'Legends of Laughter: Abbott & Costello'
(Abbott & Costello / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Infinity)
Overview: 'Legends of Laughter: Abbott & Costello' is a brand new special collector's set that includes extremely rare bloopers from film and TV; full episodes of The Abbott & Costello (Radio) Show, a 1943 World War II PSA; the feature films Africa Screams (1949) and Jack and the Beanstalk (1952); more than 20 classic movie trailers, and all 14 TV episodes hosted by the duo of the Colgate Comedy Hour (1951-54).
DVD Verdict: My goodness, you get a huge amount of wonderment on this 6-disc DVD collection ... and for a massive 25 hours too! I guess you could say that this new collection is for the Abbot and Costello fan who thinks they've seen it all! For this extensive collection of feature films, classic television programs, radio shows, movie trailers, and rare bloopers is a hilarious reminder of just how funny the beloved comedy duo really was.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performed together as Abbott and Costello, an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film and television made them the most popular comedy team during the 1940s and 50s. Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?" — whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines — the team is, as a result, featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum!
The highlights on this truly fantastic 'Legends of Laughter: Abbott & Costello' box-set include 17 episodes of The Abbot and Costello radio show, 14 episodes of The Colgate Comedy Hour that were hosted by the duo, the 1943 WWII PSA "The Autobiography of a Jeep," 2 feature-length movies in 'Africa Screams' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' 20 classic trailers, and numerous bloopers from film and television!
Special guest appearances include Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, Lon Chaney, Jr., Jane Russell, Veronica Lake, Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, and amongst a whole host of so many other famous names from back in the day, Victor Borge, Peggy Lee, The Andrews Sisters, Rhonda Fleming and both Mel Blanc and Shemp Howard (Three Stooges). This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.