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I Love Lucy - The Final Seasons: 7, 8 & 9 (a.k.a. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour)


TITLE: I LOVE LUCY - THE FINAL SEASONS: 7, 8 & 9 (A.K.A THE LUCY-DESI COMEDY HOUR)


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007 (CBS DVD/Paramount)
Color / 1957, 1958-59
MSRP: $42.99
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: 739 Minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Flubs, restored footage, original broadcasts, deleted scenes, Ford Motor commercials, Desilu/Westinghouse Sponsor Presentation, rare on-set color footage and more.


Introduction:

LUUUUCY! America's favorite redhead is gracing our television screens for one more go around as that wacky Lucy Ricardo. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance reunited for 13-hour long episodes of I LOVE LUCY, spanning the years of 1957, 1958 and 1959. The show relied on big name guest stars and good old-fashioned comedy. For the last time, I LOVE LUCY, or now known as THE LUCY-DESI COMEDY HOUR, is available on DVD.


Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

Since there were only 13 episodes, I will list them all. "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana" in which Lucy and Ricky recall how they met for the first time in Havana. "The Celebrity Next Door" is the one in which Lucy makes an enemy out of Tallulah Bankhead. "Lucy Hunts Uranium" in which, on a road trip to Las Vegas, Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are hit with gold rush fever and scheme against Fred MacMurray in their hunt for uranium. "Lucy Wins a Racehorse" is the one in which Lucy wins a racehorse for Little Ricky. "Lucy Goes To Sun Valley" in which Lucy uses Fernando Lamas to make Ricky jealous. "Lucy Goes to Mexico" in which a young Mexican lad stows away in Fred, Lucy and Ethel's car and they land in jail! "Lucy Makes Room For Danny" in which the Ricardos go to Hollywood and they rent their house to the Williams family (of "Make Room For Daddy"), but when the movie falls through, the Ricardo's want their house back but the Williams family refuses, so they end up in court! "Lucy Wants a Career" in which Lucy is pestering of a star finally pays off: she gets a job! "Lucy's Summer Vacation" in which Lucy and Ricky vacation in Vermont but wind up sharing their lodge with Ida Lupino and Howard Duff. "Milton Berle Hides Out at The Ricardos" is the one in which Ricky lets Milton Berle hide out in their house to finish his book. "The Ricardos Go to Japan" in which Lucy sets out to find real Oriental pearls to replace her artificial ones. "Lucy Meets the Moustache" is the one in which Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams invite Little Ricky to appear on his show.

Memorable guest stars this season include Hedda Hopper, Ann Sothern, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Tallulah Bankhead, Fred MacMurray, June Haver, Betty Grable, Harry James, Fernando Lamas, Maurice Chevalier, Danny Thomas, Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hamer, Angela Cartwright, Gale Gordon, Red Skelton, Paul Douglas, Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Milton Berle, Bob Cummings, Ernie Kovacs, and Edie Adams.


Packaging:

The main box art is the exact same as all six seasons of I LOVE LUCY. The scheme is blue and features the logo as well as Lucy as a tramp from the Freddie The Freeloader sketch that she performs with Red Skelton in "Lucy Goes To Alaska" on the cover. There are two snap-cases inside the box holding the four discs for the set. The first case features Discs 1 and 2 while the second case contains Discs 3 and 4. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-3. Disc 2 contains episodes 4-6. Disc 3 contains episodes 7-10. Disc 4 contains episodes 11-13. The special features are spread out over all four discs.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is actually quite different from the first six seasons! It is all animated, as the original LUCY opening theme was and features the LUCY-DESI theme music and animated stick figures of Lucy and Desi running on the screen. Very fun and I was pleasantly surprised by it. On the main menu, the episodes are listed. When you select an episode, it takes you to a scene selection sub-menu. Back on the main menu, there is a PLAY ALL option. When you select the BONUS option, it takes you to another menu that lists the bonus features on that disc.


Video and Audio Quality:

The audio and video are crystal clear and in amazing shape for a show literally 50 years old! I really have no gripes--amazing restoration! Also of interest is the first episode "Lucy Takes a Cruise To Havana" is completely uncut, running the full 75 minutes that it was originally intended to be, including the ORIGINAL opening credits.

