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[Pre-Order] - Blackadder Remastered - The Ultimate Edition [6 DVD's] - £27.99 @ BBCShop.com +(7.5% Quidco)
[Pre-Order] - Blackadder Remastered - The Ultimate Edition [6 DVD's] - £27.99 @ BBCShop.com +(7.5% Quidco)

[Pre-Order] - Blackadder Remastered - The Ultimate Edition [6 DVD's] - £27.99 @ BBCShop.com +(7.5% Quidco)

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Release Date: 15 June 2009

RRP £58.71

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Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
Format: Box set, PAL
Region: Region 2
Number of discs: 6
Classification: 15
Studio: 2 Entertain Video
DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2009
Run Time: 719 minutes

DVD Description

This deluxe edition includes fantastic digitally remastered episodes plus a whole host of special features, many of which are completely exclusive to DVD.
Ultimate Edition includes

Remastered Episodes

- The Blackadder
- Blackadder II
- Blackadder III
- Blackadder Goes Forth


Special Features

Brand new audio commentaries with Rowan Atkinson & John Lloyd, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis & John Lloyd, Tony Robinson & Tim McInnerny.

Blackadder Rides Again
Special Documentary to mark the 25th Anniversary

Exclusive extended interviews with Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson and Rowan Atkinson

Blackadders Christmas Carol

Back and Forth

The Cavalier Years

Costume Piece

Synopsis

This remastered BLACKADDER collection brings together all four eras of the classic comedy starring Rowan Atkinson. Each series traces the sniveling title character and his equally irksome descendants. Episodes feature a wide range of British stars, including Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson, Rik Mayall, Jim Broadbent, Brian Blessed, and many others.

32 Comments

Original Poster

The general consensus from the reviews on ]Amazon.co.uk for the older version of Blackadder is that the picture and audio quality are really bad they look like poor VHS quality. This is a new Remastered version so hopefully the quality will be miles better than what we have seen in the past, I have held of in the past from buying Blackadder on DVD due to the poor reviews of it quality.

http://www.bbcshop.com/content/ebiz/bbc/invt/bbcdvd2816/Blackadder_lrg.gif

Oooh, I had the original dvd release of the series from way back but my sister managed to lose 3 of the discs! Had been toying with the idea of getting the newer version but tbh this looks pretty good and the price is good too!

Pre-ordered and quidco tracks at £1.92
thanks

I actually own two of the former versions of the DVD box set, and must admit that the quality of the picture hasn't bothered me up to now. Then again I also owned the VHS collections, and as a bit of a Blackadder nut I don't suppose the picture quality would bother me.

Irrespective, I think I'll be picking this up. The cover looks good, if nothing else.

Don't get me started on paying for content on DVD that we (as TV license payers) have already funded! It's ever so nice for the BBC to sell it back to us..

Still, it's a good deal so it's hot from me.

Xb0xGuru;5380962

Don't get me started on paying for content on DVD that we (as TV license … Don't get me started on paying for content on DVD that we (as TV license payers) have already funded! It's ever so nice for the BBC to sell it back to us..Still, it's a good deal so it's hot from me.



They made it, you had the option to watch it. at the time.
You don't have to buy it and you could have recorded it on any number of occasions.

Where's the problem?

londislagerhound;5381200

They made it, you had the option to watch it. at the time.You don't have … They made it, you had the option to watch it. at the time.You don't have to buy it and you could have recorded it on any number of occasions.Where's the problem?



If you can't see that the BBC making more profit on programmes (which as a TV owner were made to pay for) and for none of that money to go back to the 'funders' is a problem, then there's nothing more to say on the matter. It's my opinion, nothing more.

Excellent spot. Just ordered. Also it's worth noting that you do not need to create an account with the BBC shop, because you can order things as a guest.

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Xb0xGuru;5381381

If you can't see that the BBC making more profit on programmes (which as … If you can't see that the BBC making more profit on programmes (which as a TV owner were made to pay for) and for none of that money to go back to the 'funders' is a problem, then there's nothing more to say on the matter. It's my opinion, nothing more.



