Shout Select Press Release: Abbott & Costello The Complete Universal Collection (Blu-ray)

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We have a BIG set to announce today! Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection [80th Anniversary Edition] is out November 5th and features 28 feature films, many of which have NEVER been on Blu-ray! New bonus features are in progress and will be released at a later date. Pre-order now at: http://bit.ly/AbbottCostello80

Films Include:

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)
Who Done It? (1942)
It Ain’t Hay (1943)
Hit The Ice (1943)
In Society (1944)
Here Come The Co-Eds (1945)
The Naughty Nineties (1944)
Little Giant (1946)
The Time Of Their Lives (1946)
Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
The Wistful Widow Of Wagon Gap (1947)
Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Mexican Hayride (1948)
Abbott And Costello Meet The Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)
Abbott And Costello In The Foreign Legion (1950)
Abbott And Costello Meet The Invisible Man (1951)
Comin’ Round The Mountain (1951)
Lost In Alaska (1952)
Abbott And Costello Go To Mars (1953)
Abbott And Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1953)
Abbott And Costello Meet The Keystone Kops (1955)
Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)

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  1. I was a big Abbott & Costello fan in my younger days, but I'm not sure I'll buy this BD boxset. I need to revisit some of these 28 films that I already have on DVD. I hate to buy 28 movies, but only end up watching 5-6 of them. I just moved that large DVD boxset I already own, but have not watched many of them on DVD.

  2. Wow! Didn't see this coming! I hope Buck Privates has an improved transfer, but, even if it doesn't, I still can't argue with the sheer volume of movies included (and now we know who got them, since Kino didn't have access when they made their deal)!! I'm certainly glad now I didn't grab any of the Universal releases already! I do wonder what this means for the likes of The World Of Abbott And Costello, Abbott And Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld and Abbott And Costello Meet The Monsters, unless they end up as extras on this set (personally, I don't care about the latter two, but World would be nice to have).

  3. Yeah, I'm kind of caught in the same quandary with Bob and Ron. I'm not sure what I'll do as I just pulled out both the large DVD boxset and the three DVD volumes that I bought years ago. I'm looking them over as I type this post. Hell, volumes 2 & 3 still haven't been opened.:blush:

  4. ahollis

    I’m also assuming Keystone Kops will be in it’s correct OAR.

    I can't speak to this movie but Shout has released a few of the Universal 1950's sci-fi movies in their correct AR on Blu-ray that were only MAR on DVD. Based on that, I feel safe in assuming in that they will do them right here too.

  5. ahollis

    This is great news. I don’t mind dipping into Abbot and Costello waters one last time.

    Yeah, as much as I admire Bob's, Ron's, and Robert's takes on this (and can nod my head in intellectual agreement with them) who do I really think I'm kidding? I LOVE A&C and will definitely buy this no matter what! (I'm weak, you KNOW I'm weak!)

  6. Will Krupp

    Yeah, as much as I admire Bob's, Ron's, and Robert's takes on this (and can nod my head in intellectual agreement with them) who do I really think I'm kidding? I LOVE A&C and will definitely buy this no matter what! (I'm weak, you KNOW I'm weak!)

    To be fair, I never said I wouldn't buy this BD release, I just stated that I don't know what I'm going to do right now.

  7. Even though I've already double-dipped on these films, there's no way I'm not buying this. The boys are my favorite comedy team – by a mile – and I'm so ready to see all these movies on Blu. No way I'm passing this up.

    Gary "long live Bud & Lou" O.

  8. I don't at all blame Shout or Universal for this not being in the set (it's not a Universal title afterall) but I really do wish someone could put out a decent version of Africa Screams – the very first A&C thing I ever saw. I wore out the VHS copy that was given to me when I was a kid, but haven't seen it in decades.

    As for this set… I'm not as familiar with all of their films but this could very easily wind up on a Christmas list!

  9. I just took a quick look at some of those movies from the 2004 and 2008 DVD releases. Talk about a need for some PQ improvement. I'll probably buy this BD set now. I need to watch a comedy for some laughs so I'm going to watch the BD of "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" either later today or early tomorrow morning.

  10. DFurr

    I grew up with A&C and there are several titles I dearly love but I'd NEVER watch all the titles. Some of their work was just so very silly. I get bored.

    I get bored with some of the music as I'm not a big musical fan. I do enjoy The Andrew Sisters.

  11. Josh Steinberg

    I don't at all blame Shout or Universal for this not being in the set (it's not a Universal title afterall) but I really do wish someone could put out a decent version of Africa Screams – the very first A&C thing I ever saw. I wore out the VHS copy that was given to me when I was a kid, but haven't seen it in decades.

    As for this set… I'm not as familiar with all of their films but this could very easily wind up on a Christmas list!

    I'm with you in wanting Africa Screams as well, preferably from somebody like Criterion who might do a great job of restoring it. And once again, we also find Universal getting out all of their releases for one of their comedy teams, with Warner falling behind (like with the Marx Brothers). Come on WAC, I hope some of them are coming (although I would be surprised if Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd ever made it to Blu-ray)!
    But I definitely want this set. While I agree that not all of them are great, there are enough films that I enjoy that it would be worth it (and I know I never saw It Ain't Hay since I got the original 4 DVD volumes released before they cleared that one, and haven't gotten around to seeing it yet, so that should hopefully be fun)!

  12. The ones I would buy if they were individual, reasonably-priced Blu-ray titles:

    TIME OF THEIR LIVES
    A&C MEET THE KILLER
    A&C MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
    HOLD THAT GHOST
    RIDE 'EM COWBOY
    BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME
    KEEP 'EM FLYING

    I still own the DVD set, and for most of these films that's (sometimes more than) enough.

  13. Josh Steinberg

    I don't at all blame Shout or Universal for this not being in the set (it's not a Universal title afterall) but I really do wish someone could put out a decent version of Africa Screams – the very first A&C thing I ever saw. I wore out the VHS copy that was given to me when I was a kid, but haven't seen it in decades.

    Our friend Bob Furmanek did a first-rate laserdisc special edition of Africa Screams back in the day ; don't know if he still has access to the elements.

  14. Astairefan

    Wow! Didn't see this coming! I hope Buck Privates has an improved transfer…

    Doubtful. The whole reason that Universal kept the A&C entries in the Monsters Legacy box each on their own disc was so that those discs could be re-used for this exact box set. They had enough expense just bringing all the remaining films to Blu-ray without remastering the ones they already had prepared.

  15. BobO’Link

    I'm reservedly excited by this – my biggest "gripe" is it's from Shout! who consistently overprices their product.

    In my opinion, they're not overpricing their product. Rather, they are simply declining to participate in the "race to the bottom" pricing that some other companies have employed. Everybody is taking their own approach to handling a severely declining market for physical media and especially catalog titles on physical media. They're in a difficult environment because, on the one hand, people will respond affirmatively to surveys and market research and on forums saying that they're eager to purchase X title, but when that title is released, the sales numbers don't come close to matching the interest that had been hinted at.

    If you lower your retail price and/or engage in sales frequently, people will no longer purchase at full price, and the money the label makes on sale pricing often results in them only breaking even, or worse. You may sell more units in the end, but what does that matter if you're selling them at a loss?

    I believe Shout understands what the market is and is simply pricing their product in a way so that they can recoup their investment while keeping in mind that the number of people who want to purchase physical media is on the decline.

    This is the world we're now living in. Physical media is losing its widespread support from general consumers, which means that for it to survive in any way, shape, or form, it will be a niche product, and it will need the support of enthusiasts willing to pay prices that are more than what they might have been years ago. We've gone from an age when a DVD could sell anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 or more copies, to an era where Blu-ray catalog titles are selling substantially fewer copies – maybe a couple thousand for some titles, maybe only a few hundred or less for others. The general public isn't subsidizing this niche anymore by purchasing huge number of copies. The only way it survives is if the people who say they prefer physical media support it by paying for it.

    If this doesn't sell well, I guarantee that the folks at Shout won't have a meeting and conclude, "We overpriced the disc and we need to drop the price." Rather, they will conclude that there was no longer a market for this title on physical media.

