Blackadder's Christmas Carol  [DVD]
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…IT POINTS TO THE VERY CLEAR LESSON THAT BAD GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN!” – Ebenezer Blackadder
Dickens’ classic tale of kindness, truth and virtue has now been completely mucked up and ruined by having a member of the Blackadder family involved. Also Baldrick, of course, the man you can rely on to turn a Christmas dinner into a dog’s dinner, as long as the dog isn’t particularly fussy.
Stuffed with deeply horrid people (many of whom are gigantically fat) and groaning with cartloads of seasonal bottom jokes, it manages to squeeze in not only a Victorian Blackadder but also his famous Elizabethan, Regency and Space Age relatives into a huge pie of entertainment that will satisfy all but the most discriminating viewers.
Not suitable for beadles, orphans, nieces, or long dead members of the Royal Family.
Among the many films and TV shows which add a new twist to Charles Dickens' classic tale, Blackadder's Christmas Carol is the most ingenious. Made between Blackadder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), the inspired concept is to recast the self-serving Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) in Dickens' Scrooge role, but rather than a misanthropic miser make him the most kind-hearted man in England. Tony Robinson's Baldrick is as moronic as ever, while Robbie Coltrane plays the Spirit of Christmas like a forerunner to his Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, showing Edmund visions of past and future to not quite the desired effect. Hugh Laurie returns as the Prince Regent from Blackadder the Third and the entire court from Blackadder II (1986) is reassembled for japes involving a merry seasonal death warrant. Miranda Richardson is outrageously capricious as Elizabeth I, then takes the character a stage further in a decadent space opera future which also sees Patsy (Nursie) Byrne as an android. Though not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as the regular Blackadder series this is an excellent Yuletide special.
On the DVD: Blackadder's Christmas Carol offers nothing extra on DVD other than the inclusion of optional subtitles. The sound is mono but crystal clear and the 4:3 image is good considering the source material is a TV studio production shot on video. --Gary S Dalkin
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Blackadder's Christmas Carol followed the successful trend, applying its winning formula of razor-sharp wits, perfect plotting and flawless performances from all the cast to this inspired parody of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Oblivious of his heritage, Ebenezer Blackadder is the complete opposite of his namesake. He's a wonderful, generous and caring human being...and easily taken advantage of. Then on the night before Christmas, he receives a haunting visitation from the Spirit of Christmas...and you can probably guess what happens next.
It's certainly a great twist on Dickens' story, and like the regular TV series, this Christmas Special just REEKS of perfection. The gags, the writing, the performances; everything simply delivers in hilarities. Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder), Tony Robinson (Baldrick), Miranda Richardson (Queen Elizabeth), Stephen Fry (Melchett) & Hugh Laurie (Prince Regent) are all on form, as are the likes of special guests Robbie Coltrane (Christmas Spirit), Miriam Margolyes (Queen Victoria) & Jim Broadbent (Prince Albert). Christmas Carol also features brilliant revisits to the Elizabethan and Regent ages of previous series, and an equally fantastic look at the Space Age...and what the ultimate future may hold for the Blackadder dynasty.
Like most BBC DVDs, no extras come with this single edition, just the usual scene selection & optional subtitles. At over forty minutes long, Blackadder's Christmas Carol is just as well-paced as any half-hour episode of the regular TV series. For fans, comedy lovers and everyone else, this is an essential purchase (more so given that it's a fiver!). At Christmas time or ANY time of the year, this DVD is a must, especially if you're out to complete the whole Blackadder timeline.
Blackadder shows. Here, "Ebenezer Blackadder" is as kind and generous
as a man can be, the opposite of every Scrooge (and other Black Adder)
we've seen. But then he gets a visit from the ghost of the Christmas
spirit, who shows him how awful and selfish his various ancestors were.
On the other hand, they don't seem to be taken advantage of quite the
way he is...
A spirited, funny, and black satire, with terrific work as usual from
the whole group; Rowan Atkinson. Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson,
Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robbie Coltrane, Miriam Margolies and Jim
Broadbent. Quite a cast! It doesn't all work, and the very ending is a
bit predictable, but there lots of laughs and twisted humor along the
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