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"Buck Privates: The Original Filmscript" coming
"Who's On First?" now a children's book
"A&C Meet Frankenstein" on Blu-ray
"Buck Privates" on Blu-Ray in April
Restored "Meet Captain Kidd" on DVD
"It Ain't Hay" on DVD Boxed set of A&C TV series
Lou's 1928 silent film now on DVD
Universal releases 28 A&C film DVD boxed set





"Buck Privates: The Original Filmscript" due this summer
MagicImagine Filmbooks' long-awaited, definitive production history of "Buck Privates," featuring the original shooting script, pressbook, and over 150 photographs, will be released by Bear Manor Media this summer.
"The result is not just a thorough look at one milestone movie," says Leonard Maltin, "but a rich serving of Hollywood history."
This is the first release in a series of Abbott and Costello volumes. You can order here for $22.90.







"Who's On First?" now a children's book
There's no doubt "Who's On First?" will be passed down from generation to generation, but to ensure that it is, the great routine has been adapted as a children's book.
The story follows a rabbit and a bear as they discuss the names of the players on an all-animal baseball team. Young readers follow along with clear diagrams of the players as the routine unfolds.
You can pre-order here for $12.90.




"A&C Meet Frankenstein" on Blu-ray
The most popular, and arguably the best, Abbott and Costello film was released on Blu-ray on September 4, 2012.
Universal's Blu-ray/DVD combo pack presents the film in its 1.37:1 original aspect ratio with a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The set also includes bonus materials: a commentary track by horror film historian Greg Mank; the documentary "Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters;" and production photographs.
You can order at Amazon for $20.






"Buck Privates" comes to Blu-ray
As part of its 100th Anniversary in 2012, Universal released a special Blu-ray edition of the film that made Abbott and Costello stars, "Buck Privates" (1941).
Universal's Blu-ray/DVD combo pack presents the film in its 1.37:1 original aspect ratio with a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The set also includes a number of bonus materials, including "Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld"; a forty-page booklet featuring an appreciation from director John Landis (The Blues Brothers), rare movie memorabilia, vintage photographs, and classic routine scripts; and three "100 Years of Universal" featurettes: "Restoring the Classics," "The Carl Laemmle Era," and "Unforgettable Characters."
You can pre-order at Amazon: Buck Privates [Blu-ray]for $24.99.



Available on demand DVD
"Rio Rita" and restored "Meet Captain Kidd" on DVD
The Warner Bros. Archive Collection released "Rio Rita" (1942) and the restored "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" (1952) as manufacture-on-demand DVDs in April, 2011. Now, every Abbott and Costello film is available on DVD.
These are no-frills editions, without trailers, audio commentary, still library, or even subtitles. But picture quality on "Rio Rita" is excellent, while the color on "Meet Captain Kidd" is very good. (The film was restored in 2002). They each retail for $19.99.
You can order Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd [Remaster]here, and Rio Rita 1942 [Remaster]here.





Available on demand DVD
"It Ain't Hay" on DVD
The Universal Vault Collection has released "It Ain't Hay" (1943) as a manufacture-on-demand DVD.
The film first appeared on DVD in the 2008 boxed set "Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection." This is the first time that the film has been released as a single. It retails for $13.49.
Order It Ain't Hay (Universal Vault Series)here.





Digitally restored with bonus features
New DVD boxed set of TV series
E1 Entertainment released "The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series Collector's Edition" on April 6, 2010.
The DVD boxed set includes all 52 episodes, digitally restored and re-mastered, plus lots of bonus material: a 44 page booklet; interviews with Lou's daughters; Costello's home movies; the rare compilation "Hey Abbott!," hosted by Milton Berle; "10,000 Kids and a Cop," (1947) made to promote the Lou Costello Jr. Youth Center; and more. All of the shows are subtitled as well.
The set is priced at $79.98, but you can order it here for $36.49.





Available DVD on demand
Lou's 1928 silent film now on DVD
When he made his first trip to Hollywood in 1927, Lou Costello worked as an extra or stunt man in several films including MGM's silent epic, "Trail of '98." In March 2009, the film became available on DVD as part of Warner Bros.' Manufacture-on-Demand DVD service. Order it for $19.95 at www.wbshop.com.
Directed by Clarence Brown and adapted from a book by Robert W. Service, "Trail of '98" depicts the hardships of American pioneers to reach the Yukon to mine for gold. The film, one of the last big-budget silents, was produced by wunderkind Irving Thalberg.





New boxed set includes "It Ain't Hay" --at last.
New DVD boxed set has all 28 Universal films--including It Ain't Hay
A new premium boxed set of all 28 Abbott and Costello films produced at Universal was released on October 28, 2008. Included, for the first time on home video or DVD, is the 1943 film "It Ain't Hay," which had been out of circulation due to copyright issues.
Unlike the "Best of Abbott and Costello" collection, which packed four movies on a double-sided DVD, the new Complete Universal Pictures Collection has two films per DVD.
The collection includes audio commentary on six films, including "Buck Privates," "The Time of Their Lives" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." Also included are the compilation "The World of Abbott and Costello" (1964), the special "Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld" (1994), and the documentary "Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters" (2000). Other extras include a special booklet, "Abbott and Costello: The Universal Story," and 20 theatrical trailers. The set retails for $119.98. Order at Amazon for $67.49.




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