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Editorial Reviews

Get ready to laugh out loud with the most popular comedy duo of all time in Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection! Now, for the first time ever, all 28 films produced during the height of their popularity at Universal Pictures are now available in one collection. Featuring their most popular movies such as Buck Privates, Who Done It? and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, this collection is filled with some of the most hilarious routines of all-time including “Who’s on First?” Loaded with hours of bonus features and an exclusive collectible book, this is the ultimate tribute to two of the funniest, and most enduring, comedians of all time!

Special Features

Disc 1 - One Night in the Tropics:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - Buck Privates:
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historians Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - In the Navy:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Hold That Ghost:
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Jeff Miller
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 3 - Keep 'Em Flying:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 3 - Ride 'Em Cowboy:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 4 - Pardon My Sarong:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 4 - Who Done It?:
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Frank Coniff
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 5 - It Ain't Hay:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 5 - Hit the Ice:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 6 - In Society:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 6 - Here Come the Co-Eds:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 7 - The Naughty Nineties:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 7 - Little Giant:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 8 - The Time of Their Lives:
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Frank Thompson
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 8 - Buck Privates Come Home:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 9 - The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 9 - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein:
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Gregory W. Mank
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 10 - Mexican Hayride:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 10 - Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 11 - Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 11 - Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 12 - Comin' Round the Mountain:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 12 - Lost in Alaska:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 13 - Abbott and Costello Go to Mars:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 13 - Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historians Tom Weaver and Richard Scrivani
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 14 - Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 14 - Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 15:
  • The World of Abbott and Costello
  • Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld
  • Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    • Format: Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen
    • 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: 15
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
    • Run Time: 2130 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001EXE2Y2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    A lot of people who are trashing Universal about this excellent release simply don't know what they're talking about:

    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.
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    It is a shame that it seems this holiday season so many studios are just double-dipping previously released material. Abbott and Costello are probably worthwhile purchases because, as someone else has already pointed out, the previous collections were on double-sided discs. However, this does seem to hurt the true fan who bought those double-sided disc collections by making them purchase the same films yet again in order to get something that will last long term. The following is the press release for this set, which indicates that 1943's "It Ain't Hay" will be the only film in this set that is a new release.

    DISC 1:
    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
    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary with Film Historians Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo (Buck Privates)
    Production Notes
    Theatrical Trailer

    DISC 2:
    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.
    BONUS FEATURES:
    Commentary with Film Historian Jeff Miller (Hold That Ghost)
    Production Notes
    Theatrical Trailer

    DISC 3:
    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.
    BONUS FEATURES:
    Production Notes
    Theatrical Trailer

    DISC 4:
    Pardon My Sarong (1942) - Bud and Lou travel to the South Seas where Lou is mistaken for a legend.
    Who Done It?
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    For Abbott and Costello fanatics, this is a great collection of the 28 movies the team made for their home studio, Universal. That said, however, there are some important factors (at least they're important to me) that prevent me from giving this set a full five-star rating.

    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?
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