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Not a cunning plan,
This review is from: Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 30 May 2014 05:27:17 BDT
K. Billis says:
"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."
How important that statement is. No one is likely to buy a box set of any television production whether it be comedy, drama or anything else without having seen it on TV and knowing it is something they wish to own. What any potential purchaser need to know is whether the version released by the BBC is satisfactory regarding picture and sound quality. With the BBC, you also need to know whether the box set has been edited and ruined. Would all reviewers of any BBC release please bear in mind Boo62's statement: "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."
Posted on 31 Aug 2014 21:36:59 BDT
J. P. Martinez says:
It's a bit of a poxy review. I know Blackadder is a great show; the review is supposed to be about the DVD quality. Judging by your comments, it should only get a 2 at most.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2014 00:53:38 BDT
K. Billis says:
One of the things that BBC Worldwide tends to do to avoid having to deal with copyright issues with music used in a programme is to edit or even cut complete scenes from the DVD. Blackadder is a type of programme (no copyrighted music) where that problem doesn't arise. However, anyone who is familiar with, for example, Only Fools and Horses as originally broadcast will notice some awful editing and quite significant cuts; in one case a whole scene of over six minutes has been cut (you'll find dozens of reviews here on Amazon complaining about this). Some people seem unconcerned by it but I compare it to buying a book and finding pages missing.
So whenever I'm looking to buy a BBC DVD I read as many reviews as possible to find out if the BBC has been cutting corners. I've just bought the complete box set of The Royle Family thinking the episodes are all as originally broadcast. No such luck; it's only one episode but there is the note in tiny almost unreadable print on the box saying: "The Golden Egg Cup: Certain music tracks in this DVD release have been replaced for copyright reasons". All to avoid paying a royalty to the copyright owner. Cheap and nasty corner cutting.
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