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Absolutely Fabulous: Complete DVD Collection

4.8 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews

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Product Description

No one would ever accuse the Ab Fab duo, Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders), of practicing restraint and refinement. And therein lies their—er, charm. They're up to their usual outrageous tricks in these 6 new episodes of the runaway British sitcom smash. And the DVD serves up 80 additional minutes of delicious nonsense, including spot-on spoofs of movies, music, midmorning TV trash, and even Madonna. Also included is the original sketch that launched the lunacy. 3 hours on 2 cassettes or 1 DVD. Also available: Absolutely Fabulous Series 1-3. The first three seasons brought together in one complete set. Each DVD includes outtakes and a photo gallery, plus a bonus disc is packed with special features. Over 9 hours on 4 DVDs or 7 cassettes. Web Extra: The sketch that the series is based on—written by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders—is titled "Modern Mother and Daughter." Joanna Lumley (Patsy) co-starred with Patrick MacNee in "The New Avengers", and also appeared in the James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

"Inside of me there's a thin woman trying to get out," complains the ever-suffering Edina. "Are you sure it's just the one, dear?" asks her mother.

When anyone raves about Sex and the City, you need only to remind her that the Brits did it first--and better--with the creation of the brave say-anything show about sex, drugs, and the battle of the bulge. Absolutely Fabulous is a groundbreaking, off-the-wall comedy from the early 1990s, which began with a skit from The French and Saunders Show, about a moral, uptight daughter and her extremely loose mother. Ab Fab has taken this to the extreme. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) is the queen of excess. Her clothes are outrageous, her attempts at weight loss comical, and her efforts at motherhood (her daughter, Saffron--played to perfection by Julia Sawalha--is a practical-minded, reliable teenager) are uneven at best. Eddy's best friend is Patsy, a promiscuous Ivana Trump look-alike who always has a cigarette between her lips, a drink in her hand, and a fine-looking man (or boy) in her bed. The entire show lasted for three seasons, and all are included in this set. From organizing an orgy to a brush with poverty to the death of Eddy's father, nothing--and we mean nothing--is sacred in this show. Without a doubt, Ab Fab is one of the greatest television satires created, although keep in mind that it's strictly for adults. --Jenny Brown

Special Features

  • Making Of
  • Outtakes
  • Production Stills

Product Details

  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WJZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Absolutely Fabulous: Complete DVD Collection" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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I have to admit, I held out on purchasing this for a long time b/c I thought it wasn't going to be worth the money. I mean, let's face it, it's a wee bit pricey & if you're like me, you have seen them all many times over on Comedy Central or BBC America. However, I gave in to temptation one day & finally bought it...& I couldn't be happier!

First off, it's got all the episodes from the first 3 original series (not counting the 4th series that aired in 2001, but that's available separately & I recommend you pick that up, too). This 4-disc set contains each series compiled on its own disc with extra features, as well as a disc of bonus material. Series 1: Fashion; Fat; France; Iso Tank; Birthday; & Magazine. Series 2: Hospital; Death; Morocco; New Best Friend; Poor; & Birth. Series 3: Doorhandle; Happy New Year; Sex; Jealousy; Fear; & The End. Each of these discs includes 15 minutes of hilarious outtakes- they are really great. It also contains still photo galleries set to music, as well as trailers for other BBC DVDs & BBC America commercials. But the outtakes really make it worthwhile.

The bonus disc includes the "How To Be Ab Fab" documentary that was shown on Comedy Central many times, as well as a compilation of the series' greatest moments hosted by Jennifer Saunders & June Whitfield ("Ab Fab Moments"). The "Modern Mother & Daughter" sketch from French & Saunders is also included (the sketch that spawned Ab Fab), as well as cool pages about the cast, guest stars, & my favorite- a guide to the real life locations featured in Ab Fab (London, New York, etc).

For all you technical fans, the DVD looks & sounds really great. The packaging is nice too.

