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Red Dwarf IV - The Chaos continues on DVD in February

BBC Worldwide are proud to announce the release of Red Dwarf IV for the first time on DVD on February 16th 2004.

Starring Chris Barrie and Craig Charles as duelling bunkmates Rimmer and Lister stranded together in deep space, Red Dwarf IV also welcomed the return of co-stars Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and Hattie Hayridge (Holly) to join them on their adventures.

In its eight-series history, Red Dwarf won numerous awards including the Royal Television Society Award for special effects, the British Science Fiction award for Best Dramatic Presentation, as well as an International Emmy.

Red Dwarf IV also gave writer-creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor the chance to have fun at the movies, by introducing a galaxy of subtle film references from their favourite films, for sharp-eyed fans to spot.

Red Dwarf at The Movies
Whilst earlier series had included nods to sci-fi classics such as Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Series IV took things to a new level.

Watch out for Casablanca spoof episode Camille, the Jaws homage at the monster-killing climax of DNA (not to mention Lister's Robocop-melding outfit), a distinctly Terminator feel to Justice's finalé, and Vietnam movie overload in the Full Metal Jacket inspired episode Meltdown.

Red Dwarf IV also introduced some brand new characters and situations, including the 'alternate' Rimmer, known simply as Ace. Dashing, popular, handsome and heroic, he's everything the original Rimmer is not, with more than a passing resemblance to Tom Cruise as he appeared in Top Gun!

But There's Smegloads More!

All six half-hour episodes of Red Dwarf IV appear in their 1991 original, non-remastered form. In collaboration with Grant Naylor Productions, this BBC Worldwide release will also be accompanied by over three hours of bonus material designed to satisfy die-hard fans as well as attract newcomers.

All five main cast were gathered together for their fourth full-length commentary, and all key cast and crew members also contributed to the in-depth, 75-minute documentary Built To Last.

As well as a 12-page collector's booklet, the bonus material extends even further to include:

Cast Commentary Featuring Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn and Hattie Hayridge

Built to Last - A brand new, episode-by-episode, in-depth documentary charting the making of Red Dwarf IV

Deleted Scenes - Over 20 minutes of cut footage from Series IV
Smeg Ups A compilation of outtakes and fluffs

Ace Rimmer - A Life In Lamé - Holly charts the history of the inter-dimensional hero

"Lurve" Featurette - Despite being three million years into deep space, Lister still finds chances for tonsil hockey

Can't Smeg Won't Smeg - Ainsley Harriott boards Starbug as Lister and Kryten take on Rimmer and Duane Dibbley in a climactic curry contest

Trailers - Two trailers for the show

Special Effects Footage - A compilation of raw effects footage

Isolated Music Cues - Instant access to the various elements of Red Dwarf IV's music score

Talking Book Chapters - Selected sections of the books, read by Chris Barrie, which delve even deeper into ideas from the series

Photo Gallery - An extensive collection of production, effects and behind-the-scenes images

Weblink Link to the official website

Subtitles - English subtitles for episodes and extras

Easter Eggs - Several bonus extras hidden within the DVD menus

A behind the scenes production diary - DVD Details - which charts the full production of the discs from conception to final cover artwork, and every editing nightmare in between, can be found on the official Red Dwarf website:

Product Information
Release date: 16th February
Price: £19.99
Certificate: TBC
Duration: 180mins Approx
Cat. Number: BBCDVD1307

Red Dwarf IV Episode Guide
Camille - Kryten, Red Dwarf's on board mechanoid, rescues a female droid - Camille - from a crashed vessel. She's a 4000 series just like him, only a Gti model with realistic toes and a slide-back sunroof head. Kryten finds himself falling in advanced mutual compatibility on the basis of a primary ident (what humans call "love at first sight") only to find that true advanced mutual compatibility never runs in a non-glitch, bug-free way.

DNA - The crew lock on to an unidentified craft containing the ultimate genetic engineering technology - a machine that can transform any living thing into any other living thing, by re-writing its DNA. A blessing or a curse?

Justice - Innate justice does not exist anywhere in the known universe except, that is, for Justice World, an abandoned penal colony equipped with a "justice field" which inflicts the consequences of a crime on its perpetrator. The innocent have nothing to fear. Rimmer is in big trouble.

White Hole - Holly regains her genius level IQ and for reasons best known to herself powers down the ship, leaving the crew drifting helplessly towards a White Hole. Will Rimmer sacrifice his hologramatic life to save the rest of the crew?

Dimension Jump - In a universe almost identical to our own, an alternate Arnold Rimmer exists. A test pilot in the Space Corps, he is charming, popular, brave and modest. After his test craft breaks the speed of reality, he finds himself face to face with his counterpart aboard Red Dwarf.

Meltdown - A matter transporter whisks the crew to Waxworld - a giant theme park, where the waxdroids have broken their programming, and are running amok. Hitler, Caligula and the Boston Strangler lead an army of darkness against the forces of Elvis, Gandhi and Stan Laurel.

The Red Dwarf Phenomenon

  • Red Dwarf still holds the record for being BBC 2's longest running, highest rated sitcom
  • Created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, it was based on one of their radio shows: Dave Hollins - Space Cadet
  • The programme was first shown in February 1988 and continued over the next decade with 8 series, building up a massive worldwide cult following and at its peak topping 8 million viewers
  • Sales of the video are in excess of 2.3 million and the series has been shown across the globe to award-winning success
  • Combined DVD sales for Series I, II and III are now in excess of a staggering 400,000! International sales have been equally impressive in America and Australia, where the shows have dedicated fanbases and a strong public following.

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