Cast: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz
Release Date: Now Available On Blu-ray
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 10/10
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.
After last year marking the debut Blu-Ray release for the beloved classic series ‘I Love Lucy’ with the ‘Ultimate Season 1’ Blu-Ray release, fans can now rejoice that the impressive debut season release in high definition will no longer be sitting alone on the shelf as CBS & Paramount Home Entertainment now bring us the Blu-Ray release of ‘I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2’ which once again brings this iconic series home in an impressive 5-disc BD set in beautiful high definition, looking and sounding far superior than these episodes ever have before.
Fans of the series and Lucille Ball’s work in general will without question want to be certain to pick up a copy of the ‘I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2’ Blu-Ray release to add to their collections. This jam-packed collection once again brings every episode from the season home with gorgeous high definition video and audio presentations and with two versions of each episode included: with the traditional heart-on-satin openings and closings, as well as once again providing every episode as they were originally broadcast with the animated stick-figure openings and closings in addition to the originally broadcast advertisements. The Ultimate Season 2 Blu-Ray release also includes an impressive collection of bonus content, including ‘I Love Lucy: The Movie’ in high definition, plus a great deal more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this an absolute must own for fans.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation on all of the second seasons episodes (for both the regular and original broadcast editions) utilizing the original 4×3 Full Frame Aspect Ratio in which the series was originally broadcast. The video presentations for both versions of the episodes look outstanding, especially when considering the age of the sources and the quality of the film and storage available at that time. As should be expected, there are naturally some pops along with grain and some other minor imperfections, but nothing that should in any way negatively affect the viewing experience. Overall, these high definition video presentations are sharp, detailed and gorgeous; they should easily please the hardcore fans of the series.
The Blu-Ray release includes a lossless Linear PCM 2.0 dual mono soundtrack on all 31 season two episodes (again on both the regular and original broadcast editions). These lossless soundtracks sound wonderful for the age and recording methods surely used in production. All of the activity is perfectly balanced within the mono soundtrack, never causing any auditory elements or music to conflict with any dialogue occurring simultaneously and delivering a clean and sharp audio presentation on both versions of every episode. Overall, these lossless Linear PCM dual mono soundtracks are truly impressive for what they are and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2’ once again includes a remarkable collection of supplemental material. Included on the release is ‘I Love Lucy: The Movie’ in beautiful high definition, in addition to ‘Lucy on the Radio’ which consists of Audio Only recordings (naturally) for numerous episodes in Lucy’s radio series ‘My Favorite Husband’. We are also treated to multiple versions of the infamous ‘Job Switching’ episode including the standard version, original broadcast version, colorized version, French Canadian version and the original broadcast version with an Audio Commentary recorded in 1991. Also included are a clip from both ‘The Red Skeleton Show’ and the ‘Stars in our Eyes’ special, along with a ‘Missing Scene’ from ‘The Operetta’ not originally broadcast with the episode as a result of time constraints. On top of all those goodies the release also features ‘Season 2 Flashback Sequences’, numerous ‘Flubs’, ‘Guest Star Profiles’, ‘Production Notes’, ‘Photo Galleries’, ‘Behind the Scenes (Audio Book Featurettes)’, a ‘Welcome Little Ricky’ Promo, ‘Meet Richard & Ronald Lee Simmons’, Heart Fund PSA’, plus a rare 1952 Promo which aired during another series, promoting the upcoming second season of ‘I Love Lucy’ and even more!