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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release one of Bud and Lou's best films, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (), on. Am excited for this (love that cover!), but will be buying it in the Invisible Man Legacy set. Even though some of these A & C meet the monsters. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a horror comedy film directed by . Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (also known as Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (full screen title)) is a The three films were all shot in , one after another without a break in the production schedule.
The film is considered the swan song for the "Big Three" Universal horror monsters — Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's monster, none of whom had appeared in a Universal film since 's House of Dracula. Inthe United States Library of Congress deemed this film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registryand in SeptemberReaders Digest selected the movie as one of the top funniest films of all time.
However, before he is able to warn Wilbur, a full moon rises and Talbot transforms into a werewolfproceeding to destroy his apartment while Wilbur is on the line. Wilbur, thinking the call is a prank, hangs up and continues on with his work day.
Immediately thereafter, museum owner McDougal Frank Ferguson shows up to claim the shipments and, fearing them damaged when Wilbur and Chick mishandle them, demands that the crates be delivered in person so his insurance agent can inspect them. When Chick leaves to retrieve the second crate, Wilbur witnesses Dracula awaken and he tries to get Chick's attention.
However, when Chick returns with the second crate, Dracula hides just in time to go unnoticed. McDougal and the insurance agent with Chick in tow again arrive too late to witness anything. Finding the storage crates empty, McDougal accuses the boys of theft and has them arrested.
Sandra, a gifted surgeon who has studied Dr. Frankenstein's notebooks, has been posing as Wilbur's girlfriend as part of Dracula's scheme to replace the Monster's brutish, rebellious brain with a more pliable one—Wilbur's.
Wilbur and Chick are bailed out of jail and mistakenly believe Sandra to be their benefactor. It is actually Joan Raymond Jane Randolphwho is an undercover investigator for the insurance company processing McDougal's claim, and hopes Wilbur will lead her to the missing "exhibits".
Meanwhile, Lawrence Talbot has taken the apartment across the hall from Wilbur and Chick. He has tracked Dracula and the Monster from Europe and knows them to be alive. Talbot asks Chick and Wilbur to help him find and destroy Dracula and the Monster. The next day, Joan comes to Chick and Wilbur's apartment and feigns love for Wilbur. Wilbur, not expecting the favor but embracing it, invites Joan to a masquerade ball that evening.
That night, Wilbur, Chick and Joan go to Sandra's castle to pick her up for the ball. While the ladies powder their noses, Wilbur answers a telephone call from someone wanting to speak to a "Dr.
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It is Talbot, who informs them that they are in fact in the "House of Dracula". Wilbur reluctantly agrees to search the castle with Chick, and soon stumbles upon a basement staircase that leads to an underground passageway, complete with boat and dock.
Chick insists they search for Dracula and the Monster in an attempt to prove to Wilbur that they do not really exist. Wilbur experiences a few close calls when he is confronted by the monsters, and every time he tries to show them to Chick, they have disappeared. Meanwhile, Joan has discovered Dr. Frankenstein's notebook in Sandra's bureau, and Sandra has discovered Joan's insurance company employee ID in her purse.
After the women rejoin the men, a suavely dressed Dr.
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Dracula descends the castle stairs and introduces himself to Joan and the boys. Also working at the castle is the naive Prof. Stevens Charles Bradstreetwho questions some of the specialized equipment that has arrived. After Wilbur admits that he was in the basement, Sandra feigns a headache and tells Wilbur and the others that they will have to go to the ball without her.
In private, Sandra admits to Dracula that Stevens's questions, Joan's credentials, and Wilbur's curiosity in the basement have made her nervous enough to put the experiment on hold. Impatient, Dracula asserts his will by hypnotizing her, biting her in the throat and making her his vampire slave. Called Universal Classic Monsters, the set also offers a trove of film scores for music lovers to explore as part of the viewing experience. And who better to talk about those scores than the people behind Monstrous Movie Music?
Although the early films in the set were sparsely scored, as was typical in the early '30s, "music served an incredibly important role in making the movies scarier and more involving than the visual images alone could conjure," Mayne says. It was a cost-cutting move, partly thanks to the familiar orchestral works being out of copyright, that didn't always work effectively, Schecter says.
Although the labeling for Universal Classic Monsters calls it a "film collection," this actually marks the 31st film in the set. The disc also includes the option of watching the original movie, starring the incomparable Bela Lugosi, with a score composed in by Philip Glass and performed by the Kronos Quartet. While classical music lovers might relish that choice, don't count Schecter as a fan. I find the 'silent' version compelling without the music.
Silence seems to fit that empty castle and accentuates the remoteness of the location. However, since he composed the score, I see nothing wrong with having it as a bonus.
So long as you maintain the sanctity of the original, if somebody wants to colorize something, change the music, or do other changes, those are fine as bonuses, but should never replace the originals.
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Mayne counts as a highlight "hearing the shimmering music" of composer Henry Mancini's underwater scene in Creature From the Black Lagoon while Julie Adams is swimming with the Gill-man below her. It's music that Mayne knows well; her meticulously reconstructed scores were used not only for the Monstrous Movie Music re-recording but in concert performances that have included the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri.
But that is how it sounded in the original score; thus I tried to imitate that unnatural balance. The 'Universal Classic Monsters' set includes eight 'Frankenstein' movies.
There's not as much music as in subsequent Mummy movies, but the choices for where music was to be used was supposedly something that director Karl Freund worked on with Dietrich. It was the first Universal movie that had substantial original music in it, as Frankenstein only had an original main title.