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Blackadder's Christmas Carol [1988] [DVD]

Rowan Atkinson , Tony Robinson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,086 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Among the many films and TV shows which add a new twist to Charles Dickens' classic tale, Blackadder's Christmas Carol is the most ingenious. Made between Blackadder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), the inspired concept is to recast the self-serving Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) in Dickens' Scrooge role, but rather than a misanthropic miser make him the most kind-hearted man in England. Tony Robinson's Baldrick is as moronic as ever, while Robbie Coltrane plays the Spirit of Christmas like a forerunner to his Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, showing Edmund visions of past and future to not quite the desired effect. Hugh Laurie returns as the Prince Regent from Blackadder the Third and the entire court from Blackadder II (1986) is reassembled for japes involving a merry seasonal death warrant. Miranda Richardson is outrageously capricious as Elizabeth I, then takes the character a stage further in a decadent space opera future which also sees Patsy (Nursie) Byrne as an android. Though not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as the regular Blackadder series this is an excellent Yuletide special.

On the DVD: Blackadder's Christmas Carol offers nothing extra on DVD other than the inclusion of optional subtitles. The sound is mono but crystal clear and the 4:3 image is good considering the source material is a TV studio production shot on video. --Gary S Dalkin

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Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Patsy Byrne, Miriam Margolyes, Jim Broadbent, Pauline Melville. Directed by: Richard Boden. Dickens' classic tale of kindness, truth and virtue completely mucked up and ruined by having a member of the Blackadder family involved. Also Baldrick, of course, the man you can rely on to turn a Chirstmas dinner into a dog's dinner, as long as the dog isn't particularly fussy. Stuffed with deeply horrid people (many of whom are gigantically fat) and groaning with cartloads of seasonal bottom jokes, it manages to squeeze in not only a Victorian Black Adder but also his famous Elizabethan, Regency and Space Age relatives into a huge pie of entertainment that will satisfy all but the most discriminating viewers. DVD Extras: Scene selection.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as Always 17 Nov 2002
This is quite simply the best Christmas DVD this year and features Blackadder, Baldrick and all the characters from previous series. In a reversal of the original Scrooge story Blackadder starts off as the kindest man in all of England and when he is shown an alternative life by the Ghost (of all Christmasses) played superbly by Robbie Coltrane, he takes revenge on all those who used him when he was good by being the most horrid man in all England. Its a scream from start to finish. Buy it now you wont regret it.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Special Edition 22 Dec 2003
Quite often the Christmas 'specials' of the most popular tv comedies turn out to to be anything but special.
This one, however is top quality.
Its a take on 'A Christmas Carol' - with Rowan Atkinson in great form as Ebeneezer Blackadder the "kindest and loveliest man in all of England".
His kindly nature is demonstrated at the start of the episode as, on Christmas Eve the townsfolk gradually take advantage of his amiability and fleece him of his Christmas gifts and money, leaving him and his sidekick Baldrick with nothing.
He is visited on Christmas eve by an apparition - a hilarious turn by Robbie Coltrane who, under duress shows Blackadder how well his ancestors had done by being anything but nice.
This of course turns Blackadder from the nice chap at the start to the hard-bitten cynic we all know and love.
The jokes are mostly excellent, as are the supporting cast with Tony Robinson always good as Baldrick and Miriam Margolyes putting in a hilariously camp performance as Queen Victoria.
The show also has a real seasonal feel to it with the snow falling in Victorian London.
If you want some Christmas cynicism and plenty of laughs, this is for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, quite brilliant! 14 Sep 2006
Having seen Blackadder's Christmas Carol for the first time today, thus completing my Blackadder collection, I can honestly say I have not been disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this extended episode from start to finish, with plenty of amusing moments to keep me laughing throughout. If you buy the DVD you will find it's money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great BBC Christmas comedy special - CLASSIC 11 Oct 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Dickens' A Christmas Carol in reverse! Ebeneezer Blackadder begins as a charming, kind and considerate man... even suffering his God-daughter Millicent's horrendous laugh! However, upon the Spirit of Christmas inadvertently showing him the infinite rewards gained by being bad, he soon changes into a nasty, wicked character. As usual, great support from Baldrick and the usual guys, and a great Christmassy atmosphere. A must see Blackadder!...
Watch for the twist at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous fun! 23 Nov 2004
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If you're a Blackadder fan and haven't seen this, buy it anyway, I guarantee you'll love it. Absolutely hilarious comdey value from the sardonic dead pan 'Ebeneezer' Blackadder. Can the world's kindest man change into the most 'horrid man in all england' overnight? Watch and see! With great supporting cast including Miriam Margoyles as Emperess Oink (Queen Vic), Hugh Laurie, and some very fat 'orphan children'....Just buy it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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At its best, Blackadder is a thing of absolute perfection. Richard Curtis & Ben Elton's writing - along with Rowan Atkinson's FLAWLESS interpretation of the diabolical, conniving figure who reincarnates throughout history - made series 2, 3 & 4 of the show pure legend. Discounting series 1 (which I found the weakest by far), Blackadder was overall impeccable, perhaps the greatest sitcom Britain gave to the world.

