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I Love Lucy: The Movie and Other Great Rarities
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The highlight of this "movie", to me, is that we actually get to SEE what an "I Love Lucy" audience looks like, as the movie opens with the ticket-holders to the show standing on-line outside, waiting to enter the "Desilu Playhouse." An (obvious) actor couple are ushered in, marveling at the sights. The announcer intros Desi Arnaz, who is as gracious and charming as ever. Desi, in smoking jacket, explains the technical stuff to the audience,cracks a few jokes to put them at their ease, then introduces the cast, ending with his favorite Red-head, (or "Rett- Hett", ala Desi) Lucy. You see the cast take their places, and wait to hear "action!", which, to my recollection, is the only filmed occasion where the actors broke character and acknowledged the audience.Read more ›
It was a labor of love...he painstakingly went through many cans of film until he found "The Movie".
Other than the initial showing in the early 50's to Lucy, Desi and studio heads, the film was not shown until it's public unveiling at the "Loving Lucy Convention" on the giant movie screen at the Televsion Acadamy for Arts & Sciences.
It is such thrill to see it is in wide distribution. Contrary to an earlier post...it IS on the complete "I Love Lucy" boxed set. (The boxed set that is heart shaped).
There is such a thing as "institutional memory" and "loyalty", because Dann Cahn remembered the film and found it for us and future generations to enjoy.
To clarify...without re-hashing other reviews... yes, it is 3 episodes we have all seen "cut-together", but the film begins and ends with the audience waiting in line to see a filming of "I Love Lucy"...then you have the 3 episodes...with new material bridging the episodes...then at the end...the TV studio audience leaves.
A nice hidden gem for Lucy fans to enjoy almost 60 years later.
Just for the record...
The Lucy movie was not made as a sort of pilot for the show. It's actually three episodes (I think it was three) from the first season that were edited together and bridged with extra linking scenes shot only for the film. Remember, when Lucy premiered it was 1951 and many Americans did not have TVs yet and therefore couldn't watch the country's favorite redhead. It wouldn't surprise me if many people got TVs just to see Lucy! After it's initial release the film kind of disappeared and was considered "lost". It's amazing to me with all the fame and popularity of "I Love Lucy" (since it premiered!) that the film was forgotten.
Since I bought each season, I was kind of miffed that they released the entire seasons as one set, which included this bonus DVD! Anyway, it's great that they allow us fans to buy the DVD separately, rather than buying the entire box set, which would be double-dipping.
This DVD contains a special colorized version of "Lucy Goes To Scotland" and it looks really nice in color. I wish they did more episodes like this, especially "Lucy's Italian Movie," which would be a hoot to see in color. Maybe they'll painstakingly colorize all the episodes as an option for a future Blu-Ray release? That would convince me to buy.
The other offering is the "I Love Lucy Movie," which is three episodes strung together to create one seamless show. Not only does it edit the shows together, but you get to see what it was like for an audience member as you go from outside the DesiLu Studio to inside the sound stage where "I Love Lucy" was being tapped. Desi Arnaz comes out and gives a pep talk and then the show begins!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not hard to please when it comes to Lucy and Desi. Seller was prompt.Published 4 months ago by coffee
Nice dvd as they include things that are not in the boxset of I Love LucyPublished 5 months ago by sorrow
Great movie. We love it. One of our favs! A must see, and a must own!Published 5 months ago by Julie Healon