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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]

4.6 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 15 2013
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0089ATC3E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,944 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Comedy meets horror when Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter Universal’s classic monsters in the frightfully funny Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young (Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Costello) is turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (Glenn Strange) bound for the House of Horrors museum. When Dracula and Frankenstein escape, complete chaos ensues as Chick and Wilbur get mixed up in an evil plot to switch Wilbur’s brain with Frankenstein’s and are aided by Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who turns into The Wolf Man when the moon is full! Featuring a perfect blend of laughs and thrills, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is one the “all-time great horror comedies.” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide)

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Format: DVD
Hello All
I was just wandering through amazon and came upon this section and was just delighted to find "A&C meet Frankenstein" getting such nice compliments.
I would like to let you all know that my father Robert Lees and his writing partner and an old family friend, Freddy Rinaldo, wrote this film.
Freddy is no longer with us but my father is still, all of 92 years old, and is thrilled that after all these years you all like the film.
A little addenda:
You all must remember that A&C were essentially radio comedians,
and it was from his training in radio that Costello had the bad habit of coming unglued if he didn't consistantly get laughs from the crew for each gag each take, no matter how many takes were involved in getting a scene right.. For him the crew was a live audience, so if he didn't take the house down, he would put in another piece of business and reinvent the scene on the spot until he did - and he was very inventive! I don't know how successfull they were, but they tried to take him aside and explain how important it was to actually follow the script!! Dad said that Lugosi enjoyed this aspect of Costello very much although I'm not so sure whether the director did, or the writers either for that matter.
Both Dad and Fred respected the "horror/terror" genre in literature very much noting to me when I was younger how complex and interesting the form had become in the hands of writers like Dunsynane Tolstoy Lovecraft Saki,or Poe to name a few.
Tolstoy wrote some strange and luminous things in this old form, once a short story about a Vampyre.
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Format: DVD
kudos must still go tO the universal exec who came up with this.
the film is a loving sendoff/tribute to the universal horror icons and A&Cs best film by far.
Lugosi actuall gives a bette rperfromance here as the count than he did in the original Dracula, which was static and over acted. A lot of crititcs have said that Lugosi played it straight here, but that's not quite true. he draped his cape over his nose
(something, despite the cliches, he never did in the original) and has several great comedic lines ('what we need is young blood and brains'). Lugosi always considered himself a comedian and for once he is given that opportunity, thus blowing away the prevelant attitudes that he was a not so bright actor that didn't know a lick of english and thus 'accidentally' gave an eerie delivery.
Chaney too is very good. he was and remains an underrated actor. watch him tear up in the macabre 'spider babay' or his performance in ' high noon' 'the defiant ones' and 'of mice and men' (of course) to see how great an actor he could really be.
and everything with A & C is perfect here. sadly, they would go way down hill and become tiresome shortly after.
ONE MAJOR COMPLAINT:
the make up of Bud Westmore doesn't hold a candle to Jack pierce.
Universal uncerimoniousely sacked Pierce because he was no longer 'quick enough'.
oh, Westmore was quicker and it shows!
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Format: DVD
I don't have this movie on DVD. I bought a VHS copy of it. Maybe one day I'll move up to DVD. However, I will say this of the movie. It is great.
I was thinking back to it, and I suppose that this movie was my first real experience with Universal's version of the Dracula character, and with one of my favorite monsters, the Wolf Man. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning one day to find this movie on television. I watched it and really enjoyed myself. The monsters are played by the actors who made them popular (except the monster, but Glen Strange does his job well). Abbott and Costello are, of course, hilarious. The plot is a little campy, and intentionally so. Its a great movie for both comedy fans and for monster fans, like myself. I love this movie.
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Format: Blu-ray
Even though this film came near the end of their movie careers it was still one of their best efforts. This probably had as much to do with the supporting cast as with Abbott and Costello themselves. A correction to the other review here, Glenn Strange played Frankenstein's monster not Boris Karloff.
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I can't remember exactly when I first saw this movie, but I know I must have been about 10...and that was 33 years ago. This still rates as one of my all-time favorite movies and Abbott and Costello's best film; the movie is so much fun. As most of the reviews have stated, the key element to the film's success is that the monsters played it straight and the comedy was left to Lou Costello - and what a wonderful result. One of our family traditions now is to set up a tent in the backyard in October and bring our portable television set inside and watch "Abbott + Costello Meet Frankenstein." My kids LOVE this movie!
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Format: DVD
I have always loved this film as a kid and have collected many of these Abbott & Costello films on VHS from Universal including the entire classic monster collection. You can't imagine my dissapointment when I watched the DVD expecting to see DVD quality but instead looked at about the same quality as my VHS tape. Why? I have been a loyal customer of Universal's since I was 17. Couldn't they have done a better job on this transfer? The Frankenstein DVD looked great. I was intending to buy all of my favorite Universal classics on DVD but now, will not. Universal, your films and your fans deserve better.
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