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George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Super Deluxe Box Set (2DVD, Blu-ray, CD, 96 page book)


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  • Actors: George Harrison
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Universal Music
  • Release Date: May 1 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IE4DTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,781 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pam J on May 5 2012
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This is a wonderful 4-hour (counting the extras) celebration of George Harrison's life. The historical footage includes clips from various interviews with him, and the new interviews focus on those who knew him best, including immediate family. It even includes some items shot by George himself on video. It's all woven together in a way that keeps the story moving without having to introduce a voice-over narrator. The result is a very intimate and moving portrait of a remarkable and complex man. Unlike Scorsese's earlier study of Bob Dylan (No Direction Home), this one covers Harrison's whole life, giving a remarkable inside view of the Beatles from their early days in Hamburg through their breakup and beyond, and showing how George's musical career continued to develop, along with his spirituality. The director's skill at visual storytelling shines through, and so does his fascination with musicians, but without imposing his own judgments on the events. A superb documentary, one that inspires more laughter and tears than most fictional films.

By the way, contrary to what the Amazon.ca listing says, the aspect ratio of this Blu-ray (and i assume the DVD also) is 1.78:1 anamorphic, although of course much of the older footage was shot in 1.33:1. The sound quality overall is excellent too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19 2012
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It's true that half the film deals with the Beatles years, which has been covered so often, but there's plenty of footage I've never seen before (and I've seen a LOT of Beatles footage). It also shows Harrison's solo career (including the Traveling Wilburys), spirituality, passion for auto racing and film making (including Monty Python), and his family.

Even though it's 3-4 hours, it could easily have been longer. It's not a proper biography in that it doesn't fill in the gaps between periods of time and it assumes you already know much of his history... if you do, the film works well and shows much new footage. I think the film works, in that it captures the essence of Harrison as a person.

Many could argue that the reason we know George is because of the music, and so the film should have far more footage of him performing and recording (for example, a clip of Harrison performing on Saturday Night Live in the late 1970's, or during his Japan tour in 1991, or include some of his unique music videos), stress each of his solo hits (for example, Blow Away, All Those Years Ago, the hits from the Cloud Nine album, etc.), and have far less talking about his film making, auto racing, etc.

Overall, at around $20 I think this film offers much bang for your buck. I also think George deserves to have a comprehensive DVD release of all his videos and concerts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandi Norman on March 14 2013
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I received my DVD yesterday and finally got time alone today to watch it. I was twelve years old when the Beatles hit the Ed Sullivan show. I developed a big crush on George right away and I wrote him a letter that year just before I had my tonsils out. I wanted to let him know that I loved him just in case anything happened to me at the hospital. Just another little girl with a crush, it's almost fifty years later and I still admire him greatly. I still have all of my original Beatles albums, movies and other CD compilations that I have picked up over many years but this is the first thing I have ever had about George. I loved it! I don't imagine Olivia Harrison ever reads Amazon reviews, but if she did I would love to thank her for the final things she said about her husband. I found it very moving. After having a similar experience with my young terminally ill daughter as she died, I know what she was talking about and I'm not surprised at all. It filled me with joy knowing that he achieved what he had been hoping to do. Thank you Olivia and Dhani for sharing this with Georges fans. ♥
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Federico Spraggon on Dec 2 2013
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What a great documentary. Love every minute. It's an historical document of George's evolution. A lotof interviews with other rockstars like Clapton, Petty, McCa, etc Must have if you are a music fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAURENCE MACKENZIE on Oct. 3 2013
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This documentary really resonated with me, as did the music DVD, "Concert for George". Both watching experiences were very emotional. "Material World" has the obvious added benefit of being broad in scope - a fairly comprehensive look at a quiet but complex man who was and is much loved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mjb on May 4 2013
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This is a beautiful study of what it means to be a quiet person. It just happens that the person is George Harrison so the story of his quest for deep meaning in his life is akso the story of The Beatles, told in candid interviews, home movie clips and rarely seen video footage. All assembled with wit and love by Martin Scorcese.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pman on April 29 2013
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Beatles fans will get a better understanding of the quiet Beatle. Entertaining and insightful. A very good depiction of a real person living in the public eye.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craftygrl on Sept. 19 2012
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I learned a lot about George Harrison from this Documentary Movie. There was a lot of background history that I didn't know about and they were very open about their experiences that they had in their lives.
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