Red Dwarf-Series 5 (1994)
Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Audio Commentary-Fan Commentary - Back To Reality
Featurette-'Best Ever Episode' Introduction
Featurette-'Skutter' Channel Indents
Featurette-Raw FX Footage
Featurette-The SFX Of Red Dwarf V
Music Highlights-Isolated Music Cues
Audio-Only Track-Radio Sketch
Featurette-Documentary: Heavy Science
More…-DVD Credits, Easter Eggs
|Year Of Production||1994|
|Running Time||138:51 (Case: 381)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (56:53)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Jeffrey Melman|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Another season of Red Dwarf and it's a cracker. There isn't much development to the already well-established plot throughout this series, but there are some great episodes in this bunch. A 2004 BBC poll to find Britain's best sitcom the show was voted 18th out of 100 nominations. Personally, I think that's a little low and this season does nothing to dissuade that opinion.
The basic concept of the show is that a handful of characters are surviving aboard a mining ship millions of years into the future, long after the the fall of the human race. Only one is actually human, and none of them are terribly gifted at the art of survival (or much else for that matter). The main characters are:
This series features 6 episodes spread across two discs. The episodes are:
Like each of the other Red Dwarf DVD sets, the video is reasonable, mediocre but adequate. Most of the issues with the video appear to be due to the original recording being cheaply shot on video rather than a poor transfer to DVD.
The video is presented in its original 1.29:1 aspect ratio and not 16x9 enhanced (nor should it be).
The image is reasonably clear for the most part, but sharpness does vary. There is noticeable colour bleeding during brightly lit scenes, such as at 7:44 of The Inquisitor, and particularly dark scenes such as many of the outdoor scenes in Terrorform. The colours in these bright shots also appear over-saturated. Some scenes display noticeable edge enhancement. There is a reasonable amount of shadow detail visible, but the contrast levels are generally a bit flat. The colours are generally either a little dull or too bright.
Aliasing is occasionally visible. It is most noticeable around effects shots. Moderate pixelation is also noticeable, but not too distracting.
English subtitles for the hearing impaired are available. They appear to be reasonably accurate and reasonably well timed.
This is a RSDL disc, but the layer change occurs between episodes and is consequently not noticeable.
The show features an English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) soundtrack.
The audio sounds a little flat and lifeless by modern standards but has no real technical faults.
The dialogue is clear and appears well-synchronized to the image.
The musical cues are bouncy and vibrant throughout and can be listened to in isolation as one of the Extras on the second disc.
There is no noticeable use of the surround speakers of subwoofer.
|Surround Channel Use|
This set comes laden with extras of varying worth. Fans will not be disappointed.
The discs feature 3D animated menus based around locations such as the officer's quarters and a console room where Holly warns of unwanted intruders.
Commentaries for each episode feature all the main cast members. The gang are certainly up for a laugh throughout the commentary and keep up a steady stream of amusing chatter throughout the episodes. This one is worth a listen.
Commentary by a handful of Red Dwarf fans. This one is pretty forgettable.
An entertaining, although a tad long, "Making Of" type featurette. This featurette contains a lot of random chit-chat and anecdotes rather than the technical stuff, but it's a fun watch.
A huge number of deleted scenes here, many of which it's plain to see as to see why they were trimmed (failed gags, bits that don't quite fit in with the rest of episodes etc.) but they are pretty much all worth a look.
A handful of outtakes that vary from hilarious to filler. Thankfully, most of the outtakes are pretty funny.
A featurette about the development of the ill-fated pilot for a US version of Red Dwarf. It features many clips from the pilot, but not the complete pilot itself.
A montage of the various bad guys seen throughout the various series of Red Dwarf.
A thorough effects featurette that covers the creation, design, filming and compositing of the effects for the show.
A series of effects shots that were chopped up for use in the show.
A series of four trailers, an introduction to the "best episode" of the series and Red Dwarf themed BBC 2 channel logo clips. The trailers are the best of this bunch, particularly one that spoofs the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy animation.
A facility to play 10 of Howard Goodall's musical cues used in the show.
The original radio sketch that inspired the concept of Red Dwarf, which plays as audio only maintaining the DVD menu in the background. Dave Hollins, a Dave Lister-like space traveller, meets an alien race with an unusual greeting custom.
A rather routine photo gallery that can be navigated with the DVD remote.
A link to the show's official website.
I found three Easter eggs on the disc. Each is reasonably amusing:
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Identical versions of this set are available in both Region 1 and Region 2. The series can also be found in box-set of bare-bones discs that collates seasons 5 - 8 of the show, aptly named Red Dwarf: Just the Shows.
An excellent series of Red Dwarf, one of Britain's funniest and most unique sit-coms. The package of extras is phenomenal.
The video and audio a adequate, but nothing more.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3, using S-Video output|
|Display||Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|