- Actors: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint, Rowland Rivron, Patrick Barlow
- Producers: Emma Cornish
- Format: VHS, Colour, PAL
- Language: English
- Classification: 15
- Studio: BBC
- VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CJ2H
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
French And Saunders: The Video [VHS] 
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Highlights from the popular comedy sketch show, featuring Comic Strip graduates Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. In 'Burglary at School', Dawn's 'A-Ha' pencil case has been stolen, while the 'Fat Men' get a bit excited watching Miss World. In 'Bus-Stop Gynaecology', the girls discuss blocking their Philippine tubes, and Joan Bakewell provides her reaction to Muriel and Maddy in 'Arts Review'.
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Top Customer Reviews
"A compilation of what Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders do best: mercilessly funny spoofs. Baywatch, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Misery, Silence of the Lambs, Alien 3, The Piano are just a few and all are truly hilarious"
...and so I was expecting a DVD of all these clips, perhaps taken from the two part BBC compilation of the same title.
However, I now have it and was disappointed to find out that it was exactly the same as the U.S. release. (Also the same as the BBC video 'The Best of series 4')
This means no Baywatch, no 'Baby Jane' and no Piano. Plus a myriad of other sketches.
However, as a compilation, it still serves as a decent smorgasbord of entertainment with some of the best moments from the duo's fourth series. Personally, I would prefer complete episodes, series by series, but for now, this should satisfy the appetite of anyone who hasn't bought the U.S. editions.
I for one think that their spoofs of films and celebs are by far the funniest of what they do,just watch their specials on telly now and I'm sure you will agree.
I give it a four out of five,these are probably the best satires ever made and it shows off these ladies neverending comic talent.
The only downer is that it seems like sometimes they didn't even see some of the films and are just running around ridiculing it without really knowing what they're doing.I don't know if this was their intention or not ,but it's bloody good fun all the same.
Their acting is amazing,I was especially blown away by Jennifer Saunders' ability to transform herself into almost an exact copy of the actor that was in the original film.two thumbs up,some of the best comedy ever made!
Why would a compilation with this title omit their best movie parodies (Exorcist, Whatever Happened to Baby Dawn, The Sound of Music etc) yet include lots of sketches which are not remotely connected with the movies?
I am a strong supporter of the BBC ethic and its method of funding - but some of their efforts on the commercial front show a distinct lack of sense. Instead of funding new series of F&S - which ceased to be funny some time ago - they could exploit the back catalogue to the benefit of those who remember their peak years, and fund more innovative new programming instead which wouldn't get a chance on commercial tv.
Instead, I can only dream of "French & Saunders: the early years" or even better "The complete French & Saunders" DVDs. Still, no doubt these titles would be as misleading as F&S at the movies or the many "Best of..." BBC compilations which are anything but.
I've been a fan of these two forever (as most people I know are) and this is probably the best thing I've bought on Amazon for a long time! These two comical genius' give everything in their live shows that one would want to see.
Only one improvement could be made, in my opinion; there needs to be more!!
It's called 'The Big Live Boxset', and while what it does consist of is hilerious, it ends too soon, consisting of their last two live shows (Alive and Still Alive) and a 15 minute behind the scenes snippet from their last ever tour (which consists of videos of Dawn as she forgets to charge up her camera, and Jen recording herself in the mirror, and talking about Flog it!)
BUT, all fans want more, and at this fantastic price it is worth every single penny!
If you are at all amused by French and Saunders this DVD will be entertaining, amusing, and a pleasing addition to your DVD collection.
Very happy with my product!!
Love these women!!!! :) :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny but disappointing that "whatever happened to baby Dawn" isn't on this DVD, even though the Amazon description says it is.Published 2 months ago by Mr Robert Lloyd-Jones
Fabulous series from a great duet. Just as funny 102nd time around. Never get tired of seeing the classics.Published 3 months ago by Joyce Graham