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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Blu-ray)
Fox // R // November 29, 2016 // Region A
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Review by Neil Lumbard | posted December 19, 2016 | E-mail the Author
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Absolutely Fabulous The Movie Blu-ray Review


Absolutely Fabulous:
The Movie
is the big-screen
continuation of the beloved British television series from the 90's.
The film
picks up with the same cast of characters as they go on a brand new
journey.
Fans of the series will be pleased with the return of the beloved
characters
and the new storyline. Newcomers may find it a bit confusing at times
as this
is a film clearly made with the fans in mind. Produced by Jon Plowman (style="">Absolutely Fabulous) and Damian Jones (The
Iron Lady
, Millions) (and including executive
producers Dawn French and
Jennifer Saunders), Absolutely Fabulous
is back again.


Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy
(Joanna Lumley), both now in their
60's, are back again (and still trying to live life as fabulously as
they possibly
can), but Edina runs into trouble when she can't get a book deal on her
latest
work. Edina still runs a PR company (but it's losing steam) and she
hopes to
write a bestseller about her adventures in the fashion industry.
However, Edina
can't get a writing deal and is told her book's "no good".


During a fashion party (with
special appearances by celebrities like Lulu,
Gwendoline Christie, and superstar Kate Moss) Edina accidentally
pushes
Kate Moss into the ocean. Believing Kate Moss to be dead, Edina becomes
wanted
for murder. Edina and Patsy go on a crazy journey overseas. Patsy tries
to
marry an old billionaire lover named Charlie (Barry Humphries) and
everything
builds as the two friends find themselves getting into one crazy mishap
after
another. The film becomes a comic odyssey of the characters going
through bizarre
situations all the way to the film's conclusion.


Absolutely Fabulous:
The Movie
has also has tons
of characters making appearances from the original series, including
Saffy (Julia
Sawalha). Fans will be pleased to see a wide range of familiar faces
with the
entire main group of cast appearing (even if just for a cameo). The
filmmakers
made sure to include tons of cast members so it's a big reunion for
everyone.


The cinematography by Chris Goodger
(The Dumping Ground) is one of the most impressive
things about the
production. This is a slick looking film with great photography. The
film is
beautiful looking and it is remarkably well produced. The leap to the
big
screen has certainly resulted in a gorgeous film version.


The music score composed by Jake
Monaco (Piper) adds some comic fun to the mix but in
this case it's mainly
an eclectic range of pop songs that helps the film find more energy.
The film
includes a theme song by superstar Kylie Minogue (This Wheel's on Fire)
and
other energetic songs throughout.


The production design by Harry
Banks (Absolutely Fabulous, Miranda)
is stellar with great set designs and location work. One of the
strength's of
the film is the incredible production work done for it. This is a
high-quality
effort which is certainly worthwhile and should please fans.


Costumes designed by Rebecca Hale (style="">Absolutely
Fabulous, The Vicar of Dibley) are
also a big aspect of the film. It's no surprise given that the
storyline
revolves largely around the world of fashion. The fashion world is a
big part
of the story in the film and the costumes impress for these eccentric
and
entertaining characters.


Written by Jennifer Saunders (style="">Absolutely
Fabulous, Clatterford), who is
also the star of the series and film, the movie takes the characters on
a big
and surprising journey. Directed by Mandie Fletcher (Deadly
Advice
, Clatterford),
the film has a fast pace and exciting energy throughout. It's a comic
undertaking with such a loyal fan-base anticipating the big-screen
continuation.
For fans, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
is a heartfelt continuation of the television series with a lot of big
moments.


The Blu-ray:style="">


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Video:


Absolutely Fabulous:
The Movie
is presented on
Blu-ray with a "absolutely stunning" (pun intended!) 1080p high
definition transfer in the original 2.39:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The
film
looks amazingly good with excellent colors (which are vibrant and
impress
throughout), solid depth, and overall clarity. This is a quality
presentation with
a clean, modern, and sharp image. It's a top notch presentation with a
high
bit-rate encoding. A quality transfer which will satisfy fans.


Audio:


This is a superb lossless audio
presentation in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
This lossless audio mix sounds terrific with surprisingly good dynamics
and
fidelity. The music score and songs certainly sound terrific throughout
the
film's presentation. The music adds to the film's fun significantly and
helps
the presentation to be even better. The use of surround sound is also
engaging
and well implemented in many scenes. Fans will not be disappointed and
will be
pleased with this quality sound presentation.


Subtitles are presented in English
SDH (for the deaf and hard of hearing),
Spanish, and French.


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Extras:


style="">Please Note:


style="">This release is a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UV Combo Pack


Deleted Scenes (4 min.)


Outtakes (8 min.)


On Set with Dame Edna (14 min.)


Featurettes:


Have a Look, Sweet Darling! (14 min.) is an
extended behind
the scenes piece with interviews with cast and crew about the
production of the
film.


Locations (2 min.) offers a look at and discussion
of the
locations used for the production.


Legacy US (2 min.) discusses the impact of the
series.


Cameos (2 min.) focuses on the many celebrity
cameos in the
film.


Drag Queens (2 min.) explores the drag queen
appearances in
the film.


Making Of (2 min.) is a brief behind-the-scenes
piece on the
making of the film.


Legacy UK (2 Min.) is another exploration of the
series
legacy.


Fashion (2 Min.) features interviews about the
costumes and
fashion world in the film.


Characters (3 Min.) focuses on the characters of
Absolutely
Fabulous.


Gallery containing photos from the film
production.


Theatrical Trailer


Final Thoughts:


Fans of the series will be pleased
with this continuation of the hit
series. Newcomers may be left feeling a little confused by some events
of the
film because it's clearly made with series fans in mind. For fans
looking for
some more fun with their favorite characters, it's going to entertain. style="">Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is a
slick, well-produced, and entertaining film continuation of the hit
series.


Recommended. style="">



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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