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Buck Privates (Blu-ray + DVD)

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Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello cemented their place in film history with the hilarious wartime comedy classic Buck Privates. After spending years on stage in burlesque and on radio perfecting classic routines such as “Who’s on First?,” the duo transitioned to motion pictures at Universal in1940. In their first leading roles, Bud and Lou play con artists who accidentally enlist in the U.S. Army to avoid going to jail. Making matters worse, their no-nonsense drill sergeant turns out to be the cop who tried to arrest them! Featuring classic routines such as “Drill,” “Dice Game” and “You’re Forty, She’s Ten,” the film also starred the popular singing group The Andrews Sisters performing the Academy Award-nominated song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Following the success of Buck Privates, Bud and Lou made an astounding 26 more movies at Universal leaving a legacy of laughter that will be treasured forever.

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Digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35mm original film elements to get the most from your HDTV. Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld Theatrical Trailer 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters My Scenes - Bookmark your favorite scenes

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  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nat Pendelton, Alan Curtis, Lee Bowman
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Writers: Arthur T. Horman
  • Producers: Alex Gottlieb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006YNYQGQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This great work of entertainment from l942 can be watched repeatedly and for different reasons. Sometimes I watch it just to catch the hysterical routines of our beloved A&C. The funniest is when Bud is trying to instruct Lou how to carry his rifle. Notice the tallest of the soldiers at the end of the row who can barely keep from screaming with laughter. His mouth trembles, he bows his head so you can't see his face, etc. Also, The Andrew Sisters are their peak, bouncing everybody with their classic, "Boogey-Woogie Boy" toe-tapping extravaganza with Patty dynamic. Even better in some ways is the fantastic "Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four" which comes towards the end. Look at those jive-cats, circa l942 swing and sway and shake their groove thangs. This was a perfect antidote in that year because of the horrible news pouring in from war-torn Europe and Americans were over there risking life and life. Buck Privates moves so fast you're startled when it ends with "You're a Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith". You wanna just reverse and start it all over again. Bravo to Patty, Laverne and Maxine, not to mention Abbott and Costello.
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Bud Abbott (1895-1974) and Lou Costello (1906-59) were comedy giants for two decades, wowing the public on screen from 1940 to 1956 and on TV from 1951 to 1953. They were the true successors to Laurel and Hardy. "Buck Privates" was their second film, and the one that propelled them onto the A list. They followed this with nearly 40 films, the best of which were such classics as "Hold that Ghost" (1941) and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). The "A & C Meet..." films alone spawned 7 films. By the mid 50s the comedic style of Martin and Lewis gained the upper hand and personal disputes between the partners brought the comedy to an end. As they had eclipsed Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis stole their thunder, but even today one can't help but laugh at the gags.

"Buck Privates" is probably their best film, aided in no small part by the terrific songs and dances of the Andrew Sisters, who would join them in two more films ("In the Navy" and "Hold that Ghost") that same year. LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty not only worked with Abbott and Costello, but also with The Ritz Brothers ("Argentine Nights") and Crosby and Hope ("Road to Rio") and also appeared with the top musicians of the 40s and 50s. At the time of "Buck Privates" the sisters had already established a name for themselves with such big hits as "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen", "Hold Tight", "Roll out the Barrel", "Ferryboat Serenade", and "Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar". They perform four songs in the film - "You're a Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith", "Apple Blossom Time", "Bounce me Brother with a Solid Four", and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Boogie Woogie" was nominated for an Oscar as Best Original Song.

Abbott and Costello were originally a vaudeville act, and what they did was to bring their act to the big screen.
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Absolutely outstanding Picture and Sound upgrade in Blu-ray. Of course the dynamic duo of Abbott and Costello will gather a few laughs but the Hi-Lights are the Andrew Sisters. They swing like no others back in 1941. Two thumbs up and 5 stars for this Blu-ray, regular DVD, Book and Extras the DVD provides.
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This movie is will forever go down in history for 3 reasons: (1) It was the first movie with Abbott & Costello in a starring role (they had previously appeared as supporting characters in the musical "One Night in the Tropics'); (2) It features, not only them, but, Shemp Howard of the equally famous Three Stooges and the Andrews Sisters, and, (3) Released in 1941, it may just feature the earliest recorded legitimate rap song -"Captain Brown" by, believe it or not, Lou Costello in a scene he shares with Shemp Howard that still stands the test of time some 70+ years later.
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BUCK PRIVATES [1941 / 2012] [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray + DVD] Abbott and Costello at Their Best! Their FIRST BIG LAUGH HIT and their FUNNIEST!

Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello cemented their place in film history with the hilarious wartime comedy classic Buck Privates. After spending years on stage in burlesque and on radio perfecting classic routines such as “Who’s on First?,” the duo transitioned to motion pictures at Universal in1940. In their first leading roles, Bud and Lou play con artists who accidentally enlist in the U.S. Army to avoid going to jail. Making matters worse, their no-nonsense drill sergeant turns out to be the cop who tried to arrest them! Featuring classic routines such as “Drill,” “Dice Game” and “You’re Forty, She’s Ten,” the film also starred the popular singing group The Andrews Sisters performing the Academy Award-nominated song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Following the success of Buck Privates, Bud and Lou made an astounding 26 more movies at Universal leaving a legacy of laughter that will be treasured forever. Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored from High Resolution 35mm Original Film Elements.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1941 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Original Song for “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” for Hughie Prince and Don Raye. Nominated: Original Music Score for Scoring of a Musical Picture for Charles Previn. Abbott and Costello performed a radio adaptation of the ‘BUCK PRIVATES’ on the Lux Radio Theater on 13th October, 1941. Japan used this film as propaganda to demonstrate to its own troops the "incompetence" of the United States Army. The Andrews Sisters perform four songs during the course of the film: "You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr.
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