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The Best of Abbott & Costello - Volume 2 (Hit the Ice / In Society / Here Come the Co-Eds / The Naughty Nineties / Little Giant / and more)
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By popular demand, the legendary Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are back in eight brand-new-to-DVD comedy classics! Still one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of show business, their films continue to generate new legions of fans around the world. Now some of their greatest gags and most stellar skits, including the complete version of their signature routine "Who's on First?", are available in this side-splitting collection. It's the boys at their very best and illustrates why Bud and Lou rightly deserve their place among the brightest stars of the silver screen!Hit the Ice (1943)Bud and Lou hit the slopes at the Sun Valley Resort after getting mixed up with gangsters.In Society (1944)The boys find themselves in hot water after a plumbing job goes wrong at a high society bash.Here Come the Co-Eds (1945)Bud and Lou head to campus and attempt to save Bixby College from closing down.The Naughty Nineties (1945)Set aboard the River Queen showboat, Bud and Lou perform their legendary "Who's on First?" routine.Little Giant (1946)Lou plays a little man with big dreams...and ends up selling vacuum cleaners!The Time of Their Lives (1946)Mistaken as a traitor, Lou's ghost is trapped in Danbury Mansion until his innocence is proven.Buck Privates Come Home (1947)Bud and Lou return to civilian life and get involved in midget car racing in the sequel to Buck Privates!The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)Accused of murder, Lou is forced to take care of a widow and her children on a farm.
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The four movies on disc 1 (HIT THE ICE, IN SOCIETY, HERE COME THE CO-EDS, and THE NAUGHTY NINETIES) are musical comedies, more or less. Of the four movies on disc 2, LITTLE GIANT and THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES are what I would consider "dramedies"; while they have plenty of funny moments, Bud and Lou play separate roles and show their dramatic acting talents, particularly Costello. BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME (a sequel to BUCK PRIVATES) is a military comedy; THE WISTFUL WIDOW OF WAGON GAP is a Western.
A number of well-known supporting players appear in these pictures, including Marion Hutton (Glenn Miller's girl vocalist), Arthur Treacher (British character actor and Merv Griffin's '60s sidekick), George Dolenz (Micky's dad), Peggy Ryan (the secretary in the original "Hawaii Five-O" and a fabulous tap dancer - see HERE COME THE CO-EDS), Milburn Stone (Doc of "Gunsmoke" fame), and many others.
My two favorites are HERE COME THE CO-EDS and THE NAUGHTY NINETIES (which has the complete version of A&C's "Who's on First" routine, which never gets old - the YouTube version is from the A&C TV series, I believe). I enjoyed all of the pictures, though.
I do wish that Universal would release at least some of these pictures as individual DVDs. If someone is only interested in owning, say, THE NAUGHTY NINETIES, why should they have to purchase seven other movies that they are not interested in?
I'm going to check the other volumes in the series to see if they are worthwhile.
The picture and sound quality of all of these films is outstanding and great care has been taken in perfect transfers from excellent, apparently original negative, 35mm material so it is a first class ride throughout. For A & C that is the only way to travel.
It seems a shame that some reviewers gripe about a lack of extra and should see it another way. You are buying one movie with 7 first rate features as extras - how about that for value? Remember you are paying less than $1.88 (or around £1) for each of these superb quality movies... I rest my case!
All of these series` discs play fine on my multi region players here in the UK. Even the slightest finger mark on a disc or dirty players can cause skipping and freezing (just a thought!).
In conclusion incredible value, superb quality set of movies which I recommend to anyone
On Disc One, Side One is Hit The Ice and In Society. Hit the Ice has the two accused of bank robbery. Fleeing the police, they wind up at the same ski lodge where the real crooks are. This one concludes with a ski chase unlike any in a James Bond movie. In Society has the pair as plumbers accidentally invited to a country estate where, during a weekend party, a valuable painting is to be unveiled. When the painting is stolen, trouble is sure to follow, ending up with another chase, this time involving a fire truck.
On Disc One, Side Two is Here Come the Co-Eds and The Naughty Nineties. In the former, Bud and Lou wind up working at a women's college. To raise funds to save the school, they bet on the basketball team, and Lou winds up impersonating one of the players. This one also has Lon Chaney, The Naughty Nineties has Bud and Lou trying to save a riverboat from falling into the hands of crooks. This one is especially notable for having the full "Who's on First" routine, their single most well known bit of comedy.
Disc Two, Side One features a couple of the most unusual A&C movies, as the pair appear in the movies, but rarely together. In Little Giant, Lou is an aspiring vacuum cleaner salesman and Bud has a pair of minor roles as two of Lou's bosses. A showcase for Lou Costello, it has more sentimentality than most of their movies. In The Time of Their Lives, Lou actually dies. He spends most of the movie as a ghost from the Revolution out to clear his name. Bud once again has dual roles, one in the 1780s and one in the 1940s.
Disc Two, Side Two starts with Buck Privates Come Home, a sequel to the first movie featuring them, Buck Privates. The pair come back from the war with a little orphan girl, and the two jump through hoops trying to keep her from being deported back to France. The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap is a western. Lou apparently kills a man (of course, it's a frame-up) and is punished by having to take care of the dead man's fearsome wife and kids. This has the unusual effect of making him the toughest person in Wagon Gap: no one is willing to kill him lest they be stuck with the widow instead.
While none of these are excellent movies, none are bad either. In fact, they are all above average and the set rates four stars. If you've never seen Abbott and Costello, this collection is a good place to start.