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Blackadder: Back And Forth - A Blackadder In The Making [VHS]
It is Millennium Eve, 1999, and Lord Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) has gathered his closest friends - Lady Elizabeth (Miranda Richardson), Archdeacon Darling (Tim McInnerny), Viscount George Bufton-Tufton (Hugh Laurie) and Bishop Flavius Melchett (Stephen Fry) - to demonstrate his time machine, built by Blackadder's odious manservant Baldrick (Tony Robinson) to the original specifications of Leonardo Da Vinci. When his guests scoff, Blackadder wagers them each £10,000 that he can travel to any period in Earth's past, offering to bring back a selection of historical objects in order to convince them. It is, of course, a cunning plan on Blackadder's part; the artefacts are ready and waiting to be produced from within the machine. So imagine Edmund's surprise when Baldrick's construction actually turns out to be a working model, transporting the duo back to - amongst other periods in history - the court of Elizabeth II, Sherwood Forest, and the Battle of Waterloo... Watch out for guest appearances by Rik Mayall as Robin Hood and Colin Firth as William Shakespeare. Originally conceived as the highlight of the Millennium Dome, the one-off film is featured here alongside 'Baldrick's Video Diary - A Blackadder in the Making'.
It seemed a good idea at the time: to celebrate the end of the millennium by resurrecting Edmund Blackadder for a one-off special Blackadder: Back and Fourth. Unfortunately, those responsible for Back and Forth got the cart before the horse. The Blackadder television series worked by recasting the same characters in different times, thereby reinforcing the dynamic between Blackadder and the buffoons who ran his life (World War One generals, various idiot royalty) and the troglodytes whose lives he ran (Baldrick). Given that most of us feel most of the time like the people we work for are useless and the people that work for us are even more useless, Blackadder's concept had a huge appeal.
A special feature looking at Blackadders through the ages might, therefore, have been a worthwhile enterprise. In Back and Forth, however, the character--a modern-day descendant of the Blackadder line--is merely briefly imposed on a variety of historical circumstances; he is no longer the victim of circumstances but the creator of them, and far less appealing for it. The script is lame and formulaic, and the conclusion unbelievably lazy. Okay, so it's a comedy, but if he really had returned to an England which had been conquered by France at the battle of Waterloo, shouldn't everyone there have been speaking French?
On the DVD: There are three sound options Dolby 2.0 and 5.1, and DTS 5.1. The main feature has an easily negotiable scene selector, and there are two extra features; including a behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Back and Forth featuring interviews with co-writer Richard Curtis and the biggest gem on the whole DVD, a lost episode set in the time of Cromwell, far funnier than the dismal Back and Forth, especially for Stephen Fry's delightful blurring of the doomed Charles I and the future Charles III. --Andrew Mueller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
If you like Blackadder and time travel, you're better off finding "A Blackadder Christmas Carol" than even watching this sad, sad thing. Maybe they'll do better in the Summer of 3000.
Not a patch on any of the series and an embarrassment to watch at times.
Sorely lacking a decent script and a wasted of the talent that was made available....
All in all, a great idea, (the concept of a Blackadder millenium film, and even perhaps the time machine idea), but sadly wasted. In other words, and to quote from the third series, 'about as effective as a catflap in an elephant house'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the picture on the box seemed digitly blured and had a faded colour to the picture quality almost thought it was a pirate copy for five minetesPublished 6 months ago by david robert gracey
I have them all love them. This one is not as good as his first but a must have.Published 14 months ago by Mr. James Henderson
The TV programme was really enjoyable to watch, best out of all the Black AddersPublished 16 months ago by Denise Honeyball
excellent DVD production, I only miss the subtitles, could help for non-native English speaking audience.Published 17 months ago by Vasileios Moiros