Black Adder Set

Black Adder Set

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Director: Mandie Fletcher, Martin Shardlow, Paul Weiland, Richard Boden

Cast: Mandie Fletcher, Martin Shardlow, Paul Weiland, Richard Boden

     
 
Rowen Atkinson's very popular comedy series The Black Adder had five successful seasons on the BBC. This five-disc set contains each of those hysterical seasons. Each of the discs in this set (Blackadder I, Blackadder II, Blackadder III, Blackadder Goes Forth, and Blackadder Back & Forth) is available individually, but this package is the most cost-effective

Overview

Rowen Atkinson's very popular comedy series The Black Adder had five successful seasons on the BBC. This five-disc set contains each of those hysterical seasons. Each of the discs in this set (Blackadder I, Blackadder II, Blackadder III, Blackadder Goes Forth, and Blackadder Back & Forth) is available individually, but this package is the most cost-effective way to attain all of them. The discs offer standard full-frame transfers that preserve the original broadcast aspect ratios of the episodes. The closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a who's who and a what's what to help explain the series, a singalong section, and an old interview with co-writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill). This is a superb disc for anyone who loves British comedy in general and the series specifically.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
A self-proclaimed "situation tragedy," Black Adder is the boisterous brainchild of British comic actors Rowan Atkinson (in his biggest triumph pre-Mr. Bean) and Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral). Originally aired between 1983 and '89, Black Adder spans a tarnished family legacy set in four different centuries over four different series. The first series, The Black Adder, takes place during the darkest part of the Dark Ages (15th-century England) and introduces the wickedly funny misadventures of the terminally treacherous Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (a.k.a. "The Black Adder," played by Atkinson). At his sinister side is the never-faithful scalawag Baldrick, played to the hilt by Tony Robinson. Black Adder II, the aptly named second series, spans 1558-1603 and finds the nasty genes of the Blackadder dynasty resurfacing in the Renaissance as Lord Edmund continually searches for grace and favor from the raving-mad Queen Bess (Miranda Richardson). Accompanied as always by the blackhearted Baldrick, the dastardly Blackadder tarnishes the reputation of England's Golden Age, with some hilarious hijinks along the way supplied by Jeeves and Wooster's Stephen Fry. Series 3, or Black Adder the Third, is set in 1768-1815, a time of great wealth, power, and discovery -- although not for Edmund Blackadder, Esq. The fortunes of the previously aristocratic Blackadder family have slumped, and Edmund is now butler to the pea-brained Prince Regent (Jeeves's Hugh Laurie, who also appears in Series 2). A Christmas special set in Victorian London about the story of Ebenezer Blackadder serves as a jolly segue to the fourth and final series, Blackadder Goes Forth, which places Edmond on the Western Front in 1917. Disorder climbs the ranks as numbskull Captain Blackadder stumbles onto the battlefields of World War I only to discover that people are actually trying to kill him. Fry and Laurie return in unforgettable roles, and Tim McInnerny appears as Captain Kevin Darling. Under the guise of its superior wit, Black Adder carries a sharp social commentary on an integral part of British culture -- family legacy -- as the distinguished Blackadder name proves to add nothing but shame to the nation throughout the centuries -- albeit with some great humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
UPC:
0794051156327
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
14:20:00

Special Features

Five DVDs of the complete series, seasons 1-4; outtakes; archival interviews; Blackadder special featurettes; Blackadder karaoke; cast biography gallery.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rowan Atkinson Black Addercus,Edmund Blackadder,Edmund III,Lord Edmund
Tony Robinson S. Baldrick,Baldrickus,Sodoff Baldrick
Hugh Laurie Prince Regent George IV,Lt. Hon. George Colthurst St. Banleigh
Tim McInnerny Capt. Kevin Darling,Percy,Lord Topper,Archbishop
Brian Blessed Harry, Prince of Wales
Helen Atkinson-Wood Mrs. Miggins
Miranda Richardson Elizabeth I,Amy Hardwood,Lady Elizabeth
Stephen Fry Cecil Hogmanay Melchett,Duke of Wellington,Lord Melchett
Elspet Gray The Queen
Hugh Paddick Keanrick
Robbie Coltrane Dr. Samuel Johnson
Vincent Hanna Himself

