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Absolutely Fabulous - Complete Series 5 (2003)

Jennifer Saunders , Joanna Lumley , Dewi Humphreys , Ed Bye  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Naoko Mori
  • Directors: Dewi Humphreys, Ed Bye
  • Writers: Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Sue Perkins
  • Producers: Jo Sargent, Jon Plowman, Tammy Chopling
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012QMKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Absolutely Fabulous - Complete Series 5" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 8 episodes on two discs
  • 15 minutes of outtakes
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

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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In Absolutely Fabulous: Series 5, Edina and Patsy surround themselves with a constellation of stars, including Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Gosford Park), former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, Hollywood star Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Gross Pointe Blank), fashionista Jean-Paul Gaultier, and the one-and-only Elton John! High on the agenda are book clubs with London's top glitterati, weekends in the country a la Madonna and Guy, and intimate gatherings with Elton on the piano. But when Saffy returns from a few months as an aid worker, Edina's heady world is turned upside down by her startling news. Babies and Bollinger don't mix, after all...or do they?

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddy and Patsy are back! April 16, 2004
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...
"Cleanin'" - With Saffy gone on a long-overdue holiday, Patsy and Eddy have the house to themselves, though curiously it isn't everything they imagined it would be. Eddy has moved her PR business into her living-room, with several high-profile new clients on the books including Emma Bunton. Suddenly Saffy returns..with an announcement that will send Eddy's world into a tailspin.
"Book Clubbin'" - Eddy and Patsy's little book club meets to discuss their latest selection, an abridged mini version of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', though Mariella Frostrup fails to bring her celebrity pals. Meanwhile Saffy invites her boyfriend around to break the big news.
"Panickin'" - Eddy installs a panic room, whilst Patsy tries to get chummy with Minnie Driver. Real panic ensues when a lockdown occurs leaving Eddy and Patsy trapped in the high-tech fortress, leaving Minnie in the 'capable' hands of Bubble.
"Huntin' Shootin' Fishin'" - Eddy is doing some Royal PR so she and Pats decide to travel down to the country to see how the other half live. Saffy holds her baby shower with Emma Bunton and her ever-bizarre old school friend Sarah (aka 'Titty KaKa')
"Birthin'" - Saffy has gone into labour, ruining Patsy's expensive outfit when her water breaks. Marshall and Bo stop by for another strange interlude, whilst Katy Grin has been cast as Roxie Hart in 'Chicago'.
"Schmoozin'" - The lost Beatle tapes have been found, and Eddy's in love again, this time with an old school flame. Patsy's old sex films get released by a Japanese company including 'Boobarella'.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AbFab 5, the real Edina! March 23, 2004
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I am one of those AbFab fans who believes series 1 and 2 were the absolute best, particularly because Edina had such funny manneurisms that I don't believe were reflected as well or as much in series 3 and series 4. Series 5, however, brings back those body twitches, idiosyncracies, and outbursts. In Exploitin' the episode begins with the most hilarious 'stair' foible I think I've ever seen on all series. It's great. The actresses seem to have returned to the style of acting seen in earlier series. If you are an AbFab fan and thought series 4 was ho-humm and are contemplating not spending the money for series 5, take my advise and buy it. It is worth the money.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "they can turn a pube into a bouffnat" March 17, 2004
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I have been a fan of this program since it's initial showing on the BBC back in the early 90's. Jennifer Saunders has done such a brilliant job of parodising our culture's relentless obsession with the new, the hot and the trendy. Johanna Lumley is still wickedly funny as Patsy Stone and has some of the funniest lines of the series. Jane Horrocks is back as Katy Grinn/Bubble and has somehow managed to remain one of the most underrated actreses of her time(check out Little Voice). Bo, Marshall and Justin make their cameos alongside Sir Elton JOhn, Minnie Driver, and Emma Bunton. I only have two faults with this release. Series 4 had a fantastic commentary with Jennifer Saunders and Jon Plowman, executive producer. I was hoping for that this go-around as well. And secondly, in the BIrthin Episode, Bo had an ecstasy induced hallucination with the cast of Chicago with all of the series regulars making an appearance. However it was not on the DVD...maybe a licensing issue? These two minor things aside it is still a must have for any die hard fan and comes off much funnier than when aired on Oxygen. Let us hope that if Pats and Eds make a 6th series as is rumored that a better network on this side of the pond picks it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely, Completely, Totally, Utterly Fabulous March 31, 2004
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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 sitcoms of all time but I was thrilled that writer and co-creator Jennifer Saunders recognized that time was up and too much of a good thing will ultimately lead to disappointment. Like other Britcom classics `Fawlty Towers,' `Black Adder' and `Dinnerladies' AbFab wrapped while still way ahead of the pack. I didn't mind terribly when it came back in a two part special in 96 to wrap up some loose ideas, but I was hugely (make that HUGELY) disappointed when a new batch of 6 episodes aired in 2001. It just wasn't the same and although brilliant in places, overall it was lacking the edge that had made it great. Another one-off special aired in 2002, which was frankly bizarre and then came news of Season 5 in 2003. I wasn't expecting much. Here was a brilliant idea now well past it's prime.
But I was wrong. The fifth season of AbFab is quite simply the best set of episodes yet. Saunders creative genius has kicked in once more and the treading water and re-visiting old ground and old jokes of the last season has given way to a new direction for all the characters and the best laughs to date. I can hardly believe that any series in its twelfth year could possibly exceed all that has gone before. But it has.
Whereas all the characters in the 4th season had stagnated and seemed rudderless, they've all moved on to new comic heights and been given situations hitherto unexplored. Saffy in particular is in a situation that could never have been envisaged back at the start in 92 and Edina and Patsy have evolved into even more outrageous pastiches of themselves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Love this series. I watched it when it aired on television and on DVD. I miss them but enjoy being able to watch them whenever I want.
Published 4 days ago by Samantha Rockey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase.
Excellent transaction. Excellent condition. Perfect all around. A great item at a fantastic price. Words cannot describe my experience on Amazon as of late. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Loralie Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars AB FAB series 5
Wife & I love this show very funny and very well written. The comedy team of Patsy & Edna work very well together.
Published 3 months ago by Dennis A. Agin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetie Darling Sweetie
The clothes, the one liners, the booze, drugs, and thrills. What a show. Whata a gas, what a hoot. Enjoy
Published 6 months ago by Steve Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
I love these two twisted ladies! They are so much fun to watch....some people may not 'get them' but they are very funny! I love it!
Published 13 months ago by A. Polley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I had to have this season, and it is just as good as all the previous ones, and as the shows go on, they only get better.
Published 13 months ago by SpencerO
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous
Abo=solutely Fabulous says it all. if you want to laugh til you cry buy this DVD. Eddy and Patsy are hilarious.. Read more
Published 13 months ago by william tiemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It is Ab-Fab. What more needs to be said. Same wonderful characters, same evilness. I love it all. If you do not have a very good and somewhat warped sense of humor, stay away. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kristin J Alkire
5.0 out of 5 stars smay girl
If you haven't seen Absolutely are missing out! They are so funny, many laughs. We watch it over many times!
Published 13 months ago by Michael Smay
5.0 out of 5 stars ABFAB fans
We have been ABFAB fans for years. We had had issues trying to find the shows but we found them here. They play perfectly, no pausing etc.
Published 16 months ago by Jay F. Stafford
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