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Black Adder: The Ultimate Edition

Rowan Atkinson , Brian Blessed    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These DVD's were a cunning plan. Dec 24 2009
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Truly complete 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Atkinson 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's going to rule the world! May 16 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I would have given it 5 stars because it's an amazing show, absolutely hilarious, but the first set that was shipped to me was missing the 6th disk and I had given it as a gift, so it was annoying to have to send it back and wait for a set with all disks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rowan Atkinson as his Shakespearean Best. Jan. 31 2014
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If you liked Mr. Bean and haven't seen the Black Adder, watch this series. I love watching the Black Adder because of Rowan Atkinson's sense of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely snigger-worthy Jan. 10 2014
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The dead-pan humour, stupidity, skulduggery and general mayhem of Black Adder is timeless. Having seen the original episodes when they came out, they are still funny to re-watch. And as long as people take the historical aspects with a large pinch of salt they will continue to amuse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
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Hours of hilarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Long live the King! Black Adder, that is.
Published 9 days ago by Au Revoir
4.0 out of 5 stars very funy
If you are a fan of Rowan Atkinson as Mr.Bean the black adder series, albeit very dry humor is a must have
Published 29 days ago by tom bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious show!
Finally repackaged in one set instead of individual series. A must have for any Fan of BBC Comedies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Erl
1.0 out of 5 stars Black Adder
I only watched a part of one disc. It is the most stupid, the dumbest thing that I have ever seen. How anyone can call that comedy is beyond me.
Published 3 months ago by Marianus Vandenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliance of Black Adder
I had heard about this series for years, but had never actually seen it. Black Adder is comedic brilliance. Genius.
Published 6 months ago by Dwayne Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
"History has known many great liars. Copernicus. Goebbels. St. Ralph the Liar. [he is shown holding a sign which reads "St. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andre
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful purchase
I am very happy with this purchase - great quality DVD, the delivery was fast, one of my favorite British comedy helps repair brain damage after another wonderful work day
Published 8 months ago by Rene
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Adder
Season 1 is kinda silly but it gets better with each season. Rowan Atkinson is a genius!! Hugh Lawrie is hilarious as the Prince.
Published 9 months ago by NjFranks
5.0 out of 5 stars As Stunning As A Particularly Stunning Weasel!
The best comedy series ever. So much verbal humor! So many sight gags! Fake history! Prancing! Life in eras that may not have existed. It is all here!
Published 12 months ago by eeyoore
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