Absolutely Fabulous: Complete DVD Collection

 
9780790758190: Absolutely Fabulous: Complete DVD Collection
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No one would ever accuse the Ab Fab duo, Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders), of practicing restraint and refinement. And therein lies their—er, charm. They're up to their usual outrageous tricks in these 6 new episodes of the runaway British sitcom smash. And the DVD serves up 80 additional minutes of delicious nonsense, including spot-on spoofs of movies, music, midmorning TV trash, and even Madonna. Also included is the original sketch that launched the lunacy. 3 hours on 2 cassettes or 1 DVD. Also available: Absolutely Fabulous Series 1-3. The first three seasons brought together in one complete set. Each DVD includes outtakes and a photo gallery, plus a bonus disc is packed with special features. Over 9 hours on 4 DVDs or 7 cassettes. Web Extra: The sketch that the series is based on—written by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders—is titled "Modern Mother and Daughter." Joanna Lumley (Patsy) co-starred with Patrick MacNee in "The New Avengers", and also appeared in the James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

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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

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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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