Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|French Saunders - Back with a Vengeance|
Actors: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Derek Lyons, Rowland Rivron, Simon Brint
Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 03/01/2005 Run time: 110 minutes
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spacedog | boston, ma United States | 03/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i've been a long-time french and saunders fan and think that at they're best they're amazing. i'd heard that their latest series for the BBC, 6 episodes which ran last year i believe, got tepid to bad reviews, so i wasn't sure what to expect for this. fortunately, i found this release to be as enjoyable as any of their other released DVDs. the duo, noticeably older than their appearances on previous compilations, still have tons of energy and an uncanny knack for comedy that isn't ever mean-spirited and is oftentimes surrealistically funny. the movie parodies are actually the least funny parts (mostly just including parodies of cold mountain and troy and nods to kill bill and the matrix). the highlights include french and saunders on their way to work at the BBC; the familiar but always wacky conversations in jennifer's all-white living room; two incredibly funny scenes where coldplay's lead singer's mother calls him; and a parody of a british tv show called rosemary and thyme and reworked as "sausages and mash" which, like their house of idiot parody, is extremely funny even if you're not familiar w/ the source. great stuff."
One of Their Best
Rodney Burton | IL | 03/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"F&S seem to appeal to a specific audience. There's some British comedy that just doesn't translate well for Americans. A lot of this has to do with the fact that we in America just aren't aware of many of the things they're parodying. That French & Saunders manage to make these things funny anyway is rather amazing.
I must disagree that this series isn't as good as the previous ones. Frankly, I thought their earlier series were absolutely unfunny and I couldn't fathom how one could find them so. This and On the Rocks are hilarious and I would recommend them over all their other series. Especially worth watching would be the Titanic parody (Saunders's AbFab co-star Joanna Lumley guests on that) in On the Rocks, and the Cold Mountain "DVD commentary" in Back With a Vengeance. Oh, and Dawn French's Catherine Zeta-Jones impression is wickedly funny.
French and Saunders are some of the funniest women in Britain! Watch their shows!"
One of their funniest collections
Gwen Geisinger | Brooklyn, NY | 09/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was introduced to French and Saunder through the equally hilarious "Absolutely Fabulous" series. I think this DVD is among their funniest. While there are a few Brit cultural references that are obscure to an American audience (as in any Britcom), this did not impede my enjoyment. The brilliant writing and comedic talents of these women still made it incredibly funny. Includes the usual sendups of popular movies, (Kill Bill, Cold Mountain, Troy) UK tv shows (Hopefully Haunted, which is actually on The Travel Channel here), and icons (Cher, Catherine Zeta Jones, The White Stripes) who have rightfully earned quite a bit of lampooning."
Still the best
Lady Anne | Indiana | 09/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"French and Saunders seem to improve with time! Of all the F&S DVDs, this one had me laughing the most and the hardest. The Cold Mountain commentary and Florida retirees sketches are two standouts, although the rest of the material is consistantly funny. The Christmas special included as the bonus is a total treat!"