THE STRAIGHT DOPE:
Regardless of the situation, Lucy is always hysterical. The show utilizes almost every type of early television comedy: physical humor, wordplay, buffoonery, role-playing. Lucy was a master at all of these, as were her co-stars, husband Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance. Each episode is a pleasure to watch and rewatch.
With volume 1 of the I Love Lucy DVD series covering the "lost" pilot and the first three episodes, volume 2 continues with the next four. These episodes help illustrate why I Love Lucy remains one of the most highly-regarded sitcoms ever aired. The first episode on the disc, the wonderfully titled "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying To Murder Her" epitomizes the comedic style that the show traded on: Lucy misunderstands something Ricky has said to someone else and interprets something completely inappropriate. The next episode, "The Quiz Show," also finds Lucy hilariously trying to work through a mistake. "The Audition" and "The Seance" both find Lucy hamming it up in weird situations, first as Buffo the Clown, a character similar to one she played in the first disc's pilot, and then as a believer in the supernatural.
The video on this disc is once again well-done. The black and white images have been lovingly restored and, considering the source, look very nice.
The Dolby Digital mono audio is also very good. Carefully restored, these shows probably sound better than they ever have before. A Spanish mono track is also available.
Once again, an impressive selection of extras is available. This disc contains two Lucy radio shows, both great additions. A selection of flubs taken from the episodes on the disc, like the easily-missed moment when a studio camera enters the frame, is included, as well as footage added for the shows' many years of reruns. The behind the scenes section, however, is only a photo gallery this time.
Paramount should really release a box set of Lucy DVDs, but in the meantime these discs are perfect for fans. While it's not a bad idea to pick discs based on which episodes are each viewer's personal favorites, the serious Lucy fan will want them all.
Review of I Love Lucy- Season 1 Volume 1
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