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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Blackadder at it's best but good enough
This one-off creation of the Blackadder team was made for the turn of the millennium and includes all those people who have had recurring appearances in other Blackadder series including Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Miranda Richardson. The plot is basic with Blackadder and Baldrick building a fake time machine so they can win a bet, only to find that it actually works...
Published on 12 Sep 2006 by T. R. Alexander

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
This misses all the sparkle and sarcasm of Blackadder at its best. Instead it relies on slapstick and unfunny humour which loses its point very quickly, it feels like something rammed together quickly instead of a labour of love, it misses the verve of the earlier series. The Cromwell episode is poor as well largely because the writers aren't confident with the...
Published on 9 Mar 2006 by Henry Ireton


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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely pip pop hilarious, 24 Aug 2001
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This review is from: Blackadder: Back And Forth - A Blackadder In The Making [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I have watched many blackadder series and of all this is the funniest but the shortest. I was a bit dissapointed by the length of it and since it is so short you wonder if the packaging cost more than the actuall video itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Aug 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too short, 31 Oct 2000
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Far too short and very corny dialogue ("As we aproach the end, what do you think we've learned on our great journey?") Still, there are laughs, most of them involving Blackadder's annoyance with Baldrick for getting them lost in time. It's Far too short. At only half an hour, this is a wasted effort, when it could easily have stretched to full movie-length. Not bad. The half hour of extras may prove interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purely Exellent, 4 Nov 2000
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I saw blackadder back and forth when I went to the Millennium Dome. I was very unhappy when it ended because it's just so great you will want to watch it over and over again. Find out what killed the dinosaurs, how Edmund killed The Duke of Wellington and how Edmund was given the crown jewels by queen Elizabeth 1. All the characters: Melchet, queen Elizabeth, George, Darling, Baldrick and of course Edmund.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 July 2014
Great classic!
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If Blackadder was the Doctor..., 24 Sep 2001
This review is from: Blackadder: Back And Forth - A Blackadder In The Making [VHS] (VHS Tape)
It is so wonderful to see the creative team that brought the world BLACK ADDER come together again for a lavish new production. BLACKADDER: BACK AND FORTH reunites the brilliant ensemble cast and writers who previously made four six-part series and two specials. This movie not only serves fans the fresh BLACK ADDER fix they have needed for so long, but it reminisces of the Doctor's adventures on DOCTOR WHO. It's also doubtful viewers who are unfamiliar with BLACK ADDER will fully appreciate its wit.
It's New Year's Eve 1999 and Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) announces to a few gullible friends (Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richardson, and Tim McInnerny) he has a time machine [designed by Leonardo di Vinci and built by Baldrick (Tony Robinson)]. Blackadder bets that he can travel through time and bring back trophies from his trip. His friends shout out their orders for artifacts from the past, then Blackadder and Baldrick blast off. To Blackadder's chagrin, he realizes the machine really works when they come face-to-face with a ferocious dinosaur. He and Baldrick move back and forth through time looking for home.
Blackadder and Baldrick's travels in the box will remind fans of cult TV so much of the Doctor--especially when the machine moves through space--they may almost expect to hear the TARDIS's grinding when it lands in each time period. Considering Atkinson's interest in the portraying the Doctor has been documented (he even did so in a Comedy Relief special), the similarities are likely deliberate.
Co-writers Richard Curtis (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, NOTTING HILL) and Ben Elton (YOUNG ONES, THIN BLUE LINE) always do an excellent job of satirizing British history. In this case, the script misses establishing status quo and building momentum. As tone and characterization readjust in each Black Adder variation, the opening says very little of what this contemporary Blackadder's life is like. Fans just have to assume he is the same shiftless, financially-challenged schemer Atkinson portrayed in most of the previous episodes, except he's been brought up-to-date. Although the back-and-forth gimmick permits plenty of opportunity for comic setups, it sacrifices building up the characters. This vehicle is funny, but the laughs aren't as overwhelming as, say, the seduction of the Spanish Infanta or the first meeting between the Duke of Wellington and Prince Regent in the TV series.
A bigger budget allows the production extras, which were lacking in BLACK ADDER's second and fourth series; more elaborate sets; and fancy special effects. Outdoor scenes that were bypassed after the second series are a common occurrence in this 1999 movie. The costumes, as always, are incredible. In addition, Rik Mayall (formerly Flasheart) returns as Robin Hood, stirring Blackadder with their rivalry. Kate Moss and Colin Firth also complement an already formidable comedic ensemble.
Paul Weiland directs this picture with as much aplomb as the actors who perform in it. Fry, as Hadrian, deserves special commendation for his oration in Latin. It is frightening for Laurie's sake just how well he plays the dim characters. Atkinson and Robinson have always had a good chemistry and sense of timing when working together.
This reviewer's biggest personal disappointment is Atkinson is never seen in Elizabethan fashion, despite making an appearance at Elizabeth I's court. He is quite dashing as the mock Earl of Leicester (woof!).
Fans of BLACK ADDER are sure to enjoy BLACKADDER: BACK AND FORTH. Because of its time-traveling gimmick, viewers who come to it without any previous introduction will probably be at a loss to fully understand it; however, seeing so many talented folk come together again is undeniably a big treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Oct 2001
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Robert Lough (Houghton -Le- Spring, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Blackadder Back and Forth is a very funny and very well produced movie version of 80s BBC comedy Blackadder. The story sees the present day incarnations of Lord Blackadder and Baldrick travel back in time on New Years eve 1999 in a time machine that Baldrick has built. One of the most interesting parts is when Queen Elizabeth I along with Lord Melchett and Nursie mistakes the current Blackadder for the Blackadder II incarnation. The DVD is excellent, as it contains the widescreen version of the movie, Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (a 15 minuite BBC Comic Relief special) and a half hour making-of documentary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as I remember it, 5 Feb 2013
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One or two good jokes, with some mildly entertaining ideas, but they were not developed very well. It passed the time on a cold evening, but I wouldn't bother to watch it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Adder at his best!, 1 Oct 2000
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I saw 'Blackadder Back and Forth' at the Millenium Dome. Everyone was in stiches. It was so great i bought the special book. Synopsis (Very briefly!) Black Adder accidently builds a time machine. He has a bet with his friends Darling, Melchet and Elizabeth. The bet was to go back in time and bring back any items they wished. With Baldrick at the controls, the time machine goes back in time and screws everything up! (ie. they change history.) This has many concequenses! This video is a must for any blackadder fan like my self! Also i strongly recomend 'Blackadder's Christmas Carol.' Another masterpiece.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, 8 Sep 2009
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This is so far below everything else in the Blackadder series it's laughable. The jokes fail miserably, the characters seem outdated in the setting and are badly written, the whole thing is a complete let down of a neat idea. They are clearly unfamiliar with much of the history they cover this time, but much of the dark humour is also gone. Furthermore, I'm all for fair opportunities and TV which reflects society and rewards talent of all backgrounds, but giving Elizabeth I a black courtier is just hilariously absurd political correctness.

Pick up the first four series instead, the Christmas special is certainly worth having as well. This just feels badly put together and forced. Blackadder belongs to the era it was in, and there should be no modern remakes, as the characters are best as they were.
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