Red Dwarf: Series 4 [DVD]

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By the end of this fourth year, Red Dwarf had completed its metamorphosis from a modest studio-bound sitcom with a futuristic premise to a full-blown science-fiction series, complete with a relatively..read more

By the end of this fourth year, Red Dwarf had completed its metamorphosis from a modest studio-bound sitcom with a futuristic premise to a full-blown science-fiction series, complete with a relatively lavish (by BBC standards) special-effects budget, more impressive sets and more location shooting,
Despite the heavier emphasis on SF, the character-based comedy remained as sharp as ever,
Witness the Cat’s reaction to Lister’s pus-filled exploding head; Kryten’s devastatingly sarcastic defence of Rimmer; or, the classic scene that opens the series, Lister teaching Kryten to lie,

In “Camille”, Robert Llewellyn’s real-life wife plays a female mechanoid who transforms into something else entirely, as does the episode, which by the end becomes a delightful skit on Casablanca,
“DNA” comes over all SF, with lots of techno-speak about a matter transmogrifier and a RoboCop homage–but in typical Dwarf fashion, turns out to be all about curry,
“Justice” sees Rimmer on trial for the murder of the entire crew, while Lister attempts to evade a psychotic cyborg,
Holly gets her IQ back in “White Hole”, but wastes time debating bread products with the toaster,
“Dimension Jump” introduces dashing doppelganger Ace Rimmer for the first time–he was to return in later series, with diminishingly funny results,
Here his appearance is all the better for its apparent improbability,
Finally, “Meltdown” goes on location (to a park in North London) where waxdroids of historical characters (played by a miscellaneous selection of cheesy lookalikes) are at war,
Only intermittently successful, this episode is really memorable for Chris Barrie’s tour-de-force performance, as Rimmer becomes a crazed, Patton-esque general,

On the DVD : Red Dwarf, Series 4, like its predecessors, comes as a two-disc set complete with full cast commentary for every episode, an extensive retrospective documentary (mostly featuring the cast reminiscing), deleted scenes and lots of other fun bits of trivia,
Mark Walker

  • Actor:Chris Barrie
  • Actor:Craig Charles
  • Actor:Robert Llewelyn
  • Actor:Danny John-Jules
  • Actor:Hattie Hayridge
  • AudienceRating:Suitable for 12 years and over
  • Binding:DVD
  • Creator:Chris Barrie
  • Creator:Craig Charles
  • Director:Ed Bye
  • EAN:5014503130725
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  • Format:PAL
  • Label:2 Entertain Video
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  • Manufacturer:2 Entertain Video
  • NumberOfDiscs:2
  • NumberOfItems:2
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  • PackageQuantity:1
  • ProductGroup:DVD
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_DVD
  • Publisher:2 Entertain Video
  • RegionCode:2
  • ReleaseDate:2004-02-16
  • SKU:sku-7731
  • Studio:2 Entertain Video
  • Title:Red Dwarf: Series 4 [DVD]
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