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Blackadder: Blackadder The Third - Sense And Senility [VHS] [1987]


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  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Helen Atkinson-Wood
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 21 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIB0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three episodes from the third Blackadder series, set in Georgian England. In 'Sense and Senility', Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) falls from favour with Prince George (Hugh Laurie), leaving him at the mercy of a pair of superstitious actors. 'Amy and Amiability' sees the prince in love, and Blackadder earning his keep as a dashing highwayman. In 'Dual and Duality', Blackadder has to take George's place in a fight to the death with the Duke of Wellington (Stephen Fry) - 'Any man who soils a Wellington puts his foot in it'.

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Rowan Atkinson's irredeemably wicked Edmund Blackadder has moved forward in time from the court of Queen Elizabeth but a little down the social ladder. He's now butler to Hugh Laurie's congenitally stupid Prince Regent on the cusp of the 18th and 19th centuries, and if that wasn't bad enough he's still accompanied by Tony Robinson's dim-witted Baldrick, whose cunning plans never fail to make an impossible situation worse. Blackadder's desperate scheming and utter contempt for all he surveys hasn't changed, nor have the baroque complexities of the situations in which he becomes embroiled: from an anachronistic war of words with Dr Johnson (Robbie Coltrane relishing every syllable) to taking on the Scarlet Pimpernel at his own game, to fighting a duel with a psychopathic Duke of Wellington, Edmund's luck never seems to change.

Richard Curtis and Ben Elton's sharp scripts have more fun with the period setting than ever before, as contemporary literary archetypes from Samuel Johnson to Jane Austen are ripe for lampooning. Howard Goodall's theme tune is updated to a glorious classical pastiche, while the extravagant costumes of the times hardly need altering to achieve the desired effect. The comedy is so good it seemed this could never be bettered, until Blackadder Goes Forth that is. --Mark Walker

--This text refers to the DVD edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "hazellawlaw" on 27 April 2003
Format: DVD
I'm an avid Blackadder fan and I loved this series. The only permanent members (in every episode) of the Blackadder crew this time round as Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie and Tony Robinson but Stephen Fry, Tim McInnery and Miranda Richardson also make appearances. This series hits the tone just right between sarcasm and exaggerated stupidness for plenty of laughing fits and ginormously good storylines as well as jokes. Watch out for the enormous trousers.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 2001
Format: DVD
Blackadder has to be one of the funnies TV series ever made, undoubtedly a classic. The transfer to DVD is clean and well-done, but lacks extras. The US Blackadder boxed set has a lot of extras - interviews, historical backgrounds and extra episodes. Not only did it take longer for the BBC version to be released, it doesn't have any of these extras.
Still well worth buying, though.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 6 May 2007
Format: DVD
After the success of the second instalment, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton decided that Blackadder should have a third appearance. This time instead of Tudor times or Elizabethan times, Edmund Blackadder (BAFTA nominated Rowan Atkinson) is living in the time of the French Revolution. Accompanied by the now stupid but lovable Baldrick (Tony Robinson) Blackadder is the "faithful" butler to George, the Prince Regent of Wales (Hugh Laurie). Throughout this third series to the wonderfully written sitcom Blackadder tries everything he can to get rich and powerful. He tries electing a lord for a rotten borough, tries to sell a book, tries to win a bet about The Scarlet Pimpernel, tries to be a highway man and finally poses as the Prince. This is a very good instalment to the popular comedy. Includes appearances from Robbie Coltrane, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson and Stephen Fry. It won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Series, and it was nominated for Best Design and Best Make Up. Edmund Blackadder was number 3 on The 100 Greatest TV Characters, and he was number 3 on The World's Greatest Comedy Characters, and Blackadder (all four series) was number 2 on Britain's Best Sitcom. Outstanding!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Another three great episodes from what I think is the most well written series. Meet Mc Adder- Blackadders ginger moustached mad Socttish cousin, and the lovely wovely Amy wamy- the bride-to-be of Prince Gorge. It has the usual great characters, hilarious scripts and the added bonuses of a dual, a wedding and a turnip! Highly recommeded- can be enjoyed over and over again!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By j.hughes@ukgateway.net on 8 Jan 2001
Format: DVD
If this does not make you laugh, please check the following;
A. Your ears. B. Your television's speakers. c. Your pulse.
All the charactors, jokes, one-liners ( C - big blue wobbley thing that mermaids live in) and even plots are spot on, with 'Thicky George'(Hugh Laurie) stealing sceen after sceen.
This is where Blackadder was always heading for.
Superior to the previous 2 outings, and contains most of the jokes used in the fading Blackadder goes forth.
Bigger than "..a whale omlette.." and sexier too (Woof! Woof!).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
The third series of Blackadder tends to get forgotten because its sandwiched between the superb series 2 and the even more superb series 4. Be of no doubt though this is comedy of the highest class. Maybe not quite as good as those two but still exceptional.

The highlights in series 3 are many, but my favourites are the episode with Robbie Coltrane as Samuel Johnson and the episode with Stephen Fry as Wellington. There are an endless stream of fabulous lines from these two episodes, but I'll settle for one [Blackadder replying to the Prince Regent when asked whether he thought Johnson was a genius]:
"No sir, I do not. Unless, of course, the definition of genius in his ridiculous dictionary is 'a fat dullard or wobble-bottom; a pompous ass with sweaty dewflaps"

Hugh Laurie deserves credit for playing the Prince Regent so brilliantly and naturally Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder the Butler is perfect. Its hard to believe that its twenty years ago since this was first aired, and that it hasn't dated at all. Superb comedy and entertainment all rolled into one.
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By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
When I watch BlackAdder I, I say this is the Best of the BA series. Then I watch BlackAdder II, and I say this is the Best of the BA series!
So I once again say, this is the best of the BA series! And I REALLY mean that! I think III is just a cut above the rest, because not only is Rowan Atkinson at his best, Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent is an equal match so you have the two of them pushing each other.
In Dish and Dishonesty - Edmund see his chance to make the move from Prince's Butler to a MP by staging the elections. The episode is sidesplitting.
Ink and Incapability - Edmund wants to become a writer, but runs afoul of the first English dictionary
Nob and Nobility - The French are revolting - no they ARE really revolting and it sets the Stage for of lot of master of disguises
Sense and Senility - The Prince regent becomes enthralled of acting and pulls the whole household into it, having Edmund to recruit two actors to be the Prince's coach.
Aim and Amiability - the Prince Regent has over spent again, so Edmund must play matchmaker to find the prince a rich bride, only both sides are hiding things
Duel and Duality - The Price makes a mistake of romancing the Duke of Wellington's daughter and now it's 20 paces at dawn...unless Edmund can think of something to stop it.
Baldrick is back and Edmund's dogsbody and manage to steal the scenes! Look out for the Turnip!
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