Which ”I Love Lucy” set is best?
Which chapters of TV comedy?s Bible According to Lucy do you live by? The Gospels: all 31 episodes of the original show?s season 2, including the candy factory and the birth of Little Ricky? Or Revelations: 24 ”best-loved” episodes of her fourth series, Here?s Lucy, handpicked by children/costars Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., remastered in eye-poking color, stuffed with cameos by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor (that?s Liz?s real Krupp diamond, not a prop, stuck on Lucy?s hand), and a lot funnier than you remember? On novelty value alone, we say the latter; in fact, we have a whole new appreciation for the oeuvre of Gale Gordon.
The Paramount box has trivia, flubs, original openers and closers, and episodes of Ball?s late-?40s radio show, but the Shout! set digs deeper: rehearsal footage, commentary by not only Lucie and Desi Jr. but guests like Carol Burnett and Wayne Newton, and rare tape of Ball?s producer/second husband Gary Morton warming up the crowd. Rare for good reason: He was terrible. ”I Love Lucy”: A- ”Here?s Lucy”: A