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French & Saunders - Back with a Vengeance

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Look out Hollywood! Watch your back, TV-Land! The silver screen will never be the same once it's been processed through the mad minds of Britain's best comediennes, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders (creator and star of Absolutely Fabulous).In series 6, French & Saunders pay hilarious tribute to Cold Mountain, Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Passion of the Christ.

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The comedy duo of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders return in full splendor! Each has gained greater fame individually (in The Vicar of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous, respectively), but delightfully ridiculous things happen when they combine their powers--crazed and surreal humor they could never fit into any other forum. In one sketch they play Renaissance stylists, sullenly assisting Boticelli with the costume and hair design for his classic painting of Venus; in another, they're a pair of retired Englishwomen in Florida, ecstatic to the point of madness over the abundance of American food. Rather than simply mocking Cold Mountain, they mock the movie and Nicole Kidman's vapid audio commentary on the DVD. Weaving in and out of the comic routines is a meta-sketch about the creation of the entire special, in which the pair depict themselves as lazy, fatuous, arrogant narcissists whose only redeeming feature is that their producer is even more ignorant and incompetent than they are. French and Saunders skewer female excess like no one else--in a holiday special included as a bonus, French does a devastating version of Catherine Zeta-Jones giddily reveling in her success, giving a Christmas speech as the Queen of Wales. The loopiness of the best bits defies description; their rapport and timing are simply exquisite. It's a pleasure to be in their company again. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Bonus full-length special: French & Saunders actually

Product Details

  • Actors: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2KZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "French & Saunders - Back with a Vengeance" on IMDb

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By spacedog on March 6, 2005
Format: DVD
i've been a long-time french and saunders fan and think that at they're best they're amazing. i'd heard that their latest series for the BBC, 6 episodes which ran last year i believe, got tepid to bad reviews, so i wasn't sure what to expect for this. fortunately, i found this release to be as enjoyable as any of their other released DVDs. the duo, noticeably older than their appearances on previous compilations, still have tons of energy and an uncanny knack for comedy that isn't ever mean-spirited and is oftentimes surrealistically funny. the movie parodies are actually the least funny parts (mostly just including parodies of cold mountain and troy and nods to kill bill and the matrix). the highlights include french and saunders on their way to work at the BBC; the familiar but always wacky conversations in jennifer's all-white living room; two incredibly funny scenes where coldplay's lead singer's mother calls him; and a parody of a british tv show called rosemary and thyme and reworked as "sausages and mash" which, like their house of idiot parody, is extremely funny even if you're not familiar w/ the source. great stuff.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Burton on March 30, 2005
Format: DVD
F&S seem to appeal to a specific audience. There's some British comedy that just doesn't translate well for Americans. A lot of this has to do with the fact that we in America just aren't aware of many of the things they're parodying. That French & Saunders manage to make these things funny anyway is rather amazing.

I must disagree that this series isn't as good as the previous ones. Frankly, I thought their earlier series were absolutely unfunny and I couldn't fathom how one could find them so. This and On the Rocks are hilarious and I would recommend them over all their other series. Especially worth watching would be the Titanic parody (Saunders's AbFab co-star Joanna Lumley guests on that) in On the Rocks, and the Cold Mountain "DVD commentary" in Back With a Vengeance. Oh, and Dawn French's Catherine Zeta-Jones impression is wickedly funny.

French and Saunders are some of the funniest women in Britain! Watch their shows!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marjorie Wiener on March 28, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD includes Jennifer Saunders' parody of Cher through the ages, and that alone is worth the price of the disk. But there are many more hilarious sketches and parodies, it's another wonderful F&S DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Geisinger on September 22, 2005
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I was introduced to French and Saunder through the equally hilarious "Absolutely Fabulous" series. I think this DVD is among their funniest. While there are a few Brit cultural references that are obscure to an American audience (as in any Britcom), this did not impede my enjoyment. The brilliant writing and comedic talents of these women still made it incredibly funny. Includes the usual sendups of popular movies, (Kill Bill, Cold Mountain, Troy) UK tv shows (Hopefully Haunted, which is actually on The Travel Channel here), and icons (Cher, Catherine Zeta Jones, The White Stripes) who have rightfully earned quite a bit of lampooning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "ellivis" on May 20, 2005
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First of all, only purchase this DVD if you're prepared to laugh until it hurts! This duo compliment one another so well and each scene is acted with such ease. This fun, fake behind-the-scenes look at the making of their show will is a new style for the pair. There are also numerous other skits along with this. Of those I've picked the top 3 (drum roll please!):
1. The Cold Turky skit (a play on 'Cold Mountain')
2. The Two Retirees In Florida skit
3. The Visit To The Doctor's Office
Like I said, this is an excellent DVD, worthy of every penny!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady Anne on September 6, 2005
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French and Saunders seem to improve with time! Of all the F&S DVDs, this one had me laughing the most and the hardest. The Cold Mountain commentary and Florida retirees sketches are two standouts, although the rest of the material is consistantly funny. The Christmas special included as the bonus is a total treat!
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I only recently discovered and became a devotee of F&S, but I quickly became addicted, seeking out every bit of everything they'd ever written (together and separately)and performed in. Therefore, I thought I knew what I was getting, and I was thrilled that I wouldn't have to watch it in 2 minute Youtube segments. It was beyond disappointing to find that my favorite bits from "Back with a Vengeance" are altogether missing from the DVD! It seems they shortened the BEST parts of this feature (to me it's the hilarity of the gals basically doing nothing at the BBC office, ending with their taping the show, skirting insane fans, and then brawling at the after-party). Instead, they included a couple of other segments I'd never seen that weren't as funny ... and frankly, even if they were, I wasn't getting what I thought I'd paid for. I wonder if it's available in its complete form on the European release, or if that release is missing other bits as well?? In any event, I expected to be able to view the series in its entirety, and had so looked forward to it ... it's sort of like buying your favorite movie only to find they've whittled it down to a made-for-tv version and omitted 1/3 of the plot, and the outcome. PUZZLING, and SAD!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. A. French on August 3, 2007
Format: DVD
I will give this 5 stars becuase its so good. BUT! i cant stress enough that in the UK these were seperate episodes. There is one point when it goes from one sketch to another in one sketch they are doing the stylists to the masters sketch and next would be Jennifer doing comunity service because she head butted the Queen. But in the dvd you dont know it if you didnt see it on the Tv. So if you live in the USA and you didnt know that Jennifer did Comunity Service she did because she head butted the Queen. In the end of the whole dvd during the credits a clip of GMTV news presenter (which is a program in the UK) says that Jenifer head butted the Queen but in the program when they were seperate that clip in the credits was in the end of one specfic episode. This is a good series and glad i purchased it all the way from the UK. Also if you live in the USa and you watched the Sausages and Mash sketch in the christmas special it is a parody of a half decent murder drama called Rosemary and Tyme starring felicity kendal from the good life (or the good neighbours as you americans call it.)
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