But if they didn't sell these DVDs (which are optional to buy) then they'd have less income meaning the programmes would be of a poorer quality or the tv licence would go up - both of which I'm sure someone like you would moan about.

FilthAndFurry;5381438

But if they didn't sell these DVDs (which are optional to buy) then … But if they didn't sell these DVDs (which are optional to buy) then they'd have less income meaning the programmes would be of a poorer quality or the tv licence would go up - both of which I'm sure someone like you would moan about.



Sorry, but it's laughable that you think that the sales of DVDs has any impact on the quality of programming or license fees. The BBC would have you paying £20 a month just to own a TV if they had it their way.

I hardly watch or listen to BBC channels - I would be quite happy to not pay them a penny if I could remove the channels from my STB.

Like I said, it's my opinion :thumbsup:

Always wanted it and now I shall own it! H&R added!

Nice one, have some heat.

Brilliant price, have pre-ordered. This has really crept up on me - I didn't even realise it was out this month. Finally, decent quality Blackadder on DVD.

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Xb0xGuru;5381477

Sorry, but it's laughable that you think that the sales of DVDs has any … Sorry, but it's laughable that you think that the sales of DVDs has any impact on the quality of programming or license fees.



Well considering the way the BBC Trust makes money...:roll:

Xb0xGuru;5381477

Sorry, but it's laughable that you think that the sales of DVDs has any … Sorry, but it's laughable that you think that the sales of DVDs has any impact on the quality of programming



The BBC earns over £600m per year on commercial activities, such as the sale of DVDs - it's the second biggest revenue stream for the BBC. I think it's laughable that you think without that revenue the quality of it's programming wouldn't be affected

Any news on blu-ray?

Evelynne;5382100

Any news on blu-ray?



It was filmed on video, for the post part at least, there is no HD source. Think only the outdoor stuff in first series was perhaps filmed on film, but it would still be low quality comparitively.

Evelynne;5382100

Any news on blu-ray?



It's unlikely that the original film quality would be sufficient to benefit from the hi-def treatment.

Finally a remastered version. I own the dvd's and they are perhaps the lowest quality DVD transfers i have ever seen, it looks 10 times better when its broadcast on TV. I will definatly be buying this, heat added.

Regarding the running TV license payment dispute in this thread, well if you don't like paying it, simply don't watch the BBC channels and save 142 a year. When i enquired about not payiing as i don't watch TV only DVD's and consoles, they said just give them a written statement informing them of this (presumably to batter me in court with if i was caught lying) and them stop paying, which i did about 4 years ago. In that time i have had the detector people stop by 3 times and i just showed them my setup and off they went.

good stuff - i had the original 4 disc edition, but had it nicked on a train. then ive now got the complete edition - which was meant to be limited but isnt of course, but looks so lovely i dont want to sell it to get this, but i want the remastered picture.

hmm i guess ill buy this and sell my other one to cover some costs, but it better look as nice in person.

horsepills;5382040

The BBC earns over £600m per year on commercial activities, such as the … The BBC earns over £600m per year on commercial activities, such as the sale of DVDs - it's the second biggest revenue stream for the BBC.



With their first being us, the licence-payers making them £8m per DAY (just under £3 BILLION a year). I've no objection to the BBC charging full price to people who haven't contributed a penny towards the programming such as non-license payers, but considering that the content wouldn't have been produced AT ALL if our money wasn't there to begin with it's cheeky to say the least. we're practically share-holders in the BBC - I'd like to see some dividends for my investment!

Great price, thanks

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Xb0xGuru;5385212

With their first being us, the licence-payers making them £8m per DAY … With their first being us, the licence-payers making them £8m per DAY (just under £3 BILLION a year). I've no objection to the BBC charging full price to people who haven't contributed a penny towards the programming such as non-license payers, but considering that the content wouldn't have been produced AT ALL if our money wasn't there to begin with it's cheeky to say the least. we're practically share-holders in the BBC - I'd like to see some dividends for my investment!



So it'd be okay if the people who paid the licence fee when the show was around got it free but not the people who have had a licence fee since then?

