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French & Saunders: Living in a Material World
     

French & Saunders: Living in a Material World

Director: John Birkin, Bob Spiers, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders

Cast: John Birkin, Bob Spiers, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders

 

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This collection of comedy sketches from Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders gets an elegant presentation for its release on North American DVD. French & Saunders: Living in a Material World has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No multiple language options have been

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This collection of comedy sketches from Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders gets an elegant presentation for its release on North American DVD. French & Saunders: Living in a Material World has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No multiple language options have been included, but the material has been closed captioned in English. Bonus material includes cast biographies, promotional spots promoting the show, and additional material not included in the original broadcast of this special.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Like Absolutely Fabulous, the hit comedy it spawned and later was eclipsed by, French & Saunders can be maddeningly uneven. American viewers who missed the original BBC shows can enjoy many of their best moments on the collections French & Saunders: At the Movies and French & Saunders: Gentlemen Prefer; this additional compendium includes some choice material but comes off too scattershot to satisfy fully. Some of the best and the worst bits are movie and TV parodies. Julie Brown's Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful mocked Madonna's Truth or Dare far more effectively than Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders manage here; the Batman and Braveheart spoofs prove likewise lackluster. However, a pitch-perfect Baywatch send-up nails everything from body-image issues to cheesy aquatic special effects, while Jane Seymour and company get a deserved spanking for the homespun hokum of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The sketches that ignore pop culture in favor of original characters likewise prove priceless, especially the piece in which a pair of spinsters plan their joint wedding and the one in which an old-school ambassador's wife gets a lesson in the decline of the British Empire. Not all of the humor survives the trip across the Atlantic -- not just British celebrity references, but British temperament, too. For anglophiles and Britcom aficionados, however, French & Saunders: Living in a Material World offers enough laughs to justify the investment of 90 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
UPC:
0794051124326
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; French & Saunders take on Tolkien in a full-length special, revealing the secrets on the screen and behind the scenes of a certain major motion picture

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dawn French Actor
Jennifer Saunders Actor
Kate Moss Actor
Kevin Allen Actor
Patrick Barlow Actor
Rowland Rivron Actor
Simon Brint Actor
Jane Asher Actor
Michael Praed Actor
Mel Giedroyc Actor
Jamie O'Brien Actor
Sue Barker Actor
Krankies Actor
Patsy Kensit Actor
Sue Perkins Actor
Muriel Gray Actor

Technical Credits
John Birkin Director
Bob Spiers Director
Geoff Bartlett Editor
Simon Brint Musical Direction/Supervision
Sarah Burns Costumes/Costume Designer
Gareth Carrivick Production Manager
Dawn French Screenwriter
Mel Giedroyc Screenwriter
Norma Hill-Patton Makeup
Sallie Jaye Makeup
John Adams Production Manager
John Daly Cinematographer
Sharon Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Nic Pallace Art Director
Sue Perkins Screenwriter
Darren Phillips Makeup
Jon Plowman Producer
Victoria Pocock Makeup
Robert Poole Editor
Jennifer Saunders Screenwriter
Jan Sewell Makeup
Anne Throup Production Manager
Chris Wadsworth Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Material World [:37]
2. Baywatch [5:30]
3. Pocahontas [2:59]
4. Next Week [1:15]
5. Tripping [1:57]
6. Truth or Dare [6:59]
7. Double Wedding [6:41]
8. Dr. Quimn... [5:48]
9. Wimbledon [4:44]
10. ...Mad Woman [5:35]
11. Art Gallery [4:11]
12. Bergman Days [6:09]
13. Björk [2:06]
14. Franco & Sandro [8:31]
15. Gotham City [7:39]
16. The Gulf [2:11]
17. The Krankies [4:29]
18. The Raspberries [4:51]
19. Loveheart [3:07]
20. Cooking in Olden Times [5:09]
21. Night Before Battle [4:12]
22. Doctor's Office [3:34]
23. Battle of Gleneagles [2:44]

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