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  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: April 17 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Universal Studios hit box-office gold when they drafted vaudeville comedians and radio stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and turned them into one of the most successful screen teams of the 1940s and 1950s. After a tryout as supporting characters in the musical One Night in the Tropics, they starred in Buck Privates as con artists who accidentally enlist while hiding out from New York street cop Nat Pendleton. Naturally he winds up their drill sergeant and comic foil as they wreak havoc on the armed forces. It's vaudeville in fatigues, with the bare bones of a story provided by spoiled millionaire playboy Lee Bowman, his strapping All-American former chauffeur Alan Curtis, and the girl-next-door they both pursue, Jane Frazee. The lackluster subplot is directed with little verve by Arthur Lubin, and the film's energy comes completely from the snappy by-play of the comedians and Costello's flustered double takes and jumpy physical comedy (including a hilarious rifle drill in which the out-of-step soldier marches to the direction of a different compass). The Andrews Sisters sing "You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," among others, and future Stooge Shemp Howard shows where the "mess" in mess hall comes from as a cook on the receiving end of Costello's KP tomfoolery. This modest comedy became a smash hit and made Abbott and Costello Universal's most valuable commodity, prompting a quick follow-up with another peacetime armed forces comedy, In the Navy. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray
If you purchase the handsomely produced Abbot and Costello Universal Pictures Collection, and for the money it is a good deal especially if you like comedy, and they have their own unique blend, you will be surprised at the great value and bargain!! THe art on the outside of the box is great, its enclosed in a sturdy box nice and well crafted and attractive, you open it up, the inside has the discs in well protected, almost book like enclosures, and we even have a special book on their act! Very often the studios who produce these old practitioners dont put the material in such highg quality format, and i congratulate this studi, whom I dont know that much about, and the commentary on this film tells us much about the studio, and act, and how much this duo added to the studios fortune! What do we think of this act today, especially against the backdrop of these other comedy acts around at the time.

Laurel & Hardy, Marx brothers, charlie chaplin, the Little Rascals..now abbot and costello. Lou costello came out of New Jersey and he was looking to come to Hollywood and was involved in comedy in front of a live audience, routines and ad libs, vaudeville and burlesque, and the team comedy and formats seemed to do well and audiences responded..and at universal he found a home. This film is best looked at and its a war comedy, in a way that comedy is much better and more realistic than in comedies like private Benjamin or Mash..
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It is my own reflections that you cannot judge the A and C Films in a singular way. If you watch just one of their best it looses its impact,rather, I suggest that you catch three at a time in this way you can fall into their brand of absurd comedy.
I was hooked as a kid and guess what , their films have more legs than most of the comedy giants of the past..for sure..
Jane Frazee is here ,along with the likes of Lee Bowman and even Shemp Howard..> The Andrews Sisters provie a bit of pace without slowing it all down too much..and these DVD transfers are fine..all proving once again that there has never been a better "straight " man than the peerless Bud Abbott..
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four! Aug. 24 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best March 7 2010
By Dr. James Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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. Films were a series of smaller bits strung together with a plot. In this they copied the style of the Marx Brothers (even though their pedigree makes them look like successors to Laurel and Hardy, who used a completely different motif for their films) right down to the minor love plot, the menacing heavy, and the musical numbers.

There are so many funny bits in this film it's hard to list them all. Lou initiates his "I'm a bad boy" catchphrase that would last for more than a decade. The drill routine was originally scheduled for a few minutes but went nearly 5 due to the ad-libbing (watch closely for the reactions from the actors who participate). The verbal patter between the boys is priceless, as Bud convinces Lou that if he marries a younger woman she will eventually be older than he is. Here's a sample -

Bud - You're 40 years-old and you're in love with this little girl that's 10 years-old. You're four times as old as that girl and you couldn't marry her, could you?

Lou - Not unless I come from the mountains.

Nat Pendleton (1895-1967) plays the heavy who pursues the boys. Pendelton was famous for the "slow burn" and he appeared in over 100 films. He reprieved his role in 1947's "Buck Privates Come Home" - his last film.

Look for Shemp Howard (1895-1955) for a minor role as a cook. Shemp had been acting since 1932 when he broke away from "Ted Healy and His Stooges". He appeared with W.C. Fields, Fatty Arbuckle, Lon Chaney, and even John Wayne, but was making no real headway. In 1946 when brother Curly had a stroke he re-joined the Three Stooges and they made 73 short films together.

1941 was a terrific year for films - "Citizen Kane", "The Maltese Falcon", Sergeant York", "How Green Was My Valley", Meet John Doe", "They Died with Their Boots On", "The Sea Wolf" "High Sierra", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", and "A Yank in the RAF". With such an impressive list, "Buck Privates" came in at #9 at the box office.

The NY Times called it "an hour and a half of uproarious monkeyshines." The film grossed a record $4 million, although some placed it as high as $10 million. It received 2 Oscar nominations but no wins - "Boogie Woogie" lost to "The last time I saw Paris" from "Lady Be Good" for Best Song and "Dumbo" won for Best Music. The film was so popular it generated a radio show later that year on the Lux Radio Theater. The Japanese were so impressed they showed the drill scene to their troops to demonstrate how poorly trained US soldiers were.

This is a great film from a great comedy team.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is will forever go down in history for ... Aug. 15 2014
By UJIMA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott/Costello Fun and Andrew Sisters Swing! Feb. 3 2013
By Alan Sheriff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful old B movie Jan. 7 2013
By Walter J. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The transfer on blu is quite good, At times it looks as if it could have been filmed today. Love the digibook casing.

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