  16. Mark-P

    Doubtful. The whole reason that Universal kept the A&C entries in the Monsters Legacy box each on their own disc was so that those discs could be re-used for this exact box set. They had enough expense just bringing all the remaining films to Blu-ray without remastering the ones they already had prepared.

    I suspect you are right. But this set is being released by Shout! So the discs will probably not be the same as the ones in the monster sets (which are the same as the ones that appear to be available individually). Possibly with different special features.

  17. Robert Crawford

    I need to watch a comedy for some laughs so I'm going to watch the BD of "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" either later today or early tomorrow morning.

    Which copy?

    By my count, there are seven releases

  18. Mark-P

    Doubtful. The whole reason that Universal kept the A&C entries in the Monsters Legacy box each on their own disc was so that those discs could be re-used for this exact box set. They had enough expense just bringing all the remaining films to Blu-ray without remastering the ones they already had prepared.

    I don't disagree with you about Buck Privates. I don't really see it happening, but hey, I can dream, can't I? 😉 Either way, I'm a lot more willing to grab it as part of this big set than I would be grabbing the individual release, given the opinions of many around here. It does make me wish Criterion could have gotten hold of it, but then again, for a set like this from them, I would barely have a shot at it even when it is on sale, so I'll take it from Shout! At this point, the only remaining Universal films that I want that would be upgrades for me would be some of the remaining Bing Crosby or Bob Hope films, so I hope a few more of them are coming out soon (besides Kino's release of Ghost Breakers when they get that far)!

  19. I'd love to see a similar Blu-ray box set on the ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW. They could probably throw in some of the boys appearances on the Colgate Comedy Hour as non HD bonus features.

  20. Abbott and Costello are imo the greatest comedy duo of all time.

    This is the BEST news I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve watched all these films countless times over the years and love them all dearly. They are my youth. I’ve worn out the dvd releases.

    To finally have them all on Blu is the best gift to myself that I could imagine. 🙂

  21. From Chris Costello’s FB page.

    Get ready, as here they come everyone … Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection on Blu-Ray!

    Here's the link to pre-order through Shout Factory (Releasing in November):

    http://bit.ly/AbbottCostello80

    Had the pleasure of joining others who were interviewed for this collection, including Ron Palumbo, who co-authored "Abbott and Costello in Hollywood" with Bob Furmanek.

    Here I am with Greg Carson, who conducted the interview.

    Have a great Wednesday everyone …

    https://www.facebook.com/658368620887421/posts/2492217130835885?s=608337843&sfns=xmwa

  22. Josh Steinberg

    In my opinion, they're not overpricing their product. Rather, they are simply declining to participate in the "race to the bottom" pricing that some other companies have employed. Everybody is taking their own approach to handling a severely declining market for physical media and especially catalog titles on physical media. They're in a difficult environment because, on the one hand, people will respond affirmatively to surveys and market research and on forums saying that they're eager to purchase X title, but when that title is released, the sales numbers don't come close to matching the interest that had been hinted at.

    If you lower your retail price and/or engage in sales frequently, people will no longer purchase at full price, and the money the label makes on sale pricing often results in them only breaking even, or worse. You may sell more units in the end, but what does that matter if you're selling them at a loss?

    I believe Shout understands what the market is and is simply pricing their product in a way so that they can recoup their investment while keeping in mind that the number of people who want to purchase physical media is on the decline.

    This is the world we're now living in. Physical media is losing its widespread support from general consumers, which means that for it to survive in any way, shape, or form, it will be a niche product, and it will need the support of enthusiasts willing to pay prices that are more than what they might have been years ago. We've gone from an age when a DVD could sell anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 or more copies, to an era where Blu-ray catalog titles are selling substantially fewer copies – maybe a couple thousand for some titles, maybe only a few hundred or less for others. The general public isn't subsidizing this niche anymore by purchasing huge number of copies. The only way it survives is if the people who say they prefer physical media support it by paying for it.

    If this doesn't sell well, I guarantee that the folks at Shout won't have a meeting and conclude, "We overpriced the disc and we need to drop the price." Rather, they will conclude that there was no longer a market for this title on physical media.

    Then they shouldn't complain when the number of units sold is lackluster to what they expected. Their pricing is the reason why I don't purchase as many of their releases that I would've if their pricing structure was more align to my disposable income budget. In 2019, the consumer base is spoiled and they won't spend their monies like they did during the early stages of the home video era.

  23. Mark-P

    Doubtful. The whole reason that Universal kept the A&C entries in the Monsters Legacy box each on their own disc was so that those discs could be re-used for this exact box set. They had enough expense just bringing all the remaining films to Blu-ray without remastering the ones they already had prepared.

    Something I forgot before. According to Shout's site, this is going to be a 15 disc set. I'd like to hope, by that count, that they are not just using the 4 previously available Universal discs and cramming the remaining 24 films onto 11 discs. I hope they are keeping the movies a little more evenly spread out.

  24. Astairefan

    Something I forgot before. According to Shout's site, this is going to be a 15 disc set. I'd like to hope, by that count, that they are not just using the 4 previously available Universal discs and cramming the remaining 24 films onto 11 discs. I hope they are keeping the movies a little more evenly spread out.

    You do understand that the capacity of Blu-ray discs are much larger than DVD discs. Even if they use 25 GB discs that is more than enough to handle 3-4 A&B movies that generally only run about 85 minutes each. 15 BD discs should be fine.

  25. Dick

    The ones I would buy if they were individual, reasonably-priced Blu-ray titles:

    TIME OF THEIR LIVES
    A&C MEET THE KILLER
    A&C MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
    HOLD THAT GHOST
    RIDE 'EM COWBOY
    BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME
    KEEP 'EM FLYING

    I still own the DVD set, and for most of these films that's (sometimes more than) enough.

    But what about all the other pre-Lou's illness films? Those are the best, and you'd be missing upgrades on top-notch movies like:

    IN THE NAVY
    PARDON MY SARONG
    WHO DONE IT?
    IT AIN'T HAY
    HIT THE ICE

    And certainly the films released shortly after Lou's bout with Rheumatic fever are no slouches either:

    IN SOCIETY
    HERE COME THE CO-EDS
    THE NAUGHTY NINETIES

    For me personally, there are several distinct lines of demarcation during the boys film career. My favorites, by a country mile, are the early war years films before Lou got sick. I can watch each and every one of those films at the drop of a hat. Then come the films between his return and before the "split". These are also generally quite well done, but not as high up in my book as the earlier films. Then come the films between the short "split" (LITTLE GIANT & TIME OF THEIR LIVES) and up through the remainder of the decade (ending with MEET THE KILLER). Some in this group are excellent and some are only so-so. Then come the remainder of the films, which I personally just label their 50's films. Here things really begin to get spotty. Don't get me wrong, I love the boys so much I can and will watch any of their films (although even my tastes are tasked with their last outing, DANCE WITH ME HENRY). But there are some films in this batch that I feel were not even close to the standards they had set in their 40's films. Of course by this time they were getting tired so that's to be understood. They single-handedly kept Universal afloat during much of the 40's, never getting the full respect they deserved from the studio. But there's no doubt these later films are hit and miss with me. Some I love, some I only like. A few, I tolerate.

    Anyhow, I think this Shout set is reasonably priced and with the extra's that Bob has hinted at, I'm stoked.

    Gary "counting the days till November 5th" O.

  26. Wow this is a huge release for me.1st the Godzilla set and now this. Christmas has come early. I normally have a problem with Shouts pricing but this set is reasonably priced for 28 films and is likely to come down a little. This is one I would purchase at any price as I am such a huge fan. I never tire of watching them and always watch them in chronological order so I am very happy they are releasing the whole series at once. It would take forever waiting for individual or double features and it may never be completed that way. I could never image only watching a few of them.
    I agree with Gary about the 3 periods and encourage those who only have seen Buck Privates and the Meet the Monsters series to watch their films made during the war years from 1940-1945 this is when they were by far at their peak. Full of energy and add libs. Their dialog was never crisper and their comic timing never better. Most of their sillier films were all made in the 50's and the boys seem to lack energy in those films. Reportedly they were not happy with the scripts they were receiving then. Like Gary I love all their films but find the meet the monsters series a bit overrated and lesser Abbott and Costello other than the classic Meet Frankenstein. Watching their films in chronological order really lets you observe their energy declining and how much lesser the 50's films were. I really hope WAC releases the 3 larger budgeted MGM films from the war years as those are very good too: Rio Rita, Lost in a Harem and In Hollywood.
    My history for these films:
    I saw each on tv growing up 3-4 times each.
    I collected them all on VHS and Laserdisc and watched them all 3-4 times each.
    I collected the flipper sets on DVD and watched them all twice
    I collected the box set on DVD and watched them all once.
    I was getting ready to watch them all again so now I can wait for a blu ray treat.

