Blackadder 4 - Blackadder Goes Forth - The Entire Historic Fourth Series  [DVD]
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All six episodes from the fourth series of the popular comedy show. In 'Captain Cook', Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) puts himself forward as the Official War Artist, while General Haig reveals plans to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin. In 'Corporal Punishment' Blackadder eats the messenger pigeon which has just arrived with details of Operation Insanity. In 'Major Star' Baldrick (Tony Robinson) does his controversial Charlie Chaplin impression. In 'Private Plane' our heroes meet Lord Flasheart (Rik Mayall) and Baron von Richthoven (Adrian Edmondson). In 'General Hospital' Blackadder is given orders to find a spy in hospital and sees his chance to spend three weeks in bed. And finally, in 'Goodbyeee', the chaps prepare for the final big push.
The final Blackadder series, which first appeared in 1990, was the most highly evolved of all of the Richard Curtis/Ben Elton-scripted excursions. Having contrived to attain the Crown at the end of the third series, Rowan Atkinson's Edmund Blackadder is now reduced to a mere Captaincy in the trenches during World War I, with these episodes finding him shooting messenger pigeons, grumbling about Charlie Chaplin and unscrupulously evading his patriotic duty to pile over the top and be slaughtered pointlessly. Hugh Laurie plays the upper class silly arse to the hilt while Baldrick, who has grown progressively more stupid throughout the four series, can barely muster the intelligence to move from the spot. Blackadder Goes Forth stoutly refused to the end to abandon its relish for broad, puerile scatological puns: "Captain Darling will pump you thoroughly in the debriefing room," growls Stephen Fry's General Melchett. However, Blackadder's cynicism is laced with genuine despair at the recent madness of World War I. The closing moments of the final episode, as Blackadder and co. finally receive their orders, are handled with sober poignancy and became a frequent fixture in Remembrance Day TV scheduling. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is the last in the brilliant series, so well written that some moments are in danger of being too true to be funny. Still you have to have it if you're a Blackadder fan as it has dozens of the best lines, most outrageous similes, gloriously played running gags and cunning plans - you won't forget about the pigeon, the name on the bullet and many more
Herein lies the genius of the programmes. It is very British humour populated with the stiff-upper lip, the willing Tommy, public school gunghoes, the rule-followers no matter what and mad generals. In many scenes, real events have been made into a living cartoon, its essence enlarged, made large-than-life.
Followers of the series will not forget easily the final scenes waiting to go over the top and final, inevitable blowing of the whistle; there were over 15 million deaths and 20 million wounded ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. In one, initially comic, scene these few represent the many. British understatement at its best.
An acquired taste but certainly worth sitting at the table.
The final frames when the battle field turns to a field of poppies is one that I have long remembered.
Critically praised I would recommend it. The comedy is typical Blackadder with an excellent cast.
I have it both as a DVD but now also on a download. The download is excellent quality and nothing is lost.
I miss Blackadder, and it was nice to buy the series and reminisce.
A top watch based on the first world war and i have to say that this is comedy in it's element and Rowan Atkinson and the crew do an outstanding job in keeping you amused. A good investment and given that it's twenty odd years since it was first shown on the TV it still does not date with it's comedy punchlines!!
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