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Buck Privates (Blu-ray + DVD) (1941)

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , Arthur Lubin  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nat Pendelton, Alan Curtis, Lee Bowman
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Writers: Arthur T. Horman
  • Producers: Alex Gottlieb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35mm original film elements to get the most from your HDTV. Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld Theatrical Trailer 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters My Scenes - Bookmark your favorite scenes

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Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello cemented their place in film history with the hilarious wartime comedy classic Buck Privates. After spending years on stage in burlesque and on radio perfecting classic routines such as “Who’s on First?,” the duo transitioned to motion pictures at Universal in1940. In their first leading roles, Bud and Lou play con artists who accidentally enlist in the U.S. Army to avoid going to jail. Making matters worse, their no-nonsense drill sergeant turns out to be the cop who tried to arrest them! Featuring classic routines such as “Drill,” “Dice Game” and “You’re Forty, She’s Ten,” the film also starred the popular singing group The Andrews Sisters performing the Academy Award-nominated song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Following the success of Buck Privates, Bud and Lou made an astounding 26 more movies at Universal leaving a legacy of laughter that will be treasured forever.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four! August 24, 1999
By A Customer
This great work of entertainment from l942 can be watched repeatedly and for different reasons. Sometimes I watch it just to catch the hysterical routines of our beloved A&C. The funniest is when Bud is trying to instruct Lou how to carry his rifle. Notice the tallest of the soldiers at the end of the row who can barely keep from screaming with laughter. His mouth trembles, he bows his head so you can't see his face, etc. Also, The Andrew Sisters are their peak, bouncing everybody with their classic, "Boogey-Woogie Boy" toe-tapping extravaganza with Patty dynamic. Even better in some ways is the fantastic "Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four" which comes towards the end. Look at those jive-cats, circa l942 swing and sway and shake their groove thangs. This was a perfect antidote in that year because of the horrible news pouring in from war-torn Europe and Americans were over there risking life and life. Buck Privates moves so fast you're startled when it ends with "You're a Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith". You wanna just reverse and start it all over again. Bravo to Patty, Laverne and Maxine, not to mention Abbott and Costello.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott/Costello Fun and Andrew Sisters Swing! February 3, 2013
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Absolutely outstanding Picture and Sound upgrade in Blu-ray. Of course the dynamic duo of Abbott and Costello will gather a few laughs but the Hi-Lights are the Andrew Sisters. They swing like no others back in 1941. Two thumbs up and 5 stars for this Blu-ray, regular DVD, Book and Extras the DVD provides.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best March 7, 2010
Bud Abbott (1895-1974) and Lou Costello (1906-59) were comedy giants for two decades, wowing the public on screen from 1940 to 1956 and on TV from 1951 to 1953. They were the true successors to Laurel and Hardy. "Buck Privates" was their second film, and the one that propelled them onto the A list. They followed this with nearly 40 films, the best of which were such classics as "Hold that Ghost" (1941) and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). The "A & C Meet..." films alone spawned 7 films. By the mid 50s the comedic style of Martin and Lewis gained the upper hand and personal disputes between the partners brought the comedy to an end. As they had eclipsed Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis stole their thunder, but even today one can't help but laugh at the gags.

"Buck Privates" is probably their best film, aided in no small part by the terrific songs and dances of the Andrew Sisters, who would join them in two more films ("In the Navy" and "Hold that Ghost") that same year. LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty not only worked with Abbott and Costello, but also with The Ritz Brothers ("Argentine Nights") and Crosby and Hope ("Road to Rio") and also appeared with the top musicians of the 40s and 50s. At the time of "Buck Privates" the sisters had already established a name for themselves with such big hits as "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen", "Hold Tight", "Roll out the Barrel", "Ferryboat Serenade", and "Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar". They perform four songs in the film - "You're a Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith", "Apple Blossom Time", "Bounce me Brother with a Solid Four", and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Boogie Woogie" was nominated for an Oscar as Best Original Song.

Abbott and Costello were originally a vaudeville act, and what they did was to bring their act to the big screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch June 14, 2012
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This old Abbott and Costello movie is a lot of fun to watch. It is a classic film with 2 of the best ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful old B movie January 7, 2013
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The transfer on blu is quite good, At times it looks as if it could have been filmed today. Love the digibook casing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bud and lou September 22, 2013
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in blu ray its a dream to see Abbott and Costello as you would of seen them on the big screen in the 1940's!
I await with bated breath to see more of there early gems on Blu ray released! worth its weight in gold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Funny Funny January 21, 2014
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This a very funny movie. It is Bud & Lou at the top of their craft. It is not hard to understand why they were so popular in the theatres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny men December 9, 2013
By mamaw4
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I love the dvd, i find it funny and relaxing. Also in a time win things were more relaxed and laid back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is will forever go down in history for ...
This movie is will forever go down in history for 3 reasons: (1) It was the first movie with Abbott & Costello in a starring role (they had previously appeared as supporting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by UJIMA
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrews Sisters never looked and sounded so good and Bud and Lou are...
You want this disc for so many reasons, but the Andrews Sisters are the big payoff. I loved the Blu-ray... and the included book is a great treat too.
Published 3 months ago by Bob North
3.0 out of 5 stars No Spanish
Amazon indicates that this disk is in Spanish 5:1 which is a reason the disk was bought. It does not have any spoken language other than English. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so correct
For the Blu ray it earns 5 stars and I received the package very quickly. But the information given by Amazon is not so correct. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by A. J. De Koning
5.0 out of 5 stars Back when they KNEW how to entertain
How studios and their, so called, executives decide not to keep printing copies of REAL entertainment like this amazes me. Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by Mark R. Davis

'BUCK PRIVATES' is unquestionably one of the best Bud Abbott and Lou Costello films. Read more
Published on January 14, 2007 by Heather L. Parisi
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A Comedy Classic!
Here. Here. I, too, am looking forward to this and, hopefully, other Abbott & Costello films on blu ray.
Jan 20, 2012 by James Dean |  See all 3 posts
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