January 17, 2006

I Love Lucy's Final Season comes to DVD!

Lucy's final season is almost here on DVD! The release date for the Paramount box set, I Love Lucy - The Complete 6th Season, is May 2nd!

The season starts in New York, with the Ricardos still in their apartment with the Mertzes as their landlords. Ricky is opening a new club, and Bob Hope comes to help. This season Lucy also meets Orson Welles, Superman (George Reeves), and Claude Akins in various crazy episodes, while Barbara Eden plays a pretty lady who seems to go after Ricky, Fred, and new friend Ralph Ramsey. Yes, "Ralph Ramsey", who along with wife "Betty" are the new neighbors of the Ricardos when they move to Connecticut halfway through the season.

Before the big move, though, everyone has fun with a trip to Florida and Cuba, where Lucy finally meets Ricky's entire family. There is also lots of fun with Little Ricky while he learns to play drums, gets stage fright, and has a school pageant that draws into the cast his Uncle Fred, Aunt Ethel, big Ricky, and a "witchy" Lucy.

The real-life son of Lucy and Desi, young Desi Arnez Jr., makes a cameo appearance in the show's final regular episode.

The Christmas Episode will be included in this release, thanks to Gregg Oppenheimer (son of I Love Lucy's producer and head writer, Jess Oppenheimer).

The extras on the CBS/Paramount release are:
  • All 27 Season Six Episodes, Magnificently Restored and Digitally Remastered
  • The 1956 Christmas Show
  • Colorized Christmas Show Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries by Keith Thibodeaux ("Little Ricky"), Barbara Eden, Doris Singelton ("Caroline Appleby"), and writers Madelyn Pugn Davis and Bob Schiller
  • Bob Hope Chevy Show Sketch Highlights
  • 5 Episodes of Lucy's Radio Show: My Favorite Husband
  • Flubs
  • Lost Scenes
  • Restored Music
  • Original Series Openings
  • Original Animation
  • Original Cast Commercials
  • Promotional Spot
  • Guest Cast Information
  • English Closed-Captions
  • Spanish Subtitles and Spanish Audio on many episodes

I haven't any news on the Columbia House's I Love Lucy, The Collector's Edition set of DVDs. They usually send the DVD Discs out once per month and then by the time Paramount sales their Box Set, the Columbia House's DVD Set has already been shipped! They usually contain the same material and sometimes the Columbia House set includes more I believe and is sponsored by Gregg Oppenheimer as well. When I find more information on Columbia House's version, I will post it here.

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