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Absolutely Fabulous: Complete Series 5

Jennifer Saunders , Joanna Lumley , Dewi Humphreys , Ed Bye    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Few things are as addictive as the addictive personalities of Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), two middle-aged hipsters wallowing in clothes, booze, pills, glamour, celebrity, and anything else their excessive appetites demand. The fifth series of Absolutely Fabulous finds Edina coping with the unexpected pregnancy of her long-suffering daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha) and the departure of all of her PR clients except for Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton (playing herself with good humor). Every episode chronicles some ridiculous new obsession--Edina gets a panic room (and promptly traps herself inside of it); Patsy rediscovers a bunch of tawdry stag films she starred in and proclaims them works of high camp; the two kidnap Saffron's baby for a fashion shoot with Jean-Paul Gaultier. Saunders and Lumley fuse the ruthless social satire of Molière with the lowbrow physical high jinks of the Three Stooges, ably supported by Sawalha, Jane Horrocks (as Edina's dimwitted assistant Bubble and scheming narcissist Katy Grin), and a host of guest stars like Minnie Driver (in a razor-sharp self-parody), Kristin Scott-Thomas, Elton John, and more. Truly one of the gems of British sitcoms; sheer brilliance. --Bret Fetzer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unforgivable...... March 17 2004
I am not as forgiving as the previous reviewer who, while upset that the 'Chicago' parody is excluded from the disc, can easily overlook it.
It was bad enough that "The First Cut is the Deepest" was removed from all video releases of 'The Last Shout," and nearly unforgivable that this box set loses the Debbie Harry vocals from the theme song (replaced by an instrumental version) but to lose the SINGLE best moment of the fifth series, and one of the highlights of the ENTIRE run is just beyond the pale!!!!!
I cannot fault Warner Home Video, who merely distributes BBC product in Region 1, but I wonder why the BBC has such difficulty with "music rights" issues. Considering the amount of money that French and Saunders fans have spent on their products over the years, I do not accept that the BBC can't afford to clear these issues prior to (inevitable) video releases.
It galls me that the horribly presented Oxygen versions are more complete than the dvd but, we consumers are just the folks who hand over our money.....we don't really matter.
On the plus side, the dvd series is otherwise flawless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Series Five May 26 2004
By A Customer
I love Ab Fab but I am mixed about this season. I think many of the skits were mean with no real humor.
There were some fun parts in the Christmas skit like when we meet Bo and Marshall again-their new line of work is so fun-and when we see Jackie for the last time! Buy if you love Ab Fab, but I fear in the end you will be left with one thought: mean.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tarnishing a brilliant legacy. April 8 2004
By allgood
I've been a longtime Ab Fab fan but Series 5 is dire. One of the first things I noticed was the high-contrast harsh studio lighting, it looks horrible. Secondly the script has few laughs and lots of dialog that just sounds like gibberish. I sat patiently waiting for punchlines that never arrived. The ratio of meanness has also increased to a level that overrides any heart that the show had, Patsy is shrill and hateful without the humor of earlier episodes to balance her character.
All of the characters have been pushed to such an extreme that they no longer have any humanity to them, they're cartoonish. I found watching these episodes to be quite depressing, not a feeling you want from a comedy series.
The celebrity cameos are pointless and painfully unfunny, particularly Kristin Scott Thomas. Their presence seems to weigh down the comedy rather than enhance it. There's simply too much going on in each episode, remember how funny the earlier episodes were with fewer characters? Most scenes of this series seem crowded with needless characters that are more annoying than funny.
It's time for Ab Fab to be put out to pasture before it goes any further downhill than this.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, oh dear... July 12 2004
I'll never forget the first time I saw 'Absolutely Fabulous'. I was 15 years old and Series 2 was re-running on BBC One. It was the episode 'Death' and from the second Eddie's recurring oddball Jamaican Nurse bandaged her for her mud wrap to the close with Patsy falling into an open grave, I laughed deepr and harder than I had in a very, very long time.
Sticking with the buzz, I treated myself to Series One on VHS - excellent - and was duly rewarded by Series 4 after a very lacklustre Series 3. Inbetween, the almighty 'Last Shout' tided me over, and thanks to those interminable re-runs, even Series 3 grew on me after a while.