But perhaps the best thing about watching Ab Fab on DVD? It's not edited for content!
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This is not a review of the show, which is one of the greats. It's a review of the product, which used to be one of the greats, but no longer is. At the time this little box was issued, the description was correct: "The entire show lasted for three seasons, and all are included in this set." However, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since 2001. Not only were there two more seasons in the following years, there were also two Christmas Specials, called "The Last Shout" and "Gay", making altogether a catalogue that is close to twice the size it was when the 2001 box came out. The GENUINELY complete collection is available in a package here on Amazon called "Absolutely Fabulous, Absolutely Everything".

To summarize the difference:

Absolutely Fabulous: Complete DVD Collection comprises 4 discs containing 700 minutes of material. At current prices it's $164.74

Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything comprises 9 discs containing 1186 minutes of material. It costs $90.99

Which would you prefer to buy?

This ten-year old collection should have been withdrawn at least eight years ago. The only reason for its continued existence is to fleece those people who are new to the show and who don't know they're being short-changed. So I hope this one-star review catches the attention of as many people as possible who might otherwise fall for this scam out of ignorance.

Update, Nov 2012: I see this product has been discontinued since I wrote my review a year ago. Maybe they read it, and decided it was time to get real. Whatever, the price has now plummeted to $30.99 from "other sellers", which is about what it's worth. As a result, I've raised my rating from one star to three, though I still can't recommend it. If you're going for a collection at all, it might as well be the complete one. The Absolutely Everything box is still roughly the price it was a year ago. That's the one to get.
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First off, let me address some of the other reviews by stating that the reason why "The Last Shout" doesn't appear on this box set is because a different company released it on video, and the rights were not available for this collection. ANYWAY- this box set does not disappoint AT ALL. The picture is so clear and pristine; you can tell a lot of work went into making these DVD's look great. Each DVD features outtakes (scenes that didn't make it into episodes) and bloopers, which are great to view. The fourth DVD contains the "How To Be Absolutely Fabulous" (which was never available on laserdisc, I used to own the laserdisc box sets of these episodes.)... it just does not get better or funnier than this! You will scream with laughter over the exploits of Edina and Patsy!! This is the BEST and funniest British comedy ever!!!
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Break out the Bolly and the Japanese nibbly bits! Edina and Patsy are simply FABULOUS in this DVD set, featuring all episodes from the first, second and third series of AB FAB.

"Fashion" - Edina (Jennifer Saunders) is busy planning the fashion parade of the season, complete with Princess Anne wearing a Vivienne Westwood basque!

"Fat" - Eddy is in full panic-mode. Her arch-rival from the 60s, Peggy "The Stick" Caspar (Alexandra Bastedo) is coming and she has to get thin in time!

"France" - The ideal getaway...or maybe not. When Eddy and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) decide to take a weekend jaunt to the rustic vineyards of France, they end up getting more than they bargained for...

"Iso Tank" - Saffy (Julia Sawalha) has forbidden her mother to attend the Annual College Open Day, so Eddy is upstairs sulking in the isolation tank, but don't count on Eddy giving up so easily...

"Birthday" - The acursed day has arrived! It's Eddy's 40th and she's convinced the buzzards have started circling. Saffy has organised a sit-down lunch and Eddy is determined to ruin it.

"Magazine" - Eddy has a new boyfriend and Patsy decides to visit her my, how things change!

"Hospital" - Patsy needs a facelift and Eddy's ingrown toenail is giving her grief...time for a trip to the hospital.

"Death" - Eddy's father is dead...but is it art?

"Morocco" - Eddy and Patsy set off for Marrakesh with Saffy in tow...

"New Best Friend" - Eddy is expecting a visit from old friends Max and Bettina (Miranda Richardson), who were notorious in the 60s for their minimalist lifestyle, so Eddy simply must have clean surfaces! But Eddy gets the shock of her life when she discovers how time has changed her friends...
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