Technical Credits
Mandie Fletcher Director
Martin Shardlow Director
Paul Weiland Director
Richard Boden Director
Martin Sherdlow Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- BlackAdder I
0. Scene Selection
0. The Foretelling
1. Opening [5:21]
2. The Battle [4:54]
3. "Actually, It's the King!" [5:33]
4. "The Black Adder" [6:03]
5. The King's Head [5:02]
6. The Last of Richard III [6:34]
0. Born to Be King
1. Opening [5:35]
2. The Frolics Committee [5:21]
3. McAngus the Annoying [3:21]
4. A Cunning Plan [4:37]
5. Dubious Entertainments [4:43]
6. Mum's Love Letters [9:51]
0. The Archbishop
1. Opening [5:26]
2. The Next Archbishop [5:31]
3. Edmund the Unwilling [3:40]
4. A Right Royal Archbishop [6:42]
5. Pardons, Relics, Assassins [7:52]
6. Dressed Down by a Nun [3:21]
0. The Queen of Spain's Beard
1. Opening [5:01]
2. Love Bites [3:26]
3. The Formidable Fiancée [4:33]
4. Baldrick's Cunning Plan [6:57]
5. Plan B - A Preemptive Wedding [4:47]
6. The Little Princess [9:01]
0. Witchsmeller Pursuivant
1. Opening [5:30]
2. Black Death and Witchcraft [7:18]
3. Edmund's Trial [4:37]
4. Baldrick's Escape Plan [6:36]
5. A Fiery End [4:16]
6. All Sorted Out [1:48]
0. The Black Seal
1. Opening [4:41]
2. Six Evil Men [7:06]
3. Wait for the Sign [4:23]
4. The Hawk and Mad Gerald [7:22]
5. Reunion Gone Awry [3:59]
6. King for 30 Seconds [3:32]
Side #2 -- BlackAdder II
0. Scene Selection
0. Bells
1. Opening [7:14]
2. Nice Try, Melchy [4:25]
3. Leeches [2:44]
4. The Wise Woman [4:34]
5. He Wishes to Marry A... [5:06]
6. The Wedding [6:07]
0. Head
1. Opening [4:08]
2. The Book of Death [4:55]
3. Please, Your Majesty [5:14]
4. Lady Farrow Visits [6:14]
5. Queenie's Mercy [4:28]
6. Ponsonby RIP [1:45]
0. Potato
1. Opening [5:11]
2. Ahoy There, Matey [5:52]
3. Red Beard Rum [8:25]
4. Hahahaha [4:30]
5. Fancy a Drink? [5:17]
6. Credits [:48]
0. Money
1. Opening [5:57]
2. Up a Certain Creek [4:27]
3. Alchemy [5:12]
4. Naughty Queenie [5:55]
5. And Again [5:26]
6. Bedding a Bishop [2:57]
0. Beer
1. Opening [3:46]
2. Melchett's Dying [6:04]
3. The Plan [5:07]
4. More Guests [4:15]
5. Not Drinking [8:17]
6. The Next Day [1:45]
0. Chains
1. Opening [6:36]
2. Word Games [3:11]
3. Apologies [5:09]
4. Dear Queen [3:58]
5. A Party [7:34]
6. I Shall Return [2:49]
Side #3 -- BlackAdder III
0. Scene Selection
0. Dish and Dishonesty
1. Opening [3:54]
2. Major Crisis [7:14]
3. To Be an MP [4:01]
4. Election Night [5:54]
5. You're Beaten, Oik [7:27]
6. Credits [:53]
0. Ink and Incapability
1. Opening [5:48]
2. Norman Tongue [5:15]
3. Patron of the Arts [5:11]
4. Off to Nepal [6:34]
5. Only a Dream [5:33]
6. Credits [:57]
0. Nob and Nobility
1. Opening [3:45]
2. Le Adder Noir [6:53]
3. One Week Later [3:03]
4. Bonsoir, Messieurs [6:47]
5. Morning Scum [8:22]
6. Credits [:53]
0. Sense and Senility
1. Opening [1:08]
2. Mrs. Miggins [8:58]
3. Is That the Door? [5:31]
4. The Speech [5:10]
5. Exquisite Jelly [4:57]
6. Credits [:52]
0. Amy and Amiability
1. Opening [4:25]
2. I Love a Royal Wedding [4:57]
3. A Man of Passion [3:48]
4. The Balcony Scene [5:39]
5. Highway Robbery [9:44]
6. Credits [:52]
0. Duel and Duality
1. Opening [3:35]
2. The Walrus Awakes [6:16]
3. An Extremely Cunning Plan [10:06]
4. McAdder [4:18]
5. The Duel [4:44]
6. Credits [:53]
Side #4 -- BlackAdder Goes Forth
0. Scene Selection
0. Captain Cook
1. Opening [7:42]
2. General Melchett's PR Scheme [4:07]
3. Artistic Efforts [3:53]
4. Pictures at an Exhibition [5:13]
5. No Man's Land [7:27]
6. Credits [:50]
0. Corporal Punishment
1. Opening [7:11]
2. In Stockade [3:03]
3. Court Martial [6:13]
4. Four Stocking Fillers and a Firing Squad [6:11]
5. BlackAdder's Last Hope [5:58]
6. Credits [:46]
0. Major Star
1. Opening [7:24]
2. "Bob" [6:24]
3. General Melchett's Fancy [4:13]
4. Georgina's Engagement [4:50]
5. Replacing Georgina [5:27]
6. Credits [:47]
0. Private Plane
1. Opening [4:08]
2. Lord Flashheart [5:44]
3. Joining the 20-Minuters [5:04]
4. Up-Diddly-Up-Up [5:22]
5. Baron von Richthofen [7:51]
6. Credits [:46]
0. General Hospital
1. Opening [7:05]
2. A Spy in the Hospital? [5:28]
3. Hospital Holiday [4:08]
4. Nurse Mary's Bedside Manner [5:12]
5. The Spy Revealed [5:23]
6. Credits [:46]
0. Goodbyeee
1. Opening [4:26]
2. Two Pencils [5:08]
3. General Melchett's Diagnosis [5:55]
4. Another Cunning Plan [4:53]
5. Melchett's Farewell to Darling [6:22]
6. Simply Says: "Bugger" [2:39]
Side #5 -- BlackAdder Back and Forth
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening [6:30]
2. An Italian Time Machine [8:29]
3. Sherwood Forest and Waterloo [8:03]
4. Forced Memory Therapy [3:29]
5. Name-Dropping in Vain [4:23]
6. King at Last [2:39]

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Black Adder Set 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the best. If you like British comedy, you will love this. He tries to be evil, but just brings shame to family and country. Very entertaining, addicting, and scary lol.