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  1. https://www.walmart.com/ip/I-Love-Lucy-Colorized-Collection-DVD/656870122 For some reason only Wal-Mart has a listing for this right now. As per TV Shows on DVD, where I read about it: I Love Lucy - The Colorized Collection (CBS/Paramount)DVDEXTRAS: all-new bonus content detailing the process for colorizing the original black & white episodes-----The laughs never stop with the I Love Lucy: Colorized Collection, with 16 full-length colorized I Love Lucy episodes, including Lucy's Italian Movie (grape stomping), Lucy Does a TV Commercial (Vitameatavegamin), Job Switching (chocolate factory), and more of your Lucy favorites in COLOR! 2-disc set includes 16 classic I Love Lucy episodes beautifully colorized, including 8 colorized episodes that are new-to-DVD! I'm glad we're finally getting all of them together, but I hope this isn't all of them!
  2. It’s not the worst (remember that odd closeup shot that was originally publicized for the Calls The President cover art?), but I’d think that they would at least use that nice cast photo with Lucy standing over the couch.
  3. I hope someone can get footage of this!!
  4. Lucy Fest 2019

    I would LOVE to see Rose Marie’s Desilu pilot one day! And I’ve actually read a detailed piece on Clooney’s website about the history of 4 Girls 4 that must have been written by Helen Brown. It’s very interesting and I’d highly recommend it.
  5. The recent post about The Lucy Show being available for so cheap on DVD got me thinking about the earliest Lucy episodes that I owned. To start, someone in my family recorded the 50th Anniversary Special on VHS for me (I was less than two years old at the time- talk about a lifelong fan!), and I also had those GoodTimes releases on VHS that seemed to consist of public domain Lucy material, like the Toast of The Town special and some kind of Westinghouse presentation where Lucy hides in a fridge? (Someone please clarify) And here's a very personal story: When I was being potty trained, my reward for every successful endeavor would be to watch one episode from those "Best of I Love Lucy" tapes, Volumes 1 and 2. They have portraits from "TV Commercial" and "Job Switching" on the box covers. They're very nostalgic until I remember how much they're associated with bowel movements. Whenever I had a babysitter, I would pull out one of the tapes and watch episodes without my parents' consent. A rebel from the start! Additionally, we never had cable when I was growing up, so kind friends and relatives would always give me VHS recordings of TV Land broadcasts of Lucy. "Ricky Needs an Agent", one of the series' premier outings has been a favorite forever because I was lucky enough to get it on a fuzzy old tape from one of my mother's co-workers. Later on, I was at Target with my mother and saw that they had seasons one and two of ILL packaged together for $15! Before this, I'd only seen complete seasons of the show go for $25-30, so I absolutely panicked and my mother acquiesced. She said I could only watch a couple of episodes a day. I'm sure we all know how that one went. Ten years later and I'm here rambling on The Lounge. So, what was your earliest recording or purchase of Lucy on home video?
  6. Lucy on the Big Screen on Her Birthday!

    He’s the founder of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Association and for some reason he must be connected to Fathom Events; he’s also involved with Access Hollywood. He seems like a genuinely nice guy, but every single time I’ve seen something from him, his opinion has been a complete 180 from how I feel. He seems to be a big shill for corporate cash-grab garbage fests and superhero movies, which aren’t really my thing. He was also a very vocal supporter of Green Book, and one of those schmucks who ballyhooed Avengers: Endgame for “beating” Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, when anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that inflation is a factor and the highest-grosser is still Gone With The Wind. Everyone can have their opinions, but ayiyiyi are his opinions (and his demeanor) just infuriating to me!
  7. Lucy on Home Video

    From what I've heard around here, Nick-at-Nite was like a training ground for burgeoning classic TV fans in the late 90s-early 2000s. When I was younger, the shows everybody watched on N-A-N were mostly Full House, The Nanny, and The George Lopez Show. Now, I don't want to knock those shows because they certainly have their merits, but it makes me realize how many people from my generation have missed out on being exposed to the really great stuff!
  8. Lucy on the Big Screen on Her Birthday!

    Another thing that I've thought of post-screening: With ILL's most famous episodes, it usually comes down to a legendary scene or two. Like "TV Commercial" or "LA", there are certain blocks of comedy and visuals that have cemented themselves into history. What we don't always think about is how these outrageous scenes were so brilliantly set up by the writers. It's not just a scene of Lucy getting drunk, it's Lucy not knowing she's slowly getting drunk after shirking Ricky's authority and scheming her way into the studio to do the live commercial without his knowledge. Absolutely every great moment came about logically from densely-plotted scripts that were connected to the characters' motivation and the more I think about it the more I love it. I never imagine that my appreciation for the show could get any deeper, but it seems to happen every day.
  9. "Envious" has a special place in my family, because one way or another, my mother's nickname for my younger sister has always been "Moo", gleaned from this episode! I never even thought about how the martian stunt is kind of far-fetched. Nowadays, if there were two women dressed as martians flapping their arms on the roof of the Empire State Building, no one would even bat an eye! Well, they might end up going viral on Twitter or something. Also: Mot- I remember Committed! It was such a dark, quirky show. Tom Poston as an emphysemic old clown living in the closet of your apartment is certainly something you don't forget! I remember Bob Newhart having a cameo on the show and a guest appearance from Valerie Harper
  10. Lucy on the Big Screen on Her Birthday!

