Dvd Check

DVD CHECK

May 11, 2006|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

I Love Lucy: The Complete Sixth Season

[Paramount] $30

Those who love Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz will have ample opportunity to express their devotion this week as Paramount releases I Love Lucy: The Complete Sixth Season.

Sitcoms have come and gone over the decades, but none has endured quite like I Love Lucy, which premiered on CBS in 1951. The groundbreaking series revolved around ditzy redhead Lucy (Ball), her Cuban-born bandleader husband Ricky Ricardo (Arnaz) and their landlords and best friends, Ethel (Vivian Vance) and Fred (William Frawley) Mertz.

The set features 27 episodes from the final season, episodes of Ball's radio show, My Favorite Husband, original series openings, lost scenes, flubs, the 1956 Christmas show and commentary by Keith Thibodeaux (who played Little Ricky), Barbara Eden, Doris Singleton (who played Caroline Appleby on the series), and writers Madelyn Pugh and Bob Schiller.

The Family Stone

[Fox] $30

The exceptional cast for this engaging holiday '05 release includes Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Craig T. Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson and Rachel McAdams. The DVD includes watchable behind-the-scenes featurettes, a recipe for one of the meals served in the film and two snoozy segments that aired on Fox News Channel. Parker and Mulroney's commentary track is so giggly that they sound as if they had a bit too much eggnog. The only track features pleasant commentary with writer/director Thomas Bezucha, producer Michael London and members of the creative team.

Hoodwinked!

[Weinstein Co.] $30

Clever 3-D animated comedy that's best described as a Rashomon version of Little Red Riding Hood. Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway and Patrick Warburton are among the voice actors. The nifty DVD includes five deleted and extended scenes, a better-than-average production featurette and droll commentary from filmmakers Todd and Cory Edwards.

Modern Romance

[Sony] $15

Albert Brooks plays a - what else? - neurotic movie editor who can't stop breaking up with his beautiful, patient girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold) in this sophisticated 1981 comedy, Brooks co-wrote and directed. George Kennedy, as himself, is a scene-stealer. Unfortunately, the only extra is the theatrical trailer.

Kate & Allie - Season One

[Universal] $30

Susan St. James and Jane Curtin had great chemistry in the popular CBS sitcom that premiered as a midseason replacement in early 1984. The two play divorced friends who move in together with their children. Shag hairstyles and some dreadful shoulder-padded dresses date the series, but the comedy still rings true. Look for a very young Kelsey Grammer in the pilot episode. The DVD also includes retrospective interviews with St. James and executive producer Bill Persky and a not-bad gag reel.

Dinosaurs - The Complete First and Second Season

[Disney] $40

Ambitious but ultimately disappointing comedy series that aired on ABC in the early 1990s - sort of a twist on The Honeymooners and All in the Family set in the dinosaur world. The Jim Henson Co. created the terrific animatronic dinos. The set includes retrospective documentaries.

Coming Tuesday

The Producers, When a Stranger Calls, Duma, Doogal, The White Countess, The Ringer, Something New, Winter Passing, Game 6 and The Great Raid.

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