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Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials (2012)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: 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 (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B4LRMC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,555 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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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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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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14 of 15 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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19 of 23 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept hitting the PAUSE button to Laugh. September 25, 2012
By hoomer
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My GF and I have only watched "Identity" so far...

but I can tell you....

I had to keep hitting the PAUSE button so I could laugh as long as I wanted without missing the next moment.

We are hoping to watch the episode in its entirety without using the Pause button the next time....welllll....maybe on the third time...Ohhhhh OKKKKK....or on the 4th time we watch "Identity".

The white-haired Gran....and everyone else looked GREAT.... and did not disappoint.
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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 FABULOUS!
If you like the series then this is a must have for your collection. I just wish they made more episodes. BUY IT!
Published 1 month ago by Hvore
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE B B C SHOW SECOND ONLY TO KEEPING UP APPEARANCES. AS CRAZY A D SOMETIMES OUT OF CONTROL THIS IS IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS AS ARE ALL OF THE... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tiny chili girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Want more
I only wish I could get more. This is one of the best comedies ever and want Saunders to write more of these. I seriously miss these characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John L
3.0 out of 5 stars More TIRED Than Inspired This Reunion (3 Episode) Set
Speaking as someone who has very happily and eagerly watched all the previous "Ab Fab" episodes more times than I can count -- and always with tears inmy eyes, fromlaughing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John R. Pluntze, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars great special!
It's as if they never left. These episodes were as great as the series.
Lots of laugh out loud moments. I hope there are more of these specials
to come. Highly recommend!
Published 2 months ago by patricia chase
5.0 out of 5 stars There's not ENOUGH STARS TO RATE THIS FAB SHOW!!!
I first saw ab.fab. years ago in New York. I was living there in the 80's. A friend had it on, when my girlfriend and I stopped over before going to CBGG's. I loved it!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by lisa tilton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Great Show
I love this show. I started watching it in the 90's and it is a true gem. Great show with great actors, worth buying and having a glass of wine while watching it.
Published 3 months ago by ChrisP
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like old times!
I really enjoyed watching this, any Ab Fab fan should love it. It's just like old times, with lots of references to inside jokes and other takes from prior seasons. Good stuff!
Published 4 months ago by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Ab Fab always delivers
I will buy any and every Ab Fab DVD that is released and this didn't disappoint. One of the funniest shows ever.
Published 4 months ago by Bronwen
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm an AB FAB Nut!
Okay, so any fan of Ab Fab knows that with this series it just get better. I was a bit disappointed that the writers did not actually bring Saffy's daughter, I believe writing her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deloris Williams
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