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Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Special (The Last Shout/In New York) (1994)

Jennifer Saunders , Joanna Lumley  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • 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 Warner
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02YE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Special (The Last Shout/In New York)" on IMDb

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One of the most popular comedies in BBC history, this wickedly inventive comedy tells the tale of fashion femme fatales Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley), and their endless quest for sex, love and eternal youth. In "Absolutely Fabulous in New York," Edina discovers that her long lost son Serge is shacking up in the city that never sleeps when the degenerate duo head to the Big Apple for a shocking reunion. In "The Last Shout," Edina is thrilled to learn that her sweet but frumpy daughter Saffy is engaged to the suave and wealthy Paolo Carlo.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddy and Patsy get "special" April 16, 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD comprises the 2 ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS 'specials', "The Last Shout" and "Gay".
"The Last Shout" - In the AB-FAB timeline, this special takes place after Series 3, when Jennifer Saunders was adamant that this was to be be last-ever AB-FAB story. Eddy and Patsy take a trip to the snowfields of Val de Ser, leaving Saffy at home with her stuffy new boyfriend Paolo Carlo.
During their event-filled holiday, Eddy becomes convinced that she is Christ returned after having a near-death experience on a mountaintop where she visited God (Marianne Faithful). Patsy is evicted from her flat above the Oddbins in the Kings Road, and Mother has shacked up with some old friends in a grotty caravan.
Saffy and Paolo decide to get married, leaving Eddy to plan the wedding of the century...
"Gay" - In the AB-FAB timeline this story takes place after Series 4. Eddy discovers that her absent son Serge is gay and living in New York. Since she and Patsy are in town during Fashion Week anyway, she decides to seek him out. With the help of Goldie (Whoopi Goldberg), a lesbian marriage celebrant, Eddy and Serge are reunited...but for how long?
AB-FAB fans will relish adding these stories to their collections. Always a fantastic show!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and slapped together DVD release. October 2, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
For those of us that pre-ordered the DVD, you were probably unpleasantly suprised to find that Jennifer Saunder's commentary is NOT on this Disc. I know it's always a chance actually expecting what they say will be among the special features will acutally be present but this time they've gone cheap. Figuring if you like AbFab you'll buy anything no matter how slap dash it is.
The commentary was the big selling point to me and now I feel cheated a bit.
I'm even a bit ticked about the vaguely homophobic description of the Gay episode on the box.
As other reviews have said, they went with a poor scan and pan instead of showing the *slightly* letterbox version. If Comedy Central could get it right, why not BBC video? Isn't that why we buy DVDs?
The outtakes from both shows are on the disc and that's it for extra's. Also disappointing is the lack of subtitles (though I guess it's closed captioned if you have a TV that can display those).
Comedically, definitely 5 stars and one of my favorites comedians. The DVD techinical quality? I give it 1 star.
The season 4 2-disc set was excellent and filled with extra's, commentary, and no annoying 'pre main menu' commecials. Guess I got my hopes up after that.
Frankly, this is an "Absolutely Miserable" release!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! What did WB do to this? October 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I love Absolutely Fabulous. I had never seen the NY special, so I've really been looking forward to this dvd. BBC screwed up by letting WB anywhere near it, I guess. The production quality is so sloppy and cheaply done, it almost spoils the entire special.
Don't expect commentary, or more than a couple of minutes of NY outtakes. Bad conversion as well. Basically "Gay" was quickly tacked onto the "Last Shout" special dvd with little else added and little effort taken. AbFab fans deserve much more than this.
I love this series and it hurts to say this, but I was even disappointed with the NY special itself. Parts are funny, but I was expecting more. I couldn't believe it ended so quickly; it seemed like it was just gaining momentum and getting interesting (after wading through some lesser, filler stuff), then it was over. Great, but not AbFab great. I'm hoping it's setting up the new series and we'll see more. Mo Gaffney is at her best here, though - some of the funniest bits are Mo's. Note: I watched again and realized that the West Hollywood spotlight review is right. I think a lot of the comedy is lost because of the botched transfer and close cropping. Really a shame. If you can somehow get ahold of a better version, Gay may actually be funnier than it shows on this DVD.
Also an observation: If you're using the averaged number of stars given as a guideline, keep in mind that the vast majority of 4 and 5 star reviews here aren't reviews of this actual DVD. They were AbFab fans writing about the DVD before they even saw it; before it was even released. So, they may be reviewing Last Shout and Gay as they saw it on TV, but they are NOT reviewing this particular DVD. It's really different.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready for this Sweetie? June 14, 2003
Format:DVD
The girls from Ab fab are back!!! A new DVD containing the two Ab Fab movies sweetie...The New York Special and The Last Shout, with audio commentary and outtakes!!!
The New York Special entitle "GAY"- Jennifer Saunders, in an homage to her gay fans, has brought Serge out of the closet and created a one-hour special around his reunion with his ridiculous mum, Edina Monsoon. Not only do we get to see Debbie Harry of Blondie perform the AbFab theme "This Wheels on Fire", Edie and Patsy get married by Whoopi Goldberg, we get to visit fashion week, location shots at many familiar gay landmarks in NYC and cameos by many gay icons. Also includes the rest of the ab fab gang, Buddle, Saffy, and grams
In "The last Shout" we see Edina floating with a dolphin in a pool located in her bedroom for spiritual cleansing. She contacts Patsy, who has been renting an apartment conveniently located above a liquor store, to get ready for her job interview. Patsy does get up, but only so far as to walk into a pub. And guess what...Saffy has a boy friends. Will she Marry him, and will Edina aprove of him?
A must buy for any ab fab fan
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Fabulous!
A fan of this show doesn't need me to tell them how good any of it is.....
Published 10 days ago by Janet K. Uffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love these girls.I want more of these vids
Published 2 months ago by Michael Fay
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 2 months ago by Samantha Rockey
5.0 out of 5 stars AB FAB absolutely special
The girls have a heavy English accent so a little hard to follow at times but a very funny show
Published 6 months ago by Dennis A. Agin
5.0 out of 5 stars Patsy and Edina on the loose in NYC???
I am a long time fan and find the comedic level hystarical. The writing and the acting is one of true commitment to the AB FAB style.
Published 7 months ago by Diana L Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
I love this show, it always makes me laugh. The quality of these DVD's is excellent. If you want to pop in a DVD and watch a few shows to laugh from time to time, these shows are... Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Shrader
5.0 out of 5 stars r
The item was received on time and as described. It was packed for shipment in a careful and protective manner. I recommend this vendor.
Published 18 months ago by Ron A
5.0 out of 5 stars love them
always good for a laugh..can't get enough of AB FAB wish they were back on the air..love them Eddie and Pattsy
Published 20 months ago by Susan T. Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars This special is what started it all for me!!
Awesome show. I've loved it since I saw this special. I want this.high fashion drunk high life. Sounds great . Thanks for the DVD. It was tip shop. Preeesh the eff.
Published on August 28, 2012 by Jasmin Roberson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
It is great to pop this dvd in and laugh at Patsy and Eddie! This is a must have for any AB FAB fan.
Published on December 27, 2011 by luv shoppin
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