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

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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Universal Pictures made a great deal of money from its monster movies in the 1930s. In the early '40s, the burlesque team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello kept the studio's coffers full. When the two franchises were combined in 1948, the result was another windfall--despite the apparent oil-and-water mix of subject matter. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was the first of these summit meetings, although the title is a misnomer. Actually, Bud and Lou bump into most of the Universal heavy-hitters, including Count Dracula (played by Béla Lugosi himself), the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.), and the Frankenstein monster (veteran monster Glenn Strange). There's even a token appearance by the Invisible Man, whose disembodied voice is recognizable as that of Vincent Price. Sure enough, the film is funny, especially since it gives the portly Costello multiple opportunities to do his wide-eyed, quivering scaredy-cat routine. Audiences ate it up, and in future installments Bud and Lou would run into Boris Karloff, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and the Mummy. But the first was the best. --Robert Horton

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars One of their best. Oct. 6 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! Sept. 14 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This review does not reflect the quality of the film or Amazon. I purchased the Universal 100th Anniversary edition dvd of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, assuming it was a new dvd pressing of the hi-def remaster used for the blu-ray. I did this to save some money as I have found that blu-ray editions of older films (pre-'50's) do not look particularly mind-blowing. A proper remaster of a black and white film should look fine on both formats. When I opened this edition I found a disc clearly dated 2000, and indeed the transfer was terrible, scratchy and pixely. It says nothing about the film being restored on the packaging (of course), but when you purchase a dvd in packaging identical to the blu-ray, would you not assume they were taken from the same source? This is pretty deceptive and a lousy way for Universal to treat movie fans. In short, Universal, you suck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a loving tribute and A& Cs best! April 26 2004
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD Lacks Quality Transfer....Disappointed Sept. 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I love this movie...unfortunately, Universal did not take the time to have a pristine print made and transfer something beautiful to DVD. Instead, they must have transferred from some old print they had in their vault, and it shows. It's no better than the VHS tape. I was shocked at how bad, how splotchy the print was. I really expected much more, like a nice beautiful print, and I was eager to see Abbott and Costello like I had never seen them before.....but no.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy horror classic any time of year. Feb. 8 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I enjoy seeing Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr. and hearing Vincent Price just as much as Bud and Lou's beloved routines. This film never fails to delight and I never fail to get shivers when you see the bats flying in that lady's eyes. Good fun all around. Always makes me laugh. Other films were done with Bud and Lou with other monsters but this one is first and best, imho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott and Costello. Jan. 7 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Who dosen't like Abbott and Costello, Lots of classic comedy and laughs watching them get into one jam after another. Great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas gift!! Dec 26 2013
By Gerdog
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I think this is one of the team's best comedies! To have Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and the Wolfman, along with the nutty antics of this duo make a real laughfest!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What would Mary Shelley say..frankenstein..again
Here we have universal studios and it became a studio..a very famous studio,,known all over europe..bought very famous books by famous people.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I am so amazed to find this CHRISTMAS GIFT- NOT HOLIDAY for my dad at a pocket friendly price too
Published 4 months ago by James Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott & Costello
Really funny and entertaining to watch. It makes you laugh which help to relax your mind. It clears you mind of all things
Published 5 months ago by LUCIE FORTIER
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time classic in A. & B. comedys
You'll love this, either as an A&B fan or as an afficianado of the horror genre. A truy deep laugh spectacle, and the best of the A & B black and white horror spoofs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pat Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Frankenstein Never Looked (and Sounded) Better !
Universal have taken great care in restoring this comedy-horror classic. The high-definition greatly enhances one's viewing pleasure since there are many detailed atmospheric sets... Read more
Published 17 months ago by shureman
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not to Love?
What's not to love here? Fans of classic Universal horror will enjoy Lugosi, Chaney Jr and Strange playing their parts straight, while Bud and Lou deliver the laughs.
Published 18 months ago by JCH
2.0 out of 5 stars Lousy comedians
This movie was rated highly by Leonard Maltin, but these two comedians belong to the 1950s - and should stay there! Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Pellettier
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Service
My purchase was delivered promptly and the item was in very good condition just as I had expected. I would buy from this seller again.
Published on Dec 28 2010 by Harmony
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