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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Aug 7, 2019.
Of course. Sorry. How could I forget?
That rear projection job holds up really well, even now! I wonder how well it will hold up on Blu-ray?
I'd say it's very unlikely. There might be more examples but I can only think of one time that Shout had an individual release from one of their box sets.
I really doubt you'll see individual releases. The boxed set is probably all we will see. Frankly, I'm shocked Shout is even doing this at all. I'm just hoping A-L-L the films have been cleaned up thoroughly (I'm thinking of the drastic difference between Buck Privates vs In the Navy for the DVD releases). If all the films have had the same attention paid to them that the monster releases have had, I'll be a very happy camper. Really clean films can make a big difference.
Gary "sometimes the best parts are watching the little glances and gestures from Bud and Lou" O.
Agreed with 28 titles extremely doubtful of individual titles. Currently these come out to a little over $4 a title a great deal from Shout and will probably come down more by release. If they are individual titles Shouts normal price discounted is around $22 a title. So if you bought 6-7 individual titles you are paying for the box.
As far as cleanup goes. Bob Furmanek mentioned on here when Abbott and Costello meets the Mummy blu came out that Universal already has HD masters of all 28 films so that is probably why the complete 28 films were available to Shout.
Anyone up for your favorite songs (maybe Top 10, if you have that many) in Abbott & Costello films? Here’s mine, in no particular order:
You’re a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith - Buck Privates
Jumping on a Saturday Night - Here Come the Co-eds
Happiness Bound - Hit the Ice
The Boy with the Wistful Eyes - Keep ‘Em Flying
Big Foot Pete - Keep ‘Em Flying
Wake Up, Jacob - Ride ‘Em Cowboy
A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Ride ‘Em Cowboy
I’ll Remember April - Ride ‘Em Cowboy
Fun on the Wonderful Midway - In Hollywood
We’re Off to See the World - In the Navy
That was much harder than I thought. I could have added another 10 to the list. I’m sure I’m in the minority in liking so many of these songs.
Gary “I even like ‘I Fear Nothing’ from Jack and the Beanstalk“ O.
I'm always ready to join up, myself, when that one comes on!
I always liked Carol Bruce's rendition of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" in Keep 'Em Flying.
Absolutely agree. Could have easily put that one on my list.
Gary “that particular A&C film had so many great songs” O.
Oh.. I forgot about Jane Frazee. She was another one of Universal's great gals. I pulled out one of her rarely seen films last night from my huge collection. It's called "Almost Married" from 1942. Besides Jane Frazee, it stars Robert Paige, Eugene Pallette and Elizabeth Patterson. Another nice Universal quickie running around 65 minutes. Very entertaining.
Jane also had a featured role in "Buck Privates" with A & C in 1941.
A great list of songs here.
Apple Blossom Time.
I'm happy to see this type of discussion. Very often, classic comedy fans will deride the musical sequences and subplots, but I more often that not enjoy them because while I am a huge vintage comedy fan, I am also in general a classic film enthusiast. So bring on the singers like the Andrews Sisters, Ginny Simms, and Allan Jones and the many fetching ladies like Peggy Moran, Evelyn Ankers, and Anne Gwynne. I likely won't complain unless we're talking about Kenny Baker and Tony Martin in "At the Circus" and "The Big Store" respectively.
Does anybody remember a story about a famous comic (I can't, at this late date, think of who it was) who was supposed to have met Groucho Marx in a deli or somewhere? He said to Groucho, "Oh, it's SUCH an honor to meet you! I have to tell you that NIGHT AT THE OPERA is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time!" To which an obviously flattered Groucho answered, "Really? Well that's very nice, thank you very much." Without skipping a beat, the comic replied, "Yeah, I just CAN'T get enough of that love story between Alan Jones and Kitty Carlisle!" I wish I could remember who it was supposed to have been because I've always thought that was a very funny story.
Arthur, your post reminded me of it! Has anyone else heard it?
I can’t imagine these types of movies without their musical sequences. I think there’s something about the heightened sense of unreality that shares a similar sensibility in musicals and with comedic routines so they just go together, for lack of a more intellectual explanation. I don’t think the funny scenes would hit as hard if you didn’t have the songs in between.
I have to be honest, I do skip some of those musical numbers when I watch such films. Not all films, but some when I find the music quite boring to me.
Robert, I suspect you are in the majority. Most folks I know don’t care for many of the musical numbers in the boys films. I’m clearly in the minority.
Gary “different strokes for different folks” O.
If I had the choice to skip those musical numbers back in the 1960's when I first watched some of those movies, I would do the same.