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Absolutely Fabulous: White Box (DVD)

Edina and Patsy are back and devastatingly divine in this extra fabulous special, with a hilarious guest appearance by Nathan Lane! Edina has been bitten by the home makeover bug and wants to redecorate the kitchen. The trouble is, she's awfully fuzzy on the specifics. At wit's end, Eddy and Patsy shop for inspiration -- under threat from Saffy to make a decision -- but will they fail and have to resort to redecoration regression therapy?

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For those who need a fix of feeling Absolutely Fabulous, a spot of luck: the 2004 AbFab special, White Box. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are vulgar, conceited, self-absorbed, and petty--and that's on a good day. Saunders' writing is still crackling, and the two stars give unapologetic debauched performances. The plot is minimal, revolving around Eddie's desire to remodel her kitchen, which goes hilariously awry, and the deadpan Julia Sawalha, who plays Eddie's daughter, Saffie, is again a tragic straightwoman. Edina, to Patsy, who's just entered the gutted "white box": "What do you think of the kitchen, Pats?" Patsy, slightly checked out: "I think it's fabulous." Saffie: "It isn't done yet." Edina: "No, sweetie, maybe she's right. Maybe this IS fabulous."

The regular supporting cast is on hand, as are several guest stars making cameos, including Laurie Metcalf as a charlatan past-life "regressor" and Nathan Lane as a campy decorator. The extras are also notable, including the original skit that launched Ab-Fab, and a great behind-the-scenes mini-doc hosted by Saunders. Champas, darlings? --A.T. Hurley


Special Features

Featurette: How to Be Absolutely Fabulous - 28' Other: Ab Fab Moments - 78' French & Saunders: Modern Mother and Daughter - 8' Featurette: How to Be Absolutely Fabulous - 28' Other: Ab Fab Moments - 78' French & Saunders: Modern Mother and Daughter - 8' Featurette: How to Be Absolutely Fabulous - 28' Other: Ab Fab Moments - 78' French & Saunders: Modern Mother and Daughter - 8' Featurette: How to Be Absolutely Fabulous - 28' Other: Ab Fab Moments - 78' French & Saunders: Modern Mother and Daughter - 8' Featurette: How to Be Absolutely Fabulous - 28' Other: Ab Fab Moments - 78' French & Saunders: Modern Mother and Daughter - 8'

Product Details

  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U1ZV9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Absolutely Fabulous - White Box" on IMDb

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2007
This ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS special originally aired during Christmas in 2004.

With Saffy (Julia Sawalha) in Africa getting married, Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) decides to renovate the kitchen...again. She calls in her old friends Bettina and Max (Miranda Richardson and Patrick Barber), but Bettina's concept of "white box" soon causes more trouble than Eddy wants. Meanwhile Patsy (Joanna Lumley) is in hospital for some "pay as you go" procedures. Adding to the chaos are Marshall and Bo (Christopher Ryan and Mo Gaffney), on the run from the authorities following their latest fraudulent television ministry.

Needless to say, by the time Saffy returns home, the kitchen is still in a shocking state. Convinced the answer lies in one of her myriad past lives, Eddy organises for a regression to find the kitchen of her dreams...

It's fun catching up with old characters Max and Bettina (previously seen in the "New Best Friend" episode from Season 2), plus there are some great cameo roles for Nathan Lane as an eccentric designer, and Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") as Eddy's psychic medium. Home design guru Sir Terence Conran also puts in a fleeting appearance. And don't forget the always-hilarious Mother (June Whitfield) and Bubble (Jane Horrocks).

