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Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie

4.8 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Emmy Award-Winning Special

Desi and Lucy's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, hosts this emotional and honest glimpse at the extraordinary lives of her world-famous parents, highlighted by never-before-seen color family movies along with insightful interviews from family members, business associates and celebrity friends such as Bob Hope. Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special, LUCY & DESI: A HOME MOVIE is a sensitive and absorbing documentary that details the circumstances which brought the immortal twosome together and ultimately drove them apart.

Bonus features include:
Interview with Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr.,
Lost Lucy & Desi television appearances
Outtakes and bloopers,
Still gallery,


A touching, no-holds-barred portrait of the turbulent marriage of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz --Chicago Sun-Times

Compelling study of perhaps the ultimate Hollywood marriage...priceless footage --Washington Post

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Product Details

  • Actors: Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope
  • Directors: Lucie Arnaz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" on IMDb

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By Brad Bowman on December 11, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Granted, I am partial to writing a good review for this documentary as I do indeed love Lucy, but I gave it 5 stars for another reason altogether: As a student of film and fan of documentaries regardless of subject, I have to report that "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" succeeds as fine filmmaking due to its frank treatment of the subject matter - romance and dissolution of a marriage in Hollywood - as well as its emotional (but not overly sentimental) portraits of both Lucy and Desi. In addition, the film's engrossing, captivating use of Ball-Arnaz home movies and audio recordings is unprecedented.

This review is written based off of the original video (from 1992) of the film and not related to the DVD itself in regards to quality or production, so please take that into note when ordering... but do order it if you, like me, love Lucy - as it is probably the best and most honest portrait of she and Desi you'll ever see - or are a fan of biographies, Hollywood history, or great documentaries.
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When I originally saw the initial broadcast of this great program on Lucy & Desi, it put the crown on the truth. Their lives are presented to us with absolute love and affection by Lucie Arnaz's direction, her commentary, as well as commentary by Desi Arnaz, Jr, Fred Ball, family and friends both personal and professional. This is the ultimate Lucy and Desi story from those in the know. I've worn out my VHS copy when I need a refresher. Glad it is on DVD in pristine quality. The "blooper" bonus is worth the price alone. I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time. Other bonuses included are several end-of-show commercials for Westinghouse products by the cast of the later Lucy-Desi Hour specials (those that would fit in after final announcements, etc in the bonus features of "I Love Lucy, Seasons 7-8-9"). What I call an "extra taste" is the "Here's Lucy" promo, which I thought before I pressed play was a commercial used to promote the show on CBS. Lo and behold, it was a long promo indicating that MPI will put out all six seasons of "Here's Lucy" in the future, plus the Lucille Ball Specials from 1974-80 that followed this series, and haven't been seen since original broadcast on CBS. I was flabbergasted, especially when I didn't see the second special with Dean Martin called "Lucy Goes To Vegas". The promo also shows beautiful picture and sound for all snipets of the episodes represented. Cannot wait until these come out. Will "The Lucy Show" and "Life With Lucy" soon follow? I sure hope so. Bravo, MPI.
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LUCY AND DESI: A HOME MOVIE first aired on CBS-TV on Valentine's Day, 1993. As stated at the outset of this Emmy-winning documentary, it was an answer from family and friends of the famous couple to a 1991 TV movie exposé entitled: LUCY & DESI: BEFORE THE LAUGHTER. (VHS only)

Factually correct, this tribute glosses over only a couple of points:
Desi's womanizing is dismissed as part of Cuban culture, besides, he couldn't help himself-- those girls threw themselves at him (yah sure).
Lucy's relationship with Vivian Vance is described as loving and sisterly. Maybe so in later years, but during the run of I LOVE LUCY Vance highly resented that she was forced to look dowdy and decades older than the show's star, when in fact there was only a two year difference in their ages.

The program is hosted by daughter Lucie and features commentary from Desi Jr., Gale Gordon (still vital in his late-80s), Van Johnson, Ann Miller, scripters Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller, Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis, Jackie Cooper and author/editor James Bacon. Contributing family members include Lucy's brother Fred and her cousin Cleo Morgan.

Highlighted are many clips of beautifully-preserved full color home movies, plus scenes from pictures that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appeared in, both individually and as a team. They're younger in their privately-shot films than they are during the TV show years, and so obviously in love. These marvelous glimpses (courtesy of the Arnaz kids), plus the personal recollections make a for fine Valentine card to America's all-time favorite TV couple.

Recommended to all!
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The LUCY AND DESI: A HOME MOVIE is a wonderful documentary, directed by daughter Lucie Arnaz, and shows color home movies of the famous television couple as newlyweds, during the "I Love Lucy" run, and even as seniors citizens long after their divorce. It also shows other family members and has interviews with family and friends, and includes clips from both their respective movie careers.

One serious flaw in this production is the sound quality on some of the interviews. I'm not talking about sound bites taken from old interviews or television appearances by Ball or Arnaz, which cannot be helped, the sound issues present are on some of the then current interviews with friends and family members. Some voices are muffled to the point that it's very hard to understand what the person is saying. It's like someone forgot to take the cap off the microphone or something.

I'm almost deducted two-stars because of this. It's not on all the interviewees, just on some, so it's not terrible throughout, but someone really dropped the ball on this one. It's a shame because it really seems like a labor of love for Lucie Arnaz to uncover and share some of the most private home movies with the fans, not to mention the interviews that both Ball and Arnaz did on shows like on Johnny Carson and other talk shows so you get their side of the story as well.

Luckily there are captions, so you can turn them on to understand what is being said. Still, it's a glaring error and I'm surprised that it wasn't caught in time before being shipped out on DVD.

It's funny because the extras on the DVD do not suffer from this problem, so it must have been an issue when they tapped the interviews themselves.
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