You Gotta Love Lucy
John C. Johnson | Pasadena, CA United States | 09/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Depsite all the negative comments aimed at Paramount Home Video recently, I want to give them some credit. Yes, I also would have loved to have been able to get Lucy in complete season box sets (but not for anything over $50) yet I had resigned myself to pick them up in these four-episode-per-disc volumes - similar to how the original Star Trek series was released on dvd. (Star Trek got two shows per disc.)To Paramount's credit, these Lucy dvd's have lots of extra goodies on them...and that is more than many other TV shows on dvd can say. (Most other TV shows on dvd are just the episodes, with NO extras of any kind.) I love that these Lucy dvd's include any of Lucy's old radio show, "My Favorite Husband" that correspond to or inspired the "I Love Lucy" episodes on the disc. How many of us have had the opportunity to hear these classic shows anywhere else? And it's really fun comparing them to their I Love Lucy counterparts.Also, there are scenes and music cues which have been restored, most of which haven't been seen since the show's original broadcasts in the '50's - especially any footage referring to the show's then-sponsor, Phillip Morris. No, I don't like all the smoking references, but since this was how the show was oringally made, it's great to see all this footage restored for historical interest and accuracy.Each dvd has included sections on "Flubs" which are very amusing. Some of them I've noticed over the years watching the show, and others I never would have noticed without these supplements pointing them out.There are "Guest Cast" sections on each disc too. These are wonderful as they give us some little bit of background on the many regular and one-time-only guest cast members that have appeared on the show. Also, for people who made multiple appearances on the show, this section includes a list of all their I Love Lucy appearances. Very nice.The inclusion of the original animated opening is also very welcome. Before these dvd's, many of us never had a chance to see this footage either. Some of the discs include interesting Production Notes, and Behind-The-Scenes footage or stills. Again, very welcome and interesting.The most recent disc, Season One, Volume 9 includes a special End-of-Season tag which was only broadcast one time, when the last episode of season one ran back in 1952. While it's mostly a plug for the show's summer replacement that year, and for Phillip Morris, it's still extra footage of Lucy and Desi as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo that I for one had never seen or even heard of before this dvd. What Lucy fan doesn't want to see more of that kind of "lost" footage?I hope that Paramount is not dissuaded from continuing on with the other seasons in the I Love Lucy show. As far as I'm concerned, Paramount has been doing a grand job with these Lucy discs. Please keep 'em coming!"
The Queen of Comedy on DVD.
Deanna | Maryland | 07/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The ninth volume of I Love Lucy's first season contains episodes 32-35, which feature some great moments. I Love Lucy is still my favorite TV show of all-time. Lucille Ball's classic and one-of-a-kind sense of humor and physical gags transcends time and it shows, like always, on this set. And who doesn't love Lucy?1. "Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio" (aired 5/19/52)- After Ricky correctly answers all of the questions on a quiz show that's on the radio, Lucy thinks that he's a complete genius and decides to sign him up to be a contestant on the show. But Lucy didn't know that Ricky had already heard the answers to the questions during the taping of that episode.2. "Lucy's Schedule" (aired 5/26/52)- When Lucy is late for a dinner with Ricky's boss (this is the episode where she gets a fake apple stuck in her mouth after she tries to eat it), he's had enough of her tardiness and puts her on a schedule. After Lucy finds out that Ricky thinks that he has her acting like a trained seal, she decides to get back at him when he invites his boss over for dinner and only allows them a few seconds with each course of their meal and then whisks it away.3. "Ricky Thinks He Is Getting Bald" (aired 6/2/52)- When Ricky thinks that his hairline is beginning to recede, he becomes so self-conscious that he wears a hat in the house. Just to show him that he has nothing to worry about, Lucy invites a group of bald men (including Fred, who wears a toupee) over to their apartment.4. "Ricky Asks For a Raise" (aired 6/9/52)- When Ricky no longer has a job at the Tropicana after he asks for a raise, Lucy, Ethel and Fred decide to get him his job back by showing his boss how popular he is. A new performer is appearing at the club, so they call and make dozens and dozens of bogus reservations. They show up at the club (to pretend they're different people, they quickly change into different outfits) and when they discover that Ricky Ricardo is not there anymore, they storm out."
Ending With a Laugh
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 06/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc completes the 36 episodes from "I Love Lucy's" incredibly funny first season. And there are some wonderful moments on this disc.It opens with "Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio." Ricky's attempt to impress his wife by showing off some secret knowledge backfires when she thinks he can win the prize on a radio quiz show.Next up is the hysterical "Lucy's Schedule." When Lucy makes Ricky late to an important business dinner, he decides to help her make better use of her time. But she has a few tricks up her sleeve to get her out of punching a time clock. This isn't usually listed in any lists of best episodes, but I love it."Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald" is the weakest of the episodes presented here, but it's still worth seeing if for no other reason then the treatment Lucy gives Ricky to get his hair to grow again.When "Ricky Asks for a Raise," Lucy, Fred, and Ethel have to turn into quick change artists to save his job. Look for Fred in drag.If you've been buying the other discs, you know what to expect here, and you won't be disappointed. The episodes are presented in their entirety, and they look and sound sharp. There are occasional flaws in the picture, but considering the source material is 50 years old, it really isn't bad at all. The sound is presented in mono. While it won't challenge your sound system, it serves the purpose well and is faithful to the original audio recording. The extras include the now familiar guest cast info, original opening, and mistakes. This time around we get three episodes of "My Favorite Husband" as well as the original tag announcing that Lucy was going on vacation for the summer but would be back in the fall. In addition, we get some behind the scenes trivia and pictures of the cast on the set.Rumor has it that future season of this classic show will be more in line with other TV show releases. Still, these first season discs have some classic episodes on them that any Lucy fan will want in their collection."