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Red Dwarf: Back To Earth - The Director's Cut (2 Disc)

Released on 15 June 2009

Featuring: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie & Danny John-Jules

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Back to Earth takes place after 'series ten'. Kochanski is dead and the crew are hurled through a portal and discover they are just characters from a TV series. Knowing they will die in the final episode the Dwarfers, in best Blade Runner traditions, decide to track down their creators to discover how long they have left to live. First the crew attempt to track down the actors who play them in the series and their metaphysical odyssey begins...

Features both a Director's Cut version of Back to Earth and the original televised version.


  • Cast Commentary
  • Director Commentary
  • All-New Exclusive Documentary
  • The Making of Back to Earth
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Smeg Ups
  • Featurettes
  • Trailers
  • Web Videos
  • Photo Gallery
  • Easter Egg

customer Reviews

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 A pleasant Surprise!

| | See all Dan072's reviews (2)

I'll be honest, hearing of Red Dwarfs return, I was a little apprehensive. I mean lets face it, Red Dwarf was a franchise of comedy sci fi that went for ten years and has made fans of thousands. So, you can understand why I was a little worried when I began watching and saw the new implementation of cgi and new techniques as well as a pretty much the same cast except for a receeding hair line on Rimmer's part! (Eeek) Nevertheless, I think that those involved did tremendously well with what they created. Although not as humorous as previous episodes, there are some unforgettable gags and I'm pleased to report that the ending to the 3 part special was pretty damn good. Enjoy folks!

 Great to see them back but cant beat the smeggin originals

| | See all Skutter's reviews (1)

I have been a fan for the past 21 years and have not stopped laughing. The anticipation of their return was immense and I seriously could not wait to watch these episodes. First impression...not great.The first episode just seemed to happen in a flash and there was none of the usual banter from the original series's as if they have concentrated too much on special effects, second episode marginally better but the third episode..the boys from the Dwarf were back. Clever use of the Blade Runner parody and the despair squid from series 5 with all the banter I began to laugh again. I have since watched all episodes again and have enjoyed ALL them so much better picking up on little jokes, would recommend all to do this before you dismiss such a fantastic programme.One note to mention though did miss a little of the audience laughter. Now I have the churning anticipation for the next series which I hope thats what these three episodes were about. I will be buying the DVD. Well done Red Dwarf crew you have yet again delivered. Smeggin Great.

 The boys from the Dwarf are back!

| | See all greasykid1's reviews (3)

This great new miniseries from Doug Naylor and the boys marks (hopefully) the rebirth of Red Dwarf for the new century! Fighting constantly against time constraints and budget limitations, the cast and crew did an awesome job creating the first new Red Dwarf material in over a decade. Here's to the next series ... which will hopefully feature more "bunk scenes" and a live audience! :)

 Back For Breakfast

| | See all barwars's reviews (2)

Lets face facts, Red Dwarf had to evolve - it has done in the past and simply returning the show to the screens as it was in 1999 would be a mistake. (And while I'll happily defend VIII to its detractors it definitely wasn't Dwarf at its best.)

TV has changed hugely since RD was last around. It was once the only science fiction being produced for UK TV but thanks to Dr Who's return Sci-Fi is now king again. Also shows are now expected to have involving characters with engrossing arcs - think Lost, Heroes, Life On Mars & Who

A new Dwarf needed to entice a whole new generation of fans just as Who has done and I think that's why this version of Dwarf feels very different. It's Dwarf for a generation brought up on the above shows.

The characters & plot had more emotion, there was more of an element of drama than in the old gag-a-minute Red Dwarf. Look at the superb scene of Lister visiting Kochanski's grave. Very, very touching and an great echo of the more emotional character based moments of Series I & II of Dwarf. (Think of the old scenes in the Observation Dome) In fact I think what we saw last weekend was what RD would have become if series I & II had evolved naturally rather than the shake up of series III that we did get.

I loved it.

Yes it was lacking in gags but the sheer joy of seeing these characters live again was brilliant. Yes there were some cringy moments; Kryten's entry and Rimmer humping the table but there were also moments of gold - the put downs of the TV sales man, the Blade Runner style photo investigation and the comic book shop scene. Also how amazing did the show look considering its budget was less than 3 episodes of Series II back in 1988!

The big mistake was airing it in three parts rather than as one glorious whole - it needed a tighter edit however, this was Red Dwarf for the post 'New Who' generation and I'd welcome more of it

 OH DEAR

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just finished watching part two of Back to Earth. Its awful. Not funny, badly written and is the story is the same as the movie adaption of the equally awful League of Gentlemen. Red dwarf had six good series, 7 was okay and 8 was awful - so i guess i am not surprised this sucks so bad, Rant over but fans where out raged at the League of Gentlemen film so why copy that story line.. very bizarre. Gutted!

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ActorsCraig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules & Robert Llewellyn
CertificatePG
Year2009
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.