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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Absolutely Fabulous: White Box
Reviewed In Issue 126 (Dec 2007) Of Widescreen Review®
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Miranda Richardson, Nathan Lane, Laurie Metcalf, Patrick Barlow, Mo Gaffney, Christopher Ryan, Miranda Hart & Sir Terence Conran
Special features include up-front previews and the following featurettes: How To Be Absolutely Fabulous (28 minutes), Absolutely Fabulous: A Life (77 minutes), and French And Saunders: Modern Mother And Daughter (eight minutes).
Edina Monsoon (Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Lumley) are two worn-out fashionistas who endlessly indulge in cosmetic surgery, alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping sprees, and trips abroad. In this special of the long-running British comedy, Eddy (short for Edina) gets bitten by the redecorating bug and decides a new kitchen is in order. When she hires two avant-guard designers to help redecorate, she ends up with an Absolutely Fabulous: White Box instead of a new kitchen. Eddy
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is very soft, with fine details looking blurred and unrecognizable. Blacks are somewhat milky looking and shadow delineation is generally poor. Fleshtones have a pallid hue, and the entire image has a somewhat washed-out look. Compression artifacts are not noticeable and edge enhancement is not a problem. (Danny Richelieu)
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I read WSR for the articles—honest. Terry Paullin's industry insight is refreshing and lively. The lack of comparisons of which home theatre-in-a-box is best or which sub $200 DVD player is best leaves more room for in-depth product and movie reviews. Most importantly, though, I read WSR for the caricature of Gary Reber morphed on to the movie featured on the cover in the Editor's Couch page. Pierce Brosnan had better watch out!