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The Dame Edna Experience - The Complete Collection (Series 1/2 & Specials)

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Ten hours of outright hilarity make up this 5-disc Ednathon, The Dame Edna Experience: The Complete Collection. Every program from Dame Edna's hysterical and historical series plus over 4 hours of side-splitting extras make this collection a must-have for Edna's legion of die-hard fans!

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  • Actors: Barry Humphries, Emily Perry, Robin Houston, Jeffrey Archer, Charlton Heston
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 604 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J4ZZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dame Edna Experience - The Complete Collection (Series 1/2 & Specials)" on IMDb

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hodson VINE VOICE on September 18, 2004
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Now you can get it all in one space. How spooky! And how gorgeous.

Dame Edna's talk show, which she explains is actually a monologue interrupted by total strangers, must be seen to be believed. Not for the faint of heart (she can find a double-entendre hiding inside of silence), her guests are sent up without mercy by this genius of the stage. They range from a "terrified" Sean Connery to Joan Rivers to Larry Hagman to Germaine Greer (an old school chum, actually) on an all-girls night, to former Ministers (including Prime), all of whom struggle to keep up with Dame Edna's wit and energy (you will hang on to your chair for dear life when she begins to dance), and manage to laugh at their own failure to do so--I have yet to see someone manage to hold their own when face to face with her. With a crack research staff, she manages to know and confront her guests with what they seemed to have thought were secrets from dim memory--if you've ever caught her on Jay Leno's show, you'll have seen the deer caught in the headlights look her guests end up wearing as she drops some piquant morsel "just between us," on national television, lovingly says the most appalling things to her "celebrity guests," all in the name of "caring and sharing" with her "adoring public." I guarantee that you'll be laughing so hard it hurts, especially when she uses her state-of-the-art technology to abort interviews in astonishingly final ways.

To understand the genuine genius behind this character, read John Lahr's book, "Dame Edna and the Rise of Western Civilization" and you will be impressed by the thought and purpose of Barry Humphries work in the creation of Dame Edna.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Trigg on February 3, 2005
I remember watching this series at the time, and thinking it was one of the funniest shows I'd ever seen. When I bought this collection, I was a little worried that it would have dated so much it would no longer be funny.

I was very wrong. It is as hysterical as when it has was originally aired - classic TV; un-politically correct, disrespectful to her guests, ejecting boring guests, awful song & dance numbers (that she does so well) and general hilarity. Many guests including, Mel Gibson, Grace Jones, Julio Iglesias, Charlton Heston, Jerry Hall, UK politicians (in particular Jeffery Archer), Larry Hagman, Germaine Greer, and so many more, accompanied by her downtrodden bridesmaid Madge Allsop.

These 5 discs are brilliantly put together; the first 2 include the 6 episodes from series 1, the second 2 series 2, and the third disc the Christmas Specials. Not much for 5 discs you may ask! However...

I have never seen a box set that includes so many extraordinary extras before. It's literally jam packed; including 3 `audience with Edna' shows (each nearly an hour long) from over the years, UK TV interviews with Edna (one hilarious one including Whoopi Goldberg), and also with Barry Humphries, Comic Relief appearances, and my favourite and absolute gem - `Disco Matilda' which is a very slim Edna performing Waltzing Matilda live in 1979 on Top Of The Pops! And look for the `Madge' button! It's hilarious...

I would imagine a lot of the extra material is unseen in the U.S. If you love Edna, this is truly a fans delight.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daryl B on December 27, 2004
Dame Edna is a riot....quick witted and well worth the purchase of this set of dvds. This trio of dvds include both her "Dame Edna Experience" series from the 80s with guests such as Jeffery Archer, Jerry Hall, Larry Hagman and more. Each of the dvds includes extras such as "An Audience with Dame Edna" with celebrity audience members asking the wickedly funny Megastar housewife questions about her personal life. The Christmas dvd includes two different Dame Edna Xmas specials with loads of guests such as Mel Gibson, Julio Iglesias and Charleton Heston. There is also a funny Address to the Commonwealth from the great Dame. And, as usual, her New Zealand bridesmaid, Madge Alsop, is along for the ride. (Don't forget to press Madge's Badge for an interesting segment with Madge!) My only complaint is that I want MORE!!! I hope they'll re-release her "Neighborhood Watch" series as well. It would be also nice to get the couple of series she did here in the states. Dame Edna is like a good wine, she just gets better with age! A must for any Dame Edna fan or anyone who enjoys British humor. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PoloGuy on September 7, 2006
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In an A&E interview Robin Williams was asked to name the funniest person alive, and without hesitation he responded: "Barry Humphries". That's a mighty substantial reference, and it's a safe bet that if you like one of these comedians, you'll like if not love the other as well. Both performers are at their absolute best in off-the-cuff, impromptu situations, and fortunately "The Dame Edna Experience" provides a near-perfect format for Humphries.

The heart and genius of these shows is the level of emotional honesty Dame Edna constantly presents us with. E.g. as Sean Connery is droning on about his poor childhood, just at the very moment we start to think, "what a bore this guy is", the camera cuts to Dame Edna -- and there's the exact same thought sitting clear as day on her face. It's absolutely hysterical and, as viewers, rewarding. In her own inimitable way, Dame Edna constantly reminds us of just how ridiculous celebrity really is.
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