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The Vicar of Dibley - 10th Anniversary Specials (2005)

Dawn French , Emma Chambers  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dawn French, Emma Chambers, James Fleet, Roger Lloyd Pack
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UZG78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,782 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Vicar of Dibley - 10th Anniversary Specials" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
  • Dibley Defrocked: outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage
  • 2005 Comic Relief Sketch: antiques roadshow
  • Cast bios

Editorial Reviews

The Vicar of Dibley fans rejoice! These two hour-long 10th Anniversary episodes rank with the very best. Even though the last full series was 4 years earlier, the cast hasn't lost their fantastic rapport--particularly the delightful chemistry between feisty Vicar Geraldine Granger (Dawn French, French & Saunders) and her sweet-tempered but dimwitted verger, Alice (Emma Chambers, Notting Hill); these two bounce off of each other like a classic comedy duo. The first episode is Christmas-themed and features a contest to write a new Christmas carol and an implausible (yet very funny) visit from amazonian supermodel Rachel Hunter, which leads everyone to believe that Gerry is gay. The other is supposedly a New Year's episode, but it's really about Gerry's impending birthday, speed-dating, and writing a letter to the Prime Minister about world poverty (culminating in a serious and surprisingly moving plea aimed at the 2005 G8 Summit meeting). As ever, French is the barely-calm center of wildly spinning carousel of village eccentrics and the results are wonderfully funny. Co-written by Richard Curtis (4 Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones' Diary, Love Actually). Also featuring a 14-minute mini-episode created for Comic Relief, also excellent. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

The holidays are usually an eventful time for the eccentric residents of Dibley and their chocoholic female vicar, Geraldine. This year proves to be no exception. Alice gets "the wrong end of a very, very long stick" when she spots a supermodel in her undies in the vicarage. It isn't long before the entire village believes that Gerry is not only one of the first female vicars in England, but also one of the first lesbian vicars! In the New Years special, Gerry is determined to mark the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, but the villagers are determined to give her a birthday present she'll never forget - a blind date with one of them!

DVD Features:
Biographies:Cast bios
Other:2005 Comic Relief Sketch "Antiques Roadshow"
Outtakes:"Dibley Defrocked": A hilarious compilation of behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes

Customer Reviews

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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Vicar Loses Faith February 11, 2006
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After a several-year hiatus, the creative team and, remarkably enough, the whole original cast, return to Dibley, the little town that never says die. Except it's approaching dead.

The popularity of this show was originally based on its essentially upbeat, positive attitude and genial self-deprecation at a time when many sitcoms were descending into thirty-minute volleys of insults. So why is so much of the humor in these two episodes based on David slapping down Alice? Is it really funny that he fantasizes about his daughter-in-law's death? Are we amused to see Geraldine drunk in the pulpit, snarking at parishoners in the pews? Is the show really improved by personality clashes that amount to little more than volleys of darts back and forth between the principals?

There are some good concepts underlying the episodes. For example, in the Christmas episode, the village gets the idea in their heads that Geraldine is homosexual. Wow, what a great and timely concept! Just imagine the wacky hilarity as a small English village comes to grips with a lesbian in the pulpit! Go on, just imagine it! Are you imagining it? Good for you, because you've put more effort into the idea than the creative team did. They throw this sharp, fertile idea out, then sweep it aside almost as soon as it finds play.

These episodes aren't a total wash. The New Year's episode is particularly touching, comprising as it does an appeal to the G8 leaders to stop fiddling while Rome burns and do something about global poverty. Though perhaps a touch maudlin, this episode provides an appropriate extension of the characters into a real issue that Christians have failed to come to grips with. This is a very, very good use of the characters and their environment.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ehhh...not so good... March 22, 2006
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After loving all the "Dibley" series and specials and even traveling to Turville, where they filmed the exteriors for the series, I eagerly awaited the new specials. I thought it would be wonderful to see the whole gang reunited, but all I felt was a massive wave of disappointment.

The characters are more cariactures and do not act as they should: I'm sorry, but Geraldine sticking her whole HEAD into a chocolate fountain? Not something she would do. The cup of chocolate, yes. The "baptism by Cadbury"? Not her at all. Alice and Hugo offering a threesome to Geraldine? Nuh-uh. Nope. No way.

Buy these ONLY if you're a die-hard fan, like me. As it is, however, I doubt I'll be watching these again unless the rest of my "Dibley"s get destroyed. I'm sad that Richard Curtis sank so low.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Christmas rap, Unhappy New Year January 24, 2006
If this is your first venture into Dibley, stop now and go to the regular series. If you have seen the series and are thinking to see this one my best advice is read all these reviews first. Nice to say, but let me do the more important thing and give some reasons.