Blackadder's Christmas Carol followed the successful trend, applying its winning formula of razor-sharp wits, perfect plotting and flawless performances from all the cast to this inspired parody of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Oblivious of his heritage, Ebenezer Blackadder is the complete opposite of his namesake. He's a wonderful, generous and caring human being...and easily taken advantage of. Then on the night before Christmas, he receives a haunting visitation from the Spirit of Christmas...and you can probably guess what happens next.

It's certainly a great twist on Dickens' story, and like the regular TV series, this Christmas Special just REEKS of perfection. The gags, the writing, the performances; everything simply delivers in hilarities. Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder), Tony Robinson (Baldrick), Miranda Richardson (Queen Elizabeth), Stephen Fry (Melchett) & Hugh Laurie (Prince Regent) are all on form, as are the likes of special guests Robbie Coltrane (Christmas Spirit), Miriam Margolyes (Queen Victoria) & Jim Broadbent (Prince Albert). Christmas Carol also features brilliant revisits to the Elizabethan and Regent ages of previous series, and an equally fantastic look at the Space Age...and what the ultimate future may hold for the Blackadder dynasty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted entertainment for after Xmas Lunch 11 Jan 2012
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I have long been a fan of Rowan Atkinson so I thought this would be ideal to watch at Xmas as an alternative to "Mr. Dickens " version! Although I found it funny it somehow didn't have me rolling about laughing.. perhaps as well after a large Xmas lunch. Perhaps I was expecting too much from Black Adder in this role. Nevermind it was entertainment even if the end was predictable.
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Published 26 days ago by kerrie jones
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Published 1 month ago by W.C.Brown
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Published 1 month ago by sarah morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a Christmas present, but seems to be OK.
The product seemed fine - am sure the recipient will enjoy their Xmas present as they are a fan of the programme! Difficult to comment, but all OK.
Published 2 months ago by sue aylward
2.0 out of 5 stars Fooled
I felt cheated, it was an offer with the Black adder box set, but unknown to me at the time this DVD was included in the box set and therefore an unnessary buy as i ended up buying... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Present request
I can't judge this as I bought it as a present for someone and haven't felt inclined to watch it myself.
Published 7 months ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I used to have copy on VHS , but cleared all our videos last year . Bought DVD because always thought this version of a christmas carol was so good . Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bette Porter
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
I am a great fan of Blackadder and all he's incarnation and I do quite like this Christmas Carol special. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MrJay
5.0 out of 5 stars Every house should own this DVD!!
It's a BRILLIANT DVD!! Bought it as a gift for someone but might have to buy myself a copy too..It's very funny! Quick delivery and good service...thank you :)
Published 18 months ago by Holly
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