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The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 2 (Hit the Ice / In Society / Here Come the Co-Eds / The Naughty Nineties / Little Giant / The Time of Their Lives / Buck Privates Come Home / The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap) (1943)

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , William A. Seiter , Charles Barton  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ginny Simms, Arthur Treacher, Jr. Lon Chaney
  • Directors: William A. Seiter, Charles Barton, Jean Yarbrough, Charles Lamont
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 654 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FGBZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Disc 1 - Hit the Ice:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 1 - In Society:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - Here Come the Co-Eds:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 1 - The Naughty Nineties:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 2 - Little Giant:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 2 - The Time of Their Lives:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Buck Privates Come Home:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 2 - The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    By popular demand, the legendary Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are back in eight brand-new-to-DVD comedy classics! Still one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of show business, their films continue to generate new legions of fans around the world. Now some of their greatest gags and most stellar skits, including the complete version of their signature routine "Who's on First?", are available in this side-splitting collection. It's the boys at their very best and illustrates why Bud and Lou rightly deserve their place among the brightest stars of the silver screen!Hit the Ice (1943)Bud and Lou hit the slopes at the Sun Valley Resort after getting mixed up with gangsters.In Society (1944)The boys find themselves in hot water after a plumbing job goes wrong at a high society bash.Here Come the Co-Eds (1945)Bud and Lou head to campus and attempt to save Bixby College from closing down.The Naughty Nineties (1945)Set aboard the River Queen showboat, Bud and Lou perform their legendary "Who's on First?" routine.Little Giant (1946)Lou plays a little man with big dreams...and ends up selling vacuum cleaners!The Time of Their Lives (1946)Mistaken as a traitor, Lou's ghost is trapped in Danbury Mansion until his innocence is proven.Buck Privates Come Home (1947)Bud and Lou return to civilian life and get involved in midget car racing in the sequel to Buck Privates!The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)Accused of murder, Lou is forced to take care of a widow and her children on a farm.

    Customer Reviews

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    69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A FEAST!! August 5, 2005
    Verified Purchase
    I purchased this set as I noticed it included my favourite A & C movie `Time of their Lives` which had never been available before on DVD. So to get 7 more movies for a price I would have happily paid for that was a great bonus.

    The picture and sound quality of all of these films is outstanding and great care has been taken in perfect transfers from excellent, apparently original negative, 35mm material so it is a first class ride throughout. For A & C that is the only way to travel.

    It seems a shame that some reviewers gripe about a lack of extra and should see it another way. You are buying one movie with 7 first rate features as extras - how about that for value? Remember you are paying less than $1.88 (or around £1) for each of these superb quality movies... I rest my case!

    All of these series` discs play fine on my multi region players here in the UK. Even the slightest finger mark on a disc or dirty players can cause skipping and freezing (just a thought!).

    In conclusion incredible value, superb quality set of movies which I recommend to anyone
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    36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, thank you, thank you August 1, 2004
    Thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever at Universal opened the vault and released these gems on DVD.

    I grew up with these movies and now get to share them with another generation.

    This is good clean fun comedy that you won't be emabrassed to show to anyone. Never mean spirited or vulgar, just comedy like it was meant to be by two undisputed geniuses of the genre.

    Buy this set and enjoy A&C all over again.

    Now all I need is a box set of the A&C show from the 50's woth Hilary, Mr Fields, Mr. Bacciagalupe, Mike the cop and Stinky. I can't wait.
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    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first set, maybe even better. October 16, 2004
    Some of the situations the Hollywood movie machine contrived as vehicles for their stars show their age, often badly. Many of the "chase" sequences" don't hold up at all. The runaway sailboat sequence in "Here Come the Co-eds" is an example of this. It has its moments. The close up shots of the live actors and the background footage they're superimposed on don't match each other. Details, things like wind moving fabric around, are missing. Often, the "halos" that were left around people when their images were superimposed over stock footage are still present. (It's still not always that easy to get rid of those perfectly even when with a still photograph. Ask someone who's done it.) The problems lie with the special effects. These were the state of the art in their time but are weak by current standards. This list goes on. Archival and stock footage (which was used a lot) is often grainy. Sometimes the resolution of pieces of film being matched is completely different. And so on ... Don't worry too much about all of this. Bud and Lou's comedy has too much too offer to let small technical issues stand in the way of enjoying what they did. The routines they inserted into their films are as fresh today as they were sixty years ago. The timing they had was impeccable; a lot of today's performers could learn from it. Some of the best performances of their routines captured on film are contained in this set. Every one shows how good their timing was. Watch and enjoy.

