Cover Art Tests - by Andrew Ellard
13 May, 2005
While the background artwork has yet to be completed (the current versions, as you may have spotted, use the Blue Midget summarily re-coloured), the chosen images are pretty much locked. Which means that yes, after much debate, Captain Hollister will be gracing the Series VIII spine - he edged out another possible idea of Rimmer with his arms folded, mirroring the similar image on Series I. (See below.)
The colours are approximately what you'll see at the final stage, with Series VII's GELF ship and VIII's prison tower as the basis for Chris Veale's work this time around. As usual, photo choices emphasise the Rimmer/Lister theme on the front cover, with the back given over to a small shot of either 'the entire crew' or 'a scene you might remember' respectively.
Ignore most of the text, though. The Bonus Material list is an old version from Series IV and the quantity of bonus material has yet to be confirmed. (Because we're still editing it.) What has been confirmed, however, is the rear-cover paragraphs:
Series VIIAfter a temporary bout of deadness, the Dwarfers find themselves solving one of the biggest conspiracy plots of all time, before Ace Rimmer drops in with the challenge of Rimmer's life. Meantime Kryten gets seriously tetchy and Lister has one of the hottest screen kisses ever. Pity it's not with the girl of his dreams. Pity it's not with a girl.
The nanobots have populated the ship with its original crew. This is especially good news for Rimmer, who is now a lot less dead, but is extremely bad news for everyone else. Locked up on Red Dwarf's prison deck, the crew join the Canaries - a battle hardened convict army and not, as they first thought, the prison choir.
But what's this? Series VII is described as 'Entire and Extended'! That's right, we're really pushing the boat out this time - you'll be able to watch either the original or 'Xtended' versions of Tikka to Ride, Ouroboros and Duct Soup. The Xtended editions include additional scenes and effects sequences, plus the peculiar experience of no laugh track.
Nor does the joy end there. Series VIII is likely to include the full-length versions of Back in the Red and Pete. Doug was never entirely happy when these episodes had to be shown as multi-parters, and in their full-length edits make for a much more satisfying viewing experience.
How will all this fit on the DVDs, I hear you ask? (If I strain hard enough.) Simple, in discussion with 2 Entertain/BBC DVD, we're aiming to put Series VII and VIII out on three discs each! And the way the edit's going, we'll need every inch of space.
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