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George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Super Deluxe Box Set) [2DVD + Blu-ray + CD + Book]

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  • Actors: George Harrison
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: May 1 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IE4DTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,691 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 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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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 13 2015
Format: DVD
"Here comes the sun....the smile's returning to their faces." -- George Harrison, 1969

"I want to tell you, my head is filled with things to say." -- George Harrison, 1966

This is the documentary Beatle fans and George Harrison fans have prayed for and long awaited! As others have noted, I, too could have happily watched both installments at one time. Seeing it broken into 2 separate parts had an advantage in that it gave me something to look forward to wataching. This is a brilliant work covering the life and artwork of George Harrison, artist extraordinaire in his multi-faceted glory.

I've said all along that George was all about love. From the time George made his presence known and felt; from the time he was placed in the loving arms of Louise French Harrison and she saw her own intensity looking back at her; from the time Harold Sr. first set eyes on George and his only sister and two older brothers welcomed this "new little Harrison," as Louise French Harrison would later describe George and other new arrivals (nieces, nephews and grandchildren) with much love. Harold Sr. and Louise French were from all accounts a very loving couple who were nuturing to their 4 children. George, surrounded by love from the beginning would live full circle by making a final request that people "love one another."

This documentary portrays the REAL George Harrison and does not degenerate into idolatry. George is shown in many moods, some less than cheery and shown warts, wrinkles, atrocious perm days and all.

George's fellow Wilburys and former Beatle bandmate Paul McCartney and wife Olivia provide the best interviews. I just wish more Harrison family members had been a part of this stellar documentary.
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