Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Universal has given the "Classic Monster" DVD treatment to a 1948 film, also featuring Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man (the Mummy was apparently too wrapped up to participate), that many consider Abbott and Costello's best. The black-and-white film, which has Dracula trying to replace the Frankenstein Monster's (Glenn Strange) brain with the pliable brain of Costello, is presented in ordinary 1.33:1 full frame format and slightly enhanced Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Where the special treatment occurs is in the inclusion of both a making-of documentary (full of behind-the-scenes tidbits) and a feature-length commentary (by film historian Gregory W. Mank), as well as production notes, production photographs, and cast/filmmaker biographies, just like in Universal's heavyweight "Classic Monster" series. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is often considered one of the top horror-comedies of all time, and this respectful DVD version shows that Universal has no desire to bite the hand that's feeding them.