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  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Ultimate Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 20 2009
  • Run Time: 833 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LFPAUM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Blackadder Remastered: The Ultimate Edition (DVD)

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One of the best comedy series ever to emerge from England, Black Adder traces the deeply cynical and self-serving lineage of various Edmund Blackadders from the muck of the Middle Ages to the frontline of World War I. In his pre-Bean triumph, British comic actor Rowan Atkinson played all five versions of Edmund, beginning with the villainous and cowardly Duke of Edinburgh, whose scheming mind and awful haircut seem to stand him in good stead to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury--a deadly occupation if ever there was one. Among tales of royal dethronings, Black Death, witch smellers (who root out spell makers with their noses), and ghosts, Edmund is a perennial survivor who never quite gets ahead in multiple episodes. Jump to the Elizabethan era and Atkinson picks up the saga as Lord Edmund, who is perpetually courting favor from mad Queen Bess (Miranda Richardson) and is always walking a tightrope from which he can either gain the world or lose his head. Subjected to bizarre services for her majesty (at one point, Edmund is asked to do for potatoes what Sir Walter Raleigh did for tobacco), Edmund--as with his ancestor--can never quite fulfill his larger ambitions. The next incarnation we encounter is in late-18th-century Regency England. This time, Blackadder is a mere butler to the idiotic Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie in a brilliantly buffoonish performance) and is caught in various misadventures with Samuel Johnson, Shakespearean actors, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and William Pitt the younger. With a brief stop in Victorian London for a Christmas special, the series concludes with several episodes set during the Great War. The new Edmund is a career Army officer, but a scoundrel all the same. Shirking his duties whenever possible and taking advantage of any opportunity for undeserved reward, this final, deeply sour, and very funny Blackadder negotiates survival among a cadre of fools and dimwits. No small mention can be made of Atkinson's supporting cast, easily among the finest comic performers of their generation: besides Laurie and Richardson, Stephen Fry, Tony Robinson, and Tim McInnerny. --Tom Keogh

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By a_morris on Sept. 6 2012
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Great! The description wasn't entirely clear which specials are included. They are: Blackadder's Christmas Carol (mentioned in description), Blackadder The Cavalier Years, & Blackadder Back and Forth. It also includes documentaries, interviews, and behind the scenes footage.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David E. Smith on Dec 24 2009
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A great collection of comedy, a classic British series that is in the same class as Python and Fawlty Towers. Contains the rarely seen in North America specials and odds and ends. Very good bonus features and commentary.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RIP on Nov. 28 2011
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Always been a fan of the Black Adder series and this is a great box set colelcting athe entire series over 5-6 DVD's. If you are a fan of Black Adder series, then I would recommend purchasing the box set. Especially when it is on sale it is a great buy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 16 2010
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You have to give the Blackadder family credit -- they're tenacious. "Black Adder - The Complete Collector's Set" chronicles this odd, sardonic family's presence throughout the greatest eras of British history. The first season stumbles somewhat, but the following seasons are brilliant -- sardonic, kooky, and sometimes rather sick.

On the day of the Battle of Bosworth Field, the Duke of York (Brian Blessed) and his son Harry (Robert East) accompanied the king (Peter Cook) into battle. His second son Edmund (Atkinson) hopes to come along, but he oversleeps -- and when he arrives, he accidentally kills the king, and Edmund's his father is made king. He dubs himself the "Black Adder" and decides to one day become king of England... too bad nobody likes him.

He's followed by a string of descendents through the ages -- all more acid-tongued and intelligent than he, or anyone else around them. And they're always accompanied by a Baldrick. That includes Lord Edmund Blackadder, the favorite of the demented queen Bess (Miranda Richardson); Edmund Blackadder Esq., valet and butler to the half-witted Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie); and Captain Blackadder, a soldier in World War I who spends his time trying to get out of it.

These unlucky Blackadders find themselves dealing with demented Puritans, hosting bawdy drinking parties, crazed bishops, even crazier princes, giant turnips, the Red Baron, drag musical acts, Spaniard inquisitors, and almost being shot for eating a carrier pigeon. Startlingly, the final season -- although another is in the planning stages -- ends on a very poignant note.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaddyElizabeth on July 1 2010
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As ever, Rowan Atkinson is totally funny, brilliant and the entire cast couldn't be bettered. I can watch these over and over and still laugh as much every time.
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I was very pleased to find 'The Ultimate Edition' of the Black Adder series. I shall continue to watch episodes, periodically, excepting the first season. The actors, particularly Mr. Atkinson, had not yet acquired the personae they would develop thereafter. Atkinson had chosen a 'Mr. Bean' characterization, and since I had not seen it on T.V., I was unhappily surprised. I dislike the idiocy of 'Mr. Bean'. Fortunately, before it was on the verge of being cancelled, Black Adder became the clever and sarcastic figure who dominates throughout the further episodes.

Even so, as I watched the entire series over a short period, I found elements of Black Adder somewhat conceptually repetitious, and I shall revisit the episodes piecemeal, rather than in a marathon viewing.
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By Len the Sound Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2014
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I've only watched the first disk and half of the second, but I may as well review it now. I found the first season a bit hard to like, it seemed to be quite awkward. I guess the actors hadn't quite fallen into form. By the end of that disk, it started to show promise.

The second disk is much better, much smoother acting, and everything seems to come together well. I find myself looking forward to each episode, and I now watch one a day. If this keeps up, it's going to be a great series!

After I watch all of the episodes, I may come back here and leave more comment, but for now, this seems to be a promising show.
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By Allan Yee on Feb. 23 2010
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Great deluxe edition of one of the funniest and most literate TV shows of all time - Rowan Atkinson is so much better as the Black Adder than as Mr. Bean. The only thing that would have made it more complete would have been the inclusion of the seldom seen pilot episode (as well as some commentaries on the first series), but that would probably have been too much to hope for. Viewing the episodes again, I was surprised at how relatively few times (much less than I seem to remember) the tag phrase "cunning plan" actually comes up, which only goes to show that they didn't overdo it, but used it just enough to make it memorable.
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