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184 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very stylish boxset.
This is a 6-disc boxset of all four series of Blackadder with subtitles, two feature-length specials ("Blackadder's Christmas Carol" (with subtitles) and "Back and Forth" (without subtitles)), a 15 or so minute mini-feature having Blackadder in the time of Cromwell ("The Cavalier Years"), and a 30 minute making of documentary about Back and Forth (but does cover the...
Published on 11 Mar 2008 by M. Worley

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123 of 135 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funniest TV series ever - shame about the DVD
If you are reading this and haven't heard of Blackadder, you are either:

(i) an alien;

(ii) on the wrong country Amazon website by mistake

In synopsis, this is the funniest TV series ever. The first series is a bit hit and miss. It wasn't that funny. Strangely (as i had never seen the first series) Baldrick is intelligent and Edmund is...
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184 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very stylish boxset., 11 Mar 2008
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This is a 6-disc boxset of all four series of Blackadder with subtitles, two feature-length specials ("Blackadder's Christmas Carol" (with subtitles) and "Back and Forth" (without subtitles)), a 15 or so minute mini-feature having Blackadder in the time of Cromwell ("The Cavalier Years"), and a 30 minute making of documentary about Back and Forth (but does cover the series of Blackadder as well - analyzing the characters etc) "Baldrick's Video Diary". And all of this comes in a very stylish, specially designed limited edition box... 4cm thick (so very shelf-friendly) and made to look like an 'olde worlde' book.

And I just wanted to also say... for anyone who has been dreading or putting off seeing series one because of bad reviews - it's not bad it's just different. It's not got Ben Elton's style but it does still have the essence of Blackadder - the sarcasm and cynicism of Edmund, the not-so-cunning plans of Baldrick, and the total idiocy of Percy. The only real difference is that Baldrick's a bit cleverer (worth seeing it for that IMO) and Blackadder's a bit Mr Bean-ish (with a squeaky voice and goofy look), but the character hierarchy is still the same. It also has a lot of before-they-were-famous appearances, such as Angus Deayton and Jim Broadbent (DCI Roy Slater, Del Boy's arch enemy in Only Fools and Horses). It does take some getting used to but it really is just as hilarious as the others at times.

Overall, if you love Blackadder this is the set to get.
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130 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary series, DVDs lacking extras though, 28 Oct 2005
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Iceni Peasant (Norfolk, England) - See all my reviews
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If you've never seen Blackadder before, here is your chance to put that right. Everyone has their favourite series and favourite episodes, but there's always something for everyone with Blackadder; both visual humour and verbal humour too.
It's fantastic to own all the Blackadders in one set, including the extra one-offs which were made such as "Blackadder's Christmas Carol", but in some ways the DVD set is a bit disappointing. With the publishers going to the trouble of issuing this set in a new fancy box, there are no real new extras for the fans that have been there from the start. It would have been nice to have a couple of commentaries at least.
However Blackadder alone is worth 5 stars, and if you don't own any of the series on DVD(as I didn't either), this is the perfect set. The DVD set has an attractive design and takes up very little space on the shelf.
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207 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a cunning plan, 20 Nov 2006
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Amazon Customer "Boo62" (Ilkeston Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Blackadder was an excellent combination of fine comedy writing and superb delivery.

The first series was a little on it's own as it had Edmond Blackadder,(Atkinson), as a snivelling groveller whereas the next 3 series had him as a far smarter and more sharp tongued character, ( though just as big a coward),.

Atkinson's delivery simply got better and better and those around him gave outstanding support.

The reason for this review though is not to simply re-itterate what every other reviewer has so rightly stated about this great show but to point out that although 5 stars are given here it is for the show and not the boxed set itself.

This is quite frankly a dire release from the BBC who have seen fit to get together absolutely no extras whatsoever. When you consider the efforts made with the Dr.Who releases this boxset is simply not good enough.

As if this were not bad enough there has been no remastering either. The picture quality is generally bad throughout and in some passages absolutely appalling. If you own a hi-def telly and DVD player good luck with getting the colour balance right. Colours bleed into each other dark scenes are often beyond recognition and any scene shot on location looks like something from the 1950's. The sound too is of poor quality which considering this is comedy and needs to be clear and easily heard is ridiculous.

I love this show and time has not worn it's appeal. The same cannot be said for it's audio-visual quality and something should have been done about it. Once again the BBC has treated one of it's finest and it's viewers with contempt. If you have the series' on video then this is redundant as it offers you absolutely no improvement in any department.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value DVD, worth every penny, 28 July 2008
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Vicky Welsby (NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Blacckadder is one of the Britains finest ever comedies. The comic genius that is Rowan Atikinson as Edmund Blackadder, outstandingly supported throughout by the brilliant Tony Robinson (before his "Time Team" days) as his ever suffering side kick Baldrick, and by Tim McInnerny, Steven Fry and Hugh Laurie, among others.

