The Abbott & The Costello Show: The Complete Series (Collector's Edition)
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Who’s on first? Featuring the routines that made them comedy legends, this special collector’s set includes all 52 episodes from the hilarious Abbott and Costello Show. Digitally restored and re-mastered, this complete collection is filled with DVD extras and never-before available bonus material.
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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!
But with this tv series, Bud & Lou only had 30 minutes to ply their trade, meaning you didn't have time for a lot of singing and dancing numbers or romantic subplots or other extracurricular nonsense which could be found in a lot of their features. Here on television, you had only had time to get to the business of comedy & Bud and Lou do an outstanding job.
In particular, Season 1 was chock full of comedic brilliance. I particularly enjoyed any episode where poor Lou was getting his butt kicked by the landlord, i.e. the hilarious episode "Hillary's Birthday" where Bud and Lou pull out the old "turn on the radio" gag. I almost died laughing every time Sidney Fields stormed into the apartment & kicked the crap out of Lou while Bud just coolly sits in a chair and watches.
Both Seasons by Entertainment One have been beautifully restored; I can't think of one show were there were any technical glitches. Plus there are a boatload of extra features to enjoy after you watch the complete tv episodes.
Basically, if you love Abbott and Costello you should definitely buy this set if you have not already.
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Nice fun classic comedy by great comedy masters.