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Great Value DVD, worth every penny,
This review is from: Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
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.