Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection
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(Oct 28, 2008)
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1.) For starters, you have to know that when Universal originally released their other 4 volumes of Abbott & Costello on DVD, the movie IT AIN'T HAY was unable to be included due to rights issues and so it was not able to be included. Now this problem has been rectified.
2.) At the time of the other 4 Volumes of A&C, Universal was foolishly trying out a double-sided DVD technology called "DVD-18". As a result, many people who bought the old DVDs complained of all sorts of random issues like skipping and picture freezing. So if there is ever a bone to pick with Universal, it was because they were experimenting with those earlier DVD-18s. This NEW SET is much more reliable and durable, since it's going to be issued in tried-and-true "DVD-9" single-sided format, which is much better quality all around.
3.) Somebody complained that there were several movies missing from this collection. No, there are NOT any UNIVERSAL features missing here. The titles he's thinking of are films that were RELEASD BY OTHER STUDIOS, (SUCH AS MGM). This box set is purely all of Abbott and Costello's UNIVERSAL films.
Well, that's it for now. It may be a pain in the neck for some to double-dip, but at least Universal has corrected the earlier double-sided disc catastrophe (they probably meant well with the old sets, but it turned out to be a faulty technonogy). And now they've cleared the rights to IT AIN'T HAY, where they couldn't release it previously. And to their credit they've compensated fans by adding MORE NEW EXTRA FEATURES to this set.Read more ›
One Night in the Tropics (1940) - Bud and Lou get mixed up in a "Love Insurance" scheme.
Buck Privates (1941)- The duo accidentally enlists in the U.S. Army to avoid getting arrested
Commentary with Film Historians Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo (Buck Privates)
In the Navy (1941) - Bud and Lou are sailors bound for duty on the high seas in this musical comedy.
Hold that Ghost (1941) - The boys inherit a haunted house formerly owned by a mobster.
Commentary with Film Historian Jeff Miller (Hold That Ghost)
Keep `Em Flying (1941) - Bud and Lou enlist in the Army Air Corps and get caught up in a love triangle.
Ride `Em Cowboy (1942) - The duo head to the Lazy S ranch to hide after Lou accidentally proposes to an Indian girl.
Pardon My Sarong (1942) - Bud and Lou travel to the South Seas where Lou is mistaken for a legend.
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First of all, I have to agree with all of you who feel disrespected by Universal's lack of marketing etiquette. It's bad enough that many devoted A&C fans who purchased those previous Franchise Collection volumes now feel like fools for loyally supporting those releases, but they can't even obtain the previously unavailable IT AIN'T HAY (1943) without having to purchase the other 27 movies all over again. Universal certainly hasn't shown any reluctance in re-releasing the same basic material over and over again (the 75th Anniversary Edition of DRACULA, the 75th Anniversary Edition of FRANKENSTEIN, etc.), so why not release a separate, single-disc edition of IT AIN'T HAY? Or a smaller 3-disc, 6-film set, like the one Universal released in the UK (which contained ONE NIGHT IN THE TROPICS, BUCK PRIVATES, PARDON MY SARONG, WHO DONE IT?, IN SOCIETY, and HERE COME THE CO-EDS). Given the choice of purchasing this new collection or purchasing IT AIN'T HAY by itself, I would have still purchased this new collection. But I still sympathize with consumers who don't want to or can't drop 84 bucks (or more) just to obtain one new title. Universal, you've done these good folks wrong...you should have provided them with an option. (Besides, as rare as it might be, IT AIN'T HAY is perhaps the weakest of the early A&C comedies.)
And if Universal went to the trouble of revamping this collection, why weren't more theatrical trailers included?Read more ›
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It's Abbot & Costello. What else is there to say about Great Comedy.Published 17 days ago by EDWARD V. RAGNONE JR.
Got this for as a gift for my brother, and he loved them!! This is defiantly a great gift!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The merchandise was in great shape and my husband totally enjoy his gift. Thank youPublished 21 days ago by Catrina Tolley
The dvd collection is awesome. Unfortunately after I received and watched them I saw them cheaper on amazon. But I love Abbott n Costello. I'm very happy with the DVDsPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's Abbot & Costello. What's not to like about that?!?! :-)Published 3 months ago by William Justic
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Those two films you mentioned may not have been made by Universal, or it could be that they had fallen into public domain. You can buy a restored color edition of this film on Amazon, put out by Legend Films. You can also watch Africa Screams free on Imdb.com. I'm not sure about "Jack and... Read More
Oct 30, 2009 by mhn92 | See all 4 posts
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NO.....why would you expect them to? They were not shot in widescreen....you will have to deal with the bkack bars on the side or stretch the picture to fill your screen. I cannot believe there are still some people in this day and age that still are grasping with this.
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