The first series is set in the 1490s when, apparently, the history books were incorrectly written and Richard III wasn't defeated at the battle of Bosworth Field by Henry Tudor, but was succeeded on the throne of England by his brother Richard IV (Brian Blessed) after being beheaded at the battle of Bosworth Field by his clutz of a nephew, Prince Edmund Plantagenet, who later (after briefly considering calling himself "The Black Vegetable") re-names himself "The Black Adder". A legend is born.

Series 2 - move forward 80 years or so to Elizabethan times and the great grandson of Edmund Plantagenet - it's in the lyrics of the closing song on the episode "Head", for anyone who hadn't noticed it already "His great grandfather was a king, although for only 30 seconds". Now demoted to Lord rather than a Prince of the relm, Blackadder is the much more sharp, cunning and altogether nasty character we came to love. Baldrick is now the stupid one and that's the way it ought to be and, in deed, stayed.

Series 3 - Now in the late 1700s to early 1800s in the time of the Prince Regent, Edmund is demoted again to being the butler to Prince George (brilliantly played by Hugh Laurie). Baldrick is still his ever suffering dogsbody, whose immortal words "I have a cunning plan" are the bain of Blackadders life.

Series 4 - It's now world war one and Blackadder is demoted still further to a captain in the army trenches, with Baldrick and George as his comrades and Melchet as his barmey General.

The series just got better and better as it went on and the ending was perfect when they went over the top. At the end of last episode, as the final scene is shown, there's no theme tune or credits, it simply cuts to a picture of poppy fields. The way this is done is so moving, and a perfect ending to a brilliant series.

The full four series, along with all the specials, like "Blackadders Christmas Carol" and sketches that were done for Comic Relief, make one brilliant collection. If you don't already own any of the Blackadder series, then this is definitely the one to buy and well worth every penny.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Blackadder you could ever want, 23 Nov 2009
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It seems amazing now that the BBC should ever have commissioned such a series (and it probably wouldn't do it now) but from a slightly dodgy premise - historical comedy through various ages - the team (Atkinson, Robinson, McInnerney, Laurie, Fry, Richardson, Elton and Curtis etc.)created a genuine classic. The first series was a bit shaky but after that it grew better and better over the years until the final series - set in the trenches of World War One - achieved not only the usual sackloads of laughs but real pathos. A great show that will continue to stand the test of time. Lead on Slack Bladder!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very cunning dynasty, 6 Jan 2006
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Kurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (London, SW1) - See all my reviews
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The authors Richard Curtis and Ben Elton are well known to BBC audiences for their comedic masterwork, having been severally and individually part of the Vicar of Dibley, Mr. Bean, The Young Ones, The Man from Auntie. Rowan Atkinson, the lead actor in this series, also collaborated as writer and actor in other features such as Mr. Bean and the Thin Blue Line. John Lloyd was the producer who helped bring this series to life.
The Blackadder series, begun in the 1980s, was a comedic masterpiece set forth by Rowan Atkinson and his comrades. From start to finish, the first series was a masterstroke of wit, irony and comedic styling that fits both the contemporary and medieval situations perfectly. The combination of slapstick and intellectual humour blended well, and the literary types will not miss the occasional credit of William Shakespeare as a collaborating writer on some episodes -- this might well be the kind of comedy Shakespeare would have produced today.
The first series was set in the pre-Tudor royal family, projecting that Richard III won at Bosworth Field, and Richard IV succeeded him, until after many adventures, the entire royal family was done in, and Henry Tudor reworte history thereafter. The first series starred Brian Blessed and Elspet Gray as the King and Queen, and Robert East as their eldest son, the Prince of Wales. Rowan Atkinson played the second son, who with companions Percy and Baldrick (Tim McInnerny and Tony Robinson) create most of the comic scenes. BlackAdder variously becomes the Archbishop of Canterbury, the betrothed of the Spanish Infanta, a witch on trial, and finally, however briefly, King of England. There were six episodes of this series (as would be true for each of succeeding regular series years) - they included many attempts by Blackadder to take power, including the crown itself - something that would repeat in various manner over the subsequent years save the last. Both Tim McInnerny and Tony Robinson will recur as characters in later years; Baldrick is the only consistent major character besides Blackadder - in the first year, however, he is rather more clever than his future generations; indeed, in this first series, Baldrick is probably the most intelligent of the lot (a scary thing indeed!)
The second series sees Percy and Baldrick following a descendent of Blackadder in Elizabethan times; as befits the period, the characters are more vibrant and saucy, particularly Blackadder, who still seeks his fortune as one of the Queen's suitors. Here he variously becomes the royal executioner, a sea-faring discoverer, a bankrupt noble, and finally a traitor to the crown, albeit not without a sense of humour. Miranda Richardson puts in a spectacular performance as Queen Elizabeth, with Stephen Fry and Patsy Byrne in attendance. Stephen Fry will recur throughout the series.
In the third series, Blackadder is still close to the crown, as the butler of the Prince Regent, a despised position to a despised person. Baldrick is still around, and the Prince is played by Hugh Laurie, who will recur in the final series. Done almost as a period comedy, the very titles and situations pay hommage to the day of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Dr. Johnson's dictionary, and the conflict with France. Through an interesting set of circumstances, butler and prince trade places, and the Blackadder finally obtains his intended goal, albeit in the name of someone else.
In the fourth and final series, Blackadder has fallen from a great height, and is an officer in the trenches of World War I. Baldrick is still there, and Percy and the Prince have transformed into fellow field officers, with Stephen Fry playing a bellicose general here as he did Wellington in the third series. The main device of this series is the effort by Blackadder to escape the trenches, by variously becoming an artist, a theatre producer, a chef, but to no avail finally, producing a sombre end to the dynasty.
The DVD includes all four series, as well as the Christmas special, in which a kind-hearted Blackadder is set in Victorian times, an antithesis of Scrooge, who is shown the future, and decides to make radical if untimely changes in his life in response to this version of the ghost of Christmas future.
There are also various pieces of trivia, guides, and a Richard Curtis interview included among the discs. Rowan Atkinson and company are wonderful in their portrayals, perfect comedic timing and situational humour with just the right amount intelligent wit. A treat for all Anglophiles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent., 20 Jun 2008
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I'll keep this short- this is a boxset of every Blackadder episode ever released, including the specials, entirely (to my knowledge) unedited and uncut. What Blackadder fan could ask for more?

