* please note this is the full uncompressed rip oif the disc. To burn it onto a standard 4.7gig blank dvd, you will need a compressing program such as Dvd shrink. Compression is not needed if you burn onto a dual layer disc.
[from the cover]
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...
Disc 1 contains the original broadcast versions of Back To Earth, as well as an all new Director's cut "Movie length" version of the special. There is an audio commentary from the cast, as well as another from the writers/director.
In August 2008, Robert Llewellyn appeared on Seattle public television station, KCTS 9. In an interview, he revealed that BBC Worldwide, in collaboration with another party, had invested in one hour of new Red Dwarf to be filmed in early 2009. It subsequently transpired that UKTV channel Dave would screen four new 30-minute specials to celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of the show. The new episodes form part of an effort by Dave to screen more original programming, instead of just repeats.
It was subsequently announced in January 2009 that the new special was to be a brand new two-part story titled Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, broadcast over the Easter weekend of that year along with a "making of" documentary and a one-off entitled Red Dwarf: Unplugged, which was intended to be an improvised episode. On 20 February 2009, it was announced that Red Dwarf: Back to Earth would now be a three part special and that the "unplugged" episode had been postponed. Unplugged had been described by Craig Charles as "just the four of us - and some chairs - trying to improvise, or rather trying to remember, classic scenes".
"Back to Earth" itself was not filmed in front of a studio audience due to budgetary constraints. Although this was not the first time this has happened (series 7 was filmed entirely without a live audience), it is the first time a laughter track is not added for broadcast. It was also the first time Red Dwarf was filmed in high definition.
Total Video Streams for this File -> 1
Total Audio Streams for this File -> 3 (two audio commentaries)
Video Codecs Used -> MPEG-2 Video
Audio Codecs Used -> AC3
AUDIO -> 5.1 Director's cut only, all other features are stereo
Total File Size -> 7.68gb
Display Aspect Ratio -> 16/9
Video Standard -> PAL
Audio Sampling Rate -> 48.0 KHz
Subtitles -> English for the deaf and heard of hearing
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