Gentlemen Prefer French & Saunders
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Gentlemen Prefer French & Saunders

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Director: Bob Spiers

Cast: Bob Spiers, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Kathy Burke

     
 
Before going on to write and star in the cult comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders teamed up with Dawn French to produce a very funny sketch comedy series for the BBC. This disc offers one of the full-length specials they would occasionally create. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio

Overview

Before going on to write and star in the cult comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders teamed up with Dawn French to produce a very funny sketch comedy series for the BBC. This disc offers one of the full-length specials they would occasionally create. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Fans of Absolutely Fabulous will certainly want to see this disc as it contains the original skit that introduced the characters to the world.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Although best known as the maternally challenged fashionista from Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders first came to the fore on British TV as part of the comedy duo French & Saunders, together with Dawn French. It was on this earlier, wide-ranging spoof show that Ab Fab originated. That original skit appears in this collection, as do such vintage French & Saunders routines as "Rock Stars and Their Toilets," "Opera Divas," and "Womanly World."
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This collection of highlights from the third series of French & Saunders balances the duo's penchant for trenchant Hollywood satire with their keen eye and ear for the contradictions of British culture. The movie spoofs are good fun, but the original characters trump them, from the overeating opera dilettantes who savage a Kylie Minogue hit to the hilarious talk show guest with a remarkable talent for stating the obvious. The entire family dynamics of Absolutely Fabulous are encapsulated in "Modern Mother and Daughter," while the pointed jabs at flacks, magazine writers, and '60s survivors anticipate the fashion-world backdrop of that celebrated series. (Alas, the drunken-biddy antics of Joanna Lumley's Patsy are conspicuously absent.) The early series of French & Saunders were a bit hit or miss, and the later ones a tad too glossy and parody-heavy, but the episodes excerpted here are from the program's prime.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
UPC:
0794051122520
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length French & Saunders special

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dawn French Actor
Jennifer Saunders Actor
Kathy Burke Actor
Carl Davis Actor
Sarah Walker Actor
Patrick Barlow Actor
Simon Brint Actor
Rowland Rivron Actor
Lynn Faulds Wood Actor
Maggie Philbin Actor
Eleanor Bron Actor
Nigel Planger Actor
Joan Bakewell Actor
Harriet Thorpe Actor
Kirsty MacColl Actor
Kevin Allen Actor
Mark Greenstreet Actor
Paul Cavalier Actor
Hermine Demoriane Actor
Stuart Fell Actor

Technical Credits
Bob Spiers Director
Simon Brint Musical Direction/Supervision
Dawn French Screenwriter
Charles Garland Production Manager
Nicky Hinkley Choreography
John Adams Production Manager
Sharon Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Plowman Producer
Robert Poole Editor
Jennifer Saunders Screenwriter
Jan Sewell Makeup
Laurie Taylor Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Gentlemen Prefer French & Saunders [1:00]
2. The Expert - Today's Market [2:04]
3. Opera Classic - Dueling Divas [9:44]
4. Jane and Marilyn [:33]
5. Scarlett and Mammy - Fiddle-De-Dee! [2:12]
6. The Visit - The Loneliness Weighs You Down [3:28]
7. Two Fat Ladies - Country Life [2:50]
8. Scarlett and Mammy II - Padding [:20]
9. The Visit - Shall We Play a Game [2:29]
10. Scarlett and Mammy - Kiss Me Rhett [:36]
11. The Metting - Vis-a-Vis the Buzz [7:29]
12. Whatever Happened to Baby Dawn? - Yesterday [3:54]
13. The Visit - Let Me Out [:54]
14. Whatever Happened to Baby Dawn? - The Comeback [1:52]
15. Cleaning Ladies [7:08]
16. Back With Dawn - The Expert [2:42]
17. The Exorcist - Lunch [1:31]
18. Modern Mother and Daughter [8:01]
19. Dangerous Liaisons - Porcupine [3:09]
20. The Expert - A Right Royal Guest [2:24]
21. Dangerous Liaisons - Orgy [:17]
22. The Expert - Hollywood [1:50]
23. Dangerous Liaisons - The Fan [1:17]
24. French and Saunders Actors Agency [:39]
25. Woman's World [4:57]
26. Watch Out - Looky Likies [6:27]
27. The Exorcist - Are You Feeling Better? [5:22]
28. Out and About - Star Pets [1:08]
29. Can Man - Andy [7:07]
30. French and Saunders Actors Agency - Potato Actress [10:21]
31. The Exorcist - The Last Shot [4:27]
32. French and Saunders Actors Agency - Breast Feeding Service [2:20]

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Gentlemen Prefer French & Saunders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who is a fan of French & Saunders, you'll be delighted with this DVD. It amazes me how completely these two can trasform themselves, from male to female, movie star to pop star, and all manner of British and American "everyman/woman." And don't forget to watch the Bonus features - definitely worth adding to a collection.