My fellow reviewer "Tee" has already outlined the bounty of treasures contained in this DVD, but I'm going to be adding my voice to the choir. Between this DVD from Legend Films, and the extras-laden seasons sets of "I Love Lucy", "The Lucy Show" and "Here's Lucy" distributed by CBS and MPI respectively, we now have access to an entire treasure trove of Lucy memories and laughs that will last a lifetime!
For many of their programmes in the late Fifties, Desilu was sponsored by Westinghouse Electricals (a decidedly more 'family-friendly' option to their first big "I Love Lucy" sponsor, Phillip Morris Cigarettes), giving way to countless promotional spots, many featuring longtime Westinghouse spokeswoman Betty "The Dramatic Sand Test" Furness. Several are included here, and they are a delight. The Lucy skit from "The Victor Borge Show" (directed by Desi and co-starring Gale Gordon) was later recycled for the "Lucy Flies to London" episode of "The Lucy Show". It's even funnier here, with a set which actually lurches and rolls like a real aeroplane in turbulent flight!
The brief promo for "Adventures of a Model" is much appreciated from this corner. This was a sitcom that was especially-tailored by the "Lucy" creators for actress Joanne Dru, but it never got past an initial pilot for the "Colgate Theater". There's also a fun segment from "I've Got a Secret", where Lucy plays havoc with panel members Johnny Carson and Betsy Palmer; Ball is visibly tired (this was during the period when she was on Broadway in "Wildcat") but she soldiers on magnificently.
The colourized versions of the main features are nicely done, but a lot of Lucy's charm in the early days was the high quality of the black-and-white photography. Happily we have the choice, so you can view these classic Lucy moments in whichever format you choose. This will be an essential purchase for the Lucy fans. Recommended.