Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Starring Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees along with Steve Martin, George Burns, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Billy Preston and Earth, Wind and Fire performing almost two dozen incredible Beatles covers, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a landmark of pop culture and an all-star musical spectacular for fans of all ages.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I would have given this a 5 star rating, but then I realized it wasn't intended to be a horror film.Published 10 months ago by Dean
great movie I watch it on TV but always miss the begining of the show and now I watch it all.Published 14 months ago by butch
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2013 by Craig Rohatyn
J'ai été agréablement surprise par cette comédie musicale qui réunit sur scène des artistes talentueux qui ont visiblement beaucoup de... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2012 by joanne
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 morePublished on Dec 30 2009 by Deborah Hamilton
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2006 by R. Kirk
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