 2002, we’ll be putting together a full and comprehensive review, although it may take longer than usual as your resident reviewer will be alternating between this and changing nappies. So while you wait for us to tell you the correct opinion on the packaging, the picture quality and the extras, use this thread to share your initial thoughts.

61 comments on “Let’s Talk About The Promised Land (on Bluray/DVD)

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  • Haven’t even ordered mine yet. I’ve already seen all the special features on UKTV Play, so what’s the hurry? Sorry Dave, you reap what you sow.

    Also the better than ever visuals of The Promised Land makes me more torn than ever about whether to ultimately get the DVD for consistency with the rest of my collection, or the Blu ray for quality.

  • Ditto what Jack said, for the first time since 2002 I haven’t pre-ordered / bought the DVD on released day. There is little to be excited about as I’ve seen all the special features and I bought the episode on iTunes to watch it in higher quality than the UKTV stream and without ads.

    I’ll pick up both DVD and Blu-ray eventually to add to the collection, but not feeling the rush at the moment, especially given the current situation, I don’t feel I should be throwing money at things I don’t strictly need.

  • I deliberately haven’t watched the extras on UKTV Play, so that I have something to look forward to on the Blu Ray.

    Not sure if that makes me clever or stupid.

  • Mine arrived just as I started typing a post out about how mine was yet to arrive. Will go down to the mail box now to get it.

  • >>Also the better than ever visuals of The Promised Land makes me more torn than ever about whether to ultimately get the DVD for consistency with the rest of my collection, or the Blu ray for quality.

    I had that conversation with myself as well. I’ve ended up with the bluray but it does look a bit odd next to all the DVDs. I’ll be watching the extras later as I avoided them on Dave. Oh and Amazon delivered it this lunchtime.

  • Reversible sleeve to look like the original series DVDs. Great! Hurrah!

    Card sleeve to cover the reversible sleeve up again. Grumble.

  • …then had a look at the other extras that I’ve seen on UKTV Play, and went and got me some dinner.
    It was good. I am happy.

    I have ordered the DVD as well (as I have done these past few releases) simply for the spines, like everyone else does.

  • Haven’t got it yet and haven’t seen the extras as I went and moved to Texas. I know there’s a US release coming up but just out of curiosity do you reckon the blu ray will work over here should I try and persuade my family to send it over?

  • Looking forward to the review, this will be the first time I haven’t immediately bought the thing and stuck my snout right in. For the record every time I rewatch The Promised Land I really like it but there are a few niggles in the last five minutes with too much incident and somewhat weird dispatch of the enemy/cats who happened to be on the ship.

  • From Friday’s TOS news: “if you have a DVD or Blu-ray drive with your computer that you can pop the disc into, be sure to do so to find a little surprise extra Easter egg!”

  • From Friday’s TOS news: “if you have a DVD or Blu-ray drive with your computer that you can pop the disc into, be sure to do so to find a little surprise extra Easter egg!”

    Seems a bit unfair if you paid extra for the Blu ray version but happen not to specifically have a likely quite expensive external BD drive for your PC to access this easter egg with. (Not to mention the Blu ray playback software, free examples of which aren’t exactly plentiful.)

    I know DVD drives are no longer standard in PCs either (especially for laptops) but either way they’re a lot cheaper.

  • Do you know what arrived in the post for me this morning?

    Fuck all. That’s what.

    Enjoy your so-called ‘Promised’ discs, you bastards!!!!!1!1!11

  • I deliberately haven’t watched the extras on UKTV Play, so that I have something to look forward to on the Blu Ray.

    Not sure if that makes me clever or stupid.

    I did the same and watching it today for the first time was 100 percent the right decision

  • Mine arrived today but I’ve had no time to watch it… Going to stick on the Blu-ray exclusive extra first chance I get, as I’m eager to see if there’s any footage of the night #1 audience in it, haha. Other than that – looking forward to seeing the show in HD and sans ad-breaks whenever I manage to find the free time…! = )

  • Is anyone else having picture quality issues with the Blu Ray? Weird blue patches all over the place? It’s practically unwatchable for me.

  • Is anyone else having picture quality issues with the Blu Ray? Weird blue patches all over the place? It’s practically unwatchable for me.

    There are certainly some instances of banding and other compression artefacts on this disc. I’d say the picture quality is certainly a step down from the other Dave discs.

