- 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.
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 DisneySee all Product description
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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)
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well not bad.... not good either. Middle of the road comedy, not witty but enjoyable light hearted film.Published 5 days ago by w jones
Never made me laugh once, but enjoyed the series sometimes.Published 9 days ago by paula kay gallagher
The film is Okay, its like an extended episode or special, which to be honest (In my Opinion) it should have been. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dace
Lots of wonderfully funny moments. Slightly feeble story line but who cares?Published 24 days ago by Daisy