  27. Randy Korstick

    My history for these films:
    I saw each on tv growing up 3-4 times each.
    I collected them all on VHS and Laserdisc and watched them all 3-4 times each.
    I collected the flipper sets on DVD and watched them all twice
    I collected the box set on DVD and watched them all once.
    I was getting ready to watch them all again so now I can wait for a blu ray treat.

    I track the same with my viewing history of the boys, minus Laserdiscs (which I never owned). Although I've watched the boxed set DVDs multiple times since it's release.

    Gary "this is probably the best news I've heard all year" O.

  28. Randy Korstick

    I was getting ready to watch them all again so now I can wait for a blu ray treat.

    I recently started doing that and got up to Little Giant. I’ll stop now and start over with the Blus. Happily.

  29. Randy Korstick

    I normally have a problem with Shouts pricing but this set is reasonably priced for 28 films and is likely to come down a little.

    Off the top of my head, I'd say this is the best price that Shout has ever offered. The Universal Horror Collections are $70 MSRP for 4 movies and the A&C set is $170 MSRP for 28 movies. Basically, these are 1/3 of the cost of the horror titles.

  30. Robert Crawford

    Then they shouldn't complain when the number of units sold is lackluster to what they expected. Their pricing is the reason why I don't purchase as many of their releases that I would've if their pricing structure was more align to my disposable income budget. In 2019, the consumer base is spoiled and they won't spend their monies like they did during the early stages of the home video era.

    I don’t think Shout is complaining – I’ve never heard a peep from anyone on their team indicating they’re disappointed. I think they hold the line on their pricing so that they can turn a profit with the diminished audience that physical media has.

  31. Josh Steinberg

    I don’t think Shout is complaining – I’ve never heard a peep from anyone on their team indicating they’re disappointed. I think they hold the line on their pricing so that they can turn a profit with the diminished audience that physical media has.

    I read somewhere they were disappointed in the sales numbers for some of the Lewton films. If true then pricing is one factor, at least, it was with me and I'm big disc collector.

  32. I am happy for the full set of Universal Abbott and Costello films. If we had only a few sets of "the best" declining sales would probably stop the series dead. Too many times, in series films and TV series, once sales start to decrease, that's it. I never thought Bud and Lou would get all their films on blu ray in one fell swoop. I think Universal must be in a good mood to license these things. This goes for VCI releasing a great deal of their serials from original nitrate materials. From the couple I have seen, they are better than anything seen before on video.
    I am sure Warners is more expensive and profit driven and have more rules. I heard rumors that that most of the Val Lewton titles didn't sell very well and the companies that put them out have second thoughts about continuing. Those films should have been in a set. According to Amazon, my order for ISLE OF THE DEAD is still on track with a release date, but hitting the cover icon, it takes me to a dead page. So, I don't know if that title will be still released.
    But bring on Bud and Lou. I hear that Lou kept tons of outtakes from most of his films. Some are on YouTube and in one of the Universal sets, so I hope we see more of them. I did hear that all the WC Fields film Universal owns (Universal and Paramount) were brought out of storage about a year ago. So hope for their eventual Blu ray release.

  33. John Morgan

    I am happy for the full set of Universal Abbott and Costello films. If we had only a few sets of "the best" declining sales would probably stop the series dead. Too many times, in series films and TV series, once sales start to decrease, that's it. I never thought Bud and Lou would get all their films on blu ray in one fell swoop. I think Universal must be in a good mood to license these things. This goes for VCI releasing a great deal of their serials from original nitrate materials. From the couple I have seen, they are better than anything seen before on video.
    I am sure Warners is more expensive and profit driven and have more rules. I heard rumors that that most of the Val Lewton titles didn't sell very well and the companies that put them out have second thoughts about continuing. Those films should have been in a set. According to Amazon, my order for ISLE OF THE DEAD is still on track with a release date, but hitting the cover icon, it takes me to a dead page. So, I don't know if that title will be still released.
    But bring on Bud and Lou. I hear that Lou kept tons of outtakes from most of his films. Some are on YouTube and in one of the Universal sets, so I hope we see more of them. I did hear that all the WC Fields film Universal owns (Universal and Paramount) were brought out of storage about a year ago. So hope for their eventual Blu ray release.

    I wouldn't count on Isle of the Dead as it was taken down from Shout! Factory's site.

  34. BobO’Link

    Using the "Universal Monster's" box set as example – its MSRP is $150 and is typically sold in the $90-$100 range. That's for 30 restored movies. Shout! has a MSRP of $170 slapped on this collection of 28 movies with a pre-order price of $136.

    I'm not sure that's an apples to apples comparison, but I do take your point.

    With the Universal Monsters box, Universal released that themselves. They had completed the transfers over the years, and there was a lot of redundancy between the sets. They also had multiple ways to monetize it – from the single releases for the highest profile titles in the set, and then from the mini-sets for individual monsters which were released first. They also retain theatrical rights and streaming rights and cable/television rights, so they're able to make the money back on the investment of transferring those films and remastering them in HD from multiple revenue streams. They also own the rights in perpetuity, so they have all the time in the world to recoup the investment. So, they can afford to offer it at a lower price knowing that it's not the only way they can make their money from it.

    Shout Factory is a mere licensee. They have the physical media rights for these particular titles. They almost certainly don't have streaming rights or cable/broadcast rights, and they almost certainly don't have a license in perpetuity. So, they have a license for these films which they can only sell in one format, and for which there is a ticking time clock on how they long they have to make their money back.

    I'm not saying that one approach is better than the other, but I think you can chalk up the price difference between the two sets to the differing circumstances under which they were released.

  35. Josh Steinberg

    I don’t think Shout is complaining – I’ve never heard a peep from anyone on their team indicating they’re disappointed. I think they hold the line on their pricing so that they can turn a profit with the diminished audience that physical media has.

    They did recently post on FB a complaint about a Val Lewton title : The Body Snatcher" and a couple others I forgot having very disappointing sales. I get what your saying about their pricing in a dying market but I don't think that is their reasoning for it since they have always had this high pricing even back when DVD and Blu Ray were at their peak. I think its just a case of that's their pricing model and their sticking with it. Similar to TT but the only difference is a couple years back TT started having sales to move inventory and titles could be found for more accessible pricing of $9.99 and $14.99. Shout has sales but its rare to ever find one of their titles for less than $19.99 usually they are a few dollars more on amazon. So that makes a lot of titles I want from them on the wait list for a long time and some 70 minute b & w titles like the Lewton titles or Lugosi's Return of the Vampire I just won't buy at that price.

  36. I hope Shout releases the Universal six movie series …. The Inner Sanctum (1943-1945) starring Lon Chaney. I would Love to see these released on Bluray. It would be just a 2 disc set ! Please Shout. Also… The Black Castle (1952) Universal. Great cast ! One of my favorites.

  37. RICK BOND

    I hope Shout releases the Universal six movie series …. The Inner Sanctum (1943-1945) starring Lon Chaney. I would Love to see these released on Bluray. It would be just a 2 disc set ! Please Shout.

    Yes!

  38. is there a hack to like that 400 times for just me?

    so glad I waited. so glad so glad!!! can't wait. Now if the Uni Monsters complete set on blu will drop back down to it's historical low and get it too and replace my smaller set.

    good times ahead!!!!!!!

  39. Josh Steinberg

    I'm not sure that's an apples to apples comparison, but I do take your point.

    With the Universal Monsters box, Universal released that themselves. They had completed the transfers over the years, and there was a lot of redundancy between the sets. They also had multiple ways to monetize it – from the single releases for the highest profile titles in the set, and then from the mini-sets for individual monsters which were released first. They also retain theatrical rights and streaming rights and cable/television rights, so they're able to make the money back on the investment of transferring those films and remastering them in HD from multiple revenue streams. They also own the rights in perpetuity, so they have all the time in the world to recoup the investment. So, they can afford to offer it at a lower price knowing that it's not the only way they can make their money from it.

