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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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Stunning, award winning double-feature-length film tribute to one of music's greatest icons. Containing a wealth of previously unreleased material. -Directed by Martin Scorsese -2012 Critics' Choice Award Winner For Best Documentary Feature, Mojo's DVD Of The Year. -Features never-before-seen footage from George Harrison's childhood, throughout his years with the Beatles and solo career. -Features private home videos, photos and never before heard tracks to chronicle the incredible story of the extraordinary man. -Includes interviews with Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia and Dhani Harrison among many others. Track List 1. My Sweet Lord (demo) 2. Run Of The Mill (demo) 3. I'd Have You Any Time (early take) 4. Mama You've Been On My Mind (demo) 5. Let It Be Me (demo) 6. Woman Don't You Cry For Me (early take) 7. Awaiting On You All (early take) 8. Behind That Locked Door (demo) 9. All Things Must Pass (demo) 10. The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) Special Features: 1. George plays the Uke* 2. Here Comes The Sun 3. Dispute and Violence 4. Deep Blue* 5. Paul McCartney interview 6. Jeff Lynne interview 7. Damon Hill interview 8. Growing Up in Liverpool interview* 9. Neil Aspinall interview* 10. The Inner Light interview* 11. Gordon Murray interview* *Exclusive to the Deluxe Edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice! June 10 2013
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Great movie/doc. about a great artist. Nice packaging and photos. The DVD/BluRay seems a little redundant as they offer the same
material on 2 dvds or 1 bluray. The only negative comment on the feature itself was that I thought there could have been more interviews from broader sources, that even if they were not in the feature they could have been included in special features. It seems they missed quite a few people that may have had interesting things to say about our George good or bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine documentary tribute to George May 6 2012
By steve_manassas - Published on Amazon.com
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Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese's documentary on the late Beatle George Harrison, GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, named after the singer's 1973 album of the same name, was released in the U.K. last fall on DVD and Blu-ray, and aired in the U.S. on HBO. Finally, the U.S. DVD/Blu-ray is out, and it is well worth the wait.

The film airs in two parts: Part 1 covers George's life from his Liverpool childhood through the height of Beatlemania and beyond. Part 2 begins with the White Album-era tensions between The Beatles, and the group's eventual split, then focuses on George's solo career and his personal life. There is one significant gap: the documentary seems to skip from his 1974 U.S. tour (essential unseen footage here) to the Traveling Wilburys era, and leaves out his Dark Horse Records solo work from 1976-1992, including his 1987 comeback album Cloud Nine and his 1991 tour of Japan with Eric Clapton. The Dark Horse Years 1976 - 1992 box set does fill these gaps, as does a recently released iPad Multi-Touch e-book on iTunes. The film's most glaring omission is during the segment on John Lennon's murder and its effect on George, which unfortunately does not mention Harrison's wonderful tribute song, "All Those Years Ago," recorded with the other surviving Beatles, which was a #2 hit for George in 1981.

The film does cover Harrison's career as a filmmaker with his company HandMade Films, including such hits as LIFE OF BRIAN and TIME BANDITS, with a brief mention of The Rutles thrown in for good measure, but wisely skips HandMade's Sean Penn/Madonna box office flop, SHANGHAI SURPRISE. It also candidly deals with George's near-fatal 1999 stabbing and his ultimately losing battle with cancer.

There's much archival footage of George throughout, much of it from The Beatles Anthology, including some outtakes, There are highlights of his musical career too, including the best-sounding versions of The Beatles' 1962 Hamburg Star-Club tapes that I have ever heard. Whoever did the remastering on those songs should be hired by Apple for a proper rerelease of those tracks. There are interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Sir George Martin, the late Neil Aspinall, George's lifelong friends Eric Clapton and Ravi Shankar, fellow Wilburys Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, his wife Olivia and son Dhani, race-car drivers Jackie Stewart and Gordon Murray (George loved Formula One racing, and even wrote a song about it ("Faster," from 1979's George Harrison album)), and others. Pattie Boyd Clapton, George's first wife, speaks candidly about their troubled marriage, and her affair with Eric Clapton, who she would subsequently marry and divorce. Even convicted murderer "Crazy Phil" Spector gets into the mix, discussing the production of All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION] and The Concert for Bangladesh (Limited Deluxe Edition) - the interview was probably done before his imprisonment.

Overall, the film is a fine, loving tribute to George, just as the late David L. Wolper's Imagine: John Lennon (Deluxe Edition) was for John.

The Deluxe Edition contains the film on two DVDs, and a single-disc Blu-ray. Both have eleven bonus features, including six (not specifically indicated on the packaging) that are not on the standard DVD or Blu-ray release.

