Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein [DVD] [1948]

  • SKU: 3979626
  • Release Date: 08/29/2000
  • Rating: NR
Universal has given the "Classic Monster" DVD treatment to a 1948 film, also featuring Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man (the Mummy was apparently too wrapped up to participate), that many consider Abbott and Costello's best. The black-and-white film, which has Dracula trying to replace the Frankenstein Monster's (Glenn Strange) brain with the pliable brain of Costello, is presented in ordinary 1.33:1 full frame format and slightly enhanced Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Where the special treatment occurs is in the inclusion of both a making-of documentary (full of behind-the-scenes tidbits) and a feature-length commentary (by film historian Gregory W. Mank), as well as production notes, production photographs, and cast/filmmaker biographies, just like in Universal's heavyweight "Classic Monster" series. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is often considered one of the top horror-comedies of all time, and this respectful DVD version shows that Universal has no desire to bite the hand that's feeding them.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

Special Features


  • "Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters: The Making of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein"
  • Feature commentary with film historian Gregory W. Mank
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers

Synopsis


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a "simple, pliable" brain with which to reactivate Frankenstein's creature (Glenn Strange). The "ideal" brain belongs to the hapless Lou Costello, whom the lady doctor woos to gain his confidence and lure him to the operating table. Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), better known as the Wolf Man, arrives on the scene to warn Costello and his pal Bud Abbott of Dracula's nefarious schemes. Throughout the film, the timorous Costello witnesses the nocturnal rituals of Dracula and the Monster, but can't convince the ever-doubting Abbott--until the wild climax in Dracula's castle, where the comedians are pursued by all three of the film's monstrosities. As a bonus, the Invisible Man (voiced by an unbilled Vincent Price) shows up for "all the excitement." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Bud Abbott
    Bud Abbott - Chick Young
  • Lou Costello
    Lou Costello - Wilbur Grey
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    Lon Chaney, Jr. - Lawrence Talbot/The Wolf Man
  • Bela Lugosi
    Bela Lugosi - Dracula
  • Glenn Strange
    Glenn Strange - The Monster



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best movie starring Abbott & Costello

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    FrenchKiss
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    This is a long-time favorite movie of mine. It is a 5-star movie to me because I like old humor. It is fun and has a good plot. If you don't like silly movies, because it is silly in a few moments, you'd probably give 3-4 stars. The actors are very well known and the combination works very well. Just sit back, enjoy some popcorn, and be ready to laugh!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Abott & Costello at their best

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    FrenchKiss
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    In my opinion this is their best movie. The cast includes Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi, and Glenn Strange as the monster. I like the plot; it is fun and holds my interest. I can't tell you how many times I've watched it. I like the older movies as a change of pace (this one was made 11 years before I was born).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply the best

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    Shadowscat
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    The perfect synthesis of comedy and horror. The two genres meet and each does what it does best. Abbott and Costello are at the top of their game as a comedy duo. The monsters play absolutely straight to them. The DVD is amazing and loaded with extras to satisfy any fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love watching this movie

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    FrenchKiss
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    I am an old movie lover. This is a movie that has corny jokes but has serious moments. I enjoy the silly, low key movie that probably doesn't have modern appeal, but for those who just want to kick back and watch an amusing moving, this is a good pick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Favorite movie of all time

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    Shadowscat
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    This is a brilliant version of one of the best movies ever made in my opinion. Abbott and Costello are at the top of their game here and the monsters act as their straight men. Two totally different genres manage to merge and make magic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comedy & Horror Fun

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    DisneyFan17
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    This movie is part of American history, and it has great quality and sound in this transfer. If you love Universal Monsters, get this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the classics

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    Boonhawk50
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    Always loved Abbot And Costello movies. This is great to have and the picture and sound are perfect

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    love this movie

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    viper5017
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    this is another of my favorite movies and glad its on blu ray and love the special features

    I would recommend this to a friend



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