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Ian's Newsround - 13/02/04

Rather a small TOS update this week, but that's understandable. This is the quiet before the storm that will be delivered through thousands of letterboxes tomorrow morning. Or bought in shops by FOOLS on Monday. (Plus, with all the commentary tracks that have been recorded in the last two weeks, top brass at GNP have got better things to do.) This storm, of course, is the Series IV DVD. In a way, it's a shame that I've already got the DVD. *gets lynched by everyone who hasn't got a multi-region player* Wah! As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted, it's a shame that the little teaser images of interviewees, model shots, the gallery and A Life In Lamé don't excite me that much. Having said that, it's strange that Doug Naylor appears to have fallen into a coma. And there's little teasers about future updates too; the highlight being an interview with Forbes Masson.

In other news, there is to be a UK Gold run. One more Gold Run, and Doug Naylor will win a trip to Thailand. Let's hope he remembers his lucky mascot. But of course, it's hardly fair that the blue team has two members. "Can I have a P please, Bob?" And so on. Anyway, Series V and VI are being shown in the wee hours at the moment, when everyone should be tucked up in bed. Oh, and either TOS has messed up bad, or Gunmen is being shown on two consequetive nights. Well, it is a good episode.

And finally, a Talkie Toaster interview with Bongo from Dimension Jump. Now, I don't usually bother commenting on Toaster Talking (there's a reason that the Talkie guise was only used in one episode, frankly), but not only is there shit all else to talk about today, the feature is actually quite good. There's a welcome lack of toast gags, and the thing is full of Ellard-o-theories about the inhabitants of Ace's dimension. Hurrah!


I ordered my Series IV DVD from Play - hopefully going to get it tomorrow. My mate CLAIMS to have his region 2 Series IV DVD already though - from Amazon who delivered it to him on Monday. Git.

Posted by Blake at February 13, 2004 09:08 PM

Dopn't believe him. He's lying.

Anyone notice my news update yesterday?

Posted by Cappsy at February 13, 2004 11:01 PM

Yeh I thought he was windin me up as Amazon don't normally deliver until the day.

I noticed your update (the laser etchings, right?)

Look really good but far too expensive. Great update though.

Posted by Blake at February 13, 2004 11:54 PM

Unless he's printed out the cover and whacked it in a case, my mate does have the region 2 Series 4 DVD. He's just shown me on webcam. It was definately a region 2 cover - it had the BBFC certificate.

What's happening there then?

Posted by Blake at February 14, 2004 12:44 AM

Sorcery, obviously.

Posted by Darrell Jones at February 14, 2004 01:35 AM

Chris's Webchat is up on the SUN site incase anyone hasn't spotted it yet...

Posted by Cpt-D at February 14, 2004 09:50 AM

Well I've had mine pre-ordered from Amazon (UK) since the 20th December, and the sods haven't dispatched it yet.

Was really looking forward to watching it today, and all.

Posted by GazChap at February 14, 2004 12:05 PM

Play: cheaper and more reliable. I'm not on comission, honest.

Posted by Ian Symes at February 14, 2004 12:10 PM

Although mine hasn't arrived from Play, which was ordered in December...They are usually very good..

Posted by Cpt-D at February 14, 2004 12:33 PM

I got mine today, well about 15 minutes ago as I've just woke up (12:50pm).

I ordered from Play, and will be doing so again! Thank you Play :D

*goes off to watch the DVD*

See you all in a few (or more) hours)

Posted by Paul (TRD) at February 14, 2004 01:08 PM

You got yours on Tuesday, though, Cpt-D.

Posted by Ian Symes at February 14, 2004 01:16 PM

I can't afford to buy it on Monday as a sealed copy of the KYTV video appeared on Amazon and I *had* to raid my Red Dwarf IV fund to buy it.

Although I'm still no closer to Built To Last, I *will* shortly own footage of Michael Fenton-Stevens impersonating Cliff Richard. Which is clearly better.

Posted by Darrell Jones at February 14, 2004 02:17 PM

Is the telethon episode on there? If so, you'll get Robert Llewellyn dressed as a rabbit, humping things.

Posted by Ian Symes at February 14, 2004 02:23 PM

No, but I do have a clip from said ep of him comically shagging a blowup doll with a large carrot for a cock (mentioned on SOTCAA).

Ah, nothing like a bit of sophisticated humour.

Posted by Darrell Jones at February 14, 2004 03:03 PM

I got my DVD today, I've spent most of today watching it, hurrah!

NICE Easter eggs.

