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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Peter Frampton , Barry Gibb , Michael Schultz    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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If it weren't for a couple of inspired performances, as well as the time-capsule weirdness of it all, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would be definitively unwatchable. This misguided effort to dramatize the classic Beatles album (the Fab Four had nothing to do with it, thank goodness) also includes tunes from other Beatles LPs, strung together in lumbering '70s rock-opera style. Peter Frampton, then at the crest of his brief run at the top, stars as Billy Shears, with the Bee Gees wearing the glossy day-glo band jackets from the Pepper album cover. Earth, Wind & Fire turn in a spirited revamp of "Got to Get You into My Life," and Aerosmith thrash their way through "Come Together"; but most of the performances are pretty awful. Out-and-out novelties include Steve Martin doing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and George Burns (but of course) warbling "Fixing a Hole." This high-profile 1978 flop helped kill the hot streak (Saturday Night Fever, Grease) of record and movie producer Robert Stigwood and sink his RSO movie-music empire. --Robert Horton

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A musical memory that comes to life Oct. 30 2003
By Savant
Format:DVD
As expected in reading the reviews, I find that people either loved or hated this movie. I'd like to look at this movie from two perspectives, first details on the disc itself.
The audio is presented in both DTS & Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. The video is presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 on the dual layer disc. Overall they did a decent job of encoding this title. The video is clean and crisp and only rarely do artefacts appear. An example of how 'bad' this movie could have been without the job done to clean it up can be seen during the close-up of the spinning weather vane near the end of the movie. As it 'transforms' into Billy Preston, if you slow-mo or pause-step though it, you can see an example of artefacts that were not removed during processing. (although it is not noticeable by most people since the scene transitions quickly) Overall, even when zoomed at 2x, the video quality remains good given the age of the content. Audio is clear and dynamic. While effort was put into the video quality, no effort was put into the extras. Just an original trailer (loaded with artefacts) and scene access are provided.
Now on to my opinion of the content. As you may see by looking at other comments, there is a marked difference of opinion about this title. I think the first mistake that some people made was in calling it a movie when it really isn't one. I tend to agree that this is really a time capsule of sorts, giving those who didn't see it when it was released a glimpse into the past. One of the big problems with the critics of this title was in the music. Not because the music was bad, but because the music was old Beatles songs. In many ways some people consider the use of these songs by anyone but the Beatles to be sacrilege.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By George
Format:VHS Tape
To be honest, when this film came out, I turned my nose up at it, thinking it was rediculous for Peter Frampton, and the Bee Gee's to think they could compare to the Beatles. But When I got older, I caught it on T.V. and was very suprised. I think the problem most have with this film, is that it's not really a movie, but more like a video album, or narrated silent movie. I would give it a 5 star rating, but it's only on VHS, in standard format. It needs to be seen in wide screen, cause they had to stretch it to fit the screen, <annoyingly noticable in the begining and end sequences>. I wish it was on widescreen DVD format, cause my VHS version is getting quite worn.
Addendum, now I got my wish it's on DVD
One of the best transfers to 5.1 I have ever heard, they really did it right. Also was transfred from a 99 percent immaculate print of the movie. Only in a couple small 2 second sections can you actually see film wear. <noticeable on the George Burns scene right before Mr Kite, and also in the Billy preston seen near the end. Since I had previously only seen this movie on tv. and standard vhs, I am now discovering things that were chopped out to format it to standard screen. If you love the movie, you will love the DVD. Not much for speacial features, only the trailer, but they put the focus on what matters most, the sound and the video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT Dec 18 2005
By Richard
Format:DVD
A movie that takes strands of Yellow Submarine,Magical Mystery Tour and the entire Sgt Pepper album sounds like a good movie and this is just what this one is.
There's even the idea of the Pepper sleeve via the walkthrough at the end-which includes 2 uncredited Beatles among nearly 100 names who did nothing but walk in a line.
