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on 10 July 2014
This is worth the (just under) £4 paid for it for the section "who's on first", this sketch is just pure brilliance. However, some of the rest of the DVD just seems to be people shouting a lot at each other which gets a bit wearing after a while. The box also says 'digitally enhanced colour', well my DVD is in B & W throughout. The other annoying feature is the menu. The sketches play continually and consecutively rather than being divided up into chapters, meaning 'scan' has to be used to get through the dross to the best sketches. However, as initially noted for less than a fiver it is hard to complain about material first produced in 1951 to 1954!
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on 13 April 2014
Good buy as it has 13 routines, including Who's on First?, so so funny. Its all good clean fun, they were true comedians, classic. Yes recommend without a doubt.
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on 9 January 2014
I like abbott and costello ,must be my age, they are in my opinion on a par with morcombe and wise just a bit older
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on 3 September 2017
Not as good as hoped.
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on 2 January 2016
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 December 2008
Legend Films presents "ABBOTT & COSTELLO: FUNNIEST ROUTINES VOL.1" (1951-1954) (78 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- William (Bud) Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo) 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 --- 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 Baseball Hall of Fame.

Universal signed them to a long-term contract, and their second film, Buck Privates, (1941) made them box-office stars --- In most of their films, the plot was a framework for the two comics to reintroduce comedy routines they first performed on stage --- Universal also added glitzy, gratuitous production numbers (a formula borrowed from the Marx Brothers comedies) featuring The Andrews Sisters, Ted Lewis and his Orchestra, and other musical acts --- They made 36 films together between 1940 and 1956 --- Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II --- Other film successes included Hold That Ghost, Who Done It?, Pardon My Sarong, The Time of Their Lives, Buck Privates Come Home, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.

In 1942, Abbott and Costello were the top box office draw with a reported take of $10 million --- They would remain a top ten box office attraction until 1952 --- In 1951, they moved to television as rotating hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour (Eddie Cantor and Martin and Lewis were among the others.) --- Each show was a live hour of vaudeville in front of a theater audience, revitalizing the comedians' performances and giving their old routines a new sparkle --- Contrary to popular belief, however, the duo was not inducted into the Hall -- (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

BIOS:
1. Bud Abbott
Date of Birth: 2 October 1895 - Asbury Park, New Jersey
Date of Death: 24 April 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Lou Costello
Date of Birth: 6 March 1906 - Paterson, New Jersey
Date of Death: 3 March 1959 - East Los Angeles, California

With open arms here is the classic lineup of routines:
1. Hole in the Wall
2. Mustard
3. The Magic Act Bit
4. The Mother Bit
5. Aspirin
6. Army Drill
7. Niagara Falls
8. Jonah and the Whale
9. 7 X 13 is 28
10. The Piano Bit
11.The Lemon Bit
12.The Dice Game
13.Who's on First?

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. Legend Films Trailers
2. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein Trailer - In Color!
3. Campbell's Soup Commercial - In Color!

The complete print was restored and colorized by Legend Films, using the latest technology --- Although the Legend Films release was advertised under its reissue title, both the color and black and white prints featured the original title and opening credits --- Legend Films can restore, colorize and release many of the classic earliest black and white films --- a patented coloring and remastering process makes each film picture perfect plus more vivd than ever --- no one can resist collecting every title that Legend Films releases.

Hats off and thanks to Barry B. Sandrew Ph.D. (Founder, COO & CTO) and his Legend Films Staff --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '20s, '30s & '40s --- order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Legend Films where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector.

Total Time: 78 mins on DVD ~ Legend Films. ~ (11/06/2007)
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