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Blackadder: Back And Forth - A Blackadder In The Making [VHS]

3.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny
  • Directors: Paul Weiland
  • Writers: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Geoffrey Perkins, Marigo Kehoe, Peter Bennett-Jones, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • VHS Release Date: 15 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZBXV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,781 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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'.

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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.

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Format: DVD
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. It is unfortunate but you just get the feel from this film that the team were not at there best when they made it, some of the jokes fall a bit flat and some of the performances are ropey at best. There are some good jokes scattered throughout the piece but I just couldn't get of the feeling that this was an opportunity wasted. The disc also includes a comic relief sketch set during the Civil War period and Baldrick's Video Diary both of which are reasonably good to watch. Although Back and forth isn't the Worst in the Blackadder series by a long way I still wouldn't give it more than 3 ½ stars.
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By Henry Ireton VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
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 period as they are with the regency and with the first world war. This looks lazy and the work of people who have moved on and not neccessarily to better things. Its worth a one star review not neccessarily because it is one star quality, but because it is such a disappointment after the rest of Blackadder.
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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Most people were very happy to hear of this one-off episode to complete(probably) the Blackadder saga. However, while this is very funny, it doesn't really gel with the other episodes. The whole thing(which is far too short by the way) just doesn't feel right. There is no laugh track, it sometimes seems forced and unnatural, and suffers from the worked-on-the-big-screen-but-seems-too-small-on-television bug. The other thing is that the idea of a contemporray Blackadder is somewhat self-contradictory. The video also contains classic clips and interviews with the cast and crew. This further aggravates the viewer by completely omitting the first series, and the character of Lord Percy. All in all, the jokes are very funny, but the whole tone and feel of the thing leaves one baffled.
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The main feature is short, but okay. The extras are pretty awful (embarrassing). If you really want to complete your Blackadder collection, then go ahead. However, this is not nearly as good as series 1, 2, or 3. The style of humour is more akin to that of series 4 (i.e. less subtle, and more dependent on crudity).
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This is a shameful end to the legacy of Blackadder. Not only does it lack the sensibility the old shows had, it's just plain not funny. Maybe it's because it's so short, that you never get a sense of who these people are or maybe Curtis and Elton have just lost their grip on Edmund, but this show falls flat. About five decent laughs in a half hour is not very good. The documentary on the making of 'Back and Forth' is funnier! They seem to be ticking off a list of jokes they have to get through, whether they make sense or not. "O.K., now an underpants joke, then one about being 'thick' and then we'll...etc."
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.
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I looked forward to seeing this DVD having missed it on TV. What a letdown.
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....
AVOID!!
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I was unfamiliar with the Blackadder franchise when I first saw this film in the millenium dome when I was quite young and can't really remember it. However I revisited it a number of years later, (after purchasing the first four series for my birthday), and was disappointed to say the least. The real thing missing here is Ben Elton. He brought the wit to the show with Blackadder II, and his lack of presence is painfully felt. Also, what really got to me was the beginning montage of pictures. The two pieces of historical artwork were funny, but the other pictures just resort to cheap laughs, such as Blackadder in a dress posing on a sofa, and holding his nose next to the queen. Hardly intelligent humour and unbelievably out of character for Edmund.
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'.
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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
As a Blackadder fan, I feel that this last piece should never have been released. As embarassing as the dome it was first screened in. Give this a miss ... but buy all the rest. If you want to add to all the four series DVDs, buy the Blackadder version of 'A Christmas Carol' which is well worth owning.
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