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Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials (2012)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: September 11, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B4LRMC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ab Fab fans, rejoice! Eddie and Patsy (the marvelous Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) have returned to stagger, flounder, and complain their way through a new era. Is it sad or delightful that this satire of narcissistic consumerism is about as relevant now as it was in the early 1990s? Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials includes three new half-hour episodes and a couple of special features (basically a mini-episode and a behind-the-scenes featurette about the mini-episode). In "Identity," Edina's long-suffering daughter Saffron (the underrated Julia Sawalha, as crucial to the series as Saunders and Lumley) comes home after a long absence, bringing along a guest with an unwelcome connection to Patsy. "Job" follows Eddie's attempts to promote a singing venture by her new client, a famous French film star (played with delicious ennui by Lindsay Duncan)--who, it turns out, can't sing. And in "Olympics," London hosting the Olympics is merely the backdrop for lust (Eddie is all aquiver that Michael Douglas is coming to visit her) and greed (Eddie pursues designer Stella McCartney in the hope of getting free clothes). Through it all wander Eddie's acerbic mother (June Whitfield) and addled assistant Bubble (Jane Horrocks). None of it quite rises to the heights of classic Ab Fab, but that's hardly surprising; the cream of the original five series is inspired comedy, fusing social satire and madcap slapstick. What's impressive is that, a decade later, Saunders and Lumley step back into their teetering stilettos with verve and zest. Fans will appreciate this most, but even newcomers will find much to enjoy. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Twenty years ago the world was introduced to Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley), and it has never been quite the same since. The original fashionistas, PR rep Eddy and best friend Patsy were often found at the bottom of a champagne bottle - and not much has changed. Now, reprising their award-winning performances in three specials, we see a life-changing experience for one of the characters; Eddy has set her sights on changing the career of a very big fish indeed; and Eddy and Patsy play their own very special part in the London 2012 Olympics. Twenty years since we first met them, the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser, but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the exploits of Patsy and Edina will surely be happy to know that the pair are still thriving! Twenty years after the 1992 debut of "Absolutely Fabulous," Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return to their iconic roles for these three short form specials. And it's a reunion well worth taking. Boozy, bawdy, and wildly inappropriate--I think that it's fair to say that the gal pals still exist in a universe of their own devising. That's good news for the viewers, but not always a pleasure for the others in their midst. In addition to Lumley and Saunders, many of your favorite original characters also return (in some form or another) and you just might be surprised to learn what they've been up to!

The three specials are Identity, Job and Olympics.

Identity: Kicking things off, this special has to reintroduce the cast in a rapid and effective manner and it succeeds tremendously. Saffron (Edina's usually sensible daughter) returns home after a long absence and welcomes another unexpected guest in the process. Not to ruin the surprise, but it's not quite the homecoming you would anticipate. Saffron's visitor has past ties to Patsy and, in a word, the situation is complicated. To extricate herself from this difficulty, Patsy must face her biggest demons--her age and her vanity. And Saunders, as usual, is terrific!

Job: A hilarious spoof on celebrity, hype, and public relations, Edina decides to represent and promote French Film star Jeanne Durand in a one night only can't-miss concert performance. Needless to say, things do not go smoothly! Lindsay Duncan is spot-on as the aging star, but the hero of this piece is a familiar and welcome face.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK DVD is longer? September 5, 2012
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I've seen the first two episodes of this set and was pleasantly surprised that it was still hilarious fun. Without giving anything away, there are some surprises for long-time fans. However, I noticed this runs 90 minutes and the one on the UK Amazon site is 113 minutes. Anyone know why?
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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My fellow Amazon reviewer K. Harris has already done a fine job on detailing the basics of this grouping of three very funny "specials" which reunited the "girls" of AbFab (and other characters from the BBC show, so I won't take your time to repeat that info. But I hope I can add a few extra pieces of info.

In answer to the question raised by another reviewer (Caroline Bender), the three episodes do not run 90 minutes. They run "90 Minutes APPROX.). Each episode is about 28 minutes long. Generally the US versions of BBC Home Video releases are the UK versions - with some "language" that was cut for BBC America cable airings. I can't be for sure , but I'm guessing these are the same episodes aired in the UK.

