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Blackadder 2 - The Entire Second Series [1986] [DVD]

Rowan Atkinson , Tony Robinson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YN70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Although now regarded as the opening salvo of a classic series, the original Blackadder series was not considered a great success, either among critics or many viewers, so a major rethink took place when it was recommissioned. On the writing front, future-Four Weddings And A Funeral scribe Richard Curtis was joined by Ben Elton, while the expensive War of the Roses-era sets were replaced by cosier Elizabethan ones. The most important change, however, was with Rowan Atkinson's eponymous character who, in the first series, had been a fairly weak-willed idiot but now emerged as the familiar Machiavellian fiend which would cement Atkinson's place in the pantheon of great British sitcom actors. Moreover, even if so many of the script's lines have been subsequently ripped off by lesser hands that it can't help but occasionally sound dated, the central performances of Atkinson, Tony Robinson (Baldrick), Tim McInnery (Lord Percy), Stephen Fry (Lord Melchett) and, of course, Miranda Richardson as the childishly psychotic Queen Elizabeth ("I love it when you get cross. Sometimes I think about having you executed just to see the expression on your face") remain note perfect. Yet the real pleasure for viewers may be in rediscovering the raft of excellent guest star performances--not least Tom "Doctor Who" Baker's berserk turn as a literally legless old sea dog given to guzzling his own urine long before the drinking water has run out. --Clark Collis

