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Absolutely Fabulous: A Life [VHS] [1992]

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  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,185 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This compilation of the best moments from 'Absolutely Fabulous' includes fifteen minutes of new material. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) is in the middle of filming her own documentary - 'A Day in My Life' - when she drops in on her mother (June Whitfield), who is working in a Help the Aged shop. Edina begins to reminisce about her life - school, childhood, friendship, style... and of course Patsy (Joanna Lumley), who always seemed to get more boys.

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Absolutely Fabulous was first broadcast in 1992 and became an instant hit. Originally a sketch on the French and Saunders Show, Jennifer Saunders saw its potential and created one of the most ground-breaking and debauched comedies on British TV. Centred around the hip London fashion scene the series follows Edina (Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley), two women who refuse to grow up and are constantly on a mission to lose weight, gorging themselves with cocaine and/or champagne, endlessly throwing parties (or throwing up at parties), and sporting outrageous outfits which were the height of fashion at the time--honestly sweetie! The superb comic performances offered star status to Julia Sawalha as Edina's straight-laced daughter and Jane Horrocks as the sublimely dippy Bubble, and re-invented the careers of Joanna Lumley and June Whitfield. Saunders meanwhile secured her status as one of the top female comedians Britain has ever produced. Although its consciously chic clothing looks a little dated now, its mad characterisations endure and the jokes remain as hilariously slick and apt as ever.

Ab Fab remains a landmark in TV since it was the first time that female comedians and writers had had the freedom and exposure to satirise problems close to their own heart, from their own perspective. With Feminist writers claiming that the ideals of feminism were dead in the 1990s and that female concerns were moving in the wrong direction--towards the "Laddette Culture"--and reports claiming that careers were taking a central role, forcing motherhood onto the back-burner, the series sought to embody and satirise these new supposedly "female" characteristics. As the show continued to grow in popularity both in Britain and the States, plans were made to transfer the formula to America. However, as with many other great British series, the content was considered too risky for American audiences due to the amount of sex and drug references. Thus domestic audiences breathed a sigh of release that their beloved Ab Fab would forever stay British to the core. --Nikki Disney

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Really great for all AbFab fan. Packaging is light. English subtitles (for the hard of hearing) everywhere except on outtakes and where written below. No French subtitles (like in the US boxset), no new bonuses. Missing things are the outtakes of "The last shout" that were on the original DVD... No "Absolutely Fabulous : The collection", no "The story of Absolutely Fabulous" and no "Comic relief" sketch from 2005

Here is the complete listing of what's included in this "not-so-Definitive boxet"

Disc 1 : Season 1 + outtakes (14:55) + photo gallery + "Modern mother and daughter - the original French & Saunders sketch" (8:05 - no subtitles)
Disc 2 : Season 2 + outtakes (14:05) + photo gallery
Disc 3 : Season 3 + outtakes (16:31) + photo gallery
Disc 4 : Season 4 part 1 (6 episodes of season 4) + audio commentary by J. Saunders & producer J. Plowman on each episode (but without any subtitles)
Disc 5 : Season 4 part 2 (special features) : Pilot episode"Mirror ball" + outtakes (season 4 - 12 min) + photo gallery + interviews of Jenifer & Joana, June and Jon Plowman (no subtitles on interviews)
Disc 6 : Season 5 part 1 (4 episodes) + outtakes (21:00)
Disc 7 : Season 5 part 2 (4 episodes - including "Cold turkey) + photo gallery
Disc 8 : "Gay" + audio commentary by J. Saunders & producer J. Plowman (no subtitles) + outtakes (02:38) + photo gallery
Disc 9 : "The last shout" (part 1 & 2) + "White box" (no bonus and NOT ANY OUTTAKE)
Disc 10 : "How to be Absolutely Fabulous" (28:06) + "Absolutely Fabulous : A life" (77:44)
Disc 11 : AbFab at 20 : the 3 episodes (Identity, Job & Olympics) with Audio description option + "Ab Fab does Sport Relief" (07:15) + Sport Relief behind the scenes (17:19)
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By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2001
Format: DVD
Well here it is, the final ever outing for TVs most drunken duo, Eddy and Patsy. Preparing for a trip to the fancy ski resort Val D'isere, Eddy is floored by the news that daughter Saffie has agreed to get married, a fact which Patsy revels in, as it means she'll be able to move in and out of her flat above Oddbins. However, Eddy puts it to the back of her mind and sets out to learn how to snowboard. A night out leads to them trashing their chalet, and next day Eddy is off skiing, where she meets with someone she thought she'd never see:God!
Act 2 returns them to home, where Saffie plans her impending wedding to the slimy Paolo, Eddy believes she is Jesus, and Paolo and his super-rich parents arrive for dinner. While Patsy meets a face from the past, Eddy takes charge of the wedding and sets out to make it an event to remember. But will it all end in tears? This fabulous DVD comprises the 2-part "Last Shout" shown in 1996, and has some hilarious lines and characters. Buy it now!
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I had never watched this programme before this year so I'm a fairly new fan. Most of the original series aired before I was born, starting as it did in 1992 and me being born in 1999. I really love Jennifer Saunders' performance in this series as Edina (Eddy) Monsoon. The writing of the scripts is great and very original as well with some very funny one liners.

This box set has some excellent extras including outtakes, behind the scenes and photo galleries. It also contains the 20th anniversary specials; A.K.A - Ab Fab at 20.

It really is a special box set, great for any collection. I reccommend it highly!
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I bought this to replace my previous box set (which didn't include the later series or Olympic specials). It's one of my favourite ever series. All of the discs play well and I'm pleased to now have the full collection!
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By RFC on 3 May 2016
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Very good value for money, nice Boxset
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Format: VHS Tape
I have never laughed so much in ages, this video shows Jennifer Saunders at her best, playing the hilarious Edina Monsoon with some of the best lines in comedy heard for years, you never stop laughing through the episode Hospital where she has to go through an operation with 'sensory deprevation and back up drugs' to have an acupuncture needle removed from her toe!, as always patsy has to join her friend and decides to have a face lift because she is doing a 'kiss and tell' story in Hello magazine about her liason with a politician. In death eddies father has died and she goes into mourning due to the fact that she has put on 12 inches of fat all over her body, this episode shows Patsy's true character when eddie decides to spend all her money and contemplates who she will leave her house to when she dies. Of course if patsy wants the house she has to mourn eddies father and go to the funeral because eddies dad would want her to be there if she wants the house, cue an hilarious grave side scene when pasty drunkenly falls in to an open grave while eddie lands face down on her fathers coffin, it also includes the fantastic line by june Whitfield 'we've been married a long time I've had longer to get used to the idea of him dying'. In Morocco the girls go off on a fashion shoot that never actually happens and are joined by Saffy who Patsy decides to sell to the highest bidder, this episode shows a flashback to the days when Patsy had a sex change and was a man for a year 'until it fell off' as Eddie tells Saffy.Read more ›
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