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Absolutely Fabulous: White Box

Genre: Comedy

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

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
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).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): BBC Video
(Catalog Number): E4177
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $14.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 44
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/16/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ed Bye
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
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

DVD Picture:
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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