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Bud & Lou: Comedy Is No Laughing Matter


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Legendary Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H1Q5LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A TRUE CULT CLASSIC! Based on the book by Bob Thomas, this comedy/drama profiles the careers of the famous comic duo, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello starring Harvey Korman and Buddy Hackett.- This 1978 made for TV movie features many of their famous routines including the famous 'WHO'S ON FIRST". It begins during the early years of vaudeville and burlesque and takes you through their career on radio and into their film years. The film also covers the tragedies of one of America's most beloved comedy teams; The loss of Lou's child to their troubles with the internal revenue and eventually leads to their team breakup and Bud and Lou's health problems.

Customer Reviews

Buddy Hackett was really bad as Costello.
johnnyb
As he subsequently said edited out many scenes that would have better explained things, thus causing Lou to look bad.
James R. Morrella
It's a sad ending to a great comedy team.
Paul Manfredi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Levine on September 18, 2012
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I REMEMBER WATCHING THIS SHOW WHEN IT WAS ON TV IN 1978. I REALLY LOVED IT. IT HAS 2 OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN IT ( BUDDY HACKETT AND HARVEY KORMAN ) WHAT IS FUNNY I WAS LOOKING FOR THIS ON NETFLIX AND THEY DID NOT HAVE IT SO I THOUGHT IT HAD ALREADY BEEN PUT OUT BUT I JUST LOOKED IT UP HERE AND IT COMES OUT ON SEPT. 25TH. STILL AFTER ALL THIS TIME IT IS STILL FRESH IN MY MIND SO THAT TELLS YOU WHAT A GREAT MOVIE THIS IS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lia Soetje on October 2, 2013
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This film from the '70s was ok. I thought the film one dimensional. More was focused on Lou vs. Bud. Also I have seen Buddy Hackett do better. It would be great if someone did an updated version of Bud and Lou. My opinion is half the story was left out about these two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Toth on November 7, 2012
What more can I say, than Bud and Lou are the templates of some of the greatest comedians today. My kids watched this DVD and immediately found a common connection with the comedians they laugh at today. My Husband and I have plenty of memories of Bud and Lou and find it a true pleasure getting the opportunity of having this on a easily obtainable and affordable DVD special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BILLY ANTIMISIARIS on October 21, 2012
Based on the book "BUD AND LOU:THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO STORY" by Bob Thomas, and directed by Robert C. Thompson this comedy/drama follows Abbott and Costello (Harvey Korman, Buddy Hackett) from their modest start in vaudeville through their early radio success and, utlimately, to their stardom as motion picture and televison stars.
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Where Buddy Hackett was a decent choice for his comic abilities (although facially he tends to come off more crazed, rather than Costello's sweet puppydog look), he was truly awful dramatically. It is Korman and Lee's performances, both comically and dramatically, that raise the bar for this film. Unfortunately, the 'made for t.v' cinematography is a drawback, and one is left feeling like something is missing...wait, perhaps it's Abbott's wife of over 50 years who only gets a ridiculously brief mention?? You can see how they pushed the movie towards more of a portrayal of Costello's life, with Abbott as a bit of a sideline, but Korman never lets his presence or performance resign to it. Again, the straight man is quietly essential to the story! It's too bad the work wasn't received better, but I blame Hackett, and whoever didn't notice that there wasn't much chemistry between Korman and Hackett, no matter how they may have tried. I'm easy to please though. If it's got Harvey in it I'm sold, so, don't listen to me!!
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By Barton J. Donnelly on December 15, 2014
When I first heard about this back in 1978 I was so very excited. After watching it on TV I was a bit disappointed. Where was Bud's wife? Where were their children? Turns our that Betty Abbott (Bud's wife) did NOT approve of the script and subsequently was written out of the film completely. There were some things that were incorrect, which made the 'bio-pic' a disappointment to me.
In MY opinion, there should've been a 6 hour 3 night presentation (2 hours each night). The first hour would be Bud's life until he meets Lou. The second hour should be Lou's life. Third hour would be their early career together. Fourth hour would be their rise to fame. Fifth hour would be the breakup and Lou's death. The final hour would be Bud's life after Lou's death and his final moments.
They could've explored some very interesting things that happened to both of them.
Maybe someone at Universal will read this and put something together. They should start with Lou's daughter Chris Costello's book, 'Lou's On First'.
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By James R. Morrella on October 13, 2014
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I hesitated giving this a three. I like Bud and Lou (the real ones) so much even a flawed film like this still can provide enjoyment. Buddy Hackett gave an outstanding performance. As he subsequently said edited out many scenes that would have better explained things, thus causing Lou to look bad. Other things like saying Lou had Rheumatic fever when a child when he contracted it in 1943 shows they did not do any research. Most of the problems were over stated and many truly great moments never mentioned. Lou did not blame his wife for his son's death. Lou and Bud had great marriages and both had families that were loving (each were the godparents of the others children). Their agent was not the great guy this film projects. Maybe it should be a two star?
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By PETER TELLER on May 20, 2014
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not a bad film...story not very factual ..there are many books that give a lot more accurate accounts of their lives...
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