Maybe you have to show the licence fee from 1989 for example, or would it have to be the licence fee that was paid whilst it was being produced rather than being screened?

What if people only paid for a b/w licence back then? Do they only get a b/w copy? Of course on-one could get this remastered version because it wasn't remastered when it was first screened..
:roll:

Voted hot and bought :thumbsup:


Also agree completely that I should be entitled to a copy (on DVD) of everything the BBC have screened since I started paying my licence fee.

I almost put a "free copy" but that of course would be inaccurate as i've already paid for it.

I've sent a faximile to the Queen and Gordon Blaire requesting that the DVD's be delivered next friday (I'll take a half day off work).

I may have to pop down to Ikea to get a couple of extra storage units..........

:roll:

FilthAndFurry;5385764

So it'd be okay if the people who paid the licence fee when the show was … So it'd be okay if the people who paid the licence fee when the show was around got it free but not the people who have had a licence fee since then?Maybe you have to show the licence fee from 1989 for example, or would it have to be the licence fee that was paid whilst it was being produced rather than being screened?What if people only paid for a b/w licence back then? Do they only get a b/w copy? Of course on-one could get this remastered version because it wasn't remastered when it was first screened..:roll:



Like I said, you're contributing towards the costs to produce the programmes so in any other flavour (i.e shareholder) you would receive something back. A simple scheme where you get given a TV license 'card' which you can take into a retailer (or quote online) to receive a discount of sorts would really not be out of the question.

It's really not that unreasonable to benefit from a mandatory 'tax' if you own equipment to receive UK broadcasted channels, even if you don't watch the BBC ones.

If you want to discuss irony, when Blue Planet was first released on DVD it was cheaper to purchase it in the US by at least £10 (£16.xx as opposed to £29.99 in the US) . So a country who don't contribute to the costs of producing BBC content to then receive it cheaper than the UK is borderline criminal.

I get it that you don't see my point of view - that's fine - I don't get yours either but that's what opinions are all about :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Just had my email today from BBCShop saying my order has now been shipped.

Mine arrived this morning. I only had time to watch around five minutes of the first episode but it looks good to me considering it was shot on video in the 80's. I can't compare it with earlier editions, having not owned or even viewed any of them. However the word murky, which seemed to be used in nearly every review I have read of BlackAdder on DVD, does not seem to apply here.
Apart from the improved PQ this set is physically well put together and comes loaded with extra's. I'm well pleased with it and to get it for £28, with free delivery, and Quidco is a bargain.

Original Poster

I missed the postie this morning, so I have to pick it up tomorrow.

thearrowmaker;5473505

Mine arrived this morning. I only had time to watch around five minutes … Mine arrived this morning. I only had time to watch around five minutes of the first episode but it looks good to me considering it was shot on video in the 90's. I can't compare it with earlier editions, having not owned or even viewed any of them. However the word murky, which seemed to be used in nearly every review I have read of BlackAdder on DVD, does not seem to apply here. Apart from the improved PQ this set is physically well put together and comes loaded with extra's. I'm well pleased with it and to get it for £28, with free delivery, and Quidco is a bargain.



I thought the first series was shot on film?

thought the first series was shot on film?



My mistake. I just assumed it was shot on video, as so many shows were. However after a quick trawl I found this:

Much of this series was shot on film and on location in the north of England, which resulted in a cost considered exorbitant at the time for a BBC comedy series. As a result it was not renewed for a second series. However, in 1984 the team was able to convince BBC One (with new controller Michael Grade) to produce a second series with the understanding that costs would have to be cut dramatically (for example "Blackadder II" (1986) being shot entirely in a studio on videotape, except for a small amount of location filming used for the ending credits).

Original Poster

Picked up mine today from Post Office, will have a look later tonight, very nice packaging.

Original Poster

I watched the first episode from series 2 last night "Bells" and I have to say I was very impressed with the picture and sound quality.

I watched it upscaled on my PS3 Blu-Ray drive on a 40" Samsung LCD screen which would show up if it had any problems with picture quality, which thankfully it did not.

I have not seen the previous versions released on DVD which have had the bad reports on the quality, but I can recommend this version.
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