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The Abbott and Costello Show - 100th Anniversary Collection - Season One


TITLE: THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW - 100TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION - SEASON ONE


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006 (Koch Entertainment)
B&W / 1952-53
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 775 Minutes
Running Time of Special Features: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: Not available / Not Closed Captioned
Special Features: Lou Costello's Rare Home Movies, Interviews with Chris and Paddy Costello and DVD premiere of The Abbott & Costello short "10,000 Kids and a Cop" film.


Introduction:

Lou Abbott & Bud Costello star in this 1950s sitcom, following their crazy adventures. Think of it as "I Love Lucy" but with two wacky guys getting into many hilarious situations. This 5-disc collectors set contains all 26 episodes from the very first season restored visually and uncut! Also included are Lou Costello's home movies, from the 1940s and 1950s, many in full color and with sound. Also, for the first time ever, included on this set is the restored short "10,000 Kids and a Cop" which was made in 1948. This is a must have set for Abbott & Costello fans everywhere!


Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

The episodes included on this set are the first 26 from Season 1. They are: "The Drugstore," "The Dentist Office," "Jail," "The Vacation," "The Birthday Party," "Alaska," "The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman," "The Army Story," "Pots & Pans," "The Charity Bazar," "The Western Story," "The Haunted House," "Peace & Quiet," "Hungry," "The Music Lovers," "The Politician," "Getting a Job," "Bingo," "Hillary's Birthday," "Television," "Las Vegas," "Little Old Lady," "The Actor's Home," "Police Rookies," and "Safari".

Supporting cast members include: Sid Fields, Hillary Brooks, Joe Besser and Gordon "Mike the Cop" Jones.


Packaging:

The main cover art is a nice shade of blue, with a cut out picture of Abbott & Costello on the cover. It's simple but nice. The set itself is slip-sleeve, with five individual cases for the five discs for the set. The cases themselves have the exact same cover art as the main cover. The back of the cases list the episode title and a one sentence description. The back of the box has a nice description of the series.

The discs themselves are all blue in color and feature different pictures of Abbott & Costello on them. Disc 1 features Episodes 1-6. Disc 2 features episodes 7-12. Disc 3 features episodes 13-18. Disc 4 features episodes 19-24 and Disc 5 features episodes 25-26 as well as the three bonus features for this set.


Menu Design and Navigation:

First off, let me say that the menu is awesome! It starts off with floating pictures from the episodes and then settles onto the main menu. The selections are Play All, in which you can play all of the episodes without stopping, and Episode Selection, in which you go to another menu screen and select the episode you want to watch and on disc 5, you can select Bonus Material. All of the menus feature the silent music type music playing in the background.


Video and Audio Quality:

The episodes are clearly restored. Although there are a few glitches here and there, such as slight grain, the quality is excellent and the audio is as well. There are NO chapter skips available. Each episode runs 25 to 26 minutes in length. Each episode is like connected and they play almost as one, so it's not possible to get exact run-times of episodes -- I apologize for that.

DISC 1
1- The Drugstore
2- The Dentist Office
3- Jail
4- The Vacation
5- The Birthday Party
6- Alaska

DISC 2
7- The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
8- The Army Story
9- Pots & Pans
10- The Charity Bazar
11- The Western Story
12- The Haunted House

DISC 3
13- Peace & Quiet
14- Hungry
15- The Music Lovers
16- The Politician
17- Getting a Job
18- Bingo

DISC 4
19- Hillary's Birthday
20- Television
21- Las Vegas
22- Little Old Lady
23- The Actor's Home

DISC 5
24- Police Rookies
24- Safari


Special Features:

What's interesting about the special features is that instead of them being separated, it is one long feature, with chapter skips between them.

* Interview with Lou Costello's Daughters - Part 1 (approx. 21 minutes)
Lou's two remaining children, Chris and Patricia discuss Season 1 of "The Abbott & Costello Show" as well as the special feature "10,000 Kids and A Cop"

* 10,000 Kids and a Cop - 1948 Short (approx. 19 minutes)
Basically what it says - a short feature with Abbott & Costello along with Jimmy Stewart and William Bendix.

* Lou Costello's Home Movies - Part 1 (approx. 1 hour and five minutes)
What a wonderful treasure. Lots of different home videos and most in color too, ranging from the time-frame 1941-1942 to Paddy's 10th Birthday (1946) to A Costello Christmas & New Year's Day (1948/1949) to A Costello Christmas (1949) to The Costellos in Europe (1950).

* Season 2 DVD Promo (approx. 1 minute)
A brief promotion for season two DVD which will again feature 26 episodes from the second season as well as more of Lou Costello's home movies as well as interviews with Chris and Paddy Costello. At the end, there's a nice shot of the cover art for the second season, and it's more or less the same design, but in red and with a different photo of Abbott & Costello.


Final Comments:

This is truly a wonderful set! Koch Entertainment really did an awesome job, presenting restored and uncut episodes as well as three very wonderful bonus features. Everything about the set is great and other companies could learn a thing or two. I'm definitely looking forward to Season 2 (coming early Oct!) being released -- so buy Season 1! It's well worth the money! Here is to another 100 years!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 09/04/06

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