I have to agree that A HARD DAY'S NIGHT is the Citizen Kane of rock movies. It's funny, charming, cleverly-directed, well-scripted and beautifully shot. Most rock movies are exploitation pieces that showcase a band on the big screen with little regard to story or design. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT stands as a Film in its own right.
What I don't like is the DVD. It's a lousy package. Most unforgiveable is the horrible, muddy, bass-heavy mono mix that sounds like it was produced at the bottom of a swamp. What the hell is this?
My old MPI VHS tape sounds much better than this. The songs were in bright, beautiful stereo. This DVD is an abomination. Does anyone at Miramax or Apple have ears? Does anybody care, or are these corporations just interested in ripping off Beatles fans? Is there no respect for a great film and great music?
Aside from that rant, I have mixed feelings about the extras. We have loads of recollections from supporting actors and bit players. These are entertaining as a whole, but the special features depend on them too much. Where's the director's commentary -- or anybody's? Where's the 50-minute documentary (narrated by Phil Collins) that came out on DVD in the mid-90s, called THE MAKING OF A HARD DAY'S NIGHT?
I would rate this package 5 stars if it offered its customers something intelligent, but sadly this DVD smells of greed. Sure, you need to see A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. I just wish this release did it with class.