©1948 Universal Pictures Company, Inc. Renewed: Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.
||January 31, 1979
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
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.
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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