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I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1 Blu-ray Review

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#81 of 88 OFFLINE   Rob_Ray



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Posted October 17 2014 - 09:23 AM

I thought the picture quality was fine.  And I was thrilled to have the choice to play each and every episode with the traditional syndication opening or as originally shown in its original network airing, with all those wonderfully dated commercials intact -- something I thought I'd never see!


Now, I can't really justify the huge price CBS is asking for anyone but the most hard-core Lucy fan, as the original DVD release was an excellent one and can still be had for a tiny fraction of what they're asking for the blurays.


But no disappointment here on the quality.

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Posted October 17 2014 - 09:38 AM

[quote name="classictvfan40" post="4157011" timestamp="1413565393"]I bought the blu ray version of I Love Lucy and was so disappointed in the DVDs. The picture quality was awful. I wish I had not bought it. I should have just stayed with my original dvd release. 
I am wanting to buy The Honeymooners on Blu Ray but I am afraid the picture quality will be just as bad as the Lucy DVD. I could save 35 dollars if I go just the regular DVD route on The Honeymooners.[/quot

The blurays of Lucy, Andy, and the Honeymooners all look beautiful. If you're seeing otherwise then something in your system is not set properly. I watch a five foot wide picture.

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Posted October 17 2014 - 09:42 AM

I have to say that watching the Lucy blu-rays on my projector (110") it looks like film to me, just awesome. I love the S1 blu-ray and want the remaining seasons. Yes, expensive, but it takes a lot of effort to get all those components together.

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Posted October 18 2014 - 03:23 PM

Having this thread pop again yesterday reminded me that I had not watched some of the new extras provided in this set. Today I watched the 1990 TV special which was the first broadcast of the pilot episode. I mention this because I noticed that in the clip portion after the episode, moments from the other seasons, all the way through S6, were presented in high-def (for example, the eggs in the shirt sequence) which seems to in indicate that the entire series has been scanned in high def. Hopefully, since the heavy lifting is done, this means the remaining seasons will eventually appear in blu-ray.

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Posted October 18 2014 - 07:54 PM

I have stated before that I really want the show. I have been hesitant from just what I have read here. I want to support the releases but what I have spent on Lucy from the Columbia House editions on VHS THE ENTIRE SHOW through Lucy Desi Comedy hour which I have now of course on DVD is in my basement.I think Lucy I have spent the most money on of any other series.CH really advertised those VHS tapes and at the end I was spending 20 dollars for 4 episodes and LD comedy hour 20 bucks per episode.

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Posted December 20 2014 - 10:16 AM

I just watched a really great special on PBS called "Michael Feinstein at The Rainbow Room". I mention it in this thread because Michael sings a tribute to Lucy and Desi, which includes "Cuban Pete" and the theme song. But what is really of interest is that he sings an unknown (at least to me) alternate, unused theme song that was written by none other than Johnny Mercer! Who knew? It's a charming song, and who knows, maybe if I had grown up with it rather than the theme song we know I would have the same affection for it. The entire show is worthwhile, but for Lucy fans, that un-used theme song is really a treasure. (The segment starts at about 32 minutes into the show.)



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Posted December 20 2014 - 11:46 AM

However, from the consumer's point of you, it's not feasible to spend that type of money for ONE season on Blu-ray, when you can buy the whole series on DVD for about $100.00 or less (that's 7 seasons if you count the "Lucy Desi Comedy hours).

That's around how much I paid (more or less) for Shout!'s full-series release of Barney Miller, and it's been worth every penny (outside of the bonus of No. 1 of the Fish spinoff, which I haven't really gotten into). 

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(Don Robertson's opening from The Prudential College Football Report in the 1986 season, modified from what it was in 1985, in that "other financial services" was said instead of just "financial services")


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Posted December 20 2014 - 05:58 PM

They should look towards Image and what they did with The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone and just copy that formula.


There was nothing substandard with those releases on Blu-Ray.

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