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I Love Lucy: Season 1, Vol. 1
     

I Love Lucy: Season 1, Vol. 1

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Director: Marc Daniels, Marco Rizo, Tony Michaels, Dick Reeves

Cast: Marc Daniels, Marco Rizo, Tony Michaels, Dick Reeves

 
This disc contains the original pilot and the first three episodes of the groundbreaking situation comedy I Love Lucy. The titles of the episodes included on this disc are "Pilot, "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub, "Be a Pal, and "The Diet." Each of the episodes is presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and

Overview

This disc contains the original pilot and the first three episodes of the groundbreaking situation comedy I Love Lucy. The titles of the episodes included on this disc are "Pilot, "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub, "Be a Pal, and "The Diet." Each of the episodes is presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the original opening credit sequence, bloopers, addition footage, information on the many guest stars who appeared on the series, and a behind-the-scenes audio-only featurette. This is an excellent disc for anyone who still loves Lucy.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
More than a half century after its debut, I Love Lucy still reigns as the most important -- and perhaps the funniest -- situation comedy ever to grace the airwaves. Aside from being a perfect vehicle for the sheer comic genius of Lucille Ball, the show firmly established the sitcom template that remains the television standard to this day. I Love Lucy: Season 1, Vol. 1 starts at the beginning with the never-aired pilot, financed by Lucy and husband/partner Desi Arnaz to prove to CBS that their oddball alter-ego screen marriage as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo could successfully anchor a weekly comedy series. The pilot's typical I Love Lucy plot has Lucy butting in on Ricky's TV audition, and it closed the deal, setting the I Love Lucy juggernaut on its six-year run. Also included on this disc are the first three episodes that aired in October 1951. The series premiere, "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub," stages a small battle of the sexes, as Lucy and Ethel disagree with Ricky and Fred on how best to celebrate the Mertzes' wedding anniversary. In "Be a Pal," Lucy fears Ricky is losing interest in her and does her all, including a first-rate Carmen Miranda impersonation, to rekindle his passion. And in "The Diet," Lucy tries to shed a few so that she can appear in one of Ricky's shows. The key elements of the series' winning formula are already in place here: Fred and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance and William Frawley) as the Ricardos' best friends; Ricky's musical numbers; and Lucy's obsession with getting into show business like her bandleader husband -- whose efforts to put the kibosh on every scheme are quaintly patronizing. Indeed, while many aspects of the Lucy-the-housekeeper/Ricky-the-breadwinner marriage seem old-fashioned by modern standards (a sex-role issue common to most sitcoms of the '50s and '60s), the vitality and enthusiasm of Lucy Ricardo distinguishes her from her passive, pragmatic sitcom-wife contemporaries. The big-dreaming Lucy is the quintessential sitcom protagonist, and she's fully drawn from the start. These early episodes provide plenty of laughs and promise bigger laughs to come. The DVD includes flubs, special footage, a behind-the-scenes audio featurette, and radio shows.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2002
UPC:
0097368789845
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
18,319

Special Features

Series original opening; bloopers; special footage; behind-the-scenes audio featurette; radio show

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Scenes: Introducing Lucy and Ricky
4. Where There's a Will...
5. A Clown Rehearses
7. Pepito Surprises
8. Ricky Performs
5. Songs: "Babalu"
6. "The Continental"
9. "Cuban Cabby"
1. Scenes: Anniversary Plans
4. The Boys Get Dates
5. The Girls Get Wise
6. Meet "Euncie" and "Ma"
8. Anniversary Celebration
7. Songs: "Guadalajara"
1. Scenes: Ricky Ignores Lucy
4. Lucy Tries Glamour
5. Poker Pals
6. Ethel Gives More Advice
7. Lucy's "Little Havana"
8. Songs: "Mama Yo Quiero"
1. Scenes: The Weigh-In
4. The Dancing Audition
5. Lucy Tries Exercise
6. Dinner at the Ricardos
7. Lucy Gets Steamed
8. Songs: "Cuban Pete/Sally Sweet"

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I Love Lucy: Season 1, Vol. 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD is a MUST for all Lucy fans, even if you've seen all the episodes on it. It contains the lost pilot, my favorite one on this DVD. The quality will blow you away, you wouldn't even guess that from the way the reruns on TV are it was even filmed in good enough quality as it is on here. The extras were great, especially the flubs and special footage. You can't miss the episode of the radio show the based the show on. Great DVD!