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


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


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006 (Koch Entertainment)
B&W / 1953-54
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 800 Minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx 2 hours
Languages: English
Subtitles: Not available / Not Closed Captioned
Special Features: Lou Costello's Rare Home Movies, Interviews with Chris and Paddy Costello, Encore of The Abbott & Costello short "10,000 Kids and a Cop" as well as the complete 7-minute "Who's On First" routine.


Introduction:

Abbott and Costello are back in this five-disc 100th Anniversary Collection set, featuring all 26 episodes from the show's second and final season. The episodes are completely uncut and restored in honor of Lou Costello's 100th Birthday. Also included on this spectacular set are never-before seen home movies of Lou Costello and his family, as well as interviews with Lou's surviving children, Chris and Paddy, all of that plus an encore of "10,000 Kids and A Cop" as well as the complete 7 minute "Who's on First" routine. This is a set full of fun, so be sure and pick up your copy!


Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

Episodes this season are "The Paperhangers," "Uncle Bozzo's Visit," In Society," "Life Insurance," "Pest Exterminators," "Killer's Wife," "Cheapskates," "South of Dixie," "From Bed To Worse," "$1000 TV Prize," "Amnesia," "Efficiency Experts," "Car Trouble," "Wife Wanted," "Uncle From New Jersey," "Private Eye," "The Tax Return," "Public Enemies," "Bank Hold Up," "Well Oiled," "The Pigeon," "Honeymoon House," "Fencing Master," "Beauty Contest Story," "Fall Guy," and "Barber Lou."


Packaging:

The main cover design is the same as Season 1, but it's a nice shade of red along with a different picture of Lou and Bud on the cover. The back of the box features a nice description of the set, as well as a list of the episodes and a list of the bonus features. The set is a slip sleeve type of set, meaning each disc is in its own slip sleeve case. Those cases have the same design as the main art.

The discs, meanwhile, are red in color and feature different shots of Abbot & Costello taken from the episodes. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6. Disc 2 contains episodes 7-12. Disc 3 contains episodes 13-18. Disc 4 contains episodes 19-24 and Disc 5 contains episodes 25-26 along with the entire bonus features included on the set.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is more or less the same as Season 1. It features a ton of pictures floating before you before settling into the menu, which is shaped like those cartoon talk bubbles. The menu is a nice red in color. Selections include "Play All" or "Episode Selection." The episode selection sub-menu lists the episodes. And like Season 1, there is the silent-movie type music playing in the background. On Disc 5, the menu includes the bonus material selection.


Video and Audio Quality:

Again, the episodes are definitely restored -- and uncut. The video itself is good, but at the same time, there is obvious snow and grain, although they appear to have done the best they could in restoring the episodes. The audio is great as well; nothing to be worried about here. And again, the episodes are most definitely unedited, running 25 to 26 minutes in length. Chapter skips are available, kind of. You can jump between episodes but you can't jump between scenes.

And unlike when I reviewed Season 1, I have a new DVD player that lists the episode duration when I select the episode, so I can now include running times for each episode!

DISC 1
1- The Paperhangers (25:52)
2- Uncle Bozzo's Visit (25:52)
3- In Society (25:49)
4- Life Insurance (25:55)
5- Pest Exterminators (25:58)
6- Killer's Wife (25:11)

DISC 2
7- Cheapskates (25:45)
8- South of Dixie (25:58)
9- From Bed to Worse (26:02)
10- $1000 TV Prize (25:54)
11- Amnesia (25:55)
12- Efficiency Experts (26:03)

DISC 3
13- Car Trouble (25:43)
14- Wife Wanted (25:59)
15- Uncle from New Jersey (26:00)
16- Private Eye (26:05)
17- The Tax Return (25:58)
18- Public Enemies (25:43)

DISC 4
19- Bank Holdup (26:01)
20- Well Oiled (26:01)
21- The Pigeon (25:59)
22- Honeymoon House (26:06)
23- Fencing Master (25:47)
24- Beauty Contest Story (25:50)

DISC 5
25- Fall Guy (26:00)
26- Barber Lou (25:56)


Special Features:

- Chris & Paddy Costello Interviews / Lou Costello's Home Movies (approx. 1 hour and 35 minutes)
Interviews (segments that Chris and Paddy discuss) include: "Change of Season" in which Chris and Paddy discuss Season 2. "When Dad Met Mom" in which we learn how Lou met his wife. "Dad's Mom & Dad" features Lou's parents. "When Bud Met Lou" featuring how Bud met Lou. "Universal Appeal", "End of an Era," "Winsome, Lou's Sum" "I Pledge of Allegiance," "Cops & a Kid" and "What Might've Been."

Sections from the Home Movies include: "Intro to Home Movies" "A Costello Christmas" (1946), "A Costello Easter" (1947), "Lou and Baby Chris" (1947-1949), "A Costello Easter" (1949), "Chris's 2nd Birthday" (1949), "Paddy's 13th Birthday Party" (1949), "9,000 Kids & a Mom", "A Costello Christmas" (1950), "Chris's 4th Birthday" (1951), "Hawaiian Memories," and "Paddy's Wedding" (1953).

- Special Encore Presentation of Lost 1948 Short "10,000 Kids & a Cop" (approx. 20 minutes and 8 seconds)
This includes an introduction by Paddy Costello and is the same featurette as on the season 1 disc.

- Complete "Who's On First" (1953) Routine (approx. 8 minutes and 3 seconds) -- the Complete routine from "The Actors Home" episode.


Final Comments:

Once again, Koch/Passport has done it. A very polished set that boasts uncut episodes as well as loads of bonus features. You couldn't ask for more in a set! I was very pleased to review this show, having barely seen it in syndication. It's downright hilarious and even if you aren't a fan of black and white shows, this one is worth checking out. The special features alone will make any fan of this show salivate, so don't even hesitate, go out and get this set!


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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 10/05/06

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