Ab Fab: Absolutely Special

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  1. James Reader

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    I've heard a rumour (well, it's a post on DVDTalk actually) that the September Ab Fab release will be both "The Last Shout" and the 2002 Christmas Special "Gay".

    David - drop everything and follow this lead up now. We must know the contents of this disc! [​IMG]

    ...

    Well go on. What are you waiting for? [​IMG]
     
  2. Steve Phillips

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    That would be very welcome news if true.....
     
  3. David Lambert

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    You guys know more than my resources do...
     
  4. Mark Walker

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    Well, even if one goes to www.dvdpricesearch.com
    note that French & Saunders: Living in a Material World
    and French & Saunders: The Ingenue Years
    are both being released on September 2, 2003,
    along with Absolutely Special.

    Also Of note, the French & Saunders DVDs are both
    listed about $11.00,
    while Absolutely Special is listed at about $18.00

    Since all are from Warner Bros, the difference in
    price might suggest that both specials will be on AB FAB DVD, since (awareness and US popularity aside), it would be hard to justify nearly twice the price for a DVD that only contained The Last Shout or Gay respectively. Also, I think they would've just called it The Last Shout if that was the only thing that was going to be on there.

    Here's hoping...


    Sweetie! Sweetie! Sweetie!

    Cheers, thanks a lot.

    Mark
     
  5. James Reader

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    Heres the details

    http://www.playusa.com/playusa.asp?p...1&title=126281

    Two special episodes of the BBC comedy series ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS are included in this collection. First in "Absolutely Fabulous in New York," Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders) travel to the Big Apple where Edina's son has been secretly living. Then, in "The Last Shout," Edina's daughter Saffy is engaged to a rich, handsome, eligible bachelor. Guest stars include Deborah Harry and Whoopi Goldberg.
     
  6. Francis Yee Loy

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    I was about to buy both the Ab Fab Special DVD and the French & Saunders discs, but I just read this:

    http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASI...949051-5777142

     
  7. Brian W.

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    Yes, I watched it last night, and it is VERY obvious that it was cropped, and that 1:33 was NOT the intended aspect ratio -- speaking characters with their faces halfway off camera, very crowded-looking frame, etc. Both my friend and I noticed it, and he said he was going to check his off-the-air tape to see if it was originally broadcast in widescreen.

    The Last Shout was shot before Season Four, if I'm not mistaken, and I think it was shot 1.33. The only explanation I can come up with is that they thought people would complain if one special was 1.33 and one was 1.85. But it's awful. They should remaster the disc.
     
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  9. James Reader

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    Yes. Gay was shot Widescreen, which is how the BBC UK DVD is framed (which I recieved this Monday).

    The Last Shout is, and always has been 1.33:1.
     
  10. Francis Yee Loy

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    Thanks, James for the clarification.

    I just found out also that the Warner US DVD does NOT include the audio commentary from Jennifer Saunders and Jon Plowman! Double Drat!!

    I think I might just have to purchase the BBC UK DVD instead of this truncated North American version...It's a pity, because the rest of the series has been treated extremely well so far, until now.

    Amazon.co.uk, here I come!

    Francis [​IMG]
     
  11. James Reader

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    That's odd. I was certain the UK only got the commentary because it was recorded for the US - after all 'Gay' was to be released in the first quarter of 2003 over here, but was moved to September to match the US release (or so I thought). I've had it on pre-order for months and months as a result.

    Are you sure the commentary is not on? And does the US disc include any supplements for The Last Shout other than the ubiquitous outtakes?
     
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    I wish they had done this properly. However, we've been waiting forever for the LAST SHOUT, so I don't see how we can hold off [​IMG].
     
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    OK, this REALLY pisses me off. I've been waiting forever for these two pieces of AbFab hysteria, and now it's been all botched to hell!!

    What exactly do I need to play the UK disc? I'd assume I need a region-free player and a TV that supports PAL - or a HTPC??
     
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    You don't need a special TV, Sean, just a region-free player or a player with a region-free hack. Cyberhome has a hack, and I've seen the players for well under 100 bucks at Fry's and Best Buy.
     
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    I wonder if the UK DVD retained the little bit that was snipped from the US DVD on "Gay"? There's a tiny little bit at the fashion show involving Patsy's drinking bottle, just a few seconds, that was snipped, possibly due to music rights issues. I have a friend who taped it off TV, and we compared them.
     
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    Perhaps the fact that "GAY" has been MARred relates to the fact that they couldn't even call it "GAY" in the states. "ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS IN NEW YORK" was hardly a necessary title change.

    They probably figure, we can't handle it being called GAY, we can't handle having 2 different ARs on a DVD set.

    Warner has had split ARs on a release before. Babylon 5 Gathering/In The Beginning has proper AR for both presentations.
     

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