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Absolutely Fabulous: Ab Fab at 20 - The 2012 Specials [DVD]
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2012
Its been seven years since we last saw these fun loving fashionistas and within that time a LOT has changed. I won't give too much away as that would spoil purchasing the DVD, but I will say that when I saw all three episodes air on television, they made me laugh out loud at the sheer pantomine antics of the whole gang! Yes, Abfab is 20 years old - and what annoyed me is that the critics failed to see on the last episode Olympics, that this is in fact a reality for the characters. Eddy's permanant struggle with her age and spirit, Saffy's reluctant acceptance of her past and trying to contemplate a future for her and her daughter Jane (Lola) who's now seven years old, and Patsy - who has had to deal with not only her incredible age being revealed but also issues that some, not all, women of her age have to deal with!! Throughout all, for me each episode stands on it's own with it's own merit and could have easily been straight from a previous series, which surely is a good thing? I love Abfab. It reminds me of a time when comedy did'nt have to rely on 'reality style camera filming', where an audience is present and it follows a format that I and the 7+million viewers clearly enjoyed. Jennifer has never relied on critical observation, she's been true to herself and the fans by writing Abfab at 20 at its most racous, entertaining best. BRING ON THE MOVIE IN 2013!!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2012
It's very welcome to have more episodes from Jennifer Saunders, as AbFab celebrates its 20th anniversary as one of the very best sitcoms ever.

The three shows included on this dvd are for the most part peppered with good gags and many laugh out loud moments, but they fall quite far short of being anything like 'classic' episodes. Saunders continues to shine as Edina, but from time to time Joanna Lumley is helpless to stop Patsy becoming a caricature of her past self (if that is possible for such an extreme and physical character), with some scenery chewing that is a little bit cringe worthy. Similarly, Julia Sawahla and June Whitfield have reached the end point for their characters and are left to merely look cartoonishly exasperated or dizzy by turns, and the net result is ultimately a show which is now slightly creaking at the seams, even if it still manages to satisfy quite a few of its diehard fans.

But the real low point is the extras - the sport relief 'special' is unbearably awful, with the lack of canned laughter exposing the desperately hollow attempts at humour, with b list 'celebs' looking awkward and embarrassed as their total lack of any acting or comedy talent is laid painfully bare. This was one AbFab to which Saunders really should have said 'no'!!

All in all, this dvd won't win the show any new fans, but it will keep its legion of admirers fairly happy for the time being. In the end though, you are left longing for the classic episodes of the 90s.
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on 28 April 2015
Funny! I don't know what to say about this for people who may never of seen it! I grew up watching this and would hope every year for more and there has been large breaks where we have waited many years for more. So imagine how I felt when I knew they were working on this! This is beyond funny! If you like two middle age women getting drunk and acting young and doing daft things and being out of touch with reality then this is really up your street and this is the latest and a good place to start.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 August 2012
20 years on from when they first staggered onto the screen uttering iconic lines such as 'It's a Lacroix, sweetie' and 'I haven't eaten since 1973. Except that crisp', Jennifer Saunders' louche, hapless fashion victims Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone have returned (along with Saffy, Bubble and Mother) for three new episodes of 'Absolutely Fabulous'. Since its fourth series in 2001 the show has had it's fair amount of people attacking the show, saying it needs retiring/axing etc etc. Maybe I'm just slightly biased, but Jennifer hasn't lost her touch at all when it comes to lampooning the fads, fashion and celebrity culture of whatever decade it is Edina and Patsy struggle to find themselves trying to stay young in.

Though first episode 'Identity' has a somewhat shonky, overacted appearance from Lucy Montgomery as Baron, a tracksuit-clad drug dealer who is the reason Patsy ends up discovering her official age (and she's not 39), the writing and the humour is still as dead on the mark as ever, the rants against everything from the Kardashians to the Olympics as vitriolic as you'll get them ('Of course I've known it's been coming darling, it's like tinnitus!') and the situations as hilarious as ever (particularly in 'Job' where Edina's latest client, aging diva Jeanne Durand is discovered to be a talentless mute).

What keeps Ab Fab constantly fresh is the fact that statements prophesied in earlier episodes of the series (namely those of age in say, 'The Last Shout' between Edina and Mother, who is as played as dottily as ever by June Whitfield) are now coming true. Both Edina and Patsy are growing old ever more ungracefully and as long as the show keeps staying true to that it will still keep providing the laughs, however many times Jennifer writes new material. Roll on the movie!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2013
Completes my collection. Absolutely love Ab Fab. One of the best, longest, enduring comedies. It is still as funny as the first time I saw it.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2012
Honestly, I am a huge Ab Fab fan and was very excited to see these reunion episodes...but I couldn't help but be a bit underwhelmed. The last installment of the series had been "White Box", a special set after the shows 5th season. That episode in itself was quite weak compared to the previous episodes and ended with Eddy and Patsy kicked out of the house by Saffy and living in a shop window. It seemed like a good ending to me, Saffy finally achieving liberation from them only to realise how dull things are without them. The first episode of this set is obviously a long time after that, so we don't know how Eddy and Patsy moved back in... but they have and a lot has happened in that gap.

My favorite episode was "Job", the second special. For me, that had the most laugh out loud moments and felt the most like Ab Fab used to be. "Identity" and "Olympics" were mediocre in my opinion. "Olympics" was more enjoyable due to the time it was airing and jokes that tapped into things that the audience was thinking about the events, for example when Eddy is asked how she couldn't have noticed the Olympics was happening when everyone had been talking about it she exclaims: "Everyone's been talking about it for the last five years!" But it was still disappointing to see the legend that is Patsy sitting there saying that she doesn't care about not being young enough to be part of the glitz and glamour crowd anymore. Saffy's character just got weird. It was weird enough thinking of her doing jail time and then being stupid enough to invite a criminal to live with her, then we have her dressed from head to do in traditional African wear. I know that considering the time gap there had to be some changes, but I hardly recognised the character some times. Also, people who know Ab Fab very well may noticed a couple of recycled jokes here and there from previous episodes: "Swinging saloon doors" and Bubble's Pinocchio nose gesture for example. Maybe Jennifer Saunders didn't realise, maybe she just needs to write something new.

I don't want it to sound like I hated these episodes... there were parts where I laughed a lot in the second and third, but I didn't think much of the first episode I have to say. I was happy to see all the characters again, but I think the show has seen its best days. I didn't think these episodes were of the high quality I got used to from Ab Fab before.

Oh and I haven't commented on the Comic Relief sketch, mainly because I had trouble remembering it. Not that funny and relies way too much on squeezing a lot of guest stars into a very short amount of time.

Watch it and judge it for yourself. This was just what I thought, having been an Ab Fab fan since it's first year.
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on 30 December 2014
How is it they have aged and I haven't...oh yes I have cataracts.
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on 23 May 2015
pure class never ends still as funny as when ABFAB started
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on 22 January 2015
perfect! fast and safe shipping. A+++++++++
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2014
For the most part the Ab Fab series have been stellar, and for me this one didn't disappoint. Jenifer Saunders is just comedy genuis and the cast brought together for this series has turned out to be an ednuring and excellet selection.
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