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Complete Abott and Costello Set Out Of Print Already???


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#1 of 16 MarcoBiscotti

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Posted July 18 2009 - 02:29 PM


Anybody know what the deal is or what happened here??

I picked it up on eBay and the box arrived slightly banged up. To be honest, I wasn't all that impressed with the package and actually prefered the slim digipaks from the earlier "Best Of" releases that everyone complained about due to the DVD-18s. Cover art was better and they took up less space. I don't see what's so special about this set and considering I already own all of the discs, save for one new-to-dvd film, I'm considering sending it back and saving my money.

But I'm curious why the package went out of print only a couple of months after it was released?? It's not longer available on any of the online retail sites like Amazon, DVD Planet, Deep Discount, Video Universe, etc.

Why did this get pulled so quick; was it a limited production?


Anyways, after having finally received it, I think I'll stick with my old sets nonetheless. Never had any compatability problems despite the DVD-18s....


#2 of 16 mdnitoil

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Posted July 18 2009 - 02:37 PM

Ummm....it's selling like gangbusters during Deep Discount's 25% off sale as we speak and there's still a listing on Amazon to buy new.
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#3 of 16 cadavra

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Posted July 18 2009 - 06:28 PM

Indeed, I bought one as soon as the sale began and it's already on the way.

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#4 of 16 MarcoBiscotti

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Posted July 18 2009 - 10:24 PM

Strange... none of these sites were listing when I resorted to eBay.

I saw many offered for much higher than the MSRP's and determined based on all of the above that they were OOP.

Guess it was just an unlucky week and stock ran out?? That's a pretty odd coincidence.


#5 of 16 Joe Karlosi

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Posted July 18 2009 - 11:58 PM

IMO, it's a mistake to stick with the DVD-18s over the new package. I myself never had a problem with the old discs either, but the freaky thing with DVD-18s is that you just never know if they'll screw up one day, or in some future DVD player you own. This happened to some people I know who complained that their original releases of THE MUNSTERS used to play fine but have begun freezing up on them (DVD-18s). So when you ask "what's so special about the new set", I'd say that the more reliable DVD-9 format in itself should be special enough.

#6 of 16 MarcoBiscotti

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Posted July 19 2009 - 12:04 AM

Thanks Joe,

I just hate the idea of spending $100 for everything I already have (same transfers and all!)

Add to that the fact that I don't even think the packaging is any improvement (others might disagree) and it seems like a total rip-off. But it might be worth the upgrade to the more reliable media. It's too bad Universal was so stubborn and couldn't get this right the first time...


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Posted July 19 2009 - 03:34 AM

Actually many of the films have updated transfers and they look terrific. Except of reissue cards on ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, the quality in both sound and picture is very much improved. There are a few new commentary tracks and I am very happy. I always had trouble with those flippers.

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Thanks Joe,

I just hate the idea of spending $100 for everything I already have (same transfers and all!)

Add to that the fact that I don't even think the packaging is any improvement (others might disagree) and it seems like a total rip-off. But it might be worth the upgrade to the more reliable media. It's too bad Universal was so stubborn and couldn't get this right the first time...



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Posted July 19 2009 - 04:46 AM

Personally I'm extremely pleased with the set, but then I only paid about $65 for it and was able to unload my Best Of's for about $15 a pop.  Turns out the upgrade only cost me about 5 bucks, so that was a no-brainer.

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Posted July 19 2009 - 04:49 AM

I have the original Best of dvd sets and have never had a problem, but have had my eye on this set and it is one of top ones to order on the Deep Discount sale - which by the way people sometimes complain about pricies going up - this one went down from earlier in the week.



#10 of 16 Bob Cashill

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Posted July 19 2009 - 05:05 AM

 I got it through Amazon last week; cost was $62. It's still out there. 

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Posted July 19 2009 - 05:05 AM

 I got it through Amazon last week; cost was $62. It's still out there. 

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Posted July 19 2009 - 05:05 AM

 I got it through Amazon last week; cost was $62. It's still out there. 

#13 of 16 Bob Cashill

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Posted July 19 2009 - 05:08 AM

 

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Posted July 19 2009 - 05:09 AM

 Hey Abbott! Something went wonky here; sorry for the reposts. 

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Posted July 17 2010 - 12:22 PM

Have read in some posts and on Amazon about consumers being stuck with versions of "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" with the Realart logo cutting short the very funny "Invisible Man" ending! I've personally never run into that version and I've owned the 90's VHS version and currently, the double sided disc 4 volume set. Have only noticed the realart logo at the end of "Buck Privates" and on the re-released trailers! As I haven't seen the version that's on the 2008 collection, I can't speak for the difference in quality, but I have always been quite satisfied with the quality on both copies I've owned.


My issue is with the fact that the only way to get a good copy of "It Ain't Hay" is to purchase the entire set currently listed on Amazon.com for $94.99. I would willingly settle for purchasing a single disc set (in this case, disc 5 and 6), containing this title. Sadly, as much as I would love to complete my Abbott and Costello Universal collection (and I'm also not fond of the double sided format!), the sheer cost forces me to simply suck it up and make due with an inferior print from an independently released version. Perhaps Universal could be so kind as to offer a discount for those of us who can provide proof of purchase tabs for all 4 sets from the previous collection to provide some incentive. Just a thought!



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Posted July 17 2010 - 04:08 PM

I bought my set through Columbia House using my Fun Cash, so it hardly cost me anything. I am thoroughly happy with the set.






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