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French And Saunders: Live [DVD] [2000]

Dawn French , Jennifer Saunders , Ed Bye    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rowland Rivron, Sinéad Cusack, Lenny Henry
  • Directors: Ed Bye
  • Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Phil McIntyre
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R1JJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,869 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Comedy duo French & Saunders return to the stage for the first time in 10 years, raising the roof with more examples of their uniquely bizarre brand of humour. Filmed live at the Bristol Hippodrome.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hip minimalist comedy in the grand manner 28 Dec 2001
From these two crowned UK comedy ladies, we've come to take too much for granted. This two-hour-long live show is filled with obvious or oblique quotes, both visual and verbal, from the original TV shows; a tribute to their own, unique comedy genius. If you are new to the old TV series, try and catch up ASAP (you don't know what you've been missing). Now, in this live show, the intimate scale which marked their famous, scarcely furnished sitting-room sketches, is lost in a huge stage, but the production standards are very high indeed, with extremely impressive sets and clever visuals. A designer's comedy this is, verging on the coolest chic. Stage direction seems a bit slack by comparison, yet the excellence of the sets and visual effects holds everything together. With such talented comedians, you might be wondering "Why bother?." Well, ask Jennifer Saunders for one, not exactly at her very best here. So, I think you guessed already, this is very much a Dawn French's virtuoso solo with Jennifer Saunders' capable accompaniment -- and Dawn's got it all, although without the razor sharp precision of the studio sketches. It seems Mrs. Saunders has decidedly subdued herself by design, less intense and convincing than usual. But if you love these two comedians as much as I do, you'll certainly enjoy it regardless. Incidentally, the highly stylized, ultra hip video inserts are directed by Jennifer Saunders' husband, multitalented oddball extraordinaire Adrian Edmondson. These contain some of the best laughs: wait for Dawn French's Alphabet sketch -- a minimalist gem with maximum comic impact. And if you still noticed that I withdrew one star from my rating, let's face it: 4-star studded F&S is a delicious four-bonbon box all the same, worth a galaxy of lesser comedians...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HYSTERICAL - the only description 21 Nov 2003
By sam
After being unable to go and see this when it came round, i got the video, and it truly is hysterical! its just soo good i highly recomend it to anyone!!!!!! One of my favourite dvd's ever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 12 Jan 2004
With the usual use of silence to absolute comic perfection and some good old audience interaction, this is classic French and Saunders. Except this time they've decided 'comedy is art' and, while Jennifer tries to stick to this, Dawn sets about ruining everything, ending with Jennifer's quite understandable anger ('What are you, some kind of pathological upstager? Hmm?').
It's a little bit hit and miss - I never like their sketches of old women for some reason - but the video inserts make up for this.
I'm with the other reviewers here - any F&S is good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AbFab 30 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Having watched both of the French and Saunders live shows, I must say this one definitely stands out as the superior one for me. Partly this due to the visual effects that simply weren't possible 10 years earlier, but that is not all there is to it. My favourite parts of the show still rely very little on the effects and very much on the hilarious delivery by the wonderful Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders - Dawn's chocolate police and Jennifer's subsequent pole dancing being prime examples.
Some of the sketches are a little less amusing than the others, but all in all I'd recommend this to any true fan of F&S. My only regret is that I couldn't see this live during the tour in 2000.
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