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Blackadder's Christmas Carol DVD

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Among the many films and TV shows which add a new twist to Charles Dickens' classic tale, Blackadder's Christmas Carol is the most ingenious. Made between Blackadder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), the inspired concept is to recast the self-serving Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) in Dickens' Scrooge role, but rather than a misanthropic miser make him the most kind-hearted man in England. Tony Robinson's Baldrick is as moronic as ever, while Robbie Coltrane plays the Spirit of Christmas like a forerunner to his Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, showing Edmund visions of past and future to not quite the desired effect. Hugh Laurie returns as the Prince Regent from Blackadder the Third and the entire court from Blackadder II (1986) is reassembled for japes involving a merry seasonal death warrant. Miranda Richardson is outrageously capricious as Elizabeth I, then takes the character a stage further in a decadent space opera future which also sees Patsy (Nursie) Byrne as an android. Though not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as the regular Blackadder series this is an excellent Yuletide special. On the DVD: Blackadder's Christmas Carol offers nothing extra on DVD other than the inclusion of optional subtitles. The sound is mono but crystal clear and the 4:3 image is good considering the source material is a TV studio production shot on video. --Gary S Dalkin

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play  &39;A Christmas Carol&39; Blackadder-style Bet you can&39;t guess who the Scrooge is? Dickens&39; classic tale of kindness truth and virtue completely mucked up and ruined by having a member of the Blackadder family involved Also Baldrick of course the man you can rely on to turn a Christmas dinner into a dog&39;s dinner as long as the dog isn&39;t particularly fussy Stuffed with deeply horrid people (many of whom are gigantically fat) and groaning with cartloads of seasonal bottom jokes it manages to squeeze in not only a Victorian Black Adder but also his famous Elizabethan Regency and Space Age relatives into a huge pie of entertainment that will satisfy all but the most discriminating viewers Actors Rowan Atkinson Tony Robinson Robbie Coltrane Miranda Richardson Hugh Laurie Stephen Fry Patsy Byrne Miriam Margolyes Jim Broadbent & Pauline Melville Director Richard Boden Certificate PG Year 1988 Screen Fullscreen 43 Languages English - Dolby Digital (20) Stereo Subtitles English ; English for the hearing impaired Duration 43 minutes (approx)

Christmas special of the classic BBC sitcom based on Charles Dickens' novel. Ebenezer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is the loveliest, kindest man in all of Christendom, until the Ghost of Christmas (Robbie Coltrane) pays him a visit and shows him the wicked ways of his ancestors. Among the many miscreants encountered in this parade of festive infamy, we meet Blackadder II, who plays a Christmas death warrant trick on Lord Melchett (Stephen Fry).

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