Which brings me full-circle to this, the complete series 5.
Now, oddly enough, this isn't available here in Region 2 on DVD just yet, so I am prepared to put up with minor (yet completely unforgivable in terms of necessity) flaws like the absence of Debbie Harry's vocal on the opening credits, and the lack of the 'Chicago' scene from the 'Birthin' episode (I did catch that one on TV, and believe me, American buddies, you're missing nothing. In vulgar parlance - it SUCKED), but what I was not prepared for in the slightest is the total lack of laughter, smiles and general Humour that made the first four series such a wonderful thing to watch.
For every decent, solid joke (Bubble's New Duchess persona, Patsy's recurring collagen disasters, Eddie singing Christmas Carols) there are three or four totally humour-free incidents (Eddy and Patsy worrying Saffy about post-pregnancy womanhood, preditable and tired Liza & David jokes, Bo and Marshall's infomercial, all appearances by TitiCaca, the entire 'Huntin', Shootin', Fishin' episode, etc etc etc). Laugh-For-Laugh, it's not great, and a feeble second even to the rushed, gimmicky 'Gay' TV Special.
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2.0 out of 5 stars meaner than all the other seasons Oct. 1 2005
By Luke
This season has a meaner tone to it that all of the others, the episode book clubbin' especially, before when they insulted each other it was funny, but in this episode it went from funny to mean VERY quickly, the best episode from this season was panickin' but even that ain't saying much, the first episode was pretty good, but the others weren't up to par of the other seasons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saunders & Lumley still Fabulous? ABSOLUTELY! July 10 2004
The team of Brit-Broads out for lavish living on other people's dime are going stronger than ever. With nothing to stop them, their daily trivial ticks keep viewers in stitches. Whether dealing with Sapphie's secret pregnancy or other socially rlevant issues (like passing for 37 when you're way into your 50s), the dynamic duo meets all challenges of life with a toast, a snort, and a late breakfast (around 2 pm).
The incredibly talented cast of "characters" include Edina's long-suffering 20-ish daughter, the gave-up-on-Edina-long-ago elderly mother, Edina's dipsy secretary with ESP (she knows someone is about to ring the door bell -- because they sent a telegram announcing their visit), Edina's estranged ex-husbands and their new spouces (one female, one male), and a line of celebrities playing themselves.
Absolutely Fabulous is the "hippest" show on television, ridiculing society's conventions and focusing on "living" at all cost. The "who cares?" attitude, which seems to always drop the lead characters down on the ground in the end, nonetheless gives the Ab-Fab Duo a false sense of victory. One "last line" says it best: "In the end it was all good, though, wasn't it?" Good? It was FABULOUS!*****
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, sweetie!
Season five is *happenin'* babe! With that 2-3 year break, Jennifer Saunders gets these characters back to where she intended-- a comedy with unsympathetic characters. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by J. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddy and Patsy are back!
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS returns for a fifth series of unbridled fun and hilarity, with 8 superb new episodes. Join Eddy and Patsy as they sink even lower into the abyss... Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Byron Kolln
5.0 out of 5 stars Bollocks!
The fifth season of AB FAB was far zanier than the previous seasons, followed more of a plot throughout the entire season (to a degree), and was overall more hilarious. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Daryn Malof
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS SWEETIE!
Why is the first review a one star review?!? Are you crazy? Season 5 is ABSOLUTELY on par with the rest. Read more
Published on April 7 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment
Wow..It' pains me to have to rate Ab Fab my favorite show for years, this low. It's so upsetting to see your favorite show go down the drain.
This series (5) was terrible. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by vl1024
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing....
Let me say right off the bat that Series 4 was not that bad. Actually, on repeated viewings it improved a bit. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by James Donovan
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm chanting as we speak
I'm sure that most of us AB FAB fans agree that series 1,2 and 3 are the absolute best. Series 5 was better than series 4. As always, the bloopers are hillarious. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by Jzee65@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely, Completely, Totally, Utterly Fabulous
When Absolutely Fabulous 'ended' it's 18 episode run in 1995, I was somewhat pleased. It has to be one of the funniest, most incisive, brilliantly constructed and performed TV... Read more
Published on March 31 2004
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