It's been a long time in coming to DVD, but fans of AbFab are sure to love it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Hart on October 27, 2007
The 2004 "Absolutely Fabulous" special entitled "White Box" was another hilarious look into the lives of the fictional characters created originally by Jennifer Saunders (who plays Edina Monsoon) and and Dawn French (who played the original Saffy, Edina's daughter, but that role was revamped & recast for the series with Julia Sawalha). "White Box" begins with Saffy planning a trip to Africa to marry the father of her child. Edina was supposed to go, but instead remains in London with her long-time friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley). Against Saffy's wishes, Edina decides to yet again redecorate the house, starting with the kitchen. The result: a near-featureless white room thanks to the efforts of Edina's friends Bettina (Miranda Richardson) and Max (Patrick Barlow). Of course, Saffy is not at all happy at this latest change upon her return, but her disgust is temporarily thwarted when Bo (Mo Gaffney) and Marshall (Christopher Ryan) show up while hiding from the law due to their illegal money-collecting activities for their latest phony televangelist show in the states. Meanwhile, Patsy has undergone a partial surgery ("pay as you go") and is dripping profusely where ever she goes. This time, however, Saffy may do something a bit rash to change things for herself and her young daughter.

Other returning characters included Bubble (Jane Horrocks) and Edina's mother (June Whitfield). Guest stars included designer Terence Conran (as himself), Laurie Metcalf as a regression "expert" and Nathan Lane as a designer named Kunz. Overall, "White Box" was a very funny, earns a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and is highly recommended to any "Absolutely Fabulous" aficionado.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooley on October 19, 2007
I have always heard about Absolutely Fabulous but never saw an episode until today when the WHITE BOX came in the mail. After a horrible day at work I found myself howling with laughter.

Yes, it is horrible and irreverent, but it is SO funny! These 2 women are so over the top that everything that is offensive is somehow forgiven.

I just know it was exactly what I needed after the day I had today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bohemian Bon Vivant on December 1, 2007
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I found White Box to be great fun and absolutely hysterical in parts.

The funny thing is that now as everyone's aged it's Edina who's the voice of reason amongst this group of eccentrics.

Unfortunately, Julia Sawalha is still allowed to play Saffy with too much anger and throws off the whole balance of the show (and the comedy). (In the first three series she was annoyed by her mother but always clearly had tolerance, patience, and love for her, while in the later series she's just too bitter and angry ALL THE TIME for the show's own good.)

Kudos to Jennifer Saunders for getting Ab Fab back on track. If Saffy were just tweaked a little this could be a great show again -- especially now that Edina's got a granddaughter and (flashing forward a few years) Eddie and Patsy could be a wonderful pair of Auntie Mames.

Kudos also to Laurie Metcalfe as a past life regressor. She's proved to be quite a talent in this, even with very physical comedy like slipping out of a shiny-surfaced plastic white chair (where every single move and eye movement was perfectly choreographed).
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Roice on February 22, 2008
I've been a fan of "AbFab" for many, many years now and look forward to each successive volume with much excitement. "White Box" is being touted as the final episode, but we've all heard that before, so who knows.

What I do know, however, is how disappointing "White Box" is and what a travesty it would be if this remained the finale to one of the funniest television comedies ever to slam martinis on the airwaves.

The largest single problem with this episode is the writing. To begin with, the two plots: Saffy's getting married and Edina wants to redo the kitchen. Both of these plots have been done on the show already. Saffy had a wedding in "The Last Shout" and Edie redid her kitchen in "Doorhandle." So the plot receives no points for originality. I know it's common for writers to steal from each other ... but from one's own pen?

What's worse, however, is how entire sequences are so frustratingly incomplete.

For example, Saffy gets married about five minutes into the program then announces a hugely important problem ... only for it, and the wedding, to be never spoken of again. What did Saffy do about it? Does her mother even find out about the marriage crisis? Who knows? I sure don't from watching "White Box."

Bo and Marshall show up. Nice. It's always fun to see them, however they don't really do much this time. Why are they even there? They announce that they're being chased by the FBI ... and then they promptly vanish. No one sees or even talks about them ever again. It's simply just a big case of What's the Point? Why introduce a character if they're not going to do anything?

And then the finale of course.
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This is the very last AbFab episode to air in the U.S., and it has never been released here on DVD, so it is not part of any other AbFab DVD set you may have purchased. The bonus materials on the disc, however, can be found on other AbFab sets.
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