I Love Lucy: Season 1
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Here's how it all began-the classic episodes that started America's long-running love affair with everyone's favorite madcap redhead, Lucille Ball. Plus the rarely seen pilot episode that sold the I Love Lucy series. By the end of its initial season, I Love Lucy was TV's first bona fide smash-hit-the very first program seen in more than 10 million homes. America just couldn't get enough of this stunning new comedy talent-Lucy as a less-than-poised would-be ballerina in "The Ballet," Lucy battling the world's longest loaf of bread in "Pioneer Women," and Lucy in her greatest performance, as the health tonic-guzzling TV pitchwoman for "Vitameatavegamin" in "Lucy Does a TV Commercial." ("And it's so tasty, too!") Fall in love all over again, with the wild and wacky series that changed TV forever!
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The real reason to upgrade is, of course, the picture quality. Compared to the DVD, it is night and day. Even though Season 1 had some experimental filming problems (clips from the other seasons are noticably better in HD) it's still incredible that film this old can look this good. The audio quality is also significantly improved.
OVERALL: If you're a Lucy fan and feeling skeptical about dishing out that much dough for one season, trust me, it's worth it. I'm sure the restoration process was lengthy and expensive and the bonus features are so endless that you'll always encounter a new discovery. I'm hoping and praying that we'll see the other seasons soon, because one of the special features shows clips from the later seasons and the picture quality is jaw-dropping! Better than Twilight Zone.
A great bonus, too, is that somewhere along the way, they found the 35mm film of the original I Love Lucy pilot. The version on the DVD set is reconstructed from a damaged 16mm print. The picture quality is, of course, much better. And there are differences in the introduction since the DVD version had to guess when reconstructing the first few frames of footage.
I'm very please with this set and look forward to more.
The only thing I've noticed is that the picture sometimes gets a little bit grainier or not as defined in scenes that fade in/out of where a commercial break would have been. This must be fairly common, because that is the case with my Star Trek TOS Blu-Rays as well. Not a big deal though, because it accounts for literally seconds of each episode.
I've been a devoted Lucy fan since my Great Grandmother introduced me to the show in the mid-80's. I used to order the VHS tapes from Columbia House, own all of the seasons on DVD, and am now the proud owner of the appropriately titled "Ultimate Season One". Can't wait for more seasons to follow.
One thing I really liked about this DVD set when I originally watched it was all the outtakes, extra information, and stuff. From the very first episode we were set up on Lucy, Ricky, and the Mertz's personalities and how they would interact together. I think this series just gets better as it goes along.
Every episode will make you laugh. The comedy is so funny that you can't help but giggle out loud! At the end of the episode, you can't help but to wonder what the writers will think of next!
The chemistry between Lucy and Ricky is awesome. I was shocked when I learned the two were already having major issues in their marriage. I know this show was created to try to save their marriage, and perhaps it was nice to be able to act as the loving, happy married couple Lucy and Ricky captured onscreen.
I will be re-purchasing this DVD set again so I can re-watch the episodes! I did buy this set used, but always do and have never had any issues in the past...Since I have to replace it, I may buy it new...