Best of Abbott & Costello 1

Best of Abbott & Costello 1

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The films of Abbott and Costello have undergone a major upgrade for the first time in decades on The Best of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Vol. 1. A handful of their movies, including Buck Privates and In the Navy, were previously available early in the DVD era from Image Entertainment as direct conversions of their old laserdisc masters, with the sameSee more details below

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The films of Abbott and Costello have undergone a major upgrade for the first time in decades on The Best of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Vol. 1. A handful of their movies, including Buck Privates and In the Navy, were previously available early in the DVD era from Image Entertainment as direct conversions of their old laserdisc masters, with the same dirt, occasional missing frames, bad splices, and other flaws that prevailed on the laser editions. (Just to show how much DVD consumer economics have changed since 1999, at that time the Image edition of Buck Privates by itself cost as much as this set of eight movies.) This two-disc set contains the eight feature films that Abbott and Costello made in their first two years in Hollywood: One Night in the Tropics (1940), Buck Privates (1941), In the Navy (1941), Hold That Ghost (1941), Keep 'em Flying (1941), Ride 'em Cowboy (1942), Pardon My Sarong (1942), and Who Done It? (1942). The movies that overlap with the earlier Image discs have all been transferred anew from distinctly cleaner, sharper sources, although there are still small flaws, such as a hair visible on the lower-left-hand corner of the screen in the opening credits for Hold That Ghost, which otherwise looks beautiful. The full-frame (1.33:1) transfers are as sharp as the technology will allow, at the practical limits of resolution so that they shimmer on shots of striped garments. Each movie has been given a detailed production and release history, and all but one (Pardon My Sarong) come with trailers (principally reissue trailers from Realart), which are usually a little on the scratchy side. One surprise, however, is the trailer for Keep 'em Flying, which was prepared in conjunction with a government-sponsored "Keep 'em Flying Week" intended to attract volunteers, and which runs a full nine minutes. Each film looks as good as has likely been seen over the past 40 years, be it in broadcast, on laserdisc, or theater screens. All come with 18 chapters (except for Buck Privates, which gets 19) and optional French and Spanish subtitles and English captions, and all four disc sides open automatically to a menu that goes three layers deep.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
UPC:
0025192468223
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
11:01:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Love Like This (Main Titles) [3:37]
2. The Marriage Is Off [5:14]
3. Love Insurance [8:04]
4. Meet the Boys [5:37]
5. Caught in the Act [5:37]
6. You Go Your Way [2:56]
7. "Who's on First?" [4:30]
8. "You and Your Kiss" [5:54]
9. "Jonah and the Whale" [5:55]
10. "Back in My Shll" [6:05]
11. A Dirty Trick [6:17]
12. At the Bullfight [3:45]
13. "Mustard" [2:41]
14. "Your Dream Is the Same as My Dream" [5:14]
15. Call Me Lucky [2:58]
16. A Ghastly Pair [2:17]
17. Matrimonial Holdup [4:17]
18. The Payoff [1:24]
1. Main Titles [1:56]
2. New Recruits [4:57]
3. You're in the Army Now [5:34]
4. You're a Lucky Fellow. Mr. Smith [5:18]
5. The Clubhouse [3:47]
6. No Place Like Camp [4:53]
7. I Wish You Were Here [2:43]
8. Nice Move Solider [7:12]
