Max-- I also have the previous DVD editions but I think I'll have to buy this one. In addition to the commentaries it also has the fantastic BBC documentary from last year. If the sometimes-fuzzy images are cleaned up that's also a plus. It is pretty frustrating to lay out a large chunk of cash for a DVD set then have a cheaper superior version come along later.
Well I can say that there is NOT much of an image improvement, though this might only be because the source material was never very good to begin with or doesn't exist anymore and all they had was video tape masters. In any case I suspect the remastering was a rush job with minimal effort and some scenes just look digital. To me, and I have watched the original DVD releases many times, it looks like the colors have been unmuted, there is more color saturation and blacks look slightly blacker instead of medium to light gray. But the overall image still looks fairly fuzzy, dull, unsharp, as it always has, though maybe not quite as bad. The original DVD releases always looked like they were made straight from a VHS transfer and these are an improvement, but thats not saying much really. If you already own these there is no need to purchase this new set based on image enhancement but if you are a huge fan and want the new extras, go for it. Personally, I just wanted higher quality image copies and this "remastering" leaves a lot to be desired. I wouldn't buy it again.
I agree with the above comment. I have purchased both versions and I bought the newer one just for the interviews and "exclusive" extended videos with Rowan Atkinson. Although it might be too late to break even now, before this was released I sold the previous edition for about what I paid for this new version. I really wasn't put off by the price as it works out to less than $10 a season, even if the seasons are somewhat short.
I just bought the remastered box set and have thoroughly enjoyed it! It could be that my old set was so worn out from repeated viewings, anything looks better. I was missing the first series in my collection, so another reason to buy.
Can anyone tell me, please, what the new extras are? My husband has the first complete set of Black Adder, and he always complained that the episodes didn't have audio commentary from actors, directors, or writers. Does this version have all that - kind of like they did in 'Deadwood'?
-Brand new audio commentary with Rowan Atkinson & John Lloyd, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton & Richard Curtis, Tony Robinson & Tim McInnerny (I don't believe every episode has commentary) -Blackadder Rides Again , a special 60 minute documentary to mark the 25th anniversary -Exclusive extended interviews with the cast and writers -Costumes revisted with Miranda Richardson, Patsy Byrne, Tony Robinson, and Tim McInnerny -Blackadder's Christmas Carol -Blackadder The Cavalier Years -Blackadder Back and Forth -Baldrick Video Diary -And more! (I don't know what this includes) Hope this helps.
I haven't purchased the whole boxed set but I did just pick up the remastered "Specials" disc separately and found that a very funny line has been edited out of 'Blackadder's Christmas Carol'. Baldrick's line about the kids wanting to use the substitute 'Jesus' dog from the Christmas play in the Easter play as well has been cut. Does anyone know of any other such edits in this set?
Hiya peeps, I'm new to this forum! I just watched the mini episode Blackadder: The Cavalier Years set in the Cromwellian era that was originally made for Comic Relief years ago on YouTube and, lol, it was soo damn funny! Though I don't really know if special episodes such as that were ever put into the so called 'Ultimate Edition' boxed set, or not!? O.o
Which begs the question if not then that's kinda silly, cuz it's not exactly an ultimate edition is it...
Does anyone know if Baldrick's line about the kids wanting to use the substitute Jesus dog in the easter play has been cut from 'Blackadders Christmas Carol' in this collection? And does anybody know where to get a copy of the unaired pilot?
Can someone please say what audio commentaries and interviews there are? I am fully capable of reading; and "new audio commentaries with (list of names here)" can mean one twenty-minute commentary and is not of particular help.
Can someone who knows anything please state the number of commentaries in the new boxset, and what episodes they are for?
Would love to hear from people who actually have the boxset and can give info and opinions on the extras!