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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: June 22 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,023 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Made in 1964 merely to take advantage of widespread Beatlemania in England, A Hard Day's Night was quickly recognized as a brilliant piece of filmmaking. This two-disc collector's edition backs up that judgement. Thanks in no small part to director Richard Lester's genius, the movie's as fresh and innovative today as it seemed upon release, with sharp writing from Alun Owen, hilarious gags, and excellent acting from non-Beatles and Beatles alike. The music's not bad either. The film's all the more remarkable for being shot quickly on a modest budget.

The production of this collector's edition DVD set probably cost as much as the movie itself back in 1964. More than just a fully enhanced digital version of A Hard Day's Night, it features extensive interviews with practically anyone still living who worked on the movie, from child actor David Janson to United Artists studio executive David Picker. More than two hours of material provide fascinating perspective on the making of the movie and the aura surrounding it. The thoroughness of the bonus material further expands the legend of this clever little film and provides insight as to what life was like for the Beatles during this exciting time. --Adem Tepedelen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Allan Tong on June 21 2005
Format: DVD
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William C. Saul on Nov. 6 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The picture is a slight improvement over the SD version, however the DTS Master Audio is a giant leap over the standard DTS version!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 14 2002
Format: DVD
To quote from a review..."The Citizen Kane of Pop Musicals..." What can you say? The film that has never been equaled or reproduced by any rock act. What set the Beatles apart from other bands then and since, is that there were four distinct personalities in the group, and no matter if you liked them or not, the average rock afficionado can name all four members of the band. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT further enhanced this aspect and at the same time made one of the best rock movies of all time. The film is filmed in a black and white, quasi-documentary style, with great innovative camera work by director Richard Lester. Stripped down, it's a musical comedy based on a 'day in the life' of the Beatles as they are preparing for a press conference and rehearsing for an upcoming appearance on a television program in London. Foregoing the traditional musical where a scene is set up to segue into a musical number, the Beatles play themselves and inject musical numbers at random points with great success and fun. Its not like an Elvis movie where he sings to the bad guy after he beats him up, the musical spots are like modern musical videos. Great classic songs like "Can't buy Me Love", "She Loves You", "If I Fell", "And I Love Her", etc.. are used in the film and a good time is had by all. Pretty good natural comedic performances by the Fab Four . A film that's in a league all its own. Fun!!
- - -However, the newly released DVD by Miramax is not a very good in the bells and whistles. It mostly contains interviews from people we don't care about. There should have been deleted scenes and outtakes. Now that would have been better. The most disappointing thing is the soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Bussell on Jan. 6 2001
Format: DVD
When I was in high school my mom bought a record by this new group The Beatles. I wasn't impressed, give me my 409 and Shutdown. But when A Hard Days Night came out I saw it, not that many rock movies except Elvis back then. After 2 or so times through I left the theater, jwalked accross the street to the music store, bought the sheet music and retired to my guitar. I was hooked! Now ask me who's that little old man and I'll ask back What little old man. I think I have the whole thing memorized. I bought the videotape, my wife gave me the computer CD ( There are some interesting cut scenes), and later she bought me the DVD. I quess I didn't know all the script after all, The DVD version adds the clarity to really follow a great movie. The acting, these aren't actors, but you have to remind yourself of that. Compare it to say the Monkees, argh. The Writing/Directing, an English friend turned me on to the Goon Show and I thought of the movie, then discovered the Goon Show-Lester-Beatle connection and saw where the great scripting and scenes came from. A must see if you were there or want to know what it was like then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Dixon Photography on July 23 2002
Format: DVD
I was thirteen or fourteen years old when I first watched A HARD DAY'S NIGHT...
Richard Lester's choice of black and white might have been less of a stroke of genius than a simple budgetary consideration. Be that as it may, it accounts for a great deal of the films ambiance. The Beatles proved to be acting naturals and the rest of the supporting cast were seasoned professionals, albeit better known in the U.K. than in the States.
But it is Lester's use of light that is the films crowning achievement. Harkening back to the classics of the 1930's, virtually every shot is specifically lit and stands on it's own as an exhibit grade still photograph.
The music is the icing on the cake and the way the songs are presented, sometimes as a performance piece ("IF I FELL") and other times as soundtrack ("CAN'T BUY ME LOVE") is noting short of brilliantly innovative.
I've loaned this film out to umpteen friends and they always say that it cuts directly across generations and that their kids become instant fans of the Beatles. Buy it. It bears repeated viewings.
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