    Shout Factory is a mere licensee. They have the physical media rights for these particular titles. They almost certainly don't have streaming rights or cable/broadcast rights, and they almost certainly don't have a license in perpetuity. So, they have a license for these films which they can only sell in one format, and for which there is a ticking time clock on how they long they have to make their money back.

    I'm not saying that one approach is better than the other, but I think you can chalk up the price difference between the two sets to the differing circumstances under which they were released.

    While I agree with a lot of what you said, I think there is at least one more factor to be considered: when Universal released that complete Universal Monsters box set last year, EVERYTHING in it was already available (well, technically, they were releasing the last two legacy collections at the same time, but still, everything was available). I think that alone affected the price. This new A & C set has 4 previously released titles and 24 new-to-blu titles. I think there is a huge difference between repackaging something previously available and putting together a set with MANY previously unreleased-on-the-format titles. I mean, when are most complete series sets cheaper upon being released? When everything in them has been released, or when a sizable fraction are seeing their format debut in that set? Either way, I think, for that reason alone, Universal was HIGHLY unlikely to ever release a set like this themselves, not without getting everything in it out first, either through multi-film sets or individual releases (and, as others have noted, that would depend on whether sales ultimately justify more being released, and Universal has already proved unwilling to release any more of their non-monster films).

  40. I really hope sales are great, for it may pave the way for future collections, such as W.C.Fields, Mae West, or even Woody Woodpecker.

    Yes..dare I say Deanna Durbin? Well….. I guess that's a long shot at best. I don't suppose they would even consider Gloria Jean or the Andrews Sisters either. Although I believe possibly many of their titles went into public domain and Universal doesn't even own the rights.

  41. It will be interesting to see if this collection is packaged like the complete DVD collection. Will the booklet be identical? Will there be more artwork and poster reproductions on all the films? What about the title and closing cards for "One Night In The Tropics"? The VHS had the original ones, while the DVD had substitute ones.

  42. Gary OS

    I track the same with my viewing history of the boys, minus Laserdiscs (which I never owned). Although I've watched the boxed set DVDs multiple times since it's release.

    Gary "this is probably the best news I've heard all year" O.

    Same with me although I did own the laser discs . I'm certain this BD set will be the last time I buy the A& C films.

  43. LouA

    Same with me although I did own the laser discs . I'm certain this BD set will be the last time I buy the A& C films.

    No doubt. Unless they give us hologram A&C films that we can interact with. I might quintuple dip for that.

    Gary “ 😉 “ O.

  44. They have a “hologram” (pepper’s ghost, actually) tour with Roy Orbison that seems to be selling tickets. A revue of routines by old comedy teams like A&C, and the Marx Bros, might actually be something that someone will cook up.

  45. I owned both the laser discs and that Suit-Case versions of all their films. I doubt if Universal is doing new scans on all these films, and probably did hi def versions when they did the last remastering. I feel fairly safe with all the promised extras and those who are involved, that the proper original versions and not any reissue versions with altered credits will be used. I think they will question Universal and make sure things are in their proper OAR. I think I saw almost all of the suitcase version, and the one film that surprised me was IN THE NAVY. It looked like it was taken from an old fine grain that had seen better days. I hope they can improve that one, as I don't remember it ever looking that badly. I'll probably preorder on Amazon when available. Maybe in blu ray, I will enjoy LOST IN ALASKA, and FOREIGN LEGION a bit more.

  46. Dick

    The ones I would buy if they were individual, reasonably-priced Blu-ray titles:

    TIME OF THEIR LIVES
    A&C MEET THE KILLER
    A&C MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
    HOLD THAT GHOST
    RIDE 'EM COWBOY
    BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME
    KEEP 'EM FLYING

    I still own the DVD set, and for most of these films that's (sometimes more than) enough.

    Keep 'Em Flying and Ride 'Em Cowboy are 2 of my favourites. I like the music and songs featured in both films. None of it interferes with the comedy routines. Both complements the other. Martha Raye, Carol Bruce and Anne Gwynne are also really good. Anne Gwynne is particularly a fine, talented and beautiful actress and appeared in many Universal films. She, along with a few other actresses who worked at the studio were never given enough credit for the great work they did.

  47. timk1041

    Keep 'Em Flying and Ride 'Em Cowboy are 2 of my favourites. I like the music and songs featured in both films. None of it interferes with the comedy routines. Both complements the other. Martha Raye, Carol Bruce and Anne Gwynne are also really good. Anne Gwynne is particularly a fine, talented and beautiful actress and appeared in many Universal films. She, along with a few other actresses who worked at the studio were never given enough credit for the great work they did.

    Wow! Other than my immediate family and one good friend who frequents this board, I never thought I'd see anyone else who's upper tier Abbott & Costello films included my 1A & 1B favorites: Keep 'Em Flying and Ride 'Em Cowboy. They are top notch all the way, and as Timothy mentioned above, the musical numbers are top notch and add to the films. The supporting cast is excellent as well. I've easily watched these two films at least twice as much as any other A&C film. Anytime I need a pick-me-up, these are the two I pop into the player.

    Gary "thanks for sharing, Timothy" O.

  48. Gary OS

    Wow! Other than my immediate family and one good friend who frequents this board, I never thought I'd see anyone else who's upper tier Abbott & Costello films included my 1A & 1B favorites: Keep 'Em Flying and Ride 'Em Cowboy. They are top notch all the way, and as Timothy mentioned above, the musical numbers are top notch and add to the films. The supporting cast is excellent as well. I've easily watched these two films at least twice as much as any other A&C film. Anytime I need a pick-me-up, these are the two I pop into the player.

    Gary "thanks for sharing, Timothy" O.

    You're welcome.

  49. I think I have everything of theirs that has been on released on SD/BD up until now.

    *Show (6 Colgate 1 hour shows)SD
    *Legends of Laughter SD
    *Rarities SD/BD
    *TV Show SD
    *Africa Screams SD
    *Jack and the Beanstalk SD
    *Hollywood Bloopers SD
    *In the Foreign Legion SD
    *Meet Frankenstein BDx2/SD
    *Dance with Me Henry SD
    *It Ain't Hay SD
    *Meet Captain Kidd SD
    *Noose Hangs High SD
    *Rio Rita SD
    *30' Bride of Candy Rock SD
    *In the Movies SD
    *Lost in a Harem SD
    *In Hollywood SD
    *Meet The Mummy BD
    *Best of Vol.1-4 SD

  50. John Sparks

    I think I have everything of theirs that has been on released on SD/BD up until now.


    *Dance with Me Henry SD

    *Noose Hangs High SD

    If you're looking for the most up do date versions, there is a blu-ray of The Noose Hangs High and, if you can bear it (I can't) also one from Olive for Dance with Me, Henry!

  51. timk1041

    Anne Gwynne is particularly a fine, talented and beautiful actress and appeared in many Universal films. She, along with a few other actresses who worked at the studio were never given enough credit for the great work they did.

    I had a little bit of a crush on Miss Gwynne when I was a tyke. FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (Dale Who?) and THE BLACK CAT (1941) were two of my favorites.

  52. Will Krupp

    If you're looking for the most up do date, hi-defiest versions, there is a blu-ray of NOOSE HANGS HIGH and, if you can bear it (I can't) also one from Olive for DANCE WITH ME, HENRY!

    Ha. I love The Noose Hang High. 😉

  53. Bob Furmanek is working on this set so it should definitely be special and we should get Meet the Keystone Cops in original 2.0: 1 ratio or at least 1.85:1. Bob mentioned on another forum there will be very special features. That makes this set an even better value $4.86 a film plus new special features. And that price is sure to come down before street date. Best deal I can remember from Shout.

  54. Will Krupp

    I like it well enough, too. The one I can't bear is DANCE WITH ME, HENRY. That's one I don't ever care to see again, even by accident!

    Dance with me Henry is definitely their worst to me as well but as a fan I can watch it. This is why I always watch them chronological so that I view everything. When I get to their lesser 50's films I understand where I am at in their career and as I know Dance with me Henry is their last film I will watch it. If I was just pulling their films at random to watch I would never pull Dance with me Henry.

