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Black Adder: Back and Forth


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  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny, Patrick Allen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 1 2001
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A1TT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,411 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhindle The Red on May 9 2001
Format: DVD
It couldn't be worse. I mean that literally. That's not to say there isn't humor to be found here. In fact, my point is that this is, in fact, an occasionally amusing title. With this cast (Atkinson, Richardson, Laurie, Fry, McInnerny & Robinson) it can't help but have SOME laughs. But it could have been so much more. It's obvious that by the time they came to slap together this little 'help save the Millenium Dome' project, writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton had simply lost touch with the Blackadder of old. The characters don't quite ring true (even ones they had played before) and the situations seem very un-Blackadderish (to invent a word). We never have time to really get to know these incarnations of the Blackadder crew. If this were a stand alone film, I don't see how anyone could have found these jokes even remotely funny without a knowledge of Blackadder beforehand? One of the great things about the old Blackadders is that, even if you'd never seen one before, every episode was funny in its own right. You didn't need to know that Baldrick's pants were a constant source of humor to find the jokes amusing. But here everything is referring to running gags of the old shows, without a solid base to the jokes themselves. Nothing stands on its own. I don't think you could ring six good episodes out of these characters if you tried. There's nothing to them, they are just shadows of their predecessors. Just like this show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex JARMAN on July 17 2001
Format: DVD
I'm sorry to force my opinion on you but you must stay clear of this. It's really cringeworthy when you consider that the other four series (if you call this - a short, haphazard, rush job - a 'series') are all masterpieces. Ok, perhaps the first one is a flawed masterpiece. Nevertheless, it really was a moment of madness on the part of the writers and is as painful as seeing Mohammed Ali struggle to walk when he was once an irresistable fighter and statesman. So go buy the DVD Boxset instead of this lethargic, uninspired, hackneyed waste of time - I guarantee you'll have no regrets in doing so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chicalolita on June 9 2001
Format: DVD
There's nothing to see here, and what there is will put you off Blackadder forever. This...celeb cameo-athon was put together for the Millennium Dome - and boy does it show. There is no heart, no passion and most of all, no comedy in this extremely short film. How it can even be released as a stand-alone DVD is beyond me. Suffice to say, I have lost a little more respect for the previous shows through watching this. It retired young and really should have stayed in the shadows, Greta Garbo-style.
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Format: DVD
Being a longtime fan of Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder, I snapped up this DVD as soon as it was released. Considering the vast amounts of extras most DVD's have, I generally avoid buying ones that aren't loaded with hours of viewing material. However, seeing that the box said the program was 55 minutes long, and knowing it would NEVER show up on TV, I figured what the hell.....
The actual content itself is about 31 minutes long, with an 18 minute long "Baldrick's Diary" (Which is really a making-of featurette), some witty "Who's who in Blackadder" Bios narrated by Actor Tony Robinson, and 5 minutes of Historical tidbits touching on spots visited by Blackadder & Baldrick during the "Film", also narrated by Robinson. There's also some trailers for other BBC DVD's.
The Film itself is more like an episode of the series writ somewhat larger; A modern-day Blackadder and his manservent Baldrick use a home-made time machine to visit various spots in history. The usual suspects return, including Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Miranda Richardson. There were a few chuckles, but no real laughs until the end-credits song. Hardly worth the price, especially since the description on the box seems to imply that the actual movie is an hour long, not that EVERTHING on the disc equals an hour. Blackadder completists will certainly buy it, and enjoy it, but it should have had either more content or a lower price point....
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Format: DVD
This is not another compiation of Black Adder TV Shows, but rather a special, one-off film, much in the tradition of BLACK ADDER'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Like the former, it takes the basic BLACK ADDER elements and uses them to its own purposes.
If this were truly yet another set in the series of BLACK ADDER, we'd expect to see the familiar cast of characters put in a single time period for a few episodes of mirth in the context of that time. Instead, perhaps inspired by Rowan Atkinson's own trip in the Tardis, this is "Black Adder meets Doctor Who".
The comedy, here, comes from sending Blackadder and Baldrick on a search for historical artifacts in a faulty time machine. As might be expected, they can't quite work the controls, so they go through the titular "back and forth" movements through time, meeting up with familiar faces from the series' (and Britain's) past.
It's great fun--much, much better than A CHRISTMAS CAROL at making multiple time zones work. Heeding the rampant criticism of A CHRISTMAS CAROL's "future" scene, writers Curtis and Elton have Blackadder only barely venturing into the future, here. Happily, they place Blackadder firmly in the past, with a wider range of actual historical (or at least legendary) figures than ever before. Blackadder's sharp criticism of historical greats like Shakespeare, Wellington, and Robin Hood will leave you laughing. But the best part is perhaps the ending, which holds unique satisfaction for long-time BLACK ADDER fans
Still, it's not a five-star effort. Just as in BLACK ADDER'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the need to visit all these time zones means that the characters along the way don't get the attention they deserve.
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