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The Lucille Ball Specials: Lucy Gets Lucky/Three for Two - DVD Review

2 July 2009 6:51 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Legendary comedienne Lucille Ball co-starred with some equally legendary co-stars in some comedy specials for CBS in the 1970s. Great ones Dean Martin and Jackie Gleason join the redheaded funny lady, but the results are dated though itÂ.s good to see them being released from the vaults. Lucille Ball is nothing short of a legend. I Love Lucy is a comic wonder and just mentioning the name of that show will illicit fond and funny memories from those that have watched it (much the same with the Andy Griffith Show). She had just finished her CBS show HereÂ.s Lucy (1968-1974) and next on her plate was a series of Â.one-offÂ. specials for the network. In the first »

- Jeff Swindoll

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New on DVD: Pedro and Lucy

1 July 2009 8:54 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This week's new DVDs include looks back at two TV pioneers—a gay man with AIDS who made everyone in America feel like they knew someone fighting the disease and a small-screen legend in two specials that have been unavailable to fans for more than 30 years.

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The made-for-tv Pedro makes its way to DVD this week, boasting a script by Milk Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black. It could be argued that both films slightly suffer from the impossibility of finding an actor to be as charismatic as the real-life person depicted—especially when that person has been extensively captured on film in real life—but Alex Loynaz takes a valiant stab at portraying Pedro Zamora, the AIDS activist whose stint on MTV's The Real World made him one of pop culture's most visible gay men. The film definitely benefits from producers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (Quinceañera »

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