Posted by Joey at February 14, 2004 03:05 PM

Made a very stupid mistake and strayed from for the first time in this collection. I went to CDWOW who were initially offering it cheaper (although I think Play lowered there's a few weeks back) and I've only just recieved a note of despatch with the promise of "with you in 5-7 days2.


Incidentally, I do own a couple of Multi-region players but I not overly keen on the packaging for the American versions. Anyone agree? No, oh okay.

Posted by Pete Martin at February 14, 2004 05:04 PM

Built to Last is fantatsic, though how Craig can say the rest of his adult life will be taken up with 'Red Dwarf Conventions' is bollocks. I've been to two and he wasn't at either of them!

I am watching the episodes now with Commentary (I'm up to Dimension Jump), but I'm a bit bored so might watch the rest another day.

Posted by Paul (TRD) at February 14, 2004 07:10 PM

Oh and 'The Sticker', I pealed off the celophane (sp?) and stuck it on the actual DVD :)

Posted by Paul (TRD) at February 14, 2004 07:13 PM

My Red Dwarf III sticker is still on the front of Blackadder's Christmas Carol looking sarcastic.

I think I'll put this new one on The Young Ones series 2.

Posted by Darrell Jones at February 14, 2004 07:29 PM


Posted by Paul (TRD) at February 14, 2004 07:44 PM

Appologies to Play, it arrived this morning whilst I was at work, Yes Ian 2 copies now, but I've sold the Play one...
I've also just tried to explain why the sticker says 'over 200 minutes of bonus features' whilst the back says total running time 165 mins, Kids eh !...

Posted by Cpt-D at February 14, 2004 09:02 PM

The running time refers only to the main feature.

Posted by Ian Symes at February 14, 2004 11:12 PM

Yeh, I knew that (Honest) :)

Posted by Cpt-D at February 14, 2004 11:34 PM

"and stuck it on the actual DVD :)"

Bad. Will cause lop-siding problems in the player.

Posted by jesley carrion at February 15, 2004 03:21 PM

I think he meant the DVD box.

Posted by Darrell Jones at February 15, 2004 07:25 PM

"there's a reason that the Talkie guise was only used in one episode, frankly"

You mean the two episodes where Talkie Toaster featured? (albeit with a different shape and voice)

Bloody Series IV DVD doesn't come out here until next quit your whinging up there! :-)

Posted by Adam Bailey at February 16, 2004 05:15 AM

Technically, the toaster appeared in two eps (Future Echoes and Waiting For God), and was only called Talkie in White Hole...

Posted by John Hoare at February 16, 2004 11:51 AM

Yes, I meant the guise of Talkie Toaster, as opposed to a talking toaster.

Posted by Ian Symes at February 16, 2004 08:07 PM

Ahh, likely story, covering up your tracks. They are still the same damn toaster!

Although the second incarnation was much more annoying.

Posted by Adam Bailey at February 17, 2004 04:48 PM

Well, no Robert Llewellyn on that KYTV tape, but there is a Grant/Naylor reference - in 'Fly on the Walls', Mike Flex starts singing The Chicken Song. Yay.

Posted by Darrell Jones at February 17, 2004 05:56 PM

They're not the same character at all. The Toaster was more three-dimensional, in a way. There's all that stuff in Waiting For God where he philosophises about what it is to be a toaster; a handy metaphor for the underlying themes of the episode. Whereas Talkie Toaster was *just* "do you want any toast?", which is funnier, but more repetitive.

Posted by Ian Symes at February 17, 2004 06:10 PM

My opinion is that the book version of Talkie, from Better than Life, is the superior incarnation.

Posted by Cappsy at February 17, 2004 10:45 PM

It's a mix of the two, really, isn't it? Same dialogue as the White Hole one, but with added clever bits.

Posted by Ian Symes at February 17, 2004 10:56 PM

Good point, but just because the Toaster acted differently in the two episodes does not mean it wasn't the same character.

You have to remember that inbetween the two episodes, a couple of years passed and the toaster was destroyed and rebuilt. That sort of thing would have to change the personality a bit.

I suppose this is a bit like arguing whether or not season three Kryten is the same character as the version from the season two episode.

Posted by Adam Bailey at February 19, 2004 01:33 PM

It's like arguing whether any of the characters are the same when they dress up differently or do a silly voice.

Posted by harry at February 19, 2004 01:45 PM

Talkie from the book actually kills the Polymorph with a red hot metal sheet (which it toasted). He then spends the rest of the time bragging until a guilt free kryten pulls the plug. A wonderful book.

Posted by Cappsy at February 19, 2004 02:13 PM

Well, "pulls the plug" is a nice way of putting it I suppose.

Agreed, a good book.

Posted by Adam Bailey at February 20, 2004 04:08 PM

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