I Love Lucy - Season One (Vol. 1)
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- Contains four episodes: The Lost Pilot, "The Girls Want To Go To A Nightclub," "Be a Pal," "The Diet"
- Series original opening
- Special footage
- Behind-the-scenes audio feature
- Radio show
- Guest cast information
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"The Lost Pilot" was kinescoped on March 2, 1951 as an audition episode with which to woo potential backers for the show. Desi and Lucy play Larry and Lucy Lopez in what was a rewrite of the vaudeville skits the couple were doing on tour patched together with an old "My Favorite Husband" radio scripts (a lot of the first season episodes of "I Love Lucy" had similar points of origin). In a story that will sound familiar as the years go by, Lucy is determined to break into show business and decides to replace the ailing clown (Pepito the Clown) in her husband's nightclub act.
Episode 1, "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub" (October 15, 1951) for the Mertzes' anniversary, but Fred and Ricky would rather go to the fights. Lucy and Ethel dress up as hicks and show up as the boy's blind dates. This battle of the sexes sets the tone for the show's perpetual subtext, although the recurring theme is Lucy trying to get into showbiz.
Episode 2, "Be a Pal" (October 22, 1951) has Lucy taking advice from a self-help text and trying to keep her marriage fresh by becoming Ricky's pal. Now if only Ricky could figure out what Lucy is REALLY up to.Read more ›
The picture quality is gorgeous -- the lighting looks as good as movie stills. And these are complete episodes -- remember that in syndication we have always seen them with bits chopped off except on Nickelodeon (did you ever wonder why the audience was often already laughing when the show started? It was because the syndicated version cut in AFTER the original beginning).
We get a whole episode of the radio show MY FAVORITE HUSBAND -- one of the few old radio shows that still holds up for us moderns with minor adjustment. One cannot really understand what I LOVE LUCY "was" historically without starting with MY FAVORITE HUSBAND; what a great idea to put episodes on these DVDs. (Maybe it will help turn LUCY fans on to old radio -- if you love Lucy, there is a lot of, particularly, late 40s radio comedy that you will love as well, and old radio is now cheaper and more available than it has ever been before in this era of MP3 files.)
We get the pilot -- complete with the original announcer restoring the lost first few seconds of the voice-over 50 years later! (Why, though, is it listed as 45 minutes but takes up ten minutes less time?)
And then also bonuses like an alternate laughtrack over an ending, a clip used for a rerun not seen since 1953, etc.
This is the definitive presentation of this show, in a medium that does not turn to dust on the shelf after 20 years. This is very, very special.
The truth is that like all shows, I LOVE LUCY took a little while to get its sea legs; I do not consider these first three to be the best of the run by any means.Read more ›
Fans of the show will love this disc. The sound and picture are great. Every episode is broken down into several chapters, including a separate chapter for the musical sequence. There are plenty of extras as well, including an episode of Lucy's radio show "My Favorite Husband" and an excerpt from Jess Oppenheimer's book on the creation of the show.
Like many TV shows, the first episodes aren't the strongest. Lucy is the only character fully developed at this point with the other three delivering straight lines. Still, there are several good laugh an episode.
It would be nice if the show were being released in season, or even half season sets. But this certainly isn't settling for second best since it's a great DVD.
at an average of $13 (lowside) for 4 episodes (There were 179 episodes in the entire series), you're looking at quite a bit of money. For the same number of MASH episodes at approximately $30 for 24 episodes (7 seasons worth), you're looking at [price]. I really feel that Lucy fans are being taken advantage of here.
... But do the math.
What you paid for 1 volume of Lucy Season 1 x 6 (# of discs for a full season)
Multiply by 7 (the number of years lucy was on)
Compare that to what MASH will run you for 1 season and multiply by 7. See how much you could save?
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Question!!! Does anyone know if this is Closed Captioned or English Subtitled???? I have sever hearing loss and can't enjoy it fully unless it is CC or Subtitled.Published 16 months ago by Gatrbait
I grew up watching the I Love Lucy show. I miss all the old comedy shows where you actually had comedy, not sex and sarcasm like today's comedies. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Larry
I have decided to keep it. Ilove all of the old shows and you cant hardly find them anywhere. Thank You.Published on August 1, 2013 by Pam Jones
I love lucy will never die. The video series just makes the good ol days a great memory watching the Ricardos. Love it!Published on February 16, 2011 by Tamara Thompson