  55. Randy Korstick

    Its also fun chronological to see how they changed in their films over the years and different things they tried such as 1946: Little Giant and Time of their Lives. This was the year they experimented with doing individual roles in these two films instead of working as a team.

    TIME OF THEIR LIVES is definitely one of my top five favorites!

  56. Randy Korstick

    Dance with me Henry is definitely their worst to me as well but as a fan I can watch it. This is why I always watch them in chronological order so that I view everything. When I get to their lesser 50's films I understand where I am at in their career and as I know Dance with me Henry is their last film I will watch it. If I was just pulling their films at random to watch I would never pull Dance with me Henry. Its also fun chronological to see how they changed in their films over the years and different things they tried such as 1946: Little Giant and Time of their Lives. This was the year they experimented with doing individual roles in these two films instead of working as a team.

    When this new Blu-ray set is released I will watch the movies through chronologically as well, Randy. And there is no doubt that Dance With Me Henry is my least favorite Abbott & Costello film. By the time the boys made that movie they were old and looked very tired. I get that they were going for something a little different, with Lou trying pathos and all that. But it just didn’t work. I really have a difficult time watching that one at all. I much prefer to think of the boys ending on the high note that was Meet the Mummy. That was the best film they did after several years of ho-hum stuff. It’s a good note to end on.

    Gary “having said all that, I will watch Dance (on Blu) when I finish all the other films this time around“ O.

  57. Robert Crawford

    I was a big Abbott & Costello fan in my younger days, but I'm not sure I'll buy this BD boxset. I need to revisit some of these 28 films that I already have on DVD. I hate to buy 28 movies, but only end up watching 5-6 of them. I just moved that large DVD boxset I already own, but have not watched many of them on DVD.

    Dear Robert: While tastes will vary and time and maturity do strange things to the movies we once thought were 'so cool', I would suggest to you that you have no fear about double-dipping for this one when it becomes available. I say this after having watched my box set from cover to cover very recently. Of the 28 pictures listed, I would say only 4 do not hold up with the passage of time. Little Giant is disappointing, as are the Wistful Widow of Wagon gap, Lost in Alaska, and, …go to Mars. The rest of these A&C classics are simply that – classic, and charming, with the boys pulling out all the stops to remain fresh and funny.

    Best of the lot: One Night in the Tropics, Hold That Ghost, Who Done It?, The Time of Their Lives, …Meet Frankenstein, …Meet the Mummy. The music in these A&C hits rarely gets mentioned outside of The Andrews Sisters. But just check out the mind-boggling Farandola, sung by Allan Jones and a bevy of wedding guests in One Night in the Tropics, or Ginny Simms and the Four Teens doing The Slap Polka from Hit the Ice. Patsy O'Connor's 'Old Timer' from It Ain't Hay always gave me a warm lump in the throat, as did the absolutely haunting, I Don't Care If I Never Dream Again from Here Come the Co-Eds; a film also notable for Peggy Ryan's ebullient, Jumping on a Saturday Night. Love Dorothy Shay singin 'You'll Be Jes Another Notch on Father's Shotgun, from The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap and, Peggy King's sultry sexpot singing, You Came A Long Way From St. Louis from …Meet the Mummy. And who can forget Ella Fitzgerald trilling, A Tisket, A Tasket from Ride 'Em Cowboy?

    The A&C movies always had a lot more than A&C to recommend them. I really don't see how you could go wrong buying these in hi-def; that is, unless, Uni somehow bungles the transfers.

    My votes are as follows:

    YES – One Night In The Tropics (1940)
    YES – Buck Privates (1941)
    YES – In The Navy (1941)
    DOUBLE YES – Hold That Ghost (1941)
    YES – Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
    YES – Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)
    OKAY, BUT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER – Pardon My Sarong (1942)
    TRIPLE YES – Who Done It? (1942)
    YES – It Ain't Hay (1943)
    YES – Hit The Ice (1943)
    YES – In Society (1944)
    YES – Here Come The Co-Eds (1945)
    OKAY – The Naughty Nineties (1944)
    PASS – Little Giant (1946)
    YES (although not a hit when it was released) The Time Of Their Lives (1946)
    OKAY Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
    PASS – The Wistful Widow Of Wagon Gap (1947)
    QUADRUPLE YES (which is about how many times I already own this title from Uni's idiotic re-re-re-releases of their monster movies so far) Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    YES – Mexican Hayride (1948)
    YES – Abbott And Costello Meet The Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)
    OKAY – Abbott And Costello In The Foreign Legion (1950)
    OKAY – Abbott And Costello Meet The Invisible Man (1951)
    OKAY – Comin' Round The Mountain (1951)
    OKAY – Lost In Alaska (1952)
    PASS – Abbott And Costello Go To Mars (1953)
    OKAY – Abbott And Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1953)
    OKAY – Abbott And Costello Meet The Keystone Kops (1955)
    YES – Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)

  58. I feel a little out of step with everyone concerning A & C Meet The Mummy. I haven't seen it since childhood, and picked up Universal's Mummy collection partially just to get a copy of this in high-def widescreen.

    For me, it was a complete dud – lame recycling of tired and worn out 'scare' routines with the boy's timing and energy almost completely gone.

    (But I'm still going to get Shout's set . )

  59. Rob W

    I feel a little out of step with everyone concerning A & C Meet The Mummy. I haven't seen it since childhood, and picked up Universal's Mummy collection partially just to get a copy of it in high-def widescreen.

    For me, it was a complete dud – lame recycling of tired and worn out 'scare' routines with the boy's timing and energy almost completely gone.

    (But I'm still going to get Shout's set , especially since we now know that Bob Furmanek is involved.)

    That basically sums up the meet the monsters series other than Meet Frankenstein but I still enjoy them all. I just find them to be a little overrated by casual fans and feel that they may be overlooking some of the boys best films by assuming that because they meet monsters in a film they are good A & C. Most comedy team films with monsters or haunted house themes do follow the same old plots lines. I think Gary's point was Meet the Mummy was a step up from the previous 3-4 films they did and much better than Dance with me Henry. I agree completely with that assessment. I will watch any Abbott and Costello and enjoy them all but as a big fan its also fair to point out the weaker ones.

  60. For me picking a favorite Abbot and Costello is tough.
    Every film they made from 41-45 could be included as my favorite including the 3 from MGM: Rio Rita, Lost in a Harem and In Hollywood. But if I had to narrow it down probably Hold That Ghost, Ride em Cowboy, Pardon My Sarong, Who done it and Hit the Ice would be my top 5 with the 3 MGM films following those. But any of their 41-45 films are the ones I never tire of watching and can always put them on when I need a laugh or something to cheer me up.

  61. Nick*Z

    Dear Robert: While tastes will vary and time and maturity do strange things to the movies we once thought were 'so cool', I would suggest to you that you have no fear about double-dipping for this one when it becomes available. I say this after having watched my box set from cover to cover very recently. Of the 28 pictures listed, I would say only 4 do not hold up with the passage of time. Little Giant is disappointing, as are the Wistful Widow of Wagon gap, Lost in Alaska, and, …go to Mars. The rest of these A&C classics are simply that – classic, and charming, with the boys pulling out all the stops to remain fresh and funny.

    Thank you for that response, but I addressed my purchasing of this BD boxset in a later post.

  62. Yeah I’m not as big a fan of A&C Meet The Mummy as some here. I mean it’s fine but not one of their best.

    It may be the only A&C film where Abbot is heavier than Costello. 😉

  63. I saw Meet the Mummy as a very little boy in the theater on its original release (yep, I'm old): one of my oldest movie memories (others: Johnny Guitar, Tarantula, Lady and the Tramp – very eclectic movie tastes even as a small boy).

  64. I had decided a couple of days ago to post in this thread on Top 5 Favorites, and maybe Bottom 5 Abbott & Costello films. But some of you are already kind of beating me to the punch. The question is whether or not to include even the non-Universal films in our discussion. But since many (myself included) are already discussing other entries, might as well include them. For me the top section will mirror what I wrote earlier about the different "eras" of the boys' movie careers. My favorites all fall into the "Pre-Lou's Illness" era. They are:

    1) Keep 'Em Flying
    2) Ride 'Em Cowboy
    3) Hit the Ice
    4) Buck Privates
    5) Pardon My Sarong

    As everyone can see my favorites are all Universal, although In Hollywood is right there, and Here Come the Co-Eds almost squeezed in as a post-illness Top 5 favorite.

