Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
©1948 Universal Pictures Company, Inc. Renewed: Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.

Catalog Number 22-008
Format Standard Play CAV
Running Time 83 minutes
Release History

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Standard Play Version

Mono
Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $9.95
Issued January 31, 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 40,753 28min 18sec
2 38,284 26min 35sec
3 40,495 28min 07sec
119,532 83min 00sec
Dead Side Various
Ratings
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Replication
Packaging
Large Open-Top
Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Printed

Pressing Notes

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a shining example of what DiscoVision was supposed to represent. The image quality of the transfer is stunning with sharp focus. There are a few parts of the film where it is a bit dark which causes a loss of detail, but otherwise the transfer is excellent. The audio transfer is very well done also, with none of the hiss which normally accompanies these classic black & white films. The dynamic range is a bit limited, but this is likely what you would expect for a film made in 1948. As with all of the Black & White films, DiscoVision used the black & white bumpers for this title. Disc replication was problematic as all three sides are very long, timing in at 26 (side 2) and 28 minutes (sides 1&3). The review copy is very clean, with little or no speckling.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a rather odd selection for the film since it has more to do with Dracula than it does Frankenstein - however the underlying plot does involve using Costello's brain for the monster. This title is the hardest to find of the three Abbott & Costello films released on DiscoVision. It was removed from the DiscoVision catalog after the October 1980 catalog update.

Known Dead Sides


Release History

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein re-appeared on LaserDisc as part of MCA Home Video's Encore Edition in the mid 80's (Catalog #: 22008). It was reissued in June 1994 as part of the Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters Box set from MCA/Universal Home Video (Catalog #: 41787). In August 2000, Universal Home Video issued the DVD edition of this title as part of their "Classic Monsters Collection". It includes a commentary and Making of documentary.


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