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Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie
Lucy and Desi A Home Movie
Actors: Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope
Director: Lucie Arnaz
Genres: Comedy, Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 48min

Emmy Award-Winning Special — Desi and Lucy's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, hosts this emotional and honest glimpse at the extraordinary lives of her world-famous parents, highlighted by never-before-seen color family movies along ...  more »

     
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Actors: Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope
Director: Lucie Arnaz
Genres: Comedy, Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy, Classic TV, Educational, Biography
Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/10/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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SUPERLATIVE THROUGH AND THROUGH
W. Budris | Rosedale, NY | 03/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I originally saw the initial broadcast of this great program on Lucy & Desi, it put the crown on the truth. Their lives are presented to us with absolute love and affection by Lucie Arnaz's direction, her commentary, as well as commentary by Desi Arnaz, Jr, Fred Ball, family and friends both personal and professional. This is the ultimate Lucy and Desi story from those in the know. I've worn out my VHS copy when I need a refresher. Glad it is on DVD in pristine quality. The "blooper" bonus is worth the price alone. I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time. Other bonuses included are several end-of-show commercials for Westinghouse products by the cast of the later Lucy-Desi Hour specials (those that would fit in after final announcements, etc in the bonus features of "I Love Lucy, Seasons 7-8-9"). What I call an "extra taste" is the "Here's Lucy" promo, which I thought before I pressed play was a commercial used to promote the show on CBS. Lo and behold, it was a long promo indicating that MPI will put out all six seasons of "Here's Lucy" in the future, plus the Lucille Ball Specials from 1974-80 that followed this series, and haven't been seen since original broadcast on CBS. I was flabbergasted, especially when I didn't see the second special with Dean Martin called "Lucy Goes To Vegas". The promo also shows beautiful picture and sound for all snipets of the episodes represented. Cannot wait until these come out. Will "The Lucy Show" and "Life With Lucy" soon follow? I sure hope so. Bravo, MPI."
FANTASTIC DOCUMENTARY
Brad Bowman | Michigan | 12/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Granted, I am partial to writing a good review for this documentary as I do indeed love Lucy, but I gave it 5 stars for another reason altogether: As a student of film and fan of documentaries regardless of subject, I have to report that "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" succeeds as fine filmmaking due to its frank treatment of the subject matter - romance and dissolution of a marriage in Hollywood - as well as its emotional (but not overly sentimental) portraits of both Lucy and Desi. In addition, the film's engrossing, captivating use of Ball-Arnaz home movies and audio recordings is unprecedented.

This review is written based off of the original video (from 1992) of the film and not related to the DVD itself in regards to quality or production, so please take that into note when ordering... but do order it if you, like me, love Lucy - as it is probably the best and most honest portrait of she and Desi you'll ever see - or are a fan of biographies, Hollywood history, or great documentaries."
Fascinating, Heartwarming, and Heartbreaking.
C. Hosgood | Canada | 02/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie" radiates with an amount of caliber that I've never seen in a documentary. I believe Lucy and Desi's children had very strong reasons for creating this documentary, and they dedicated their hearts, and their time into making a high-quality show.

There have been many, many documentaries created that seem as though you're reading a gossip column or tabloid magazine in the grocery store. The other documentaries made about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have been, compared to this DVD, frankly--disappointing.

This DVD is a gem."
AMAZING
A. May | 03/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"That's really all I have to say.. AMAZING. Her kids did an amazing job with this one! It's truly wonderful.. And I love Carole Cook - no wonder Lucy loved her so much, hilarious! Overall - AMAZING movie! Just amazing. Lots of insight into Lucille Ball, the personal - and of course, the professional."