    I know, I know. I didn't include Hold That Ghost or Who Done it? And gasp!!! I forgot A&C Meet Frankenstein! Blasphemy you say! I'll explain my picks in another post. I just wanted to list Faves and Least Faves to begin with. So my bottom 5 would be:

    36) Dance with Me Henry
    35) Lost in Alaska
    34) Meet Captain Kidd
    33) Keystone Kops
    32) Foreign Legion

    Africa Screams, Lost in a Harem and Mexican Hayride all competed for the last couple of spots as well.

    If you don't want to list the bottom 5, I completely understand.

    Gary "lets see some other lists to compare" O.

  65. Here come the Coeds almost makes my top 5. I'm surprised to see Lost in a Harem and Africa Screams at your bottom. But I think I see a pattern concerning studio sets with your bottom choices 😆 For Lost in a Harem Murray Leonard in the Jail scenes is worth the price of admission alone for me . Its probably around 11 or 12 overall for me but my least favorite of the 3 MGM. Rio Rita is my favorite MGM film. The boys could do no wrong in 1942 for me.
    A bottom 5 is tough for me because I do like them all but here it is:
    36) Dance with me Henry
    35) Comin Round the Mountain
    34.) Jack and the Beanstalk
    33.) Go to Mars
    32) Meet the Keystone Cops.

    All 1950's films for me.

    For me their films fall into 3 groups with every film in the 1st group being preferred over the next group and so on.

    1940-1945 -tough to pick a top film here as they are all strong.
    1946-1949 – Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein top film here
    1950-1956 -Meet the Invisible Man the top film here.

  66. Randy Korstick

    Here come the Coeds almost makes my top 5. I'm surprised to see Lost in a Harem and Africa Screams at your bottom. But I think I see a pattern concerning studio sets with your bottom choices :lol:.

    Almost a pattern. Except I mentioned In Hollywood as almost cracking my top 5. That’s easily my favorite MGM film from the boys. We are very close on agreeing with the 3 time frames and how we rank our favorites. There would only be a couple of exceptions on my end. The most blatant would be that I’d rank Meet the Killer over a few of the earlier films (Rio Rita, Lost in a Harem, and In Society). I’d say my favorite in the ‘46-‘49 period is Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap. My 50’s favorite is Comin’ Round the Mountain.

    Gary “love talking Bud & Lou with other fans” O.

    P.S. I also have a soft spot for Jack and the Beanstalk, so it would never be in my bottom 5. 🙂

  67. Gary OS

    Almost a pattern. Except I mentioned In Hollywood as almost cracking my top 5. That’s easily my favorite MGM film from the boys. We are very close on agreeing with the 3 time frames and how we rank our favorites. There would only be a couple of exceptions on my end. The most blatant would be that I’d rank Meet the Killer over a few of the earlier films (Rio Rita, Lost in a Harem, and In Society). I’d say my favorite in the ‘46-‘49 period is Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap. My 50’s favorite is Comin’ Round the Mountain.

    Gary “love talking Bud & Lou with other fans” O.

    P.S. I also have a soft spot for Jack and the Beanstalk, so it would never be in my bottom 5. 🙂

    Yeah it actually hurts to make a bottom 5 as I do like them all but have to pick something. Jack and the Beanstalk would probably improve for me if someone was able to release a better print on DVD or Blu Ray. I still have the laserdisc that Bob Furmanek did and it was a revelation at the time compared to all the public domain VHS tapes and I have the Roan DVD that was copied from the laserdisc but it could look a lot better now if given a new restoration and transfer as that one was done about 30 years ago.

  68. Tino

    There is no “bottom” for me when it come to Abbott and Costello

    Then use the words “least favorite” if you like. There’s no bigger fan of the boys than me, so it’s no dig to say “bottom 5” or “least favorite 5” as far as I’m concerned. I’ve watched ever one of their films literally dozens of times each. I’ll watch Dance with Me Henry before I’ll watch any Martin & Lewis film (even though I like them and own the Paramount sets) and even most Laurel & Hardy and 3 Stooges stuff. So my bonafides as a serious Abbott & Costello fan have never been called into question by anyone that’s seen my den at home.

    Just sayin’. :drum:

    Gary “long live Bud and Lou” O.

  69. Gary OS

    Then feel free to use the words “least favorite” if you’d rather. There’s no bigger fan of the boys than me, so it’s no dig to say “bottom 5” or “least favorite 5” as far as I’m concerned. I’ve watched every one of their films literally dozens of times each. I’ll watch Dance with Me Henry before I’ll watch any Martin & Lewis film (even though I like them and own the Paramount sets) and even most Laurel & Hardy and 3 Stooges stuff. So my bonafides as a serious Abbott & Costello fan have never been called into question by anyone that’s seen my den at home.

    Just sayin’. :drum:

    Gary “long live Bud and Lou” O.

    Easy. My comment wasn’t directed at you. It was a general statement.

    “There’s no bigger fan of the boys than me”

    Yes there is. Me!;)

  70. Tino

    Easy. My comment wasn’t directed at you. It was a general statement.

    “There’s no bigger fan of the boys than me”

    Yes there is. Me!;)

    Thanks for the clarification on the first part. As for your last statement though… 🙂

    Gary “I suspect several of us here will have to share the honor” O.

  71. Rob W

    I feel a little out of step with everyone concerning A & C Meet The Mummy. I haven't seen it since childhood, and picked up Universal's Mummy collection partially just to get a copy of it in high-def widescreen.

    For me, it was a complete dud – lame recycling of tired and worn out 'scare' routines with the boy's timing and energy almost completely gone.

    (But I'm still going to get Shout's set , especially since we now know that Bob Furmanek is involved.)

    If you want to see A&C in a film where their timing and energy truly are "completely gone," DANCE WITH ME, HENRY (1956) is the one to beat. Any of the Universal films is a masterpiece next to this disaster. Sad to see them go out like this and want to weep, as did this young kid at a Saturday matinee back in the day. One or both of the stars may have been ill by this time, and probably desperately needed the income. I envy people who have never seen this film and never will…The IMDB score for this (6.1) indicates that someone out there likes this ( respectful nod to Gary), which I personally find inexplicable. But that is how the world turns.

  72. Tino

    Easy. My comment wasn’t directed at you. It was a general statement.

    “There’s no bigger fan of the boys than me”

    Yes there is. Me!;)

    Tino, I haven’t watched a non-monsters A&C movie in forever. If I one night feel like a good random laugh without committing to the whole series of films, what’s one you’d recommend to rent?

  73. Josh Steinberg

    Tino, I haven’t watched a non-monsters A&C movie in forever. If I one night feel like a good random laugh without committing to the whole series of films, what’s one you’d recommend to rent?

    That’s tough

    Right now I would say

    Hold That Ghost
    Or
    Time Of Their Lives

  74. Tino

    That’s tough

    Right now I would say

    Hold That Ghost
    Or
    Time Of Their Lives

    Recommendations are difficult, in large part because everyone's preferences and tastes are different. For instance, if a person is okay with Big Band and one or two sentimental musical numbers, I'd not hesitate to steer them toward Keep 'Em Flying or Ride 'Em Cowboy because Bud & Lou are in top form. They balance word play jokes with physical comedy perfectly in those early pictures. But if musical numbers are not someone's cup of tea I might recommend Who Done It? as the earliest example of an Abbott & Costello picture that doesn't have that element in it. Either way I'd personally recommend their wartime films first and foremost. Anything before 1946. Just my two cents.

    Gary "then again, I'd never hesitate to recommend Meet the Killer – that's always gone over well with folks I've known" O.

