Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday Tomorrow

So, um...this is embarrassing....but I don't have any books for this weeks post....It's not that I don't want to recommend new books to you, it's just that I couldn't find any books I really wanted to condone. I'm sure there is something new out there you'll like, I just couldn't be bothered to look anymore when I do have something else to recommend! That's right, something old is new again and I'm expanding the parameters of this post to include DVDs!

Black Adder Remastered: The Ultimate Edition
Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnery, Stephen Fry
Published by: BBC Warner
Publication Date: October 20th, 2009
Format: DVD
Number of Discs: 6
To Buy

The official patter:
"Rowan Atkinson is deliciously twisted as the comic villain, Edmund Blackadder, in the enormously popular comedy series. Follow Blackadder in hysterical send-ups of the Middle Ages, the Elizabethan age, the Regency period, and World War I. This special edition contains new exclusive interviews and audio commentaries , making it a must have for all BlackAdder fans.

- Remastered series: The Black Adder, Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third, Blackadder Goes Forth
- New commentary by Rowan Atkinson and John Lloyd, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnery
- Blackadder Rides Again: special 60-minute documentary to mark the 25th anniversary
- Exclusive extended interviews with Hugh Laurie, Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry
- Costumes Revisited with Miranda Richardson, Patsy Byrne, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnery
- Plus Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Blackadder the Cavalier Years, Blackadder Back and Forth, Baldrick's Video Diary and more "

That hilarious of depraved individuals, Edmund Black Adder has had a bit of a spruce up. Black Adder has been remastered and made as good as low grade quality BBC 1980s video tape can be. Even though I have the series I am sure looking forward to the upgrade because besides all new commentaries we get some new documentaries, specials and interviews. For people who just can't get enough of Edmund, Baldrick, Melchet and the rest this is the best thing since the last best thing. Plus one can never have enough of Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent! The episode with Robbie Coltrane as Samuel Johnson is perhaps the funniest half hour of television you will ever see...aardvark's agree.

Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection Remastered
Actors: John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales
Published by: BBC Warner
Publication Date: October 20th, 2009
Format: DVD
Number of Discs: 3
To Buy

The official patter:
Coming to Special Edition DVD for the first time, it’s the complete Fawlty Towers collection with all-new commentary from John Cleese! Hot off the runaway success of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, John Cleese embarked on his now-legendary sitcom, Fawlty Towers, creating one of the most memorable and best loved characters in all of British comedy, Basil Fawlty. Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors, and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his “little nest of vipers,” his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly and the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey, Manuel.

-Exclusive commentary by John Cleese
-2009 extended interviews, including exclusive interview with Connie Booth
-Accompanying booklet
-Interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales, and Andrew Sachs
-Series 1 director's commentary by John Howard Davies
-Series 2 director's commentary by Bob Spiers
-Artist profiles
-Torquay Tourist Guide (short documentary film)
-Cheap Tatty Review"

Fawlty Towers is also being released in a remastered edition. Most likely to fund John Cleese's newest alimony payments, having just let wife number three, his costar Connie Booth also being an ex, he makes no bones about the fact he could always use the money. Fawlty Tower is the quintessential BBC Comedy and I luckily enough, unlike Blackadder, never upgraded from my VHS set and am happy I didn't, what with all the new extras.


I love black adder, so funny! I used to watch it every wednesday with my father. :) I love dvd's so this is a great post. Just bought the the Tudors. :)

Oh, I enjoyed the Tudors very much as well! DVDs are great for all these tv shows, there's no better way to watch them!

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