    I can't thank the folks behind this event enough! Everyone in my crew who had one wore some type of Lucy shirt. I had on my Fred t-shirt- purchased at the Jamestown gift shop, of course. For the duration of "Redhead Tales" and the start of "TV Commercial", the image wasn't properly aligned on the screen, but thankfully someone stepped out and said something pretty quickly. Towards the end there were a few glitches, but other than that, everything was great. I immediately grimaced when Scott Mantz appeared before the presentation. This might sound mean, but there's something about that guy's demeanor- and certainly his movie reviews- that sets my tith on edge like few others can do. The crowd I was in didn't applaud much, but boy did we all laugh! I can't remember the last time I laughed so much. You can see these episodes a hundred times and they'll still leave you on the floor. After the screening, when I was talking to some friends who hadn't attended, one of them commented on how I was acting "eerily cheerful". Three hours of Lucy will do that to a person! My souvenir poster now has a very proud place on my wall.
  11. Lucy on the Big Screen on Her Birthday!

    As thrilled as I am for this event, I gotta say that I would take the colorized "Dancing Star"/"Harpo Marx" over "Pioneer Women" any day. I really hope that the episodes are shown in series order. The Fathom Events website lists "Pioneer" at the end, and I really think it's the weakest of the selections. Granted, all of the episodes are amazing so I really shouldn't complain. Incidentally, while perusing the internet for articles about today's feature presentation, I found this new piece from Decider, which I simultaneously hate and love: https://decider.com/2019/08/06/i-love-lucy-is-the-broad-city-of-the-50s/ Right off the bat- it feels like the writer is trying to spoon-feed ILL to those dreaded Millennials. It's just bizarre to me that he thinks something like Broad City would be more recognizable than I Love Lucy. I'm a part of "Generation Z", and I don't know anybody who watches Broad City, but I could rattle off a ton of people my age and a bit older who are Lucy fans (not as hardcore as myself, but fans nonetheless). At the same time, I love the fact that he attempts to make the show relatable to younger folks; using an underrated episode to boot!
  12. Thanks! I totally forgot that I made a note to watch the show- seven months ago! Heck, if it was good enough for Lucy, it's certainly good enough for me!
  13. Lucy on the Big Screen on Her Birthday!

    I rounded up a group of about 10 friends and fans heading to our closest theater here in Michigan tomorrow! Between this and the impending LWL release, this is probably the biggest year for a Lucy fan since the I Love Lucy "Ultimate Editions" came out on Blu Ray (still waiting on the rest of them, though).
  14. Crazy! We no longer get Hallmark, but I remember back in circa 2009 when the show made its debut on the network. School got done at 3:30, and I believe the show aired at 4:00. Of course the day that it was premiering, our last class of the day (Social Studies) got held back after the bell because we were all misbehaving. I went on a minor tirade about how I had to get home so I could see "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub". I made it home in time, and barely 30 seconds in, the signal got messed up and the picture froze with Lucy and Ethel still at the kitchen sink. You can imagine what a disaster this was. Nowadays, I could pull out my DVD or Blu Ray or go onto a streaming service with no problems, but a decade ago, the struggle to see every episode felt unconquerable. It seems like Hallmark is trying to change gears with its programming. Certainly what they're most known for at the moment are their atrocious holiday movies, which are pretty popular with girls my age and slightly older. It's odd that they'd replace Lucy with The Middle, which is a wonderful show, but it doesn't really skew to the same demographic that watches schlock like "Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane" (yes, I've seen it; the things we do for love!). Perhaps they're looking to score with the midwestern housewife demographic? They'd certainly relate to The Middle. The Golden Girls, like Lucy, is an evergreen cash cow in syndication. Unless Lucy had aired on Hallmark previously, I think TGG was on the channel before she was. I distinctly remember promos voiced by Betty White showing up around 2008 announcing the impending arrival of the show. I had heard the title but had never seen it, and had no idea what it was about. Per my recollection, I assumed it was a drama series! Its premiere was marked with an all-day marathon that we watched one day in the summer. They had a hefty selection of episodes that concluded with the finale. By the time we reached it, I felt like I'd been with the series for all seven years and was completely hooked. They ran the same group of episodes again immediately after, and we sat through the whole thing one more time. I didn't realize it then, but it was my introduction to Betty and Bea and all of those wonderful performers. It definitely helped to cement my love for multi-camera sitcoms. Harrison's post has made me realize how much nostalgia I feel for the late 2000s Hallmark Channel. Around 2009-10 (when I was nine or ten!) it was a real treat to get up early every morning in the summer and watch Golden Girls from 9:00-11, Lucy from 11:00-12, and Who's The Boss from 12:00-2! Of course, this wasn't every day; I did go outside and play with friends for goodness' sakes, but those three shows on Hallmark are definitely a "hallmark" of my childhood. Goodness, that was a long-ass post!
  15. "Ladies Who Lunch (aka 'Stritchie Doesn't Live Here Anymore')", the unaired crossover between LWL and Ellen Burstyn, in which Lucy Barker's old pal Sydney Brewer (Stritch) comes to visit after being kicked out of her daughter's house when she offended a dinner guest (in a previous Ellen Burstyn episode featuring Marge Champion) and tries to help out at the hardware store while she gets back into Ellen's good graces. Lucy sets up a luncheon with Sydney and Ellen, but doesn't tell either one who the other guests will be. She brings along Curtis for support, but the whole thing ends in a food fight with Curtis getting covered in pea soup, provided by a sassy waitress (Diane Ladd). "One... Two... Three..." Gary Morton's entire warmup act, complete with unresponsive audience reactions! Select episodes available in CrummyVision™, so new viewers can enjoy the series in the fuzzy, blurry, near-unwatchable quality that so many fans have had to deal with for three decades!
  16. Lucy on Home Video

