Barry Humphries' alter-ego, the absolute megastar Dame Edna is back
again with some special Christmas shows. Edna, her ever suffering
brides maid Madge, and the guests that pop in to just be in her presence,
celebrate the holiday as only Dame Edna can.
If you've never seen Dame Edna before, she's the self described housewife-superstar
who is living a life of a mega star, basking in unparalleled luxury and
glamor. She interviews stars and other famous personalities, but
as where most talk shows are fairly humorless after the guests start coming
on stage, that's just when Dame Edna's show is the most hilarious.
Since she is a self proclaimed mega-star the people on her show aren't
her peers, she is superior to them in just about every way. And she
treats them like that. She talks the Mel Gibson and Roger Moore the
same way she'd address her hair stylist or mailman. That's part of
the humor of the show. The other part is Humphries, or should I say
Edna's, razor sharp wit. 'She' flings jokes with sexual innuendo and dual
meanings fly throughout the course of the show, often cracking up her guests
even more than the audience. It is a wildly funny show that
has to be seen to be believed.
This DVD contains two of Edna's hour long Christmas specials:
The Dame Edna Christmas Experience:
Originally broadcast on December 26th 1987, this special has Dame Edna
spreading the holiday cheer with her guests Lulu (from To Sir, With Love),
Dennis Healey, Roger Moore, and The Wells Cathedral Choir. This special
was a little long on the songs, but the interview segments were funny for
the most part. Some of the best parts were watching the guests reactions
to Edna's comments. This may not be the best episode to show to someone
whose never seen Dame Edna before. There were a few too many bits
with Edna's nemesis, Sir Les Patterson, and not enough of Edna's barbed
tongue. Still, fans of the mega star will be pleased.
A Night on Mount Edna: A TV special
from 1990 with Dame Edna where she entertains in her exclusive Swiss Chalet.
Edna loves Switzerland since they've invented so many things: "Like cuckoo
clocks and Valium" and has a wonderful time entertaining there. Her
guests include Mel Gibson, Charlton Heston, Julio Iglesias and Gina Lollobrigida.
Heston's intro wearing a pink apron made out of hearts is great.
Her interview with a Mel Gibson in a sauna room was classic Edna starting
the interview with "You're huge, aren't you Mel?" The double entendres
fly thick through out the whole chat. The whole show was funny, and
sure to appeal to Edna's legion of fans.
While some of the jokes (and the occasional guest) will be unfamiliar
to North American viewers, this show still has a great deal of laughs.
You wouldn't think a talk show could be so funny.
The two channel audio was adequate for the show, though not outstanding.
There was some slight distortion in parts but this didn't became distracting.
There were no subtitles.
The full frame video looked appropriate for this type of show.
The show was videotaped, as opposed to being filmed, and the background
details are a little fuzzy. There is a good amount of edge enhancement
too, which was disappointing. Overall, the show looked okay, but
The disc comes with a nice set of extras. First off is One
More Audience with Dame Edna Everage, the posh Dame's third appearance
on the BBC show An Audience with... more than any other star. Edna
preforms some of her stage ac.
Also included is Dame Edna's Christmas Address to the Commonwealth,
a Christmas Eve interview with Michael Parkinson from 2001. In this
spot Edna reveals that she's been writing the Queen's speeches for years.
A very funny featurette.
Another great set of shows from Dame Edna. Though the first special
was only mediocre, the second one and the extras make up for it.
Edna's Christmas Address along was worth the price of the disc. (You
didn't know Queen Elizabeth spoke with a slight cockney accent in private
did you?) A fun show that is Highly Recommended.