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  • 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 (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YN70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,572 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2001
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov. 2000
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Carlin on 20 Nov. 2000
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wellington on 2 Aug. 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2009
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Against all odds and certain laws of evolution, apparently the primary characters of "Black Adder I" managed to reproduce.

Amazingly, this is fortunate for us, because it turns out that "Black Adder II" is hilariously superior to the previous season in just about every way possible. Rowan Atkinson is pitch-perfect as the acid-tongued Lord Edmund Blackadder, who is forced to navigate a surreal Elizabethan court full of bizarre characters and hysterical dialogue.

After (temporarily) firing Baldrick (Tony Robinson), Blackadder (Atkinson) hires a new manservant, Bob -- who is actually a girl named Kate, who is trying to escape a life of prostitution ("It's a steady job, and you'd be working from home!") by pretending to be a boy.

But predictably, Blackadder soon finds himself sexually attracted to "Bob," which unnerves him greatly. After visiting a leech-obsessed doctor and a crazy wise woman, Blackadder finds out the truth about his "manservant" and decides to marry her. But of course, the course of love never did run smooth -- especially not for a Blackadder.

Things don't get much better for Blackadder after that -- insane Queen Bess (Miranda Richardson) appoints him Lord High Executioner, and he tries to make the process more efficient. After sneering at Sir Walter "Ooh What A Big Ship I've Got" Raleigh, he ends up on a round-the-world voyage to find something as interesting as a potato and bring it back to the Queen. And due to an old loan, he finds himself on the bad side of the "baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells."

Additionally, the Queen commands him to throw a beer-soaked debauch on the same evening that his wealthy Puritan relatives are visiting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 6 May 2007
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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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