9. I'll Be With You When it's Apple Blossom Time [4:42]
10. Drill Team [4:04]
11. Numbers Game [2:22]
12. Rifle Match [4:05]
13. On/Off [2:25]
14. When Private Brown Becomes a Captain [5:49]
15. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B [2:25]
16. The Champ [4:32]
17. Military Maneuvers [6:30]
18. A Solider at Last [3:36]
19. Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four [4:55]
20. You're a Lucky Fellow. Mr. Smith (Reprise) [2:11]
Side #2 -- Disc 1
1. Main Titles [2:01]
2. America's Singing Heartthrob [2:46]
3. A Clown in a Sailor's Suit [3:39]
4. Incognito [5:04]
5. "Off to See the World" [4:02]
6. Frame-Up [5:38]
7. "Find the Submarine" [6:34]
8. "Gimme Some Skin" [3:23]
9. Fighting Men [7:17]
10. "The Sailor's Life's for Me" [5:50]
11. Harnessing the Hammock [3:21]
12. "We're in the Navy Now" [6:53]
13. Sons of Neptune [3:35]
14. "Hula-Baluau" [4:23]
15. "7x13=28" [4:25]
16. The Captain's a Dope [6:39]
17. Clear the Deck for Action [5:12]
18. Double Crossed (End Titles) [4:40]
1. Main Titles [1:21]
2. Relief Waiters [4:38]
3. The Andrews Sisters [6:58]
4. Starting Trouble [5:01]
5. Beneficiaries [6:59]
6. Holdup for the Night [6:00]
7. Dirty Dancing [5:48]
8. Where's Mr. Smith? [4:47]
9. A Room for Ferdie [4:47]
10. It's Murder [4:09]
11. I'm Dreaming [5:23]
12. Testing the Water [3:48]
13. Ghostly Steps [4:46]
14. Watch the Candles [5:37]
15. Money Moose [4:59]
16. Hand it Over [4:15]
17. Everybody's Happy [5:21]
18. End Titles [1:04]
Side #3 -- Disc 2
1. Main Titles [1:54]
2. Playing Games [5:05]
3. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" [4:40]
4. Stick to the Union [3:45]
5. Cheapskates [5:09]
6. Double Trouble [2:41]
7. Sneaking Into the Academy [5:07]
8. Private Ground Crew [5:33]
9. "Big Foot Pete" [4:32]
10. Phone Fight [2:48]
11. "Let's Keep 'Em Flying" [2:49]
12. Runaway Torpedo [4:13]
13. In the Funhouse [8:25]
14. "The Boy With the Wistful Eyes" [3:36]
15. Grounded [8:26]
16. Fly Boys [6:37]
17. Jinxed Rescue [7:54]
18. Bail Out (End Titles) [2:37]
1. Bronco Bob (Main Titles) [5:45]
2. Peanuts and Popcorn [3:58]
3. America's Greatest Cowgirl [4:34]
4. A Narrow Escape [4:18]
5. "Wake Up, Jacob" [3:35]
6. "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" [5:24]
7. Springboard Champion [5:16]
8. Sign Up for the Rodeo [3:53]
9. Roping Wildcat [5:15]
10. "Besides the Rio Tonto Shore" [3:59]
11. Udder What? [5:52]
12. "I'll Remember April" [3:41]
13. Only a Dummy [5:59]
14. Dr. Ha Ha's Sanitarium [5:05]
15. "Rockin' Around the Square" [5:43]
16. Sunday Driver [8:40]
17. Frontier Day [2:58]
18. "Ride 'Em Cowboy" (End Titles) [1:31]
Side #4 -- Disc 2
1. Main Titles [1:28]
2. Off-Route [6:10]
3. The Four Ink Spots [5:53]
4. Disappearing Act [6:47]
5. Tip, Tap and Toe [5:00]
6. Able-Bodied Seamen [3:55]
7. All Hands on Deck [6:50]
8. Sea Rationing [4:15]
9. Uncharted Isle [4:20]
10. Mullah, The Legendary God [4:38]
11. "Lovely Luana" [7:31]
12. The Next Sacrifice [2:50]
13. "Vingo Jingo" [8:41]
14. Sacred Jewel [3:55]
15. Enter the Temple [3:49]
16. Jungle Gym [4:06]
17. Mullah to the Rescue [3:21]
18. End Titles [:18]
1. Main Titles [1:28]
2. "Murder at Midnight" [4:07]
3. Limburger Cheese [2:33]
4. Soda Jerks [4:00]
5. Murder! [6:57]
6. "Not Watts, Volts!" [4:47]
7. The Rubber Glove Clue [1:54]
8. Spruce Yourself Up [4:01]
9. Your Time Has Come [6:49]
10. Another Dead Body [6:22]
11. Secret Code [2:44]
12. The Flying Bordeilos [4:14]
13. The Line Is Busy [5:45]
14. "Every Time You Hear Those Two Guys..." [2:54]
15. Black Horse Mervyn [6:48]
16. Midnight Broadcast [3:41]
17. High-Wire Act [6:43]
18. Jr. G-Man [1:08]

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