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Exciting news on the JACK AND THE BEANSTALK restoration: actor David Stollery will be sharing his memories of working with Bud and Lou! Check out today's update for more information:




There's less than two weeks to go on the campaign. If you want to be part of the project and see your name on-screen in the Restoration credits, please make a pledge now!
 

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK was inspired by Lou's two year old daughter, Chris Costello. While reading the classic story to her, Lou felt the timeless tale would make a delightful vehicle for Abbott and Costello's many young fans.

Generations have now grown up enjoying this classic film and we are SO happy that you are helping us to restore and preserve it for future generations. Please continue to share the news about this campaign so that more people will have an opportunity to contribute and see their name on-screen in the Restoration credits.

Thank you!

 

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We are now in the final five days of our Kickstarter campaign. This is the last opportunity for backers to support the definitive restored edition of this beloved Abbott and Costello classic.

Please share this campaign and pledge now to ensure that your name will appear on-screen in the Restoration credits!

Here is a complete list of bonus extras that will be included on the July 2021 ClassicFlix Blu-ray and DVD release:

  1. 4K scan of the surviving 35mm color camera negative footage - update 2.
  2. Restored 1952 children's record from the 15 ips master tape - update 3.
  3. Abbott and Costello Trailer Rarities - update 7.
  4. Climbing the Scales: The Music of Jack and the Beanstalk by Ray Faiola - update 11.
  5. Bud and Lou on Tour - update 12.
  6. Commentary track by noted Abbott and Costello expert Ron Palumbo.
  7. Supplemental commentary segment from actor David Stollery - update 16.
  8. Restored 1954 live television comedy sketch with the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (Ben Chapman) - update 18.
  9. Restored Sepia-toned opening and closing scenes.
  10. Original 1952 SuperCinecolor 35mm trailer.
  11. Behind the scenes on-set production photos.
  12. A look at the complex Cinecolor process by film historian Jack Theakston - update 13.
  13. Deleted scenes photo gallery - update 6.
  14. Jack and the Beanstalk radio sketch from 1945 with Rudy Vallee.
  15. Kodachrome wardrobe test slides with Lou, Buddy Baer and Dorothy Ford - update 5
  16. Posters, pressbook and lobbycards photo gallery.
  17. 1952 World Premiere photos at the Fabian Theatre in Paterson, NJ - update 4.
  18. Restored color trailer for Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd.

PLUS, there may be an extra surprise or two which I am working on right now!


 

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We're in the last few days of the JACK AND THE BEANSTALK restoration campaign. Less than ten copies remain of both the original 35mm SuperCinecolor frame from 1952 and Who's on First souvenir record from 1956. Pledge today to help preserve the film and secure these original Abbott and Costello artifacts for your collection!

 

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Just put in my $40, Bob! Haven't ever seen this particular A & C film before, but didn't want to pass up the chance to help out just a tiny bit...plus see the boys in color (not to mention all those amazing extras).

Thanks again for all the hard work you and your colleagues do!
 
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Just put in my $40, Bob! Haven't ever seen this particular A & C film before, but didn't want to pass up the chance to help out just a tiny bit...plus see the boys in color (not to mention all those amazing extras).
It's hard NOT to have come across this one, since, like Africa Screams, it was one of their off-Universal titles that fell into official Public Domain, so you can find a less clean version on just about any cheapjack streaming service...Unless you'd rather wait for the good-looking version.

Anyway, they already had me at Dorothy Ford: :D
 

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Thank you, Allen!

I had a great time on this weeks Gilbert Gottfried podcast with Leonard Maltin and Ron Palumbo. We talk about Bud and Lou's 80th anniversary and I share some Martin and Lewis stories as well. Enjoy!

 

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While doing some sorting in the VHS collection this afternoon I came across this. There are those who will remember the excitement of coming home in 1986 with this nine dollar and ninety-nine cent Goodtimes Home Video release. The quality was lousy, but Goodtimes was a PD label, so expectations were always low. Now, all these years later it comes full circle with these restorations, and the honor of actually being able to play a very small role in making it happen.

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