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French & Saunders - At the Movies [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2004
I'm French and Saunders biggest fan in the whole world so i'll try not to me biased. THIS IS THE BEST DVD IN THE WORLD!
It involves F+S's best clips from their movie spoofs such as silent of the lambs and thelma and louise, which is side splitting, buy this and you won't be dissapointed!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievably disappointing. Had seen it was due to be released and looked forward to it as I thought that it would include everything they have done recently - Titanic, Lord of the Rings, Tipping the Velvet - which have been some of the funniest television moments ever. Didn't have any of them. A lot of the material is really, really, old and not particularly funny.
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2002
Being a long time fan of French & Saunders, I was looking forward to the release of this DVD. The girls have produced a lot of great comedy. However, much of that great comedy is sadly missing on this DVD. Where, for instance, is that unforettable sketch involving the trial of Ralph MacTell, the Lynda La Plante "characters" ("What a Bleeding Dump!") and the numerous take off of the stars? Instead, we have to endure 90 minute of (mainly) tepid comedy involving the "Fat Men", "Dance Quickies" and "The House of Idiot."
There are few genuinely funny routines from their repertoire (thus the 2 stars), but the BBC are well short of the mark by calling this DVD "The Best Of French & Saunders."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2012
French and Saunders at the Movies. BBC copyright 2005. 100 minutes of material.

Sounds great if you love F&S's excellent parodies of films. Until you discover this DVD covers 5 films only (Misery, Silence of the Lambs, Aliens, Thelma & Louise, and, from the 1999 Christmas Special, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). And great parodies they are too, even if they are split up into about 3 sections each. But the point is that the majority of the sketches on this DVD are NOT film-related.

Most of the rest of the material is so old, that without the DVD inlay, I would have had trouble figuring out what they were about. Bizarrely, the DVD even includes a sketch about gossipy women comparing Princess Diana to Fergie, (and later a completely unrelated one mentioning Dodi Fayed). Yes, that's right, sketches about people who were dead by late 1997, being released in 2005. There are sketches called "House of Idiot" parodying a TV series called "House of Elliot" which apparently ran from 1991-1994, and a music video sketch that was utterly lost on me until I finally figured out that the inlay title "Dickens Daughters" was a pun on Shakespears Sister - remember them?

There ARE a few sketches that don't only relate to "hot topics of the early 90s", like "The Elizabethans" "End of School" or the Fat Men sketches.

A little note on the back says "Previously available on BBCV5246" My online research shows this was the now-deleted VHS tape "French and Saunders Best of Series 4" released in 1994. From its cover photos, it certainly also included Thelma and Louise, Silence of the Lambs and Misery. It seems to me likely the Beeb has just transferred that ancient material directly to DVD without editing, thrown in the 1999 Christmas special, and re-marketed it in 2005 with the misleading DVD title, blurb, and photos about film parodies.

Caveat emptor. Read very carefully between the 2005 blurb lines "Over the past decade, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have hilariously parodied any Hollywood film worth its salt. Gloriously, some of these have been gathered together on one DVD with other hilarious sketches from the fourth television series...."
Shame on you, BBC!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2009
The second, most recent show is a lot funnier than the earlier show but there are some laughs in both. The French and Saunders writing style is apparent throughout both shows so if you like the sketch show then these are worth watching. For some reason their solo projects are a lot more funnier and iconic though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2010
When you are a fan of english (british) humor, and that's what I am, this is a dvd I wanted to see. I'm not disappointed. The scene from "Thelma and Louise" at the end of the movie driving into the canyon. Great (in fact that what a lot of people would do).
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on 14 March 2009
A great compilation of some of the movies French and Saunders have spoofed over the years. But i cant help but feel that some of the best movie spoofs they've done were missed out. My ultimate favourite spoof of F&S has to be the Titanic one but sadly this wasnt included, and there have been other very funny more recent spoofs done such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. While the majority of the films spoofed were before my time they are still very funny. The christmas special is a fantastic bonus with the star wars spoof, a very funny sketch indeed. I have been a fan of French & Saunders for many years now, and any other fan would be pleased with this collection of very funny material.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2006
Ok, I'm relatively young and I got this DVD being an F&S fan and I have to say it was very funny at times, particularly the House of Idiot, Dickens Daughter and Alien were the best sketches, but some were very very poor such as a silly skit about poor people in shakespeares time that really was pointless and also the Fat men sketches which were before my time really.
I have to say it's probably one you'll spin on the odd time, but I'd definitely borrow off a friend rather than buy it.
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on 27 May 2013
Love French & Saunders. Bought this as I prefer them as a double act rather than on their own. I love their take off of the movies another reason for buying this DVD. My only disappointment is that it does not have my favourite - Whatever happened to Baby Jane? Just means that I will have to buy another DVD with it on and I am sure more laughs from the duo. If you are a fan I would definitely recommend it.
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on 11 February 2009
Fantastic scenes from French and Saunders, witty, to-the-point and very well performed. Our favorite scenes were the ones from Misery, Star Wars and the House of Elliot- with some of the original cast. The portrayal of characters is sublime, and each time both comedienes manage to look exactly like the people they want to portray.
This DVD inspired us to buy the entire French and Saunders Collection.
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