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  • Actors: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: June 24 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,788 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester (Help!) and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which re-conceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Special Features

New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options—a monaural soundtrack, as well as stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin. Audio commentary featuring various members of the film’s cast and crew. In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos. You Can’t Do That: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson. Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen, cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, and others. New piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director. The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film (1959), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan. Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s approach to editing. New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years—Volume One. Deleted scenes. Trailers. One Blu-ray and Two DVDs, with all content available in both formats. Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton. More!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Bensley on July 19 2014
Format: Blu-ray

The Feature Film:

An Almost Ideal Black & White Situation 'Picturewise':
Visually speaking, the Criterion Blu-Ray Presentation is positively STUNNING, with amazing depth and clarity, that to my eyes looks akin to viewing a near pristine 35mm Print! This is very simply, the best Visual presentation of this Classic that I've ever seen!

With that said, there are possibly a couple of visually related minor caveats. Upon rechecking my 2002 Miramax DVD, I noticed slightly less cropping on the top of the Screen during the A HARD DAY'S NIGHT Opening Titles at its 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio, than there is with Criterion's 1.75:1 Aspect Ratio Setup, though the former also has marginal cropping on the sides. From what I've read, Films during the early to mid 1960's were commonly released in the UK at the 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio, while 1.75:1 was more common in the U.S. during that same period. Thus, it appears that for the New Restoration, the U.S. Version prevailed. The second is only a possible caveat because I'm not certain that the A WALTER SHENSON PRODUCTION Introduction Card that only appears on the Miramax Version is original, though to my eyes, it does appear to be. In any case, I will state that in my opinion, the Criterion Version does seem to begin a tad abruptly (Only for the lack of any Pre-Opening!), though not enough to be jarring.

Overall Visual Evaluation: 9.5/10. I would have preferred the UK Aspect, and the original United Artists Opening Logo would have also been a nice touch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karve on July 2 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Finally Finally FINALLY!!!!
This movie has finally gotten the attention it so richly deserves.The picture quality is simply stunning. I saw this movie in the theatre when it was released (I was 5 and yes I DO remember it vividly). Any time I've seen the movie on DVD or that thing they laughingly called a Bluray release from a few years ago, it always left me wanting. It just wasn't the same.
Today when I watched this DVD on my 60 inch plasma tv, I was back in that theatre mesmerized by those four young men and that music that has since shaped our world. It was fabulous.
The remixed music in 5.1 is also fabulous. I've read a couple of reviews that said they were a bit disappointed by the lack of '5.1-ness' in the music. However, what everyone needs to keep in mind is that this music was recorded on a simple 4 track system 50 years ago. There's only so much you can do with those limitations without making is sound dumb. I mean, after all, what do you want, the drums behind you with the guitars in front and the voices in the centre?
The only glitch I heard in the music is during 'If I Fell'. at one point near the end, on the line 'Was in vain', Paul's overdub goes off time. I remember reading that there was an edit there because his voice cracked or something during the recording, so perhaps that has something to do with it. It's noticeable, but certainly doesn't ruin the experience.
Congratulations to all on a simply outstanding job...and THANK YOU!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Serious Wilbur on March 25 2014
Format: Blu-ray
For those worried/mad about the high price ($44.90 at the time of this writing), do not worry; this price is the MSRP price for Canada. In the coming days, weeks, and months, will adjust the price. It will go lower. This is a pre-order right now that came available only a few days ago. Amazon will eventually start lowering the price of this film. Just have to wait it out. Another thing to remember is that this is a Criterion Collection release, so expect to pay $30+ for it anyway. So just remain patient; the price will eventually go down.

As for this blu-ray release, a previous blu-ray release (released in 2009 by Alliance) was available, but is now out of print. It had 1080i video and 5.1 DTS HD-MA audio. The video and audio on that release was OK, but could've been better (mostly the video quality).

For this NEW blu-ray release from Criterion, the movie is getting a brand new 4K film restoration and a new 5.1 DTS HD-MA and PCM (uncompressed) mono audio tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 27 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I love this movie and I love the print used. This is the best version I have seen. A hard Days Night was released a couple of years ago on Blu ray but that version does not hold a candle to this one. Besides a bueatful print the music was remixed at Abby Road and the sound is stunning. This also has lots of bonus features including "you can't do that" a documentary hosted by Phil Collins going thru the filming with various interviews of people involved with the film. Even Roger Ebert makes an appearance. This doc has been out of print for years plus there are tons of other features as well and a nice thick softcovered book.
If you have the old one and you are happy with the one you have stick with it. If you want the best you will want this. Oh yea and audio wise you Get Mono, Stereo or 5.1 to pick from.
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