I've read some reviews criticising the sound and picture quality of the DVDs. Sure, it's hardly High Definition, and even through 1080p upscaling the picture isn't great... but neither was the picture of the original broadcasts. Personally, I don't find it a big problem.

The box has some nice artwork with classic Blackadder quotes, the DVDs are arranged in order by series and personally I would say the packaging is generally flawless.

You may be expecting bonus material for the price you are paying- don't get your hopes up. Apart from some hastily added "making-of" scenes on the final disc, bonus material is unheard of. It's a shame- most of the actors are still alive and in their right mind today- some audio commentaries wouldn't have gone amiss.

That said, I couldn't ask for a better boxset. If you are any self-respecting Blackadder fan, you will need this gem.

EDIT: On another note, it is really very interesting to watch how the series has progressed over time. Series One doesn't have Mr Blackadder- it has Mr Bean. Watching Rowan Atkinson slowly change into the cynical, sarcastic, sour-faced witty individual he forms into in the last series, is worth the 37.99 alone! Series One, although not a quarter as funny as Series Two and onwards, is intriguing to watch, as Blackadder is still finding his feet!

You don't just have a comedy golden nugget in this box, but a piece of British history too!
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123 of 135 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funniest TV series ever - shame about the DVD, 6 Feb 2007
This review is from: Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
If you are reading this and haven't heard of Blackadder, you are either:

(i) an alien;

(ii) on the wrong country Amazon website by mistake

In synopsis, this is the funniest TV series ever. The first series is a bit hit and miss. It wasn't that funny. Strangely (as i had never seen the first series) Baldrick is intelligent and Edmund is stupid. These roles are reversed in the later series.

The reason for docking 2 stars? The DVD is really bad. The picture is very grainy and the sound isn't great. It's as though all the BBC have done is take the original recording and slap it straight onto DVD without any regard for the quality that DVD can bring. What's awful is that I have been watching this on a computer set up and I can still see and hear the problems with this DVD. If you have a good TV and a surround set up with good speakers you will see the problems even more.

However, the quality of the comedy will see you through. For the price, definitely worth buying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still incredibly funny all these years on, 13 Dec 2007
This review is from: Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Blackadder has stood the test of time remarkably well. This may be down to the fact that it was never set in modern times so doesn't look any more dated than it did at the time. Series One is still a little patchy in places, but charming nonetheless. Where it really kicks in is the unforgettable series 2. Episode One is still as funny now as it was then. Just hearing Rowan Atkinson say "Bob" has me reeling with laughter. All six episodes are absolutely priceless, and the supporting cast are all fantastic. Season 3 keeps up the momentum with classic performances from Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, and then there's the brilliant ending to the fourth season set in the war trenches. With the specials on here too this is a great box set. And very very funny.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, definately worth the money, 26 Aug 2006
This review is from: Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this DVD set a week ago having watch some at friends houses. I've been glued to the TV watching it ever since. The first series maybe isn't as good as the others, but it's still great to watch. The extras are also funny such as the cavalier years and baldricks video diary shows you some of the behind the scenes. I think they should have made a series set during the civil war because the cavalier years looked great. The millenium episode Back and Forth is also great and it hasn't lost the humor of all the series'.

Overall, this is a great buy for Blackadder fans and definately worth the money!
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