Abbott and Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collec

Abbott and Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collec

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Director: Jean Yarbrough

Cast: Jean Yarbrough, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, William Bendix

     
 

This is a very attractive set, in terms of what it offers -- the entire first season of The Abbott & Costello Show, plus bonus features, all on five DVDs. The discs all open with a clever and attractive menu that, at first at least, isn't always easy to use or maneuver around, and they're all very generously programmed. Some of the film-to-video transfers,…  See more details below

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This is a very attractive set, in terms of what it offers -- the entire first season of The Abbott & Costello Show, plus bonus features, all on five DVDs. The discs all open with a clever and attractive menu that, at first at least, isn't always easy to use or maneuver around, and they're all very generously programmed. Some of the film-to-video transfers, however, look less than ideal, in part owing to sources that are degraded and worn. Additionally, one wishes that the makers had paid closer attention to the mastering -- not that there's anything fatal, but there are audio problems (pops, etc.) that, in one instance, in the episode "Jail, almost spoil a really good joke unless you're listening closely. The material is generally presented better than decently, however, and once one grows accustomed to the menu, it's simple to maneuver around and jump from show to show (the 26 episodes each get a single chapter marker). The bonus materials are almost worth the price of the package by themselves, consisting of interviews with Lou Costello's two surviving daughters, who also narrate some enjoyable, touching, and fascinating home movies of the family (including a visit from Bud Abbott, and shots of Costello's son, Lou Jr., who drowned at age one), and a film (starring William Bendix) about the Lou Costello Jr. youth center, founded by the comic and named for his son.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0025493503098
Source:
Passport
Region Code:
0
Time:
12:55:00

Special Features

Lou Costello's rare home movies; Exclusive interviews with Chris & Paddy Costello; DVD premiere of the Abbott & Costello short "10,000 Kids & a Cop" film

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Abbott & Costello Show: The 100th Anniversary Collection
1. The Drugstore [25:58]
2. The Dentist Office [26:04]
3. Jail [25:56]
4. The Vacation [26:02]
5. The Birthday Party [26:03]
6. Alaska [22:23]
Disc #2 -- Abbott & Costello Show: The 100th Anniversary Collection
1. The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman [26:12]
2. The Army Story [25:38]
3. Pots & Pans [25:44]
4. The Charity Bazaar [22:25]
5. The Western Story [26:05]
6. The Haunted House [26:04]
Disc #3 -- Abbott & Costello Show: The 100th Anniversary Collection
1. Peace & Quiet [26:12]
2. Hungry [25:39]
3. The Music Lovers [25:54]
4. The Politician [26:03]
5. The Wrestling Match [25:55]
6. Getting a Job [25:55]
Disc #4 -- Abbott & Costello Show: The 100th Anniversary Collection
1. Bingo [25:55]
2. Hillary's Birthday [25:59]
3. Television [25:58]
4. Las Vegas [25:44]
5. Little Old Lady [25:53]
6. The Actors' Home [17:13]
7. Who's on First [8:38]
Disc #5 -- Abbott & Costello Show: The 100th Anniversary Collection
1. Police Rookies [26:01]
2. Safari [25:51]
1. Introduction to Bonus Features [1:01]
2. Chris & Paddy Costello on Season One [7:13]
4. Paddy Costello on "10,000 Kids & a Cop" [1:58]
5. "10,000 Kids & a Cop" (1948 Short) [18:55]
6. Chris & Paddy on Their Home Movies [1:19]
7. The Costellos at Home (1942-1943) [8:17]
8. Paddy's 10th Birthday (1946) [3:22]
9. A Costello Christmas & New Year's Day (1948-1949) [4:06]
10. A Costello Christmas (1949) [2:55]
11. Chris & Paddy on Their Trip to Europe [2:20]
12. The Costellos in Europe (1950) [39:33]
13. But Who Was Joe Bozzo? [1:09]
14. Some Final Thoughts on Dad [1:10]
15. End Credits [:30]

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