|Vernon Dent||Santa Claus [cut from syndication print]|
I Love Lucy: Season One, Volume Three's most noteworthy supplements are two radio shows that inspired two of the included episodes. Both originate from My Favorite Husband, a series starring Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper. This volume's episodes are also notable for including several moments excised in rerun airings. "The Christmas Tag" is a three-minute scene that shows the four stars singing with a surprise guest. The censors cracked down on "The Long, Long Kiss," which showcased Desi Arnaz and Ball in an extended lip lock. A mention of sponsor Philip Morris also disappeared in subsequent television airings. Finally, many restored musical intros have been reintroduced to the series. A separate section contains the original opening that spotlighted Philip Morris over the actual series. This release offers an impressive restored version of the series' original black-and-white, full-frame transfer. A decent amount of minor defects do arise, but the picture looks surprisingly good. It represents a significant improvement over the version seen on television reruns. The technology of 1951 obviously limited what the restorers could do with this transfer, but it succeeds in offering a clear presentation. It is no major surprise that this disc provides only mono transfers for each episode. Each one is definitely limited, but the audio remains clear and understandable throughout the shows.
|Sound:||[Dolby Digital Mono]|
Full-screen format; Dolby Digital: English mono, Spanish mono; Flubs; Series opening ; Special footage; Radio shows; Guest cast information