Dear Sci-Fi Online
I had to e-mail you after reading Jonathan Capps very passionate
letter about your review of Red Dwarf IV. I thought
he raised some strange points and he seemed to have picked
his way through your review in a random fashion.
he states that series three and four extras were the same.
Now, being picky, I'd like to ask what he means. Does he mean
that you get exactly the same extras on both releases? No,
so if both releases have different extras (which they do)
then your point in the review is valid.
second moan about the 'documentaries' is just nit-picking.
Documentary/featurette? Who cares how they are defined? They
are rubbish. And that's what you said.
I thought it amusing how Mr Capps had a go at you about the
talking books extra. If he had actually read the review properly
he would realise that you were arguing the same point. The
talking book excerpts cannot and do not show the TV characters
"in a new light". Rather, they depict different versions of
the characters. Does the Brosnan movie Bond show the Bond
of Fleming's novels in a different light? No, he is a different
character. As your reviewer rightly pointed out, fans of Red
Dwarf will already know that the TV show and books contradict
each other - it is obvious that these extras are included
to try and sell more copies of the talking books.
just wanted to add that your review is the most thorough and
fair review I have read. And it is obvious that you watched
everything on the discs (your comment about Hattie Hayridge
on the audio commentary proves this). You also seem to know
your onions when it comes to Red Dwarf - with bits
of information about the original Talkie-Toaster and the writers
trying to sell the series to America.
in all your site is far from ignorant and misinformed and
if more impartial reviewers were writing reviews as honest
as yours then more fans, like me, might not feel ripped off
when the BBC releases any old rubbish and sticks a Red
Dwarf sticker on it.
yeah and you gave the review 9/10... what has anyone got to
complain about. Are you sure that Mr Capps didn't work on
the DVD extras?
was just one of the many responses we had regarding Mr Capps
letter. Most were in favour of the original review, with many
stating they felt that some of the extras were a bit poor.
But, like us, they felt that the DVD episodes themselves warranted
a high overall mark out of 10.