There are TWO DVD extras, not previously mentioned: Both have to do with Edina and Patsy appearing on a BBC benefit called "Sports Relief". First we get the portion of the SR show (about seven minutes) and then the "Behind The Scenes at Sports Relief" where the cast comments on things like Jennifer Saunders (who plays Edina and writes the scripts for AbFab) constantly changing thee script to keep it funny. This "Behind the Scenes" extra runs about 17 minutes.

I have to admit I've only seen a few of the AbFab shows, but found these funny. I'm sure they will more than satisfy AbFab fans.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Ab Fab for the fans January 5, 2013
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It was such a joy to see Eddie and Patsy and the crew back together again. For those familiar with the show, these episodes will be a treat - they are not the best that the series has had to offer, but there are plenty of jokes that land strongly and a lot of nods to previous episodes. If you are new to the series, do NOT start here. Start from season 01. My favorite of the three 20th anniv specials is "Job." Jane Horrocks gets to show off her voice talents in a surprising way that had me practically rolling on the floor laughing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS - ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS October 17, 2012
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20 years after the series first aired it was good to see what this bunch of crazies were up to and they did not disappoint in these 3 episode - Edwina and Patsy are as narcisistic as every Safron is still uptight - Bubbles is still an idiot and Mrs. Moonsoon is still amazing with her one line zingers. Even the Olympics is not spared the indignity of Patsy and Edwina's antics - I loved every moment of this and would recommend it as a must have
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love AB FAB October 14, 2012
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I haven't been an AB FAB fan for very long but I am hooked now and these were nice editions to the collection!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20th anniversary! September 15, 2012
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Jennifer Saunders does it again! Pasty and Edina are back doing what they do best! They still are funny and entertaining as they have always been! Hope Jennifer writes more absolutely fabulous! Not as funny as the rest of the seasons of ab-fab, but Jennifer still brings enough to make us want more of Pasty and Edina!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the exploits of Patsy and Edina will surely be happy to know that the pair are still thriving! Twenty years after the 1992 debut of "Absolutely Fabulous," Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return to their iconic roles for these three short form specials. And it's a reunion well worth taking. Boozy, bawdy, and wildly inappropriate--I think that it's fair to say that the gal pals still exist in a universe of their own devising. That's good news for the viewers, but not always a pleasure for the others in their midst. In addition to Lumley and Saunders, many of your favorite original characters also return (in some form or another) and you just might be surprised to learn what they've been up to!

The three specials are Identity, Job and Olympics.

Identity: Kicking things off, this special has to reintroduce the cast in a rapid and effective manner and it succeeds tremendously. Saffron (Edina's usually sensible daughter) returns home after a long absence and welcomes another unexpected guest in the process. Not to ruin the surprise, but it's not quite the homecoming you would anticipate. Saffron's visitor has past ties to Patsy and, in a word, the situation is complicated. To extricate herself from this difficulty, Patsy must face her biggest demons--her age and her vanity. And Saunders, as usual, is terrific!

Job: A hilarious spoof on celebrity, hype, and public relations, Edina decides to represent and promote French Film star Jeanne Durand in a one night only can't-miss concert performance. Needless to say, things do not go smoothly! Lindsay Duncan is spot-on as the aging star, but the hero of this piece is a familiar and welcome face.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But Hilarious!
The same cast, same wit and humor....I so enjoy this show. Worth watching more than once!!!
Published 16 days ago by Tina_Says!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun, Fun, Fun!!
Published 22 days ago by Carol J. Simmins
5.0 out of 5 stars This show is brilliant. Jennifer Saunders is brilliant
This show is brilliant. Jennifer Saunders is brilliant. These are known facts. I hope AbFab goes forever! I could watch Patsy and Edina at 80.
Published 23 days ago by D. Auman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good
Published 29 days ago by C. Scott Strumello
5.0 out of 5 stars BRACE YOURSELF KIDDIES.....THE DIVA'S ARE BACK, and in RARE...
PATS and EDDY.....ARE STILL AS OUTRAGEOUS AS WE REMEMBER.....AND HOPE THEY WILL ALWAYS BE.....!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AB/FAB always great!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great laugh!
One of the funniest shows ever produced.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Beilles
5.0 out of 5 stars Set up with 2 bottles of good Chanpagne and buckle up.
I am a huge fan of this series. Watched all seasons from season one to this anniversary series. Good golly already blatant, crass, hysterical innuendo throughout.
Published 1 month ago by Mona L Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great transaction. Just as promised. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by RD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely Fabulous Darling!
Published 2 months ago by Brooke A. Redmond
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