Absolutely Fabulous Complete DVD Collection
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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 hilarious...one 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 BrownSee all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.
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."
Most recent customer reviews
Love the series. Not impressed with 4 dvd's in one case às they seem to come lose too muchPublished 13 months ago by Margot Shaw
Jenifer Saunders is the most hilarious woman in the history of comedy ... French & Sauders & Absolutely Fabulous were both geniously funny series.Published on Dec 5 2009 by Ronald J. Male
To me, Absolutely Fabulous will never get old!! Eddy and Patsy are two of the funniest people I have ever seen on TV!! Read morePublished on April 6 2004
i love ab fab and i am planning to get them on dvds. but there is the complete series (which includes seasons 1-3 on 4 dvds) and there are the individual seasons... Read more
This DVD set proves that some of the best sitcoms come from the BBC. Jennifer Sanders and Dawn French are brilliant writers. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by Ronny Marshall
Ab Fab is one of the funniest TV shows ever produced. This collection of the first three seasons is totally hysterical, and very much worth the somewhat high asking price. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by madkinglear
I hope these girls will give us at least one more season.Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Michael J Brown
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