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Black Adder: Back and Forth

Rowan Atkinson , Brian Blessed    Unrated   VHS Tape
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sad parody of themselves June 7 2004
Watching this, I was embarrassed for the actors. It was like watching an aging rock band reunion when all the members had forgotten how to play. I've been a Black Adder fan since first seeing the show in the early nineties, and I'd hoped for some of the old Adder magic. After all, Corporal Punishment, from the Black Adder IV series, was one of the funniest half-hours ever produced for television.
Sadly, this waste of tape had very little of that, instead mostly relying on puerile toilet humor and superficial unfunny one-liners.
If they get the urge to do another reunion, I hope they have a lie down until the urge passes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Give it a rest!! April 11 2003
If there exists a singular proof that you can't re-warm a souffle', this is it. The writing is thin beyond belief, as though the purpose of Elton and Curtis is to kill off their distinguished child. The cast deliver brief, set-piece lines that appear to be plucked out of former episodes...a sort of "Best Of Black Adder". It is, in short, little better than the worst of Baldric's many "cunning plans." I watched it once, and chucked it without re-winding.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, little product March 21 2002
Originally created to be shown in the Millennium Dome, Blackadder Back and Forth is a victim of the Millennium Fever which afflicted the nation during 1999. Instead of another classic Rowan Atkinson - Tony Robinson double act, we are treated to about 30 mins of cliched plot, weak dialogue and a film that is the poor relation of all the Blackadder series seen before.
The threadbare plot surrounds Blackadder's attempts to win a bet with the guests at his Millennium party, the challenge being that they will each give him £10,000 if he can travel back in time and bring back various items to prove that the feat has been accomplished. Baldrick has built a time machine which, as far as Blackadder knows, acts as a trapdoor to his basement where, amongst the junk, he has hidden various items that look old enough to be passed off as fakes (one of the requested items being the Duke of Wellington's boots). Unfortunately, Baldrick built the time machine from a Leonardo Da Vinci's textbook which, somewhat unsurprisingly, means that it works thus he and Blackadder are catapulted to various different periods of time, ranging from an encounter with Shakespeare to Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. The upshot of this is that they have to get back to 1999 in time for midnight.
Unfortunately that is about all you get as far as plot. There's a couple of smutty jokes about various maidens and the occasional witty retort from Blackadder but, generally, this is one which you shouldn't rush out to get from the local video shop/cinema. In an effort to fill up the rest of the running time, you are treated (I use the term loosely) to a "behind the scenes" look at bits edited from the film whilst various members of the cast and production team witter inanely at the screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is still very funny Jan. 10 2002
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Don't think, just sit and watch it....
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is What Got Me Hooked on Black Adder! Jan. 5 2002
I was watching PBS one afternoon and they showed a promo on Black Adder V - Back and Forth to be aired that very night at 10 p.m. Since I've always liked stories about time travel, I tuned in to watch it. Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this. It made me want to view ALL the other Black Adder episodes. A friend loaned me one of her videos, and I enjoyed that, too. I plan to watch all the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was hilarious. Dec 25 2001
Don't believe the bad reviews. It's classic Blackadder all the way. He's as slimy, avaricous, clever, suave as ever and Baldrick is funnier than ever. The "behind the scenes" bit at the end shows scenes that had to be cut which are funnier than what was left in. Wonderful ending. Hilarious new words to the theme song. A great gift from the makers of Blackadder to us fans who were always saddened that the series ended.
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