    I concur about that great Here’s Lucy set- I think I bought it used at FYE awhile ago. I really do revisit those bonus features a lot. The sales tape bloopers with Lucy and Bob are a hoot!
  17. All great, but this one I would actually love to see. How about the alleged alternate theme song penned by Lucie? I’d love to hear that some day.
  18. Here's Lucy 50th Anniversary

    As usual, you have excellent observations, Neil! When I think of the best Gale episodes, the two that immediately come to mind are "With Viv as a Friend..." and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do". Probably because they hit the crux of the Lucy/Gale relationship that existed and developed over almost forty years. Yes, he gets frustrated with her, and she gets mad at him, but in the end, they have a genuine bond that keeps them together. IMO, "Breaking Up" can be seen as a great denouement to their legendary conflict. I'm sure it wasn't planned as such, but knowing that they finally acknowledge their reliance on one another so close to "The End" makes it all the more heartwarming. Then again, maybe I'm just really pumped that Life With Lucy is coming to DVD! Another one I'd throw in would be "Boss of The Year", for similar reasons. It's odd that when I try to think of great Gale episodes, they're all on the sentimental side. He really was an unsung hero, since a lot of his great moments came at the service of Lucy's main plots.
  19. Complete "Lucy Show" DVD $26.00

    Since I'm a cheapskate like my namesake, I'd normally be all for this deal, however... I agree with Harrison that these releases just aren't up to snuff. It's great for a show that you like a lot but don't watch all the time; for example I have "budget" releases of Andy Griffith, NewsRadio, Laverne & Shirley, Mad About You, and Three's Company, but I wouldn't want to complete my Lucy Show collection with this, knowing how it would be packaged. Yes, I am shamefully admitting that I only own seasons 2-4 of TLS on DVD and haven't bothered to pick up the other seasons since. I know, I know, for someone with a steady income I have no reason not to have completed my collection by now. However, this post has given me inspiration, and I'll probably be logging onto Amazon within a matter of minutes.

    Looking at Prince's stage credits seems even more staggering now that he's gone. He was a driving force behind shows that fit into everyone's tastes. All of the people who have been sharing the bootleg video of his original staging of Rainbow High from Evita certainly doesn't help my cranky anti-Lloyd Weber mindset. The guy really was the genius of theater personified.

    Really hard to believe. Very few people in the theater have had a career more successful than Hal- maybe George Abbott? Nevertheless it’s unreal to think that he’s not around.
  22. Now THERE’S a hot take!! I guess I do agree that Barnsdahl was enough of a key player that he could be considered an official cast member- I believe he even gets mentioned in Mooney’s introductory episodes. I think I read somewhere that Charles Lane was phased out because he couldn’t remember his lines or something, which seems odd considering how prolific he was.
  23. I wouldn’t count Barnsdahl as an official character, even though he was intended to be. Carol “Bradford” Burnett appeared in as many episodes as Lane did.
  24. Do we know at this point who actually owns LWL? I thought it was caught up between the Arnaz's and Aaron Spelling Productions, and the fact that CBS is releasing a show that aired on ABC has me even more confused. At the very least, when CBS put out ILL and TLS, they gave them wonderful treatments, so that's something to hope for. Does this mean we'll finally get a restored Blu-Ray set of The Ellen Burstyn Show
  25. Since I'm not nearly as learned as a lot of you other Loungers, I'd like to know what you would consider to be the best books about Lucy and Lucy-related things. I already have a copy of Love, Lucy, and my dad's ragged old paperback of A Book, but other than that, I'm totally dry on any other biographies. I'd especially like to learn more about Viv and Bill. The first Lucy book I ever had was that big coffee table thing by Michael McClay. I flipped through it so much that some of the pages literally fell out. It was great to have in the days before I owned complete seasons of the show. All of the big, full-page pictures of episodes I'd never seen completely worked up my imagination. Nowadays, I really take for granted how much access I have to everything. Anyway, what are the must-read books for any Lucy fan? Can someone suggest a definitive Sid Gould biography (there are so many!)