Got up early(ish) for me. 9:40am. Okay, that’s not early at all. I know, there are some poor bastards reading this who have jobs to go to, and I salute you. Sorry.
Anyway, up, all ready for the post arriving. Just in case my Red Dwarf X blu-ray arrived. I always used to preorder my Red Dwarf series 1 to VIII DVDs from Play, and I think I probably ordered Back to Earth from there, too. And, having preordered, they always arrived early, on the saturday before the monday release date.
So, despite it being a quid or two cheaper on other sites, way back on the 28th July, I preordered RDX from Play, as per the tradition.
And, as I’d almost forgotten that the postman was due, at around 11am, there was a satisfying thud as the mail hit the doormat.
So off I ran to my flat, home of my bluray player, tried to get in through the big magnetised door at the end of my corridor which is currently playing up, couldn’t, ran round to the other end of the block, ran up the stairs, opened the door at the other end of the corridor, ran down to my flat right at the end of the corridor, let myself in, and turned on the TV and played the damn disc.
Had a look at the Disc One menus first. Very nice. Then immediately took it out, and put the second, Extras disc in. What a treat.
Smeg Ups first. I decided that this release was like a three course meal – Smeg Ups as the starter, the two hour We’re Smegged Making Of documentary as the main course, with the Deleted Scenes as the dessert (with a second helping straight after, rewatching them with Writer/Director Doug Naylor’s commentary).
I actually LOL’d watching the Smeg Ups. Can’t say I’ve done that in years. Actual Laughing Out Loud. But these are good smeg ups.And the deleted scenes aren’t to be sniffed at, either.
I did have a lunch break halfway through We’re Smegged – shoved a curry (obviously) in the microwave, and shovelled that down while watching the second half of the documentary. Or ten minutes of it, at least.
Of course, in the olden days, Red Dwarf DVD release weekend would usually start with the cast commentaries, which we’re sadly without this time round, but I did watch an episode, bereft of ad break. Started with episode one, Trojan. Unusual, huh? Watched with subtitles, in case of any mistakes (yes, I’m sad, what of it?).
Anyway, that’s enough from me for now on this subject. I may try and write a review at some point. Maybe, when I get the DVD, I’ll see what differences there are – loading speeds, or something.
Whatever. I’m attending “An Evening With Robert Llewellyn” at Waterstone’s on thursday night. Maybe I can get him to sign my bluray sleeve as well (I am buying his News From Gardenia book, after all)…
My DVD Steelbook arrived from HMV this morning:
Which is nice. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a dirty great scratch on the front, once the packaging’s been removed…
Ah well, not to worry. Just thought I’d mention it.