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The Funny Ladies of British Comedy (2004)

Patricia Routledge , Dawn French  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patricia Routledge, Dawn French, Mollie Sugden, Penelope Keith, Prunella Scales
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • 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 Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6BRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A fabulous, star-studded event honoring the memorable matrons of British comedy, featuring Dame Judi Dench, Dawn French, Patricia Routledge, John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Prunella Scales and many, many others. Hosted by Penelope Keith. 2004/color/124 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Think of "Keeping Up Appearances'" social climber extraordinaire Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), and how about that chocolate-guzzling vicar, Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French) of "The Vicar of Dibley." And who can forget Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales), whose cry of "BASIL!" still inspires fear and laughter after nearly thirty years? Join them and their talented, funny colleagues for this celebration of their careers and contributions. Combining new interviews with clips of their funniest moments, "The Funny Ladies of British Comedy" takes you behind the scenes of your favorite Britcoms, and answers the question, "Who makes these funny ladies laugh?" With Dawn French, Judi Dench, Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge, Mollie Sugden, Penelope Keith.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable -- once October 29, 2004
By Bill
This is well-done, pleasant entertainment, but provides no revelatory insights. Certainly, these are funny ladies worthy of recognition.

The clips are on the short side, and the documentary runs for little more than an hour. The extras are somewhat interesting extended interviews that in some cases duplicate what's in the documentary.

So, all in all, a DVD worth renting for a few chuckles, but not one most of us will want to buy for repeated viewings. By the way, almost all of the shows highlighted in this documentary are on DVD, so if you own those sets, then there's little reason to pick this up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good peek into you Favorite actress. March 8, 2010
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The Funny Ladies has to be one of the best way to get to see your favorite actress in the their personal self, away from the the characters they play so well. In interviews talking about their roles or about other actress the this dvd. For someone living outside of England you don't see these ladies in the news or on talk show much at all. I see this as a step closer to more about the actresses. How they felt about the part they played or how see them selves in roles. It gives a more personal touch I think.

Other reviews where saying that the Clips are short. But i really don't see that a problem. The clips showing on this dvd is to show what they are talking about to keep the viewer with the actress. Some of the clips I have the whole set from several shows. I really didn't expect to show a good chunk of an episode.

This is a good buy as i got for 2.99. cant really go wrong their. But only one minor thing i had is they don't tell all the actress growing up Stories. But it's really no big deal to me. My main concern was the interviews and they did a good job.

Also has Extended interviews in the special features. A plus for anyone want to know more about their Favorite Actresses. As for mine are Patricia Routleade, Mollie Sugden, and Dame Judi Dench.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun May 18, 2012
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If you love these ladies in their shows, you will enjoy watching them out of character. It's fun to see what they think needs to be part of comedy and how they approached their parts in the programs you loved so much. There were some surprising comments but I'm not going to spoil your fun. If you have no idea who these women are, I cannot recommend it wholeheartedly since they make references you'll be struggling to understand, having not seen their shows. I enjoyed it as did some of my friends with whom I shared it but they were already fans of all these comedy queens. The only complaint I have is that I hoped it would last longer. It seemed to go by so fast and I was expecting to hear much more from some of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud October 10, 2010
By bookish
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I enjoyed the clips in each of the bios
This made a good addition to my British Comedy collection of movies
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4.0 out of 5 stars british humor... great July 26, 2013
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women slinging british humor...? even better! Classic female british comediennes from television shows we all love. Great way to spend a few hours!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining May 15, 2013
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British humor is definitely different than United States, less raw and more my type. The compilation of bits in this DVD are some of the best examples. Thank you.​
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best...of the best... February 2, 2013
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No one will ever tire of these characters and their unforgettable lines -- pure fun. This capsule version contains them al!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you want to know the shows January 24, 2013
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If you are not familiar with British Comedy, this will work as a good primer. If you are looking for straight entertainment not so much.
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Playing british recorded DVD
To S Halle, this is an American copy of a DVD that samples britcoms. You should have no problems playing it. Many Britcoms are shown here on PBS. If you buy the region 2 copy made in Europe for countries like England, France, Germany, Switzerland, etc. then as said above you need a region free... Read More
Dec 26, 2010 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 5 posts
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