Any movie using Beatles music has to be regarded as worthwhile and this goes hand in hand with the continuation of the Beatles legend and influence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, but very enjoyable! Nov. 21 2005
Format:DVD
I was expecting the worst when I rented this movie, especially from most of the reviews I've read. I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it actually is. If you can get past the silliness & hokeyness of it all, it's a lot of fun. Most of the songs are great covers of Beatles classics. They made excellent choices on the singers (with the exception of George Burns). The only tune from this flick that lasted is Aerosmith's "Come Together" which still regularly plays on rock stations. Steve Martin's hilarious interpretation of 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is one of my fave scenes. I's old-school, goofball, wild and crayzee guy-era Martin at his best! Stargard's version of "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" is good and the scene where they sing it is funny. They look like hookers with mascara that's the disco equivalent of raccoon eyes (ugh! the 70's...). My favorite unintentional hilarity is the BeeGees and Frampton singing "She's so hevaaay! Hevaaaay!". I also noticed some of the sound effects are from Star Wars a year before, and the sound of their limo is the same as the DeLorean from Back to the Future. My mom and I had fun matching the names to the faces of the "Guests of Heartland" in the finale scene. We found most of them. I'm amazed that this film flopped as badly as it did, because it's not that bad! I've seen far worse movies that became hits (ie. Dude Where's My Car?).
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The ficticious place called "Heartland" finds all kinds of musicians coming together in orange, pink, red and purple satin. "Sgt. Pepper" unites all kinds of Beatle tunes into one large ball of cheese. How many careers were ruined by this film? Is it easy to spot that only a handful of people here actually had (any) acting experience out of the hundreds of people in this film? Outside of some brief narration by George Burns, it's ALL song and dance. There's a few good performances here (Aerosmith's "Come Together", Robin Gibb's "Oh Darling", Earth Wind & Fire's "Got To Get You Into My Life", and the Bee Gees' "Golden Slumber")... and one hilarious - Steve Martin singing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" in the green tiled room... but most of this is tedious to get through. THE HEROES: Peter Frampton plays the starring role of Billy Shears (dig those white overalls with "Billy" printed on them). Barry, Robin and Maurice (RIP) Gibb play the roles of the Henderson brothers who help Shears find the stolen instruments. George Burns plays the role of narrator and Mister Kite. Donaled Pleasance (from "Halloween" fame) as BD Hoffler. THE VILLAINS: Alice Cooper as the mean Marvin Sunk (why was his version of "Sun King" omitted on the "Sgt. Pepper" movie soundtrack?). Aerosmith as the infamous (FVB) Future Villain Band. And a wonderful performance by Steve Martin as the evil Dr. Maxwell Edison. In the stands for the Grand Finale, you'll spot numerous "guests" from 1970's world of music... including Tina Turner, Robert Palmer, Hank Williams Jr, Seals & Croft, Sha Na Na, Nils Lofgren, Heart, Leif Garret, Jose Feliciano, Johnny Winter, Wolfman Jack, etc. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Event Never to be Repeated
This is one of the best musicals I have seen. I mean you have Beatles music to start. You have some of the best music and entertainment performers of the time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Craig Rohatyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Beaucoup de talents réunis
J'ai été agréablement surprise par cette comédie musicale qui réunit sur scène des artistes talentueux qui ont visiblement beaucoup de... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2012 by joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars HAD TO HAVE IT!!!
WOW...I can't believe I found it. I got Beatles rock band for xmas, and it reminded me of this movie. When it was released in 1978, I went to see it every weekend.... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2009 by Deborah Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars Pepperland Alive and Well
I can see why this film met with mixed revies upon it's release in 1978. People still wanted The Beatles, and anything short was unacceptable. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2006 by R. Kirk
1.0 out of 5 stars a notoriously rotten movie!
The Beatles had nothing to do with this farce,and it shows.The performances are awful and the movie is just plain silly.
Published on March 9 2004 by Ben W.
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're not a Bee Gees fan, it's not worth your trouble
The Beatles never existed--as far as this film is concerned, anyway. Before watching this movie, you should empty everything you know about the Beatles from your mind. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Mathias
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!
My best friend and I saw this movie for the first time in 1978 at the theater when we were 11 years old. We went back weekend after weekend. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Pamela DeGuire
3.0 out of 5 stars I saw a film today, oh boy
If there was ever a movie that deserved a golden turkey, it was this one. Horribly conceived, garish, acting with the consistency of several small trees and musical numbers so... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars joyful and fun
i first seen sgt peppers when i was 12 years old,and faithfully seen the movie when ever i could.i got married in jan of 1999 and recieved 3 beautiful stepdaughters,and with a... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by larry smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get You Out of my Head
I loved this movie! I was not born during the Beettles time, I love musicals and this one blow my mind. I have been looking for this movie for over a year. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by kimberly greer
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