Brilliant surprise on this consecution.
Faithful, reverent and surprisingly amusing edit of the "Back n Forth" special.
This is lighter toned than the original, and, dare I suggest, sunnier.
Meaner edges have been buffed down.
For all the trims, the story holds together nicely.
Bit jarring to hear music from "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" opening.
This is a straight faced rework, and one cannot escape the irony of it being funnier than the original.
Blackadder Back and Forth was a curious old thing...made it at the time as a complimentary peice for the ill-advised Millennium Dome eyesore. While it was nice to see plenty of familiar characters, the comedy seemed to have taken a humor by-pass. It was perhaps a little too in love with the memory of past glories rather than try to do anything new with the ensemble or even the premise.
Mr. Cinema has decided to make this a black and white piece, smoothed over transitions with great throwback music to films of old lore, and removed most of the jokes, and you wouldn't even know they were gone. Blackadder always works better when the characters are playing things completly straight despite their performances being so over the top, and here, holding back on the intended punch-lines makes it funnier in a slightly different way. No longer does it seem like they are trying "too hard", you feel like everything is more natural.
This is a fine edit and does more to instill good faith once again in a product that is usually all too rare to muck up
Blakadder is one of my favorite shows of all time, Seasons 2,3 and 4 in particular. I've never liked this special because well, it was not as funny as it should have been and it made the mistake of emphasizing spectacle over comedy, much like Season 1 which was the highest budgeted but most inferior of the original series.
This edit fixes the special in every imaginable way. First of all, the ridiculous Robin Hood nonsense is removed--Rik Mayall was ok in New Statesman, but I always found him very annoying in Blackadder, nowhere more than here though, so I'm glad he's out. The trims are all invisible and the story moves along at a great pace. This really helps the humor as there is less fat and a more streamlined narrative. The one thing I missed tho was Blackadder punching W.S. for all the schoolkids of the future, that was a funny line I remembered from the original.
Again, technically perfect, no flaws at all. The sepia tint and credits were fantastic actually, and superbly done. They fit the time travel aspect well and were reminiscent of the gong logo from the Powell/Pressburger films of the 30's/40's. I loved it.
Overall, this is as good as Blackadder back and forth can get and should be seen by every fan of the show. It is a definitive cut.