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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
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 An Event Never to be Repeated Feb. 28 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. This movie is just one the best ways to enjoy the music of the Beatles and see many of the best acts, many still performing, with the whole family. This movie is little dated and certainly did not win the academy, but is enjoyable and a definite buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beaucoup de talents réunis Aug. 11 2012
By joanne
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
J'ai été agréablement surprise par cette comédie musicale qui réunit sur scène des artistes talentueux qui ont visiblement beaucoup de plaisir à tenir leur rôle dans ce scénario plein de fantaisie et d'humour. Les chansons des Beatles s'y trouvent sous un nouveau jour et le courant passe entre les frères Gibb et leur co-vedette Peter Frampton qui forment un groupe musical issu de la petite ville de Heartland. C'est un film sur l'importance de l'amour, l'amour de la musique et des instruments qui ont le pouvoir de répandre la joie et de maintenir la vie. Lorsque cet équilibre est menacé par un esprit cupide, c'est l'amour d'une femme qui s'interposera pour sauver de la ruine tout ce qui faisait de Heartland, une ville où il fait bon vivre. Je suis contente d'avoir achetéSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band c'est divertissant et rafraîchissant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT Dec 18 2005
By Richard
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 HAD TO HAVE IT!!! Dec 30 2009
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....probably about 20 times...back in the days before you could get a movie right after it was released...I loved this movie...it is quirkey, funny and the kind of movie humor that would do very well these days...I am surprised it doesn't have more of a cult following...or maybe it does...Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees are hilarious, as is Steve Martin and the many characters in the film. It was fun to see the song characters come to life. THE BEST MUSIC EVER...be sure to watch at the end of the movie for all of the cameo shots of stars singing the last song...in 1978, Leif Garrett was my idol and I always looked forward to seeing him in the end...Beatle Lover Debbie
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, but very enjoyable!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2005 by Eric Charles
2.0 out of 5 stars 25 Years Later, 'Sgt. Pepper' Is Still Painful To Watch
The ficticious place called "Heartland" finds all kinds of musicians coming together in orange, pink, red and purple satin. "Sgt. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by R. Gorham
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. 4 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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