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For the first time every Blackadder episode is packaged together in a special boxset, including Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Back and Forth and The Cavalier Years. This six disc set has a running time of 763 minutes.

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-Mr 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 favour 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 -- like 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

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My only comment on this is to buy the remastered version.

Why? Because the quality of the video is attrocious (I know as I bought it!). I have never seen such poor quality video on DVDs. The quality shown on the TV is better than this.

So please don't throw your money away...remember I did warn you.
any links to the remastered dvds?

few £ cheaper at blah:whistling:
few £ cheaper at blah:whistling:

Every little helps :thumbsup:
i have thought about buying this a few times. but im glad i didnt after reading some of the reviews. didnt even know there was a remastered version. i will wait till it comes down in price, then buy it
I'm inclined to believe the comments on amazon regarding the poor image quality on the remastered version too. The only thing worse than poor image quality is poor image quality "tarted up" by digital filtering!
It amazes me that Laurel and Hardy DVDs look as if they were filmed yesterday, while these give the impression it actually was filmed yesteryear. The humour still stands up tho image quality or not so worthwhile if you ask me.
What annoys me is that they never put the pilot episode on these sets.

I have seen it, it is not that brilliant but it is nice to have seen it.

If they did I would definitely buy the set in one version or the other.
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I have this boxset, and didn't ever think about the image quality until I read people moaning about it in here. Get over yourselves people - just enjoy the humour and stop worrying about "poor transfer quality" etc.... It's not nearly as bad as people make out. For just over £16 this is a steal.
I got the polish imports few years back as they was only 3 quid each and genuine
I have this boxset, and didn't ever think about the image quality until I read people moaning about it in here. Get over yourselves people - just enjoy the humour and stop worrying about "poor transfer quality" etc.... It's not nearly as bad as people make out. For just over £16 this is a steal.

Im glad someone said that, I ordered this earlier and was worried after I noticed all the comments about poor picture quality I had similar problems with my Red Dwarf (just the shows - 1) boxset being poor quality, but you can see whats going on and understand the comedy so it isn't really that bad. Heat from me! :thumbsup:

Also Mr Horsepills, nice Avatar - Boards of canada if im not mistaken!
cracking deal, thanks v. much :-)
The video quality of the later ones (the specials) is excellent, but the quality of transfer of the main series is dreadful.

Its not get over it, its something I spent my money on to find out that the repeats on the TV Channel 'Dave' (or was it G.O.L.D.), had a far greater quality than the DVD box set.

I was gutted, that such a great show had its picture quality "downgraded" from 'TV quality'. Its a crime. I should have just recorded them off the TV to get the quality I was used to.

If you still want to buy it, then go for it.
Got mine for about £10 off "the auction site".

Got mine for about £10 off "the auction site".

It's interesting that you complain so strongly about the quality of this set. I've bought it and watched the third series. The quality was exactly as I would expect. It's not going to get THX certification, but it seems as good as any airing I've seen on the telly before.

Has it occurred to you that "the auction site" might be the ideal place to pdeal some old rot that Mr. Chan of Back Alley DVDs, Beijing knocked up on his PC with a video capture card?
ordered thanks looking forward to some serious watching during the holidays !
:( now £28

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