A Hard Day's Night may have been The Beatles' first big-screen experience but, as they had become the biggest band in the world by the time of its production, the Moptops were able to ensure it was a bit different from the band-movie norm. "We'd made it clear that we weren't interested in being stuck in one of those nobody-understands-our-music plots," John Lennon would later recall. "The kind of thing where we'd just pop up a couple of times between the action, all smiles and clean shirts, to sing our latest record. Never mind all your pals, how could we have faced each other if we had allowed ourselves to be involved in that kind of movie?"
Instead the quartet recruited a young director named Richard Lester--who had previously worked with the Fab Four's beloved Goons--to make a movie that followed them as they enjoyed and endured the phenomenon that was Beatlemania. "The film wrote itself right in front of our eyes," says Lester. "We just took the dirty bits and cut them out." The result is a frenetic hour and a half inside The Beatles' personal space as they engage in all manner of surreal hi-jinks--more often than not involving Paul's "grandfather" (played by Steptoe and Son's Wilfrid Brambell) while dodging the ever-present horde of screaming fans. Although the result now seems a little dated, there remains an almost heart-breakingly good-natured aura around the foursome's naïve performances while few could argue about the quality of a soundtrack that includes "Can't Buy Me Love", "And I Love Her" and "A Hard Day's Night" itself, to name but a few. Whether the film would have been quite so successful if Lester had followed McCartney's suggestion and called it "Oh, What A Lovely Wart!" will, sadly, never be known. --Clark Collis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
J'ai hâte de recevoir ce film en blu-ray, c'est un très bon film, qui est aussi un document.Published 10 months ago by pat
Awesome movie! DVD was sent in a good time frame. Nothing wrong with the shipper. Any fan of the Beatles and their movies should have this in their collection.Published 17 months ago by Athena Hopson
The quality of the picture, sound and overall look of the DVD were great BUT it -the film itself- is not in English although it states both languages in the product description... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Janet Hiltz
Blu-ray arrived on time in excellent condition.
I look forward to buying more blu-rays in the future.
I recommend this blu-ray to every Beatle fan.
Awesome on DVD and blue ray, music sounds much better and of course the pictures as well. If you like the Beatles you have to have this one.Published 23 months ago by robert siegel
Hard day's Night has aged well, still as vibrant and fun as it was in 1964. The sound is terrific and the picture top quality.Published 23 months ago by Douglas Foley
This product is in excellent condition and the
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I would recommend this movie to anyone who is
a Beatles fan.