The Abbott & The Costello Show: The Complete Series (Collector's Edition)
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(Mar 30, 2010)
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In addition to the shows on eight discs, this boxed set includes a ninth DVD of special features: "Hey, Abbott" 1978 TV special hosted by Milton Berle, a 1948 short film entitled "10,000 Kids and a Cop," interviews with Chris and Paddy Costello, and "Lou Costello Home Movies: Holidays and Celebrations." There are also a couple of bonus features included amid the shows: a classic routine reel and more Lou Costello home movies at home and in Europe. You will also find four high-quality postcards featuring stills of the comedy duo.
The 52 episodes are listed on the covers of the two inner DVD cases, as well as in the Commemorative Booklet that comes with the set so it will be easy to find the shows you want to single out for another viewing. This booklet includes biography information on the show's cast and a history of A&C's career. The one potential drawback is that the fold-up boxed set comes in the traditional cardboard cover and may not hold up well over time. The inner DVD plastic cases, however, are well-protected and should hold up just fine.
The comedy of Abbott and Costello remains as funny today as when it was originally broadcast. This set gives the viewer the chance to once again sit back, laugh, and marvel at how these two men made such meticulously crafted routines look so easy. The A&C fan can't go wrong with this set!
Many comedy teams were seemingly forced to make movies with sub-plots and bad musical numbers. Laurel & Hardy and Martin & Lewis were forced to play second banana in their own features from time to time. Even though the musical numbers were better in Bud & Lou's feature films, there were many unnecessary sub-plots. Why? Because it was believed that comedians couldn't carry a full 90 minute vehicle. Having been victims of the Hollywood system, when it came time to do things their own way--they created a half-hour show starring them with no sub-plots (and sometimes no plot!).
The show was a half-hour sitcom showcasing their wonderful routines from the 1940s. Season One is infinitely superior, as many memorable routines and word-plays were re-packaged for the new TV audience. Season Two, while still good, is more like a classic short subject/sitcom with a few classic routines added.
I'm sure my review here hasn't added anything new, but as man in his early 20s, I must say these episodes are very funny and very timeless. There are no references to politics, sex, etc. The things we think make comedy today, didn't make comedy then. Bud and Lou didn't need sex to be funny, they just needed a funny scream "Heyyyy Abbotttt!" You know you're in for a treat in when you hear that at the beginning of each show.Read more ›
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Yes, the comedy is dated, but it is literally an archive of classic vaudeville skits that you won't find anywhere else. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph Consoli
I Love these guys and would suggest anyone and everyone watch a few of these episodes.Published 5 months ago by Bozo
Abbot and Costello at their best.
Nice fun classic comedy by great comedy masters.
My husband collects Abbott & Costello and he couldn't believe that I found this movie!