Product Description

The entire second series of hit TV show 'Blackadder'. Written and devised by Richard Curtis ('Four Weddings and a Funeral') and Ben Elton, it stars Rowan Atkinson as the slimy courtier who - with the help and hindrance of his witless sidekick Baldrick (Tony Robinson) - tries to wheedle his way into the affections of Queen Elizabeth I (Miranda Richardson). The episodes included are: 'Bells', 'Head', 'Potato', 'Money', 'Beer' and 'Chains'.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore... 2 Aug 2007
Hilarious. That is the first word that springs to mind when I think of Blackadder. This really is a classic, modern comedies don't come close. In this series, Blackadder is cunning, shrewd and witty as a complete juxtaposition with the original Blackadder, and this works to stunning effect.
Perhaps the greatest thing about Blackadder is that you can watch it again, and again and find things you didn't see the first time and still laugh at most of the jokes. This really is British comedy at it's best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is only one Blackadder 12 Nov 2000
By A Customer
After the poor first series Blackadder 2 is one of the comedy classic of the eighties. Fantastic performances from all the cast. Fantastic one liners and brilliant storylines. Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson are born to work together. Its hard to find anything wrong with this perfectly crafted series. I bow down to writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton who are very talented people. Only to say this is not the best Blackadder (yes it does get better)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reworking of classic series 5 Jan 2001
By A Customer
I have to be honest here. The first time I ever saw Blackadder II I nearly had a heart attack. I had been such a major fan of the Medieval romp, that this more traditionally-styled sitcom was a bitter pill to swallow. However, following the 3rd and 4th similarly-styled outings, I have now reassessed my appraisal, and can finally objectivelty see this as the gem it is. Excellent performances all round, and a barrage of non-stop humour that'll make you miss half the jokes since you'll be laughing so hysterically make this one of the greatest televisual achievements of all time. However, the catch, is the first series was THE best televisual achievement of all time...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Role reversal for Blackadder and Baldrick 6 May 2007
By Jay
Blackadder II is a vast improvement over its less popular predecessor. The second series was almost not made due to the lack of success of the original, and clearly the writers re-considered Blackadder's character. He, rather than the now dull-witted Baldrick, is the more intelligent of the pair and his character is now quick-witted, cunning and offers much in sarcastic humour. This, and possible Blackadder goes Forth, is the best of all the Blackadder series. Blackadder's new character is much funnier and Atkinson plays it masterfully. The series itself takes place some one hundred years after the first, just before the turn of the 17th century. I recommend it to all comedy fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second time right 20 Nov 2000
I remember watching some of the first series and being uncertain about it. I was intrigued enough to sit and watch the first episode of the second series and found it to be a vast improvement.
For me, this is the funniest of the Blackadder series, but I enjoyed them all.
The first episode, Bells, introduces us to the new Blackadder dynasty as he falls in love with his manservant, Bob (short for Kate). Head has to be one of my own favourites with Edmund appointed Lord High Executioner. Who can forget Tom Baker's portrayal of Captain Rum in the wonderful Potato?
Blackadder's attempts to avoid the Bishop of Bath and Wells' hot poker delight in Money. Equally unforgettable are his dual parties in Beer as he tries to keep his puritan aunt and a drinking binge apart. The final episode seemingly brings the Blackadder dynasty to another end as Edmund finds himself in Chains.
A welcome addition to the BBC's DVD catalogue. The picture quality is generally excellent (an improvement on the transfer for the first series). On a down note there are no extra features on the DVD.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch 12 Sep 2003
I think this one's the funniest. I know each series has its fans, even the first one, but this was such a change of tack compared to the first series that it really set the formula for series 3 and series 4.
In the first series, Edmund was slimy, weedy, stupid and unpopular. Baldrick was the clever one, who saved him on more than one occasion. The series cost a fortune to make - every episode had outdoor shots on castle ramparts, in monastery grounds, in woods and on hills. Then Ben Elton joined the team, and this series was filmed entirely in either Blackadder's front room, Queenie's chambers or in the Tower of London dungeons. And Edmund went from being supremely stupid to the sly, cunning genius he has been ever since. True, he retained his loathing for everybody that he had in the first series, and he still is only ever looking out for himself, but he is an entirely different person compared to the Duke of Edinburgh. And, because he's now clever, Baldrick has become very very stupid. Percy, of course, is pretty much the same as he was in the first series, just more so. Whether Edmund is getting married to his manservant, executing the Queen's enemies in the Tower jail, travelling around the world with a legless sailor, selling his house to pay off his debts, having a piss-up and a puritan meal simultaneously or trying to escape from a German kidnapper, his exploits are hilarious. All the supporting cast are superb as well. As I mentioned above, Baldrick has become the lovable idiot that he still is, Percy reminds me of an Elizabethan "Gareth from The Office", Queenie is so girlish but with a wonderful mean streak, Melchett is the odious arse-licker to the queen that Edmund aspires to, Nursie is nearly as stupid as Baldrick, but cute with it.
Series 3 and 4 are still very good, but for me this is the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Published 5 days ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars good
it hasn't arrived yet but I'm sure when it does it will be in good con and i will be very happy so i thank you, films ok made me chuckle, not too expensive either :o)
Published 5 months ago by Richard from Buckinghamshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great price and I will show it to my mates. I sure will buy more like this with no worries
Published 6 months ago by Mr. P. J. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackadder 2
Shame there was no additional information fly sheet inside the package.
As with all the other Blackadder cd's this series is brilliant too.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Glynis L. Leaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought this as a Christmas gift & it was a well received present, thoroughly enjoyed by the recipient. A good buy.
Published 9 months ago by Aegina
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny
IMHO Blackadder was one of the funniest Series ever on TV and Blackadder 2 was the best of them all.
Published 14 months ago by John Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars The original may be dead... but now his bastard great-great grandson...
The fact that this is hilarious is an understatement, a vast majority of it verges on hysterical. The Elizabethan period detail is sumptuous, the stories are clever and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lord Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series worth every penny.
Excellent product, a very enjoyable series, arguably the best of the whole Blackadder series. It contains some very memorable episodes.
Published 16 months ago by Philip R
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British humour
It's Black Adder!! what else is there to say?? Better than series one, better than series three and on par with series four. Classic British black/cynical humour at it's best ! Read more
Published 17 months ago by GTM
4.0 out of 5 stars A big leap from the already good season 1
On a production level this second season, produced 3 years later seems
actually less sophisticated; cheap looking sets, much more of a
standard sit-com look. Read more
Published 23 months ago by K. Gordon
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