February 01, 2009
Lucy & Desi: A Home Move Coming to DVD
Coming February 10th is the release of "Lucy & Desi: A Home Move" on DVD. Prior to this it was only available as VHS. This DVD will contain more information then before as it will contain all previous releases in one DVD.
Desi and Lucy's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, directed and produced this emotional yet honest glimpse at the extraordinary lives of her world-famous parents, highlighted by never-before-seen color family movies along with insightful interviews from family members, business associates and celebrity friends such as Bob Hope. Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special, LUCY & DESI: A HOME MOVIE is a sensitive and absorbing documentary that details the circumstances which brought the immortal twosome together and ultimately drove them apart.
This new DVD release will also include an interview with Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr., outtakes and bloopers, trivia, still gallery, lost Lucy & Desi television appearances, and more.
The Outtakes are all the secrets, bloopers, truths and trivia stories that weren't included previously about life with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
The Interview is a candid 30-minute talk with Lucie and Desi Arnaz, Jr. about growing up with TV's most famous redhead.
The original VHS was produced in 1993 in response to the 1991 movie, "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter", which starred Frances Fisher as Lucille Ball and Maurice Benard as Desi Arnaz. Lucie Arnaz was very much outraged by the portrayal of her parents in this movie believing that the makers of it didn't really go into explaining the reasons behind the couple's tumultuous marriage. This prompted Lucie Arnaz and her husband, Laurince Luckinbill, to create the Emmy Award-winning, Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie, which gave a lot of insight into the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz marriage.
After her mother's death, Lucie had found reels of film that she had never seen before. When she had viewed them she realized that they were old home movies of her parents from early in their marriage until the end. The problem was that there was no sound to any of the footage. Lucie knew that fans would have loved to have seen it so she put this documentary together.
Lucie manages to get as many family members, co-workers, friends and celebrities that knew her parents to speak in this documentary. Interviews, spliced with the home movie footage along with hundreds of photographs--Lucie manages to tell a turbulent story. A story that is not filtered through tabloids and exaggeration--but a natural and raw view of these two people who were so much in love. The admiration and adoration between the two lovers is explained through stories and anecdotes. It proves that "I Love Lucy" was "more than just a title." It starts to where each parent was born to how they got famous to their deaths.
Also, we learn of the deterioration of the marriage and how ugly it actually got between the two. Desi's constant unfaithfulness poisoned the relationship. That, along with his drinking that only escaladed as he was in charge of Desilu, their major TV company, grew in popularity. We understand how painful the marriage has become and how terrible it must have been for everyone involved---especially their children. Lucie and Desi Jr. are on camera speaking about how hard it was to go through times when their parents fought in front of them.
Lucy and Desi eventually moved on with their lives--Lucy returning to television with more sitcoms--while Desi eventually retired. Although they had separate roads, they were so intertwined that they would never really ever part.
The last 10 minutes of this documentary is a home movie shot by Lucie herself of her parents in a pool with their grandson. Although divorced for many years already, watching these two people in the pool--you realized--this wasn't Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz who played Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, but rather: real people.
This is the most real we'll ever see Lucy and Desi. It is a true to form and real telling of the two lovers. This is the best documentary of Lucy and Desi you'll ever see.
Be sure to watch for this DVD, coming February 10th and preorder your copy today at the "Everything Lucy Store" on Everything Lucy!
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