    Hit the Ice ****

    When Lou Costello walks into the door that bud Abbott just went through it's funny. When most duos do this it's not as funny, if it's even funny at all. That's timing. You turn on any of these movies knowing this is going to happen a lot. You expect it. You may even know it's coming.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Abbott & Costello - Mid Career November 26, 2005
    The boys are back with a second set of eight films from 1943 to 1947. They are on two double sided DVD's with two films on each side. And if you like the boys, these are good films (not their best).

    ***Hit the Ice - Bud and Lou are on the run and end up at a resort in Sun Valley. They get jobs at the resort but the crooks follow. The film ends up with a typical but still funny ski chase.

    **In Society - Bud and Lou are two incompetent plumbers who are called to fix a noisy toilet at a society home during a costume party. They and their female taxi driver friend are mistaken for guests and are invited to a weekend in the county for the unveiling of a painting called "The Plunger". When the painting is stolen, the boys find it. Very typical and not that funny.

    ***Here Comes the Co-ed's - Bud and Lou are employed at an all girl college and kaos ensues. Of course, the college has financial woes and in the end, the boys save the college.

    ***Naughty Nineties - Bud and Lou's version of Show Boat. Bud is a bad actor and Lou is the bumbling stagehand. The river boat captain loses it to gamblers who turn it into a crooked casino. Bud and Lou come to the rescue with what is becoming their typical chase scene (but this time it works perfectly.) Also, they perform "Who's on First".

    ****Little Giant - Lou is his typical simpleton who aspires to be a great salesman. He leaves the farm and goes to the big city and gets a job as a door to door vacuum cleaner salesman for a company run by a corrupt Bud. After a disastrous day Lou is exiled to the Fresno office run by Bud's twin brother who is honest. By accident, Lou becomes the salesman of the year and returns to Los Angeles in triumph.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Watched all these on WPIX-TV New York every Sunday Morning after mass. I wish they would colorize them.
    Published 1 day ago by TV Child
    5.0 out of 5 stars ABBOTT AND COSTELLO
    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO, THE BEST COMEDY TEAM, NEVER OUT OF DATE. THIS MUTLI MOVIE COLLECTION PROVIDED MY OWN MINI MARATHON
    Published 1 month ago by Carol J. Wooldridge
    5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say
    Abbott and Costello movies if your a fan you will enjoy these so buy them if you are a fan
    Published 2 months ago by terrell48
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value
    I bought this DVD specifically for "The Time of Their Lives" which is one of my all-time favorite Abbott and Costello movies, and I look at the other seven movies as a... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Tootsie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies
    Abbott & Costello have all ways been in my top 10.it is a great collection. I have all four CD's
    Published 2 months ago by Donadl DuVall
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
    Seriously, for the price and what you get it is totally worth it. Great quality, too. I am happy to have this in my collection.
    Published 3 months ago by kat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Some of their best work
    they were the top performers of their day, a day when you did not have to be gross or vulgar to get laughs. Their films still hold up well.
    Published 3 months ago by homerba
    5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THEM!
    I bought this collection mainly for "The Time of Their Lives". I had it years ago on VHS because I loved it so much. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Grandma
    5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CLEAN LAUGHS
    JUST LOVED THESE GUYS AND WATCHING THESE MOVIES JUST BRING BACK SUCH GREAT MEMORIES.....I RECOMMEND THIS ONE TO ANYONE WHOM WANTS TO LAUGH OUT LOUD!
    Published 4 months ago by R. Kavanaugh
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
    The main reason I purchased this set is because my husband and I love the movie, "Keepers of the Well." We have enjoyed seeing other movies for the first time on this DVD.
    Published 7 months ago by Kat
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