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Absolutely Fabulous Complete DVD Collection

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  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks
  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: BBC / Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: March 13 2001
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WJZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,729 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The smashing misadventures of fashion femme fatales Edina and Patsy remains one of the most popular and talked about comedies in BBC history. The New York Post called it "Utterly original, utterly of the best television comedies ever made." This collection contains all 18 episodes on 3 discs, plus a bonus disc packed with extras.

"Inside of me there's a thin woman trying to get out," complains the ever-suffering Edina. "Are you sure it's just the one, dear?" asks her mother.

When anyone raves about Sex and the City, you need only to remind her that the Brits did it first--and better--with the creation of the brave say-anything show about sex, drugs, and the battle of the bulge. Absolutely Fabulous is a groundbreaking, off-the-wall comedy from the early 1990s, which began with a skit from The French and Saunders Show, about a moral, uptight daughter and her extremely loose mother. Ab Fab has taken this to the extreme. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) is the queen of excess. Her clothes are outrageous, her attempts at weight loss comical, and her efforts at motherhood (her daughter, Saffron--played to perfection by Julia Sawalha--is a practical-minded, reliable teenager) are uneven at best. Eddy's best friend is Patsy, a promiscuous Ivana Trump look-alike who always has a cigarette between her lips, a drink in her hand, and a fine-looking man (or boy) in her bed. The entire show lasted for three seasons, and all are included in this set. From organizing an orgy to a brush with poverty to the death of Eddy's father, nothing--and we mean nothing--is sacred in this show. Without a doubt, Ab Fab is one of the greatest television satires created, although keep in mind that it's strictly for adults. --Jenny Brown

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By A Customer on Aug. 16 2003
Format: DVD
Sure this is camp and lots of men like it but daren't own up to it as they fear been accused of been gay, but hey im straight and i love it!
Joanna Lumley is just gorgeous and so funny as the ageing tart with the big hair and she is my favourite, but Jennifer is brilliant as Edina, changed from "Edwina" as she just lives the good life and whatever she wants she gets, but she still has fat thighs!
Julia Sawhala is briliant as the quick witted very plain and dull Saffy and June whitfield a comedy legand in England becomes a new modern character as gran and is smashing.
The funniest character i think is Bo the "in with anger, out with love" character who winds everybody up without knowing it. The funniest example of this is when Saffy, Gran, the two ex husbands and ones boyfriend are talking about antiques and halfway through Bo says innocently "i love old things" and as she says it she puts an arm round gran and looks at her.
This is first rate comedy and sweetie darling is often said in this coutry and now has become part of the english language!
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By Falconry on May 4 2003
Format: DVD
If you are reading this then you are most likely already a fan of ABFAB so there is little point in reviewing the series. I will concentrate instead on whether you should buy the DVD set. I recently purchased this set for my wife and she was thrilled with the quality of the DVD transfer for both audio and visual aspects. Sometimes transfers can be a bit too warm or washed out(such as the first issue of the Firth/Ehle Pride and Prejudice being warm and the Anniversary collectors edition being a bit washed out; and I highly recommend the former over the latter) but this is not the case with the ABFAB set. The colors are vibrant and true to the original imagery.
As for the DVD extras, which are always important, there are plenty of outtakes and a fourth disk containing behind-the-scene looks, a sort of "best of" etc. All in all, this DVD set is well worth owning and my wife considered it to be an outstanding surprise birthday gift (to be honest I did not think I was going out on a limb, but you never know). However, I would not be surprised if they come out with a single DVD set that unifies all four seasons, so some may wish to wait for that one. Regardless, any ABFAB fan would be thrilled with this excellent boxed set.
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By Shaz on March 13 2003
Format: DVD
I received this lovely little gem as a going away present from my mates at work. What a fabulous surprise! This boxed set includes the 1st 3 seasons of Ab Fab, plus a bonus DVD entitled "Gorgeous Little Things". This bonus DVD was slightly disappointing, as the "How to Be Absolutely Fabulous" and "Ab Fab Moments" were pretty much the same thing- clips of the shows best moments hosted by Jennifer Saunders and June Whitfield. However, there are hilarious outtakes from each season included, plus "Modern Mother & Daughter", the original "French & Saunders" sketch that introduced Edina and Saffy Monsoon. "Let's Get Celebritied Up!" is another best Ab Fab moments featuring guest appearances. You do, however, get an interactive map of Patsy and Edina's stomping grounds. The only thing missing that I think should have been included was "The Last Shout"- the Ab Fab special where Saffy gets engaged. Still, all in all, its a great boxed set worth every penny.
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By A Customer on Jan. 24 2003
Format: DVD
If there is something that American television needs more of, it's the misadventures of your average former hippie turned entertainment industry yuppie. Ab Fab manages to be completely pointless, yet funny and somewhat surreal. Out of all the British comedies that you can find on BBC America and Public television, Ab Fab comes off in the most universal way.
Ab Fab centers around Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) as they generally slack their way through life. Edina and Patsy have enjoyed a lifelong friendship, enduring longer than Edina's two marriages. However, most of the time of their friendship has been spent in a daze, leaving Edina and Patsy middle aged and somewhat outdated. Edina has also managed to have 2 children during her marriages, the unseen Sarge and the intelligent Saffron (Julia Sawalha). Saffron, known as Saffy adds conflict to the plot, giving Edina and Patsy a central enemy at times.
This DVD set is wonderful, giving loads of extras and 3 seasons. You get loads of outtakes, mostly featuring Saunders rambling as she fowls up a line. I was completely satisfied with my purchase. There is an entire disc featuring loads of information for the Ab Fab savvy, inculding the pilot episode to Mirrorball. Also, news of season 5 of Ab Fab is coming to surface, giving all of us fans something to really look forward too.
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Format: DVD
Absolutely unique, absolutely rude and politically incorrect, and absolutely hilarious. The best situational comedy ever seen on television.
The show revolves around two women: fashion extraordinaire Edina and her fabulous alcoholic friend Patsy, finding themselves taking part of constant misadventures. Constantly distracted by alcohol, drugs and lack of all responsibilities leave these two creating problems for themselves just to have something to complain about.
Edina, supported by her two ex-husbands (not imply that she does not have a "job") lives to make a life for her daughter Saffron as miserable as possible and passes from one day to another trying every fat diet ever invented. All but exercise. After all that would be sensible and we can't have that.
Patsy, who is also determined to make Saffron's life a living hell, carelessly surrounds herself with sex, drugs and alcohol. With Edinas fortune who needs to worry (not imply that she does not have a "job").
Most original look at a dysfunctional life. It will leave you wanting to have such a life. And why not, when only worries you'll have are shopping, drinking and more shopping.
And don't forget: "You can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes."
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