Should I pick up the Absolutely Fabulous box set?

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  1. Kevin Porter

    Kevin Porter Supporting Actor

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    It looked packaged well and with cool extras. I've never took the time to view the show on CC. What kind of humor could it compare to? And is the 4-disc set worth it for $75.00? It seems a lot compared to Twin Peaks.

    ~Kevin
     
  2. Juan C Toro

    Juan C Toro Stunt Coordinator

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    Kevin:

    The "complete" collection, only covers Series 1 to 3. There is a separate 2 DVD set for AB FAB Series 4. Having said that, I only have Series 4, and it is a great show. It is funny, smart, well written and well acted. British humor is more caustic and dry that the tame American humor, so it may seen over the top at times. But I love it.

    You should definitely give it a try.
     
  3. James Miller

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    Also be aware that the box does NOT contain "The Last Shout". (which ran between seasons 3 and 4)

    I you think Season 4 was funny, then Seasons 1-3 will blow your mind...
     
  4. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    if you like the line, "if the models get any younger, they'll be chucking a fetus down the runway", then you pick it up
     
  5. John Berggren

    John Berggren Producer

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    It's worth the cash. It's a very funny and original series.

    My personal favorite is :

    leaving out the setup for those who'd like to experience it the first time...

    "Just the one dear?"
     
  6. Jeff D.

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    Dahlings!

    Absolutely Fabulous is a must-have. The writing is sharp and the humour is wonderfully over the top.

    The original set (Series' 1-3) is excellent. All episodes are presented with wonderful transfers. There is about an hour's worth outtakes and a whole bunch of "gorgeous little things" on the 4th disc.

    The new Series 4 set is even better. 16:9 enhanced for widescreen televisions (the show was shot in widescreen for Series 4), with commentary by Jennifer Saunders and Producer Jon Plowman for each episode. You also get more outtakes, the Mirrorball special and more fabulous things, sweetie!

    Get some Bolly-Stolly, roll a joint and watch something Absolutely Fabulous, dahling.

    /Jeff

    My favourite quote:

    Mother: "They don't fingers in these gloves anymore."
     
  7. Juan C Toro

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    James:

    AB FAB Series 1 to 3, are definitely in my list. I may not buy them, as budget is tight, but I will at least rent the DVDs to watch the whole series. I also have the two French & Saunders DVDs, and I love them as well. The spoof on "Star Wars - Episode I" alone is worth the price of the DVD.

    JC
     
  8. Juan C Toro

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    By the way:
    If you fans of AB FAB want to see the original sketch that inspired the series, it is contained in the Gentlement Prefer French & Saunders DVD.
    This, plus the inclusion of the spoof on Star Wars Episode I in the French & Saunders at the movies, make these two DVDs a must for AB FAB fans.
    JC
     
  9. RandyVanOrt

    RandyVanOrt Auditioning

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    oh sweetie one more face lift on this one and she'll have a beard
     
  10. Dustin D

    Dustin D Stunt Coordinator

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    OK, I've gotta know what these two DVDs contain. I've searched all over the 'net and no where has any good info. If anyone could tell me what's included on

    French & Saunders at the movies

    and

    Gentlemen Prefer French & Saunders

    I would appreciate it

    Thanks!
     
  11. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer
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    Dustin-
    If no one else posts about French and Saunders,
    I will do so. My copies of both were shipped
    on Wednesday, but I may not get them for a week.
    If you don't know much, here are some basics:
    Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders created this
    show, and a production company (which has subsequently
    produced ABsolutely FABulous, even though
    Dawn French's presence on-screen is reduced to a cameo
    as a daytime chat host).
    Dawn is also the star of the hillarious
    Vicar of Dibley, which I am dying to
    have on DVD.
    Anyway, French & Saunders is a collection
    of skits and spoofs. At The Movies,
    spoofs, as one would guess, films.
    There are some French and Saunders
    skits on the current AB FAB DVDs.
    In the season 1-3 box set (the ONLY way to go, really),
    there is the skit that was the inception for
    AB FAB with Dawn French playing the
    part of Saffy.
    On Series 4 set of AB FAB there
    are two French & Saunders skits:
    one that looks like the inception of the office
    environment for AB FAB and the other
    that is a spoof of Silence of the Lambs,
    which had me rolling on the floor.
    As for French and Saunders series itself...
    French & Saunders often have great guest appearances.
    Kate Moss often shows up as a model, juxtaposed to
    French as a model! Recently, I saw a skit with
    Helen Mirren that was a total riot.
    To see their show, BBC America offers them, in
    various time slots, usually Friday of Thursday
    evenings...in 20 minute snippets.
    Again, I'll post specifically what is on
    these DVDs in this thread as soon as I get
    them in my hands.
    Cheers cheers, thanks a lot,
    Mark
     
  12. Dustin D

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    Thanks Mark! If no one else posts before you get the discs, I think it might even warrant a separate thread. There are probably plenty of people who would like to hear about these DVDs.

    I've seen a little bit of French & Saunders. I saw the hilarious Episode 1 spoof they did. I would buy that DVD just for that skit alone! Marvelous!
     
  13. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer
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    Just so you know Dustin-
    The French and Saunders DVDs can be had
    for slightly less than $10 each at
    www.deepdiscountdvd.com
    Mark
     
  14. Dustin D

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    That's a great price! I think I'll definitely order it. Thanks!
     

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