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The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 4 (Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde / Abbott & Costello Meet the Keystone Cops / Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy / Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld / Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters / The World of Abbott & Costello)
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America's most beloved comedy team pair up with a cast of monsters and The Keystone Kops in this collector's set filled with 6 classics. The last installment in this hilarious franchise includes revealing documentaries and interviews that give an in-depth look at the genius behind Abbott and Costello and their continued popularity. Also featured is the making of the original classic Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which spawned an industry of comedy/horror films. Partnered with great legends like Boris Karloff, these masterpieces truly stand the test of time.Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)As American policemen in London, Bud and Lou meet up with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)The boys follow a con man to Hollywood after being swindled into buying a phony movie studio.Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)Bud and Lou stumble upon a sacred medallion that holds the key to a legendary treasure.The World of Abbott and Costello (1965)This compilation includes classic routines from 18 of Bud and Lou's most popular films.Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (1994)The popular comic hosts a tribute to Bud and Lou in this insightful retrospective.Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters (2000)A behind-the-scenes look at the duo's popular series of films as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet up with Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man.
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I rented this on Amazon Prime (not free, though) in SD, and the picture and sound were fine on my 50" TV, and there were no streaming glitches. Format is the original 4:3 near-square movie ratio, so black sidebars appear on a HD TV, unless the TV "zoom" mode is used (depends on your TV).
Actually, there are some VERY funny moments...but less than a half-dozen of them. Yet, this is a film Abbott & Costello fans will want to see (and own) -- and ANYONE who is a classic horror movie fan will want to OWN IT (remember that as we move into the 21st century this is unlikely to be available so now is the time!).
Firstly, I'm a bit biased about this film. This is the very first movie I remember seeing as a kid and the first I remember seeing in a movie theater. I have not seen it since I bought it on Amazon-- and was NOT disappointed!
Why? I like horror movies. And this is less of an Abbott & Costello movie than a low-budget remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Boris Karloff in the title role.
If you're a Karloff fan like I am, this is a TREASURE: he is at his evil, slimiest best...even glowering at times. Special effects were clearly Universal Studios style, essentially the same effect as used in the Wolfman series. The movie seldom lags but it is made according to the Universal horror formula at the times (less like an A&C film).
View this film NOT as a hilarious Abbott & Costello comedy but a remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with an appearance by Abbott and Costello and you'll love it. The comedy team really doesn't do all that much in this movie and most seems derivative from their other horror spoofs. This also has far less comedy overall than those other films but as a REMAKE of this HORROR movie with A&C it is WELL worth the money.
When Costello hilariously, if predictably, gets some of the transformation formula at the end it seems more like a typical A&C movie...and the final scene with the policemen sucking their Costello-monster-bitten fingers, with the final (guess?) finale result is a classic.
As a FILM -- a remake of this story with Boris Karloff at his sleaziest best -- it rates an enthusiastic four stars. If you're absolutely looking for a hilarious A&C movie it would then be three and a half or a bit less. But it is WORTH seeing and owning -- and this lesser known entry will be hard to find...so if you see it's available grab it NOW!
The retrospectives shed some light on the conedy team's history, which contrast to the later films featured in the collection. Naturally, by Vilume 4, maby of their getter films have been collected in previous volumes, but there's still enjoyable stuff in this one.
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