The four musical features are: 1) George playing his ukelele to (it sounds like) the old standard "A Shine on Your Shoes" (uncredited); 2) a soundcheck of the B-side "Deep Blue" from the Concert for Bangladesh; 3) a segment from Abbey Road Studios where George Martin and son Giles "break down" the master of "Here Comes The Sun," much to the delight of Dhani Harrison; and 4) a Shankar Family and Friends instrumental called "Dispute and Violence," recorded live during the 1974 U.S. tour.

The seven interview segments include pieces on George's growing up in Liverpool, George describing the origins of the poem "The Inner Light," which became the basis for his first Beatles B-side, and interviews with Paul McCartney, Neil Aspinall, Jeff Lynne, and race car drivers Gordon Murray and Damon Hill.

The sort-of soundtrack CD, also available separately as Early Takes Volume 1: Music From The Martin Scorsese Picture Living In The Material World, consists of 10 Harrison demos and alternate takes, most, if not all, from the early-to-mid-1970s.

The four discs are housed in a deluxe gatefold book with a Hamburg-era photo of George on the front cover, and a Linda McCartney photo of George (probably late '60s or early '70s) on the back cover. There are also two stand-alone photos, one from Hamburg, and the other from the mid-'60s, with an easel included, as well as a soft-cover 96-page book, which is an abridged version of the hardback book George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Casual fans who already own the book and don't care about the DVD/Blu-ray extras may want to purchase the standard Blu-ray or DVD editions, and buy the EARLY TAKES CD separately. But for fans who want it all in one felt swoop, this Deluxe Edition is essential.

Happy 70th birthday, George, wherever you are. I hope Olivia is planning a nice tribute (February 25, 2013).
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Harrison - Living In the Material World June 20 2012
By me the reviewer? - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this complete set of George Harrison Living In The Material World because I wanted to have everything that was released for this film. I did buy the original hard back book Living In The Material World which is fabulous, but I wish that version of the book had been released in this set rather than the shortened version.

Almost two thirds of the film is about George when he was in the Beatles and the rest of the film is about him after the Beatles. Its too bad they didn't cover his life and solo career in as much detail as they did when he was a Beatle. It is almost like he did the All Things Must Pass LP and The Concert For Bengla Desh (concert/film/LP) then didn't do much after that. He toured the United States in 1974 and toured Japan in 1991 which they didn't cover very much. They didn't cover most of the records he released through out his life, but they did cover when he was in the Traveling Wilburys. One of the coolest things in the film was seeing when George and Paul signed paperwork ending the Beatles.

Yes, there was so much of his life from 1961 through 1970, but it would have been nice to see, hear and know what he did for the rest of his 30 years of life. It would have been nice to have the complete hard back book in this set as well as more music on the CD, but they had to delay the release here in the US because HBO had the rights to show the movie before it was released so to put the hard back book in it would have been like buying the same thing again. This set was released immediately in England and through out parts of the world when it was on HBO in the US, but we had to wait for 6 months to get this release.

I have heard there are plans to release more unreleased music in the future which will be nice since the re-issued CD's didn't have much extra on them. I guess artists and record companies feel we, the consumer, don't want extra tracks (demos or unreleased) are getting a good deal by giving us an extra song (single) or 2 (b-side) when a CD is re-released, but it will be nice to finally get some great demos and alternate mixes.

I must say the one thing I never thought about seeing in this movie. A picture was shown of at a press conference George held in Beverly Hills and low and behold I am right there in the middle of the picture. I must say that makes the entire movie for me.

Anyway, this movie is a must have for any Beatle or George Harrison fan, but maybe just by the hard back book, the movie and the CD is all you need to purchase so you don't have to spend so much money to have everything.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent package! May 5 2012
By Larry Graves - Published on Amazon.com
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Very happy with the deluxe box set. I think the price is great for what you get. My only disappointment is that the bonus interviews are quite short.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Quiet Beatle June 6 2012
By Dan4456 - Published on Amazon.com
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I waited with anticipation for the arrival of the George Harrison DVD/CD deluxe box set and have to say it is one of the most beautiful packages in my collection. My only complaint is with the official documentary. Rarely do I enjoy the bonus features more than the main title but in this case it is the extras, hands down. There is very little in the "Living In the Material World" official film that is revealing or unknown before and the majority of the video material has been previously seen. It is on disc two when the interview subjects get to open up and talk more freely.

The music is outstanding throughout and hearing the songs their early form makes the film desirable. As I mentioned earlier, the packaging, disc two and the Early Takes CD make it worth splurging with your lunch money. I look forward to Early Takes part two.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful packaging, fabulous Biopic! Nov. 1 2013
By M. R. Charboneau - Published on Amazon.com
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Coming from an obsessed Beatle/Dark Horse fan, I was expectedly excited to see this film and even more excited to learn that an album and book were slated to be released with the Blu-Ray Collector's Edition. I'm so happy with this, I know George himself would be sublimely touched by the attention to detail both in Martin Scorsese's film and the production quality of the collectible materials. This was lovingly created and executed. Same could be said for the shipping and condition of the package!

A resounding thanks!
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