This listing is for The Beatles A Hard Day's Night Miramax Collector's Series DVD.
Actors: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Directors: Richard Lester
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Black & White, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: G - General Audience
Studio: Miramax Entertainment
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
Run Time: 87 minutes
In 1964, the Beatles had just recently exploded onto the American scene with their debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The group's first feature, the Academy Award-nominated "A Hard Day's Night," offered fans their first peek into a day in the life of the Beatles and served to establish the Fab Four on the silver screen, as well as to inspire the music video format. Songs: I'll Cry Instead, A Hard Day's Night, I Should've Known Better, Can't Buy Me Love, If I Fell, And I Love Her, I'm Happy Just to Dance with You, Ringo's Theme (This Boy), Tell Me Why, Don't Bother Me, I Wanna Be Your Man, All My Lovin', She Loves You.
None of the remaining Beatles participated in the DVD supplements for A Hard Day's Night, but you get an abundance of the next best thing. The film's surviving cast and crew members were assembled for an extensive series of retrospective interviews, resulting in a totally fab tapestry of detailed reminiscence. Virtually all of the major and minor players are included, from director Richard Lester and musical director George Martin, to publicists, Beatles' friends, and key offscreen personnel. The result is a vivid portrait of British film production in the early '60s, placing A Hard Day's Night in rich context to further appreciate its groundbreaking audacity. Particularly amusing are vintage clips from the Brit-com Steptoe and Son in a tribute to character actor Wilfrid Brambell (a.k.a. Paul's "very clean" grandfather), and a Ringo remembrance by actor David Janson (from the film's memorable "Ringo's Theme" sequence). Best of all is an interview with Klaus Voorman, whose connection with the Beatles goes back to Hamburg in the early '60s (pre-Beatlemania), and whose affectionate, still-vivid memories add a wonderful touch of intimate nostalgia. Arguably, these and other interviews create a more fan-friendly portrait than the Beatles could've provided. With extensive DVD-ROM features including Alun Owen's original first-draft screenplay and an extensive Web site archive, the Hard Day's Night DVD is definitely not grotty!
Digitally Restored Soundtrack
"Things They Said Today..." - New Promotional Special
"Their Production Will Be Second to None" Interviews With The Filmmakers
"With the Beatles" - Cast
"Working Like a Dog" - The Production Crew
"Busy Working Overtime" - Post Production Crew
"Listen to the Music Playing in Your Head" - Sir George Martin On The HDN Songs
"Such a Clean Old Man!" - Memories Of Wilfrid Brambell
"I've Lost My Little Girl" - Isla Blair Interview
"Taking Testimonial Pictures" - Robert Freeman Interview
"Dressed to the Hilt" - Gordon Millings Interview
"Dealing with 'The Men from the Press'" - Tony Barrow Interview
"They and I Have Memories" - Klaus Voorman Interview
"Hitting the Big Time in the USA" - Sid Bernstein Interview
DVD-ROM FEATURES include: Screenplay Viewer, Reproduction of the Entire First Draft of the Screenplay, A Hard Day's Night Scrapbook, Roundtable Discussions, Web Access
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