  • There are certainly some instances of banding and other compression artefacts on this disc. I’d say the picture quality is certainly a step down from the other Dave discs.

    It isnt as bad as I initially thought. I managed to improve it by messing with the settings, but from now on, I reckon I’ll just carry on watching my iTunes version on the computer. It looks so much nicer.

  • It isnt as bad as I initially thought. I managed to improve it by messing with the settings, but from now on, I reckon I’ll just carry on watching my iTunes version on the computer. It looks so much nicer.

    The digital download is better quality than the Blu ray? Wow.

  • The digital download is better quality than the Blu ray? Wow.

    I wouldn’t take my word for it. Like I say, it might just be my set up. That said, I’ve never had this problem before with any other Blu Rays though.

  • I wouldn’t take my word for it. Like I say, it might just be my set up. That said, I’ve never had this problem before with any other Blu Rays though.

    Not sure what Blu ray player or TV settings you could configure that wouldn’t affect other Blu rays too and also can’t be fixed by changing those settings… but I’ll be interested to hear if anyone else has the same experience.

  • I’ll be interested to see if I have any kind of experience at all after my Blu-Rays failed to turn up in the post again today.

  • Not sure what Blu ray player or TV settings you could configure that wouldn’t affect other Blu rays too and also can’t be fixed by changing those settings… but I’ll be interested to hear if anyone else has the same experience.

    Agreed. Though I will say that I didn’t mean that altering the picture settings on my television will not affect other discs. I meant that it has not been necessary to amend the picture settings when viewing other discs previously. Like I say though, I lack the necessary technical knowledge to determine whether it is a fault with the Blu Ray itself or my own set up. Also interested to hear what others think.

  • I haven’t watched the episode in full again on the Blu-Ray yet, but I’ve skimmed through a number of scenes and the picture quality looks excellent to me. I’m not particularly expert in video quality but I would hope I would be able to spot colour banding or blue blocks appearing and I didn’t see any. If there are particular scenes/timestamps people think are poor quality I can have a look and provide screenshots if you would like.

  • Awesome. Thanks. The Starbug scenes in the latter half were the key scenes for me, particularly the shadows on Rimmer’s uniform. If specific timings will help, I’ll have another look tomorrow and post them.

  • The reserable cover on the DVD is a really nice touch! I was as worried we may have not got that. I’m glad my shelf can remained uniform. The only issue was a few things that don’t quite fit so I decided to tweak it a bit

  • I deliberately haven’t watched the extras on UKTV Play, so that I have something to look forward to on the Blu Ray.

    Not sure if that makes me clever or stupid.

    I guess I’ll be clever or stupid with you as I did the same.

    Blu-ray arrived a short while ago. I’ve yet to watch it as I’ve been working my way through the of the original series blu-ray box set, so I was considering watching it all in order.

    Unfortunately the box set had those disks with the interlacing errors* so I’ve put that on hold while I wait for the BBC DVD service to send replacements. Hoping they still do that, as they haven’t replied to my email yet, but obviously there are other issues in the world right now which may be delaying them.

    *You’d have thought they’d be corrected by now right? Or maybe Amazon are still offloading the first batch.

  • Is the bonus PDF. Star bugs operation manual page? I was pausing that on screen in the show earlier. Lol.

    I’ve found the H on mighty lights belt buckel, and it’s taken me to the starbug operation manual screen. But I don’t have computer drive to search, at the moment due to lockdown.

  • Awesome. Thanks. The Starbug scenes in the latter half were the key scenes for me, particularly the shadows on Rimmer’s uniform. If specific timings will help, I’ll have another look tomorrow and post them.

    I’ve put three screengrabs in this folder and am happy to add more if you want to see specific times or scenes. Again, I don’t notice anything abnormal although someone with a sharper eye may well do.
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ThJfu0ZcPLwPmdOymP5hTQrWwz1xbmoi?usp=sharing

  • I’ve put three screengrabs in this folder and am happy to add more if you want to see specific times or scenes. Again, I don’t notice anything abnormal although someone with a sharper eye may well do.
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ThJfu0ZcPLwPmdOymP5hTQrWwz1xbmoi?usp=sharing

    Thanks for doing this. Looking at those images, I’m pretty convinced that the problem is at my end. Sorry to cause any unnecessary alarm. If I have any more problems with nothing, or things that don’t matter, I’ll be sure to scream out your name. Thanks!