First a little context. Having watched the regular series several times over on TV, I bought the DVD versions and have enjoyed them immensely. With this in mind I eagerly bought the "Specials" disk. On first viewing one can easily wonder what the writers and cast could have been thinking when they put these shows together? Overall one is left with a feeling of sadness with what has been done to an otherwise superb series. A less friendly reviewer would simply call it bad art.

The characterization is disappointing to say the least. Geraldine seems angry and bitter and appears to be playing the part of the vicar as opposed to being the vicar. Perhaps the most shocking scene is the supposed comic scene where she plunges into the chocolate fountain. This, for someone who has followed the series, is a disturbing departure from 'reality' and what one understands as the basics of her character. With the appearance of the Archbishop what comic sense there might have been evaporates into disappointment and perhaps even mild disgust. Her language in both specials has gone right over the top. Even allowing for some pretended 'British' sophistication there is little to offer here beyond shock value and that wears thin VERY quickly. The physical abuse delivered to Owen is gratuitous at best.

Alice fails. One might reasonably ask how a person, even in comedy, can raise 10 children and still try to carry off the inanity presented.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By cheri
I was so looking forward to these specials. I really miss the series, was thrilled to find that the 2 specials had been produced and would be released. After seeing them, though, I can't help but think they should have left well enough alone and ended VofD with the final series episode. The characters have lost all charm here and almost everyone seems just to be going through the motions. It's beyond obvious that most of the actors have moved on and really weren't interested in returning to Dibley. The jokes and plot lines are simplistic and common -- almost like the blandest of U.S. sitcoms. That kind of silly. The most disappointing thing was that Geraldine seems to have disappeared altogether. In her place is a vicar lacking in all the depth, charm and humor of her former self. I don't know if it was the writers, French or whomever, but I would rather not have seen Geraldine in this way. One of the things I loved about VofD was that Geraldine was this great, complex, compassionate female character. In the specials, she's reduced to being a totally neurotic, desperate-for-a-husband,depressive, pre-menopausal twit who doesn't care about Dibley or her church any longer. You get the feeling she thinks she's wasted her life away over the last 10 years. She's become vapid and stupid. It betrays the positive thread that ran through the entire series. It's a sad swan song for a great character. I'm surprised Dawn French agreed to even play her this way.

The specials brought the reminder that VofD seemed to be losing some steam even in the last series or so of the regular show. The humor got cruder, less witty, less "smart." The characters were becoming caricatured and were losing some of their quirky charm even then. I think it was a sign that it was time to end. As much as I'd love for VofD to go on forever, I think that unless it can keep the magic of its first seasons intact, its time is done. More specials like these would just be depressing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
We absolutely love Vicar of Dibley and this completed our set of all the shows. Every show is a true gem!
Published 1 month ago by E. Ruggieri
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it~!
I read all the other comments or reviews here. I am sorry, but, I do not agree with them. I love ANYand ALL of Vicar of Dibley. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K.E.F.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of the other episodes are better
Some mediocre episodes of a great series; even the behind-the-scene extra was subpar. There are some far superior episodes available.
Published 8 months ago by Bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vicar is Great!
We love the whole Vicar of Dibley series. We were excited to see this offering and bought it right away. We were not disappointed! Dawn French is hilarious! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fred Flintstone
5.0 out of 5 stars The vicar is terrific!
This is my first Vicar of Dibley DVD.It is hilarious and I plan on getting the whole collection.The DVD was in excellent condition too.
Published 12 months ago by Dawn S
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! - Make sure you get the whole series and watch in order!
Classic BBC humor, highly reminiscent of the Saturday Night Live stand up comedy of the 1970's....In typical BBC Comedy fashion, the series starts like a cat waking... Read more
Published 13 months ago by 1912 House
5.0 out of 5 stars More like10th Anniversary EXTRA specials
This series was more than worth the price, and the 10th anniversary specials are no exception. It more than paid for itself with all the laughs it brought. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Reverend Fuzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars From the very first episode...................
this British marvel of humor was a major hit in the USA. Just don't sit there, get it NOW. You will not be disappointed.
Published on January 30, 2011 by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed--no closed captioning
Over the years Amazon has been my primary source for online shopping. The Vicar of Dibley Series (most of which I have seen on PBS and also on Netflix) has always included closed... Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Geraldine is back in town...
This outing of the Vicar of Dibley is not as funny as its previous episodes but still makes me laugh. The characters and the actors who play them are great. Read more
Published on June 2, 2009 by Elm Grove Mike
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