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The Series 2 DVD was originally due for release
in Christmas 2001. However, because Channel 4 changed their
repeat schedule for Series 2, the release date for the DVD
was changed - this being inextricably linked to that of the
repeat of the series.
It was released on 11th March, 2002.
As to the contents of the DVD, they include:
Soundtrack on Episodes
fact - there is so much content that some content - artwork,
biogs, background information - would not fit onto the DVD.
Expect to see that content on the site soon - including -
The story of how Tyres met Tim. Why Dexter is such a
prick. How Duane became evil. How Damien Knox lost the sight
in his eye. How Sophie discovered comics and the full history
of Bilbo's D & D alter ego. Also, original artwork by
Jason Brahill. (Thanks, Simon).
WHERE IS THE HOMAGE-O-METER?
had a lot of queries asking where the Homage-o-Meter is on
the DVD. Clearly it's not obvious. Thing to do is this: Press
your "Subtitle" button on your DVD player until
it selects the second set of subtitles. These are, in fact,
the homage-o-meter and details of references will appear on
screen at appropriate moments. Good, eh?
a look at that interesting Red Button on the Second Page of
Daisy's Biog... hmm... interesting...
the first "Manhattan" reference, to the Robot Wars
sequence, to "I want you back", every true Spaced
fan by now knows, or should know, Spaced 2 inside out. Whether
it be on fuzzy, low-quality VHS or slightly jumpy DivX, we've
all watched it more times than Daisy has had articles rejected.
it is with respect akin to that Tim might have for Buffy's
bra that I remove my preview copy from its jewel case. No
artwork on disk or case - this is a preview copy. Just simple,
pure Spaced. Series 2. On DVD. (Way-hey!)
from the first moment it appears onscreen, there is no doubt
this looks impressive. The menu explodes onto your screen
with a press of the play button and with those first, immortal
words, playing in the background ("Babylon 5's a big
pile of shit") you know this is something special.
Series One on DVD... that was great. But this... this is Series
Menus, all with original Murray/Bramhill artwork face you
at every button press. Characters float on and off screen
and a cartoon Brian swells like a particularly unpleasant
blister. Memorable quotes play at random in the background.
The menus are beautiful, just like the series they represent,
of which, of course, all seven episodes are present in glorious
colour in their entirety.
name still isn't spelt right.
what sets it apart is that immortal word, tucked in the bottom-right
of the main menu - "Extras".
Spaced was made for DVD and the extras are why. There's the
commentary - informative, funny, entertaining. There's the
trailers from TV [with their background music]. There's deleted
scenes, outtakes (as funny as ever), raw footage, an extensive
photo library. The Biogs are full, updated and funny, and
replete with appropriate artwork and information.
There's even a Spaced Easter egg.
many fans were at the delay in the release of the DVD.
all the extras, though, what makes it worth seeing above all
else is that Holy Grail of Spaced DVD features - the homage-o-meter.
Painstakingly compiled by the show's director Edgar Wright,
it details every reference, down to the last fall off a skateboard.
It's an anorak's dream; if, like me, you've missed most of
them you can copy down patiently from the on-screen captions
the names of films to rent the next day from Blockbuster.
If you know them all already, you can feel vindicated.
You want more detail? You won't get it here. I've promised
to keep at least some of it a surprise and I will - if I say
any more it will spoil it and a bit of mystery can only be
a good thing.
DVD is smooth, smart, sharp, sexy and sophisticated. It's
Spaced on a stick, it's what Spaced was made for and if you're
a Spaced fan you'll want it.
If you aren't - you soon will be.
available in the shops, in the UK at least, now.
You saw it here first, folks.
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