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Absolutely Fabulous Complete DVD Collection

Jennifer Saunders , Joanna Lumley    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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"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

Special Features

Each of the first three discs in the four-disc set features a season of the show, complete with outtakes and a photo gallery (which proves slightly frustrating, as you are unable to skip around the photos--they are shown only in order). The fourth disc has the majority of the extra features: How to Be Absolutely Fabulous, a delightful behind-the-scenes look at the show; Ab Fab Moments, a retrospective of the entire series; Modern Mother and Daughter, the brilliant original skit from French and Saunders with Dawn French in the role of Saffy; picture galleries of the stars and guest celebrities; and a map of all the places Eddy and Patsy visited on the show. --Jenny Brown

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Sweetie, Darling its AB FAB at its best! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars review of DVD set May 4 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite March 13 2003
By Shaz
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all... Jan. 24 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetie� Darling! Dec 29 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jenifer Saunders
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best British Comedy Ever!!
To me, Absolutely Fabulous will never get old!! Eddy and Patsy are two of the funniest people I have ever seen on TV!! Read more
Published on April 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I Got A Question: Complete Series or Individual Series
hi everyone,
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
Published on Feb. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Sweetie!
This DVD set proves that some of the best sitcoms come from the BBC. Jennifer Sanders and Dawn French are brilliant writers. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Ronny Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest DVD Collection Ever
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 more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by madkinglear
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I hope these girls will give us at least one more season.
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Michael J Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars They're absolutely dotty!
These gals are freakin' HILARIOUS!!! And Leonard Shaw, I'm saying this in as nice a way as possible-- you've absolutely missed the point of the humor. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by L. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars IT IS TRULY ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
i have seen the episodes on comedy central, including the new ones! and i must not agree with mr.shaw about the comment he made, i belive that the acting is fabulous! Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2002 by alex
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