Beautifully restored uncut DVD set with great extras
S. Phillips | Las Vegas, NV United States | 09/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, we all know HERE'S LUCY isn't her best work, but this set is well worth the price for fans. There are lots of guest stars, the shows look amazing and are completely uncut, and there is a wealth of extra features included.
Don't bother getting angry with Lucie and Desi Jr about the earlier series THE LUCY SHOW not being well represented on DVD either, as they don't own the right to that series.
I really prefer the complete season format on DVD releases but in this case, I am not complaining. I do wish we'd had a few more of the shows that didn't feature guest stars but rather concentrated on the regular cast but I guess they felt the stars would help sales. Hopefully this set will do well and they may do another volume of 24 more shows soon.
DVD quality is great
couchbum | California USA | 08/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD set of "Here's Lucy" is fantastic. DVD quality is superb!! Time was definetly put into making sure this set was done right. There are 24 episodes and the jacket says there are 14 commentaries by Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr., Carol Burnett and Wayne Newton. Most commentaries are done by Lucie and Desi Jr. . You can watch these particular episodes normally or with the commentaries. There are 11 episodes with commentaries. Not sure where the other 3 are. I haven't watched all the episodes and special features yet. I have listed the guest appearances, hopefully this will help others. Six episodes per disc and special features:
Lucy Meets The Burtons w/commentary: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
Lucy And Johnny Carson: Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon
Lucy And Carol Burnett w/comentary: Carol Burnett
Lucy and Lawrence Welk: Lawrence Welk and Vivian Vance
Lucy The Fixer w/comentary: no guest
Lucy Visits Jack Benny: Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason
Lucy and Sammy Davis Jr.: Sammy Davis Jr.
Lucy and Miss Shelley Winters: Shelley Winters
Lucy and the Generation Gap w/comentary: episode without a guest
Lucy the Crusader: Charles Nelson Reilly
Lucy and the Little Old Lady: Helen Hayes
Lucy and Donny Osmond w/comentary: Donny Osmond (my personal favorite-I can't help it....I was Osmondized in the 70's)
Lucy Sells Craig to Wayne Newton w/comentary: Wayne Newton
Lucy The Matchmaker: Vivian Vance
Lucy and the Used Car Dealer: Milton Berle
Lucy and Ann-Margret w/comentary: Ann Margret
Lucy The Skydiver: no guest
Ginger Rogers Comes To Tea: Ginger Rogers
Lucy and Flip Go Legit: Flip Wilson
Lucy Joins the Air Force Academy part 1 w/comentary:no guest
Lucy Joins the Air Force Academy part 2 w/comentary: no guest
Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography: Jack Benny and George Burns
Lucy Is Really In A Pickle w/comentary: no guest
With Viv As A Friend,Who Needs an Enemy w/comentary: Vivian Vance
Overall I like this DVD set."
3RD SERIES SHINES BEAUTIFULY IN DIGITAL
W. Budris | Rosedale, NY | 08/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've only been through Disc 1 and that disc alone is a treasure trove.
Naturally, the most famous HERE'S LUCY episode is included, where Lucy encounters Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and ends up getting Elizabeth's huge diamond ring stuck on her finger. Other episodes include guest appearances by Jack Benny, Carol Burnett, Sammy Davis Jr., Shelley Winters, Helen Hayes, among others. One hilarious episode with just the regular cast, including Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr., has Lucy destroying Harry's house looking for some loose wires.
DVD remastering is superb with great commentary by Lucie, Desi Jr and Carol Burnett on selected episodes. Picture clarity is the best I've seen and "stereo" sound for a TV series of that era. Also includes Blooper reels of outtakes, mistakes, rehearsals of actual shows with some "surprise" visitors to the set, and spots from Lucy guest appearances on other specials with guest stars that appeared on her show.
My disappointment was Best Buy and Target "not" having it on day of release and Barnes & Noble having "one" that I grabbed, even at full price. This is shocking for anything "Lucy" for fans that want to go to the store. Are some retailers forgetting who she was?
If you get it, ENJOY!
To one of the reviewers above....YES....both LUCY THE FIXIT and LUCY AND LAWRENCE WELK, with VIVIAN VANCE are included in this set! I'm sorry that the CHUCK CONNORS episode, as well as MY FAIR BUZZI didn't make the cut."
One of the BEST TV Show DVD Releases Out There!!
Here's Lucy Fan | 04/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This boxed set of "Here's Lucy" is fantastic. The extras, the packaging, picture, and sound quality were all great. Although the episode selection was not the best, there are still some really phenomenal episodes (like "Lucy Meets the Burtons", "Lucy, the Fixer", "Ginger Rogers Comes to Tea", "Lucy & Jack Benny's Autobiography", etc.). Just the extras (like a clip from Ann-Margret's TV special, "Here's Lucy" syndication tape, original network promos, commentaries, etc.) make this set worth buying, and with a retail price of $35. The episode transfers were made from 35mm master prints, so the picture and sound quality are outstanding. Lucie & Desi Jr.'s audio commentaries are very informative and enjoyable to hear. This set is a must have for any fan of classic TV shows or Lucille Ball. I hope upcoming "Here's Lucy" sets will be released. It is really incredible how much work and effort was put into creating this set. Thanks to everyone who worked on this masterpiece of a TV-DVD set. This is really one of the best TV show DVD releases out there. A great DVD release for a great TV series."