  75. In the 70's I too discovered Abbott and Costello on TV on Saturdays In Southern California they were on channel 9 KCAL
    It was The East Side kids from 11 am to noon and then Abbott and Costello from noon-1:30pm. I was really into Saturday morning cartoons so I am glad they were not on earlier in the morning.
    Another favorite of mine The Bowery Boys I did not discover until a little later. From 1979-1981 channel 13 KCOP used to show the Bowery Boys every weekday from 10 -11 am. I became a big fan of them watching them during summer and Christmas vacation every morning for 3 years. With the Bowery Boys being edited to fit 1 hour with commercials and Abbott and Costello edited to fit in 90 minutes with commercials one of the biggest thrills of 1st getting all these films on home video was seeing scenes in all these films I had never seen before because they were time shortened for TV.

  76. Randy Korstick

    In the 70's I too discovered Abbott and Costello on TV on Saturdays In Southern California they were on channel 9 KCAL
    It was The East Side kids from 11 am to noon and then Abbott and Costello from noon-1:30pm. I was really into Saturday morning cartoons so I am glad they were not on earlier in the morning.

    They were on at 10 AM on Saturdays for me, but thankfully it didn't compete with any other cartoons I wanted to watch. Whew!!!

    Gary "what a terrible dilemma that would have been for a kiddie" O. :3dglasses:

  77. I brought out my A&C Vol 1 DVD set tonight and chose Ride 'Em Cowboy to watch. Besides lots of laughs and some good music, I was impressed by how well this DVD upconverted on my OLED. It looked wonderful, so I can imagine how sharp and impressive a Blu-ray will be. I was going to flip the disc and watch Who Done It? but a series of phone calls filled up my time until I was ready to shut down the home theater completely for the evening.

  78. Matt Hough

    I was going to flip the disc and watch Who Done It? but a series of phone calls filled up my time until I was ready to shut down the home theater completely for the evening.

    DO back and flip it when you can, Matt!! I LOVE Who Done It? (also in my top five.) I think it was their first movie to feature no musical numbers wasn't it? Not to mention it includes the amazing 'Flying Bordellos' joke that miraculously sneaked by the censors and has a wonderfully faux NBC/Radio City feel to the whole thing. (I believe the original story had them working explicitly as Radio City soda jerks.)

    Tino

    Growing up in the NYC market I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to Sunday Mornings at 11:30 AM on WPIX.

    It was magical. 🙂

    Shout out for WPIX!!!!
    ("Pix! Pix! Pix!" for those from the northeast)

    Happy, happy days!

  79. As an elementary school-aged kid in the first half of the 1970's, I saw the A&C movies when they ran on KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s now a CBS affiliate, but back then it was an independent station that ran mainly syndicated reruns of 50’s and 60’s TV shows. It would also show usually two movies a day, drawn for the most part from a syndication package from Universal. At age 8 or 9, I became hooked on the old Universal monster movies. They usually aired at 11 pm on Friday nights, and my parents would let me stay up late to watch them.

    Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, of course, led me to A&C Meet Frankenstein, which became the gateway drug to the rest of the A&C Universal series. Channel 11 would air A&C movies on Sunday, typically at 2 pm or 6 pm. Sometimes they would be followed by an old serial, like Undersea Kingdom with Ray Corrigan, to fill out the time slot.

    A lot of us seem to have been A&C fans since childhood. Nostalgia certainly is a component of our affection for these movies. Are there any here who became fans as adults?

  80. Will Krupp

    DO back and flip it when you can, Matt!! I LOVE Who Done It? (also in my top five.) I think it was their first movie to feature no musical numbers wasn't it? Not to mention it includes the amazing 'Flying Bordellos' joke that miraculously sneaked by the censors and has a wonderfully faux NBC/Radio City feel to the whole thing. (I believe the original story had them working explicitly as Radio City soda jerks.)

    Shout out for WPIX!!!!
    ("Pix! Pix! Pix!" for those from the northeast)

    Happy, happy days!

    I like the scene Lou has with the transcription record where the announcer mentions about halitosis.

  81. Will Krupp

    I had a little bit of a crush on Miss Gwynne when I was a tyke. FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (Dale Who?) and THE BLACK CAT (1941) were two of my favorites.

    She was in so many different types of movies at Universal. I always enjoy watching her films. Same for Martha O'Driscoll and many others: Elyse Knox, Grace McDonald, Peggy Moran, Helen Parrish, Nan Grey and of course Gloria Jean and Deanna Durbin. All talented and all very beautiful. None of them given enough credit.

  82. For me, it was primarily ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit's Sunday Morning Movie, where I would catch The Abbott And Costello Movie. They also sometimes went through the Martin And Lewis Film Library, as I recall.

    The painful part of it for me and my older brother, was when WXYZ shortened the A&C timeslot from 90 minutes to 1 hour. There's nothing worse than KNOWING you're missing stuff! I don't really recall the types of scenes that would normally get cut in the 1 hour time slot, although I suspect they may have been largely of the extraneous, musical variety.

    CHEERS! 🙂

  83. Tony Bensley

    normally get cut in the 1 hour time slot, although I suspect they may have been largely of the extraneous, musical variet

    The maddening thing about the A&C films being edited into 90 minute time slots here in the NY market (and probably everywhere) was that the cut scenes were always comedy bits while the musical numbers were always inexplicably retained.

    When they were eventually released on VHS it was a revelation to see these cut comedy classic bits.

    Who edited these films I wonder. The studio or some local affiliate TV station technician? And under what guidelines if any??

  84. Tino

    The maddening thing about the A&C films being edited into 90 minute time slots here in the NY market (and probably everywhere) was that the cut scenes were always comedy bits while the musical numbers were always inexplicably retained.

    When they were eventually released on VHS it was a revelation to see these cut comedy classic bits.

    Who edited these films I wonder. The studio or some local affiliate TV station technician? And under what guidelines if any??

    Tell me about it, as the musical numbers were mostly boring to me during my childhood viewings.

  85. timk1041

    She was in so many different types of movies at Universal. I always enjoy watching her films. Same for Martha O'Driscoll and many others: Elyse Knox, Grace McDonald, Peggy Moran, Helen Parrish, Nan Grey and of course Gloria Jean and Deanna Durbin. All talented and all very beautiful. None of them given enough credit.

    Don't forget Evelyn Ankers! 😉

  86. Robert Crawford

    Tell me about it, as the musical numbers were mostly boring to me during my childhood viewings.

    As a kid I didn’t care for many of the songs, although a few were catchy enough to keep my attention. Now, as an adult, I’ve come to enjoy pretty much all the tunes used in their 40’s films. Of their 50’s films with musical numbers, only Comin’ Round the Mountain and Jack and the Beanstalk have any songs that I can even tolerate.

    Gary “I’ve transferred most of their songs into mp3 and listen to them often” O.

  87. Tony Bensley

    The painful part of it for me and my older brother, was when WXYZ shortened the A&C timeslot from 90 minutes to 1 hour. There's nothing worse than KNOWING you're missing stuff!

    Tino

    Who edited these films I wonder. The studio or some local affiliate TV station technician? And under what guidelines if any??

    It's interesting because, in those early cable days when the cable channels were mostly limited to independent channels from other markets, you'd often get the chance to compare the cuts. WPIX would have a "standard edit" and I would get used to the way the movie played but, on occasion, I'd get to see the same movie from Channel 17 (or perhaps Channel 49?) out of Philadelphia and they would edit different parts of the movie while still attaining in the same 90 minute slot. TIME OF THEIR LIVES comes to mind because the scene of "ghost" Melody walking down the stairs in the strapless evening gown was always cut from Channel 11 but it was intact on Channel 17. The first time I saw the cut scene I think I whooped since I thought I knew the film so well. I think any cuts were channel specific.

  88. Tony Bensley

    The painful part of it for me and my older brother, was when WXYZ shortened the A&C timeslot from 90 minutes to 1 hour. There's nothing worse than KNOWING you're missing stuff!

    Tino

    Who edited these films I wonder. The studio or some local affiliate TV station technician? And under what guidelines if any??

    It's interesting because, in those early cable days when the cable channels were mostly limited to independent channels from other markets, you'd often get the chance to compare the cuts. WPIX would have a "standard edit" and I would get used to the way the movie played but, on occasion, I'd get to see the same movie from Channel 17 (or perhaps Channel 49?) out of Philadelphia and they would edit different parts of the movie while still attaining in the same 90 minute slot. TIME OF THEIR LIVES comes to mind because the scene of "ghost" Melody walking down the stairs in the strapless evening gown was always cut from Channel 11 but it was intact on Channel 17. The first time I saw the cut scene I think I whooped since I thought I knew the film so well. I think any cuts were channel specific.

