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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... more » 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.« less
"This is the last three movies that Abbott & Costello did for Universal. Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Abbott & Costello Meet the Keystone Kops Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy
You may notice that "IT AIN'T HAY" is missing from these DVD sets. Universal could not come to agreement with the Damon Runyon estate for the rights to put the story out on DVD. Sigh, again we miss out because of greed.
To fill out this DVD set It would have been nice if Universal worked out a deal for Abbott & Costello's independent films. Where is "A & C MEET CAPTAIN KIDD", and quality copies of the Public Domain films "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK" & "AFRICA SCREAMS"? Or even the Docu-Drama "BUD & LOU" starring Harvey Korman & Buddy Hackett.
Instead, Universal pads out the set with two "clip" movies that show us the highlights of what we already have: "THE WORLD OF ABBOTT & COSTELLO" and "ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET JERRY SEINFIELD". There is also a documentary.
Well, at least we will finally get the last 3 Universal movies, which are superior to many of their movies included in set #3."
Lukewarm Bud 'n' Lou
Laughing Gravy | Sacramento, CA United States | 10/05/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"None of the best of Abbott & Costello is actually included here, but fans will no doubt love it. The set includes a couple of much-liked horror spoofs, a comic misfire based in the early days of Hollywood, and a trio of documentary-type offerings to round out the package.
In 1953, coming off a string of terrible films that included COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN, LOST IN ALASKA, A&C MEET CAPTAIN KIDD, and A&C GO TO MARS, the boys fell back on the tried-and-true box-office success of their "meet the monsters" films once again with ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and brought back Boris Karloff to help ensure a winner. Bud and Lou are two American coppers helping Scotland Yard solve the "Mr. Hyde" murders. They're also helping their friend Craig Stevens woo pretty Helen Westcott, not knowing that she's the niece of Boris Karloff, who is kindly old Dr. Jekyll (an unbilled stuntman is actually Mr. Hyde). In one sequence, Costello is trapped in a wax museum with Dracula and Frankenstein Monster figures that spring to life, which only makes us want to remove this disc from the player and watch A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN instead. Like all their monster spoofs, this is weak compared to MEET FRANKENSTEIN but in the overall A&C scheme of things, it's okay.
A&C MEET THE KEYSTONE KOPS (1955) is next, and had this movie been made 12 or 13 years earlier, it might've been one of Bud & Lou's best. Unfortunately, the aging comedy team (joined by even-more-aging former Keystoners Hank Mann, Herold Goodwin, Heinie Conklin, and Mack Sennett himself) wasn't up to the task of recreating the manic pace of early silent comedies. The best sequence in the film is the first one, with Lou demonstrating to Bud the histrionics he just saw in the film "Eliza and the Bloodhounds" (actually footage from the 1927 version of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN) and causing Bud to be beaten mercilessly for "threatening this helpless boy."
Next is the team's final film for Universal, A&C MEET THE MUMMY, (1955), which has been available on a stand-alone DVD for quite some time. It's a pretty good picture, although the team looks old and tired, the Mummy is unconvincing, and there are stultifyingly out of place musical numbers.
THE WORLD OF ABBOTT & COSTELLO is a 1965 compilation film featuring some of their best routines - and some very weak material, too (the film opens with a lengthy clip from A&C GO TO MARS, for heaven's sake -- what WERE they thinking). Worst of all is Jack E. Leonard's wiseguy and very unfunny narration.
In 1994, Jerry Seinfeld starred in a one-hour TV special devoted to clips of Bud & Lou; ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET JERRY SEINFELD contains most of their best bits, including outtakes, flubs, live TV sequences from the boys' Colgate Comedy Hour Days, color footage of the team relaxing at home with their families, and scenes from their popular TV program, The Abbott & Costello Show. Unfortunately, the routines are highly edited and some good laughs are missed; only "Who's on First", from the film THE NAUGHTY NINETIES, is shown in its entirety.
The 34-min. documentary A&C MEET THE MONSTERS, originally presented on a previous A&C DVD, fills out the Collection. It's an interesting look at the making of one of their best films. Trailers for Meet Jekyll/Hyde and Meet the Mummy are included.
Unlike the earlier Franchise Collections, which each crammed 8 films onto 2 discs, there's a little more room to breathe this time around, and the films look and sound terrific. (Jekyll and Hyde and Keystone Kops share the first side of disc one, Meet the Mummy is alone on side two, and the three documentaries are all on side one of disc two, which doesn't have a side two, and what's the man's name on first base, no, what's the man's name on second base, I dunno, he's on third.) For more information, please visit www.inthebalcony.com."
Disregard for the fans and collectors
Daniel W. Kelly | Long Island, NY United States | 10/28/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's indeed great to have the last few films on this final collection (Jekyll and Hyde in particular), but why is this volume with less discs and less movies MORE expensive than the other volumes? And even worse, neither the packaging nor the discs themselves give ANY indication as to which movies are on which sides of each disc. You have to pop them into your dvd player and wait for the menu to come up to find out. Blatant mistreatment of these precious films... "
Boy, Are We Spoiled
manwithnoname | Los Angeles, CA | 10/05/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A couple of years ago if somebody announced that 3 A&C films, any 3 except the PD ones, and 3 documentaries would be available from Universal for less than $20 everyone would have dashed to buy it. However, since Universal put out 3 previous 8 film sets at fire sale prices suddenly this seems like a bad deal. A&C Meet the Mummy was originally more expensive than this by itself. My rating is for the films included which are not among the team's best but this is still a great deal."
Missing the rest of the films they did
galaxyquest20 | NY | 12/31/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I love Abbott & Costello movies but I was really dissapointed when I saw this set because it was missing the rest of the movies they did. I mean I can understand a lot of their films were with universal but i really thought they were looking to do the volumes to cover all of their movies.
Honestly I was happy to see the keystone cops, jeckle & hyde and meet the mummy ones on the dvd but that seemed to be it for their feature films on it. The others were documentries. I fear this may be the last of the volumes which leaves out a lot of their other films. Also it does not say on the volumes "The Universal Pictures Of Abbott & Costello" It clearly states "The Franchise Collection" This means we should be seeing our 8 movies on there.
Now if it was up to me what to put out this is how vol.4 would be: It' Ain't Hay Lost In Harem In Hollywood The Noose Hangs High Meet The Keystone Cops Meet The Mummy Meet Dr. Jeckle & Mr. Hyde Meet Captain Kidd Now after that I would put out a Volume 5 that would have these on it:First their lost film : Rio Rita Africa Screams Meet Jack & The Beanstalk Meet Jerry Seinfeld World of A&B Meet The Monsters (Documentry) Dance With Me Henry And for the 8th,(Now i know this breaks the rules a bit but i think this would be a great way to rap up the complete collection of the films) The forty foot Bride of Candy Rock (Lou's Solo Picture without Bud) Because it was his last before he died.
And There you have it the collection they ought to have put out. Now I know their not gonna do it this way, but if it helps others to know what films are missing from their collections then this is a great list."