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USA and Oz Art - by Andrew Ellard

21 October, 2005

So you're desperately awaiting the Series VII DVD release but you aren't located in Region 2, huh? You're in America, maybe, or Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Well, fear not - the DVDs are on their way, and here's the artwork to prove it.

First up we have the Region 1 cover, which inevitably follows the design of previous releases by bigging up the Rimmer and Lister shots on the front, and has its own special way of laying out the information on the back.

Region 1 Front Cover Region 1 Innards

This release will, once again, come with a collector's booklet (with spelling adjusted for American English!) and the pictured collector's cards - five glossy images of the main players. As ever, these are limited in number and come on a first-come-first-served basis. Pre-order now for the release on January 10th, 2006.

Region 4 Front Cover

The Region 4 cover goes the more typical route of aping the UK art - minus our ever-growing spine logo - though it has been upset by the new-style classification certificate. Yellow and purple may be complementary colours, but still... The Australian discs are packaged in clear cases, rather than black, and so the inside of the sleeve also has a little art of its own. You'll be able to grab it from stores everywhere, again complete with collector's booklet, from December 1st.

Region 4 Innards

That's the good news. There's also some not-so-good news, and it is this - once Series VII has come and gone, the UK release date for Series VIII has been pushed back to March 27th. I know, I know, you want to cry like a GELF with mange, but hold on. You may recall that a while back we hinted at a special gift set edition of Series VIII coming out. Well, the plans have concreted up some...

Series VIII Skutter

Rumour has it that the pack will come with a special cover-mounted skutter! This is not just any skutter, either - built to 1:12 scale, this one you can pull back, let go, and watch zoom across your floor, desk or recently-assembled obstacle course. Surely such a fantastic prize is worth a few measly weeks? We certainly think so!

UK Magazine Advertising

Still, Series VII first, and you can see above the UK magazine advertising that will accompany the release. We have high hopes for this, the most ambitious release of the lot - don't forget to post your reviews, opinions and even future wish-lists on the Red Dwarf Webboard.

More DVD Details will follow soon...

The upcoming Red Dwarf DVD releases are as follows:

Region Location Series Date
2 UK/Europe VII November 7, 2005
1 America VII January 10, 2006
4 Australasia VII December 1, 2005
2 UK/Europe VIII March 27, 2006
1 America VIII May 2, 2006
4 Australasia VIII March/April 2006

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