  89. I had the time tonight to continue with my last night plans and watch Who Done It? I honestly had forgotten how hilarious this movie is. I burst out laughing on several occasions, and Lou's adventures on the flagpole and wires high above the street even made me a little bit dizzy (and I really don't have a great fear of heights, but this rear projection was very well done).

  90. Matt Hough

    I had the time tonight to continue with my last night plans and watch Who Done It? I honestly had forgotten how hilarious this movie is. I burst out laughing on several occasions, and Lou's adventures on the flagpole and wires high above the street even made me a little bit dizzy (and I really don't have a great fear of heights, but this rear projection was very well done).

    That rear projection job holds up really well, even now! I wonder how well it will hold up on Blu-ray?

    CHEERS! 🙂

  91. LeoA

    Any chance these will get standalone releases? I'd like to get The Time of Their Lives, but not sure about buying the entire collection.

    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.

  92. 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.

  93. Gary OS

    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.

  94. 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.

  95. Gary OS

    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 always liked Carol Bruce's rendition of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" in Keep 'Em Flying.

  96. timk1041

    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.

  97. timk1041

    Of course. Sorry. How could I forget?

    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.

  98. timk1041

    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.

  99. Gary OS

    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.

    A great list of songs here.

  100. 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. 😀

  101. Arthur Powell

    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?

  102. Arthur Powell

    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. 😀

    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.

  103. Josh Steinberg

    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.

  104. Robert Crawford

    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. 🙂

  105. Gary OS

    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.:)

  106. Gary OS

    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.:)

  107. Josh Steinberg

    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 know exactly what you mean.

  108. David Weicker

    Most Shout releases are also available from other retailers (both online and B&M).

    Do we know if this is a Shout exclusive, or when it might be available elsewhere?

    It's not an exclusive and the release date is November 19th so I expect we'll see links on Amazon and other sites rather shortly.

  109. Robert Crawford

    Why don't you buy it straight from Shout! Factory, who will most likely ship it earlier than Amazon?

    I almost never buy direct from Shout as their prices even on sale are higher than most online retailers and they have high shipping rates. Which is why I am anxious for Amazon and other online retailers to post it for price comparison. Its also unusual that they have not posted it yet. It seems Shout may be going for an exclusive window with this one.

  110. In Chicago, WGN, Channel nine, used to air Abbott and Costello movies every Saturday, usually double billed with a Bowery Boys film, but the station would tend to cut more of A & C's scenes, than the musical, or romantic subplots, so it wasn't till many years later, when viewing these uncut, is when I really started to appreciate the musical numbers, and no longer found them intrusive.

  111. Randy Korstick

    I almost never buy direct from Shout as their prices even on sale are higher than most online retailers and they have high shipping rates. Which is why I am anxious for Amazon and other online retailers to post it for price comparison. Its also unusual that they have not posted it yet. It seems Shout may be going for an exclusive window with this one.

    You'll get free shipping on that release. If they were going the exclusive window then they would say so.

  112. Robert Crawford

    You'll get free shipping on that release. If they were going the exclusive window then they would say so.

    It's not really an exclusive window but they should ship it two weeks earlier than the street date when you order from Shout.

  113. The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

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  114. TravisR

    It's not really an exclusive window but they should ship it two weeks earlier than the street date when you order from Shout.

    I have read on FB groups that they stopped doing that this year at least with the Scream horror Blu Rays.

  115. Randy Korstick

    I have read on FB groups that they stopped doing that this year at least with the Scream horror Blu Rays.

    No kidding? Sorry for putting dreams of getting it two weeks early in everyone's heads, fellas!

  116. BobO’Link

    I knew they had to be PMing someone… just didn't know who. If I had a Redcard I'd be tempted to order from them as the discount would just about cover tax.

    I have a RedCard so that's exactly what I did and I'm not going to change it now as I used a gift card to get it final price below $120.

  117. BobO’Link

    I knew they had to be PMing someone… just didn't know who. If I had a Redcard I'd be tempted to order from them as the discount would just about cover tax.

    I just ordered at Target with my Redcard. It came to $117.79.

    I'm still waiting for Shout to confirm cancellation of my pre-order with them.

  118. I ordered from Deep Discount using a 10% promo. Total was just under $123 (after tax and overweight shipping).

    I canceled my SF preorder, and received an email indicating they would be refunding PayPal. (Still haven’t seen refund apply)

  119. Robert Crawford

    I have a RedCard so that's exactly what I did and I'm not going to change it now as I used a gift card to get it final price including taxes below $120.

    I cancelled my Target order and got it cheaper from Deep Discount with 15% off code and saved my gift card for some other item.

  120. From Shout's Facebook page, they've posted the list of special features. The new features are noted as "NEW".

    We are about a month and a half away from the release of Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection [80th Anniversary Edition] and today we are very excited to reveal the full list of bonus features! Buckled it, it's a long one. Pre-order now at: http://bit.ly/AbbottCostello80 and scroll down for the full list!

    DISC ONE:

    ONE NIGHT IN THE TROPICS (1940)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    BUCK PRIVATES (1941)
    – Audio Commentary By Authors/Film Historians Bob Furmanek And Ron Palumbo (Abbott And Costello In Hollywood)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC TWO:

    IN THE NAVY (1941)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    HOLD THAT GHOST (1941)
    – Audio Commentary By Film Historian Jeff Miller
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC THREE:

    KEEP ‘EM FLYING (1941)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Scott Allen Nollen
    – Recruitment Short/Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    RIDE ‘EM COWBOY (1942)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Scott Allen Nollen
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian James L. Neibaur
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC FOUR:

    PARDON MY SARONG (1942)
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    WHO DONE IT? (1942)
    – Audio Commentary With Film Historian Frank Coniff
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC FIVE:

    IT AIN’T HAY (1943)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Scott Allen Nollen
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    HIT THE ICE (1943)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Scott Allen Nollen
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC SIX:

    IN SOCIETY (1944)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    HERE COME THE CO-EDS (1945)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC SEVEN:

    THE NAUGHTY NINETIES (1944)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Scott Allen Nollen
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    LITTLE GIANT (1946)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Scott Allen Nollen
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC EIGHT:

    THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (1946)
    – Audio Commentary With Film Historian Frank Thompson
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME (1947)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC NINE:

    THE WISTFUL WIDOW OF WAGON GAP (1947)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)
    – Audio Commentary By Film Historian Gregory William Mank
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC TEN:

    MEXICAN HAYRIDE (1948)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Scott Allen Nollen
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF (1949)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Troy Howarth
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC ELEVEN:

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN THE FOREIGN LEGION (1950)
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN (1951)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC TWELVE:

    COMIN’ ROUND THE MOUNTAIN (1951)
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    LOST IN ALASKA (1952)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC THIRTEEN:

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GO TO MARS (1953)
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1953)
    – Audio Commentary By Film Historians Tom Weaver And Richard Serivani
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC FOURTEEN:

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KEYSTONE KOPS (1955)
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (1955)
    – NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Troy Howarth
    – Theatrical Trailer
    – Still Gallery
    – Production Notes

    DISC FIFTEEN:

    THE WORLD OF ABBOTT AND COSTELLO (1965)
    ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET JERRY SEINFELD (1994)
    ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE MONSTERS (2000)
    – NEW Abbott And Costello: Their Lives And Legacy – Featuring Interviews With Chris Costello (Daughter Of Lou Costello) And Ron Palumbo (Co-author Of Abbott And Costello In Hollywood)
    – NEW Abbott And Costello: Film Stories – Featuring An Interview With Author/Film Historian James L. Neibaur (The Monster Movies Of Universal Studios)
    – NEW Abbott And Costello: Behind The Scenes – Ron Palumbo Talks About The Various Writers And Directors
    – NEW Abbott & Costello Meet Castle Films – 8 Of Abbott And Costello’s Best Castle Films 8mm/16mm Films
    – Outtakes From Pardon My Sarong, It Ain’t Hay, Hit The Ice, Little Giant, And Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein
    The Abbott And Costello Trailer Reel

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