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Universal's Blu-Ray Gets It Right,
This review is from: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
Universal's legendary, all-time classic comedy paired Abbott & Costello with a series of movie monsters, including Bela Lugosi essaying Dracula for only the second time on-screen, Lon Chaney, Jr. as Larry Talbot (aka the Wolfman), and Glenn Strange as Frankenstein (there's also a fun cameo by another Universal monster favorite at the very end). "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" also revitalized A&C's film career for years to come (with the boys meeting everyone from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to "The Killer...Boris Karloff"), and still holds up tremendously well - especially for any fan of the classic Universal monster movies. The comedy in Robert Lees, Frederic Rinaldo and John Grant's script deftly bridges A&C's antics with a basically respectful treatment of Dracula, Frankenstein and crew, allowing for the film to recreate the feel of the studio's Golden Age chillers in a hilarious setting that never ceases to entertain.
Universal's Blu-Ray presentation of the film, out next week, is terrific: the AVC encoded 1080p transfer is natural in appearance and allows the film, warts and all, to "breathe," so to speak, without any obvious filtering or excessive DNR. The DTS MA mono sound is acceptable, and extras carried over from the prior DVD include Gregory W. Mank's commentary and the David J. Skal-hosted DVD featurette "Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters" (though, as with the recent Blu-Ray of "Jaws," this featurette is presented in a heavily compressed, terrible-looking standard-def encode). Two Universal 100 Years featurettes and the trailer are also included, plus the trailer, a DVD and digital copy.
EDIT - Some users asked if the DVD contained this set is also remastered. IT IS NOT. In fact it's the same "Comedy Legends" older DVD pressing...so don't buy this set if you are not interested in the Blu-Ray.
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Initial post: Aug 17, 2012 8:40:12 PM PDT
A. Gammill says:
Good review. I was thinking I would probably upgrade on this one, and your review helped me make the decision to do so.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 6:19:02 AM PDT
Has the standard dvd been upgraded as far as video quality? I have this on the Franchise Collection and would buy this if it was remastered, but cant find any info on the new dvd.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 9:06:36 AM PDT
Bigbeat -- it's not. The DVD is the same pressing as one of the older releases with the "Comedy Legends" banner on it.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 1:02:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2012 8:20:58 PM PDT
Richard H. Campbell says:
The DVD here IS the old one; the copyright on it is 2000. But on September 3, Universal is releasing a DVD of this movie again. It MAY be improved, or may be the same old disc repackaged. Anyone know?
Posted on Aug 20, 2012 6:16:37 AM PDT
Paul Scott says:
Hi Guys, According to DVD Beaver the sound is re-mixed for STEREO.
Wonderful film with any sound Regards Paul
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 6:40:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2012 7:00:36 AM PDT
It's 2-channel mono, not stereo. Any 2 channel track is technically read as "stereo" by Blu-Ray players, but it's the same mono track as before. Nothing has been remixed, the same audio is being delivered in 2 channels. I'm sure the Beaver will correct that (the front of the review is correct where it says "DTS MA Mono")
Posted on Aug 23, 2012 9:05:07 PM PDT
JACK LOBO says:
WHAT!? cough-cough I mean , what? Univeral is celebration 100 years and they did nothing to enhance this tremendously popular beloved movie? No different special features? No cleaning up of the picture? No nothing? What's the point of including this in the 100 years celebration if they did nothing.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 9:27:50 PM PDT
The Blu-Ray looks excellent Jack and has been nicely remastered for HD. The DVD is the same. As far as new special features go -- I agree, they haven't done much, but then again, JAWS didn't have anything new on there either. (The "new" documentary they included was actually produced in 2007!).
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 2:36:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 2:39:28 PM PDT
Just saw MY blu-ray version which
IS cleaned up -- a lot -- and clearer.
Very noticable on my large TV (of which size I won't brag)... but you can see Lon Chaney, Jr.'s EYELASHES
as he turns into the wolfman, and THAT is not noticable on ANY of the OTHER four versions of the film that
Whomever said there is no difference is on some really STRONG drugs!
Buy the Blue-ray, and give the accompanying DVD to your DAD!
Don't worry about the DOUBLE-dip... jump IN with BOTH damned feet!
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