DISC 1
1- Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana (1:06:18)
2- The Celebrity Next Door (51:16)
3- Lucy Hunts Uranium (50:37)

DISC 2
4- Lucy Wins A Racehorse (50:07)
5- Lucy Goes To Sun Valley (51:14)
6- Lucy Goes To Mexico (50:36)
EXTRA - Desilu/Westinghouse Sponsor Presentation (38:22)

DISC 3
7- Lucy Makes Room For Danny (51:24)
8- Lucy Goes to Alaska (50:37)
9- Lucy Wants a Career (50:01)
10- Lucy's Summer Vacation (51:06)

DISC 4
11- Milton Berle Hides Out At the Ricardos (49:44)
12- The Ricardos Go To Japan (51:19)
13- Lucy Meets the Moustache (50:32)
EXTRA - On-Set Color Footage (3:51)


Special Features:

There are so many extras on this set! I will break it down disc-by-disc:

DISC 1
* Flubs
- The Fur Flies (00:09)
- Slam That Door (00:33)
- Whirlwind Lucy (00:14)

* Guest Cast
Broken down by episode, the guest stars are given a bio for everyone to read through.

* Restored Footage (15 scenes that were cut from "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana" are restored here and you can watch each one individually.)

* Original Broadcasts (scenes cut from the syndicated version of "The Celebrity Next Door") (2:74)
- Original Opening (01:13)
- Trouble with Ethel (01:09)
- The Mertzes Rebel (00:52)

* Special Footage (3:60)
- Fancy Editing (01:53)
- Lucy-Desi Promo (01:02)
- I Love Lucy (01:05)

* Meet Special People (biographies of the people behind the scenes of Desilu)
- Dann Cahn (film editor)
- Irma Kusely (hair stylist)

* Production Notes (facts of the show)

DISC 2
* Desilu/Westinghouse Sponsor Presentation (38:22)
In 1958, Desi struck a deal for two more seasons of LUCY/DESI as well as a deal for the Desilu Playhouse. To cement the relationship between Westinghouse and Desilu, Lucy and Desi appeared in a 39-minute promotional film that was shown to Westinghouse dealers around the country. It offered the Arnaze's plans for their new shows, and offered a special tour of Desilu Studios.

* Flubs
- They Get Around (0:24)

* Guest Cast
Broken down by episode, the guest stars are given a bio for everyone to read through.

* Original Broadcasts
- Original Opening from "Lucy Wins a Racehorse" (1:18)
- Korny Krinkles from "Lucy Wins a Racehorse" (2:17)
- Original Closing from "Lucy Wins a Racehorse" (2:33)

* Special Footage
- Animated Transition from "Lucy Goes to Mexico" (0:14)
- Top 10 Lucy Shows (1:04)

* Meet Special People
- Madelyn Davis & Bob Carroll, Jr. (writers)
- Bob Weiskopf & Bob Schiller (writers)

* Production notes

DISC 3
* Flubs
- Active Child (0:14)
- Well-Made Bed (0:15)

* Guest Cast
Broken down by episode, the guest stars are given a bio for everyone to read through.

* Original Broadcasts
- Original Opening from "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" (0:35)
- Open & Shut Case from "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" (1:35)
- Original Closing from "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" (1:00)

* Special Footage
- I Love Lucy (2:11)

* Meet Special People
- Vivian Vance
- William Frawley
- Keith Thibodeaux

* Production Notes

DISC 4
* On-Set Color Footage (3:51)
On October 12, 1951, three days before I LOVE LUCY premiered, Desilu filmed Episode #6 "The Audition." An enterprising member of the studio audience secretly brought a 16mm movie camera with him into the bleachers that evening, and when no one was looking, he managed to take a few "home movies" as the filming proceeded. Greg Oppenheimer, son of series producer and head writer Jess Oppenheimer, recently discovered and obtained this rare color footage, and has edited it together with scenes from the actual show! The gentleman on the set with the Arnazes between scenes is the show's director, Marc Daniels. This never-before-released film is the only known color footage of the Tropicana and Ricard apartment sets!

* Flubs
- Pearls (1:57)

* Guest Cast
Broken down by episode, the guest stars are given a bio for everyone to read through.

* Original Broadcasts
- Original Opening from "Milton Berle Hides Out At the Ricardos" (0:30)
- Clark Gable from "Milton Berle Hides Out At the Ricardos" (0:33)
- Original Closing from "Milton Berle Hides Out At the Ricardos" (1:46)

* Special Footage
- Lucy In Connecticut (01:06)

* Meet Special People
- Lucille Ball
- Desi Arnaz

* Production Notes

* Photo Gallery
14 still photos from episodes of I LOVE LUCY, including a color photograph from "Lucy Hunts Uranium"

* Clippings
Clippings of what look like ads to promote the episodes, which appeared to be used in TV Guide magazines for all 13 episodes!


Final Comments:

Oh my gosh! Paramount did a fantastic job with this release, yet again! Tons and tons of bonus features. Truly amazing. Unbelievable, really. I applaud Paramount for this amazing set and for them releasing "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" onto DVD! I have no complaints at all about this set and I think fans will be ecstatic with this set. I have no idea who holds the rights to "The Lucy Show" but I am crossing my fingers that it is next on the list!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 03/05/07

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