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Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] £24.98 delivered @ Amazon
Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] £24.98 delivered @ Amazon

Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD] £24.98 delivered @ Amazon

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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-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. --Tom Keogh

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This is £25 at Tesco (instore) at the moment as part of their half-price DVD boxset promotion , so only warm for me but I guess you can get nectar points via amazon.

Good deal. Note that you can get the "ultimate collection" for £10 extra at Amazon - this has remastered visuals plus additional commentaries, which may suit serious fans better... The ultimate version is only a few months old, so will probably drop at some time in the future. So you pays your money and takes your chance.

Please don't bother going for this version...paid £10 for this in the past and it was a waste of money. The video quality of the show is atrocious. The quality of the show on the TV is better than this.

Have amazon culled a load of negative feedback, as I'm sure that this was ripped into big style (found out after I bought it)?

Go for the remastered version....anything has to be better than this.
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