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  • Actors: Peter Baikie, Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 880 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015B04J0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The legenary Absolutely finally makes its debut on DVD after Absolutely Productions finally re-aquired the rights to all 4 series of Absolutely. Written by and starring Moray Hunter, Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Peter Baikie, Gordon Kennedy & John Sparkes, the late 80s early 90s sketch show has been described as 'one of Channel 4's best-kept secrets'

This box set finally collects together all four seasons - a total of 28 episodes - a huge 15 Hours and 52 minutes of material!

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Askey's Legs on 29 Aug. 2010
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There are a number of reviews here that caution potential buyers on the quality of this release. Whilst I would say that there are certain issues with the Absolutely boxset, I would like to offer advice to any fans of the series who are put off by these claims.

I bought the whole boxset for £10.53 on Amazon. Postage and packaging were free under the Amazon Prime free-trial. So far I have watched series 3 and a few of the extras. On that basis alone the boxset has been well worth the asking price. Even if the other series are lacking in transfer quality, this has been money well spent.

Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Denzil & Gwynedd are consistently hilarious and well-observed - Any Welsh people who get S4C will love those bits. Mr Don & Mr George are very well scripted & arguably superior to Reeves & Mortimer. The disgusting Frank Hovis will appeal to those who like 'Derek & Clive' (although tamer). If none of these appeal there is always the fantastic Stoneybridge Town Council to fall back on and some great one-off sketches.

The DVD quality is fine on series 3, although there is no chapter access for each episode, which can be annoying if you are trying to find a particular sketch (you may need to take notes on where the best ones are). Admittedly, I have yet to see the rest of it, but as I say - it has already been well worth a tenner. Anything else from here is a bonus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ds VINE VOICE on 1 April 2008
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At last, after nearly 15 years away and no repeats worth speaking of, Absolutely returns. Many have compared it in some ways to Python; these comparisons are quite reasonable because of the sustained levels of what can only described as utter idiocy, delivered with the bite, intelligence and wit to justify it, including the music: anyone remember "Bank Holiday"? The linkage and continuity actually reminds me much more of Spike Milligan's Q series. Looking back, this was probably the first series to mix those kinds of "Dick Emery" charcter strands with the more iconoclastic PYthon and Milligan.

And what wonderful strandss they are, bearing comparison to the Fast Show: a cavalcade of wonderful recurring characters and situations: Don and George, Callum Gilhooley, The unbelievably bellicose nationalist poet & playwright McGlashan, Bert the old man, The Nice Family, Denzil and Gwynedd (my personal fave), Morwenna Banks' little girl ("It's true, it's true, it is!"), the foul and yet brilliantly lavatorial Frank Hovis and of course the majesty of the Stoneybridge Town council, with its Stony Bridge. There is just an embarrassment of riches on offer here with a gratifyingly high hit rate, with so much more comic invention than we see so often now.

And when they say Everything they mean it. Many episodes have audio and video commentaries from the team and an extra disc contains a set of background items and discussions about character origins and so forth. The transfer quality is, at times, only adequate, though that might have something to do with the quality of the original source tapes. It's sad that better care hadn't been taken with them.

Another slight annoyance is the lack of either chaptering or subtitles on episodes.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By P. Ryan on 12 April 2008
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Without doubt, the third series of Absolutely is the most consistently funny season of any television sketch show. The other series have great moments but they are patchier, hence the 4 stars here. That said, and as I think another reviewer touched upon, it still ranks above modern day contemporaries like Little Britain which, with half of the output, was faltering and rehashing old jokes.
I was involved with the company that was originally negotiating with Channel 4 four years ago to get the series released on DVD. Rather than release all the episodes as they are doing now, we were planning to do a "best of" to dip the toes of interest and follow-up with the complete episodes if the groundswell warranted it. As a precursor to this, Channel 4 converted some of the 1" masters for us to view to select the material that we wanted and I was given the task of picking suitable sketches from Season 2. It was good but not as good as I remembered it and when the shortlist for the 'best of' was drawn up, over half of the content was from the third series. Unfortunately for us, Channel 4 procrastinated for a further two years with changes of personnel and direction. When they became worried that the distributors of the original compilation, The Vido, still had rights over series 1 to 3, we dropped out. Good to see that it is finally going to get a release from the production company that actually made it.
When viewing Absolutely as it ran on TV nearly twenty years ago, I had a gang of people round watching it and we used to memorise the words, especially to Denzyl/Gwynedd sketches and Frank Hovis monologues. Most of them stuck with me, something which disconcerted John Sparkes at Edinburgh a few years back when, whilst he was reprising Frank Hovis in Filth!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Russell on 24 Mar. 2008
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Armed with just a few copies of the show recorded from TV and the two VHS releases I have sat patiently for lord knows how long for one of the best comedy programs of the 80's to be released on DVD. At last its here, the pre-order is in and now the waiting starts.......... Looking forward at last seeing more of the characters of Calum Gilhooley, Frank Hovis, The Stoneybridge Councillors, Don and George and Macglashan. This was one of the best comedy programs made in the 80's and at this price you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't buy it. Worth every penny. Big thanks to Gordon Kennedy for keeping all of us up to date with this release and I hope it is a big seller for you. Very underrated, very much missed I am very excited its here.
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