I Love Lucy: the Complete Series boxset is currently available at Walmart and Amazon for about $40. However, Amazon has it on backorder currently, while Walmart has it available at its stores (FYI, it cost like $5 more at the Walmart store than it does on Walmart.com, so I recommend buying it on the website and choosing the Pickup option instead).
The first thing I love right away is that finally they released a complete series boxset! I’ve been waiting years for this to come out, and the great part is that it’s the affordable price of only $40… which leads me to believe that I was right, eventually they will colorize the whole series (but not before they milk it for all it’s worth).
See, years ago (like 15 years ago), I bought the whole series as individual seasons when they first came out. It was expensive too! The first season was a boxset that had like 7 DVD cases in it, and cost around $100. Eventually the other seasons came out too, but they were packaged differently, in a more compact way, and cost a lot less too. They repackaged season 1 so that it was uniformed with the other seasons, but there was never anything like this current boxset that was available though.
I had the whole series, and I actually resold most of the seasons on Amazon, but each year the DVDs got less and less costly. I eventually started seeing the individual seasons at Walmart and Amazon for like $29.99, $19.99, $14.99… and the individual seasons now retails around $10 each. A huge difference from when it used to cost about $500 to own the whole series. I’m sure collectors and I Love Lucy fans are probably pissed at having wasted so much money instead of waiting for this boxset to finally be released. I’m glad I resisted re-buying the whole series each time I saw the price drops, because now I own the whole thing for $40.
It comes with 2 DVD cases inside of the box. One case is really thick, and that case holds all the discs from season 1-5, and the second case holds all the disc from season 6-9 (which includes the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour episodes). It’s also in its original format, which is the stick-figure cartoon of Lucy and Ricky (instead of the syndicated heart on a stain background). I absolutely LOVE it!
This is the ultimate DVD release for I Love Lucy fans. Obviously if you already have all of the seasons and completed the series, there’s no reason to buy this — but if you don’t, then definitely buy this! One of the reasons why this is so affordable now is because DVD isn’t what it used to be (even like 10 years ago)… soon, DVDs will be as old news and historical as beepers, VHS, and cassette tapes.
A lot of people rather stream videos now instead — it’s instant, and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost, stolen, or damaged like you do with discs. One thing I do have to mention is that the discs are overlapping each other in the two cases, and I find this to be prone to scratching.
Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the CBS app has episodes of I Love Lucy available for streaming, but it is NOT the complete series (there are a lot of episodes missing, and it’s labeled as “The Best of I Love Lucy Season…”). So while you can watch a lot of the most popular episodes of the show whenever you want as part of those streaming apps, you don’t get every episode. This is definitely worth it if you’re a fan of the show, as the whole series is very affordable right now. I really think that this will sell out by Christmas time (if not before), and you’ll have to buy it on eBay or from a third-party seller on Amazon for like $150 or something.
As an after-thought, I probably should have not gotten the colorized “collection” DVD. It cost $20 and you get 16 episodes… but I have a feeling that CBS is probably going to keep releasing these colorized collections in volumes, then releasing individual colorized seasons, and eventually about 5 or 10 years from now they’ll have the whole series colorized that is available in a box set that cost about $35 (that is, if DVDs are still around 10 years from now). As a huge fan of the show though, the temptation is too great to not buy it whenever something like that comes out though… the worse part is that I know better.
The first release of anything is always more expensive and not as great as later releases. I’m sure if I wait a few more years, the series will be digitally enhanced or remastered, and the coloring process much better quality… and the price more affordable, with the availability to buy the whole series in color in like a compact boxset. As the saying goes, good things are worth waiting for.