  • >You’d have thought they’d be corrected by now right? Or maybe Amazon are still offloading the first batch.

    I ordered the I-VIII set from Amazon a week ago as a Birthday gift for somebody and I checked the discs and they are the fixed versions.

  • >You’d have thought they’d be corrected by now right? Or maybe Amazon are still offloading the first batch.

    I ordered the I-VIII set from Amazon a week ago as a Birthday gift for somebody and I checked the discs and they are the fixed versions.

    Oh that’s interesting. I want the set to complete the collection but I also sent back the original purchase when everything was fucked up. If they are shipping fixed versions I might re-buy it.

  • >You’d have thought they’d be corrected by now right? Or maybe Amazon are still offloading the first batch.

    I ordered the I-VIII set from Amazon a week ago as a Birthday gift for somebody and I checked the discs and they are the fixed versions.

    I watched a couple of episodes of season 3 which seemed fine, and I thought this was the fixed version. However I noticed that sometimes there was a strange black outline around Lister in certain scenes of early episodes and in Polymorph there was a strange visual artrifact following fearless Lister during that macho scene where he’s twirling his baseball bat and hits himself in the balls .

    It’s kind of like the special effect you’d see when a speedster superhero character zips along and you see after images follow behind then merge into him, or a Star Trek going to warp affect.

    Overall it doesn’t look as bad as I’d been led to believe. It’s supposed to affect every episode of season 3 and I only noticed a couple of things here and there and they’re still watchable. (So far. I stopped at Polymorph on seeing the distortion as I figured I’d wait for the corrected disk.) If that’s as bad as it gets and the BBC don’t send the replacements, it won’t be the end of the world, but I’d obviously prefer the correct version.

    Anyway, apologies, wrong thread for this.

    I think I’ll jump ahead and watch The Promised Land soon

  • My postie finally turned up with the goods today so I’m going to watch the extras tonight.

  • Mine still hasn’t turned up even after giving Zavvi a poke. Boo and down with this sort of thing.

  • I nearly just spent £25 importing the blu ray to Texas but I’m holding off for now until there’s news of a US release. I can still remember exactly where I was every time I got a new Dwarf DVD and put the extras on for the first time. I’m going to pop upstairs and have a good hard think about that.

  • Welp, sucks to be me – my PC’s Bluray drive isn’t registering all of a sudden for some reason, so no taking those nice HD screenshots I wanted to until I can sort that out. On the plus side, gave it a watch on our TV’s Bluray player and was pleased to see my group does (just about) appear in the exclusive extra – huzzah! Nice to have even a snippet of that on record, given the whole no-phones no-photos policy at the studios themselves. = )

  • I wonder if putting Norm directly in front of the audience is why he couldn’t stop corpsing.

  • In an ideal world get Ed Bye and Paul Alexander on.

    Least we can find out why Paul Alexander wrote Krytie TV. and what he was thinking.

  • In an ideal world get Ed Bye and Paul Alexander on.

    Least we can find out why Paul Alexander wrote Krytie TV. and what he was thinking.

    Paul Alexander: “Kleeeeccccchhhhhh yuk yuk yuk”

  • Mine has finally arrived today. I am pleased to add to my collection and to watch it high def rather than the rather fuzzy resolution on Dave.

  • Has anybody got images of the Starbug Haynes manual Easter egg? I don’t have a laptop to view the pdf from the dvd :(

  • Also, kinda sad the AA adverts weren’t included. Also, if they held off the release they could have added the three up and coming documentaries.

  • I imagine it might be harder for them to put the AA stuff on the Dvds.

    Makes sense. It’s all available in fairly decent quality from AA themselves, on YT and AA’s website.

  • SYFY WIRE has an exclusive clip from the movie, featuring Lister getting negged by Cat and Rimmer for his hoarder-style habits on the ship.

    Rimmer, the neurotic mechanoid, “negging” Lister, there.

  • Thanks George. I bit the bullet and imported the Promised Land blu ray and it works fine on my US machine. One thing I noticed watching HD is that Lister has a box of galaxy ripples in the sleeping quarters. Of course I mouthed ‘Pendo’s coffee lounge cock’ when I saw him in the doc.

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