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The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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A Hard Day's Night may have been The Beatles' first big-screen experience but, as they had become the biggest band in the world by the time of its production, the Moptops were able to ensure it was a bit different from the band-movie norm. "We'd made it clear that we weren't interested in being stuck in one of those nobody-understands-our-music plots," John Lennon would later recall. "The kind of thing where we'd just pop up a couple of times between the action, all smiles and clean shirts, to sing our latest record. Never mind all your pals, how could we have faced each other if we had allowed ourselves to be involved in that kind of movie?"

Instead the quartet recruited a young director named Richard Lester--who had previously worked with the Fab Four's beloved Goons--to make a movie that followed them as they enjoyed and endured the phenomenon that was Beatlemania. "The film wrote itself right in front of our eyes," says Lester. "We just took the dirty bits and cut them out." The result is a frenetic hour and a half inside The Beatles' personal space as they engage in all manner of surreal hi-jinks--more often than not involving Paul's "grandfather" (played by Steptoe and Son's Wilfrid Brambell) while dodging the ever-present horde of screaming fans. Although the result now seems a little dated, there remains an almost heart-breakingly good-natured aura around the foursome's naïve performances while few could argue about the quality of a soundtrack that includes "Can't Buy Me Love", "And I Love Her" and "A Hard Day's Night" itself, to name but a few. Whether the film would have been quite so successful if Lester had followed McCartney's suggestion and called it "Oh, What A Lovely Wart!" will, sadly, never be known. --Clark Collis

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lousy DVD June 21 2005
I have to agree that A HARD DAY'S NIGHT is the Citizen Kane of rock movies. It's funny, charming, cleverly-directed, well-scripted and beautifully shot. Most rock movies are exploitation pieces that showcase a band on the big screen with little regard to story or design. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT stands as a Film in its own right.
What I don't like is the DVD. It's a lousy package. Most unforgiveable is the horrible, muddy, bass-heavy mono mix that sounds like it was produced at the bottom of a swamp. What the hell is this?
My old MPI VHS tape sounds much better than this. The songs were in bright, beautiful stereo. This DVD is an abomination. Does anyone at Miramax or Apple have ears? Does anybody care, or are these corporations just interested in ripping off Beatles fans? Is there no respect for a great film and great music?
Aside from that rant, I have mixed feelings about the extras. We have loads of recollections from supporting actors and bit players. These are entertaining as a whole, but the special features depend on them too much. Where's the director's commentary -- or anybody's? Where's the 50-minute documentary (narrated by Phil Collins) that came out on DVD in the mid-90s, called THE MAKING OF A HARD DAY'S NIGHT?
I would rate this package 5 stars if it offered its customers something intelligent, but sadly this DVD smells of greed. Sure, you need to see A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. I just wish this release did it with class.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Day's Night Nov. 6 2009
The picture is a slight improvement over the SD version, however the DTS Master Audio is a giant leap over the standard DTS version!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deleted Scenes Jan. 5 2010
The picture is fine for such an old movie and the sound is quite good. However,has anybody found the deleted scenes that are advertised on the box?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a clean old movie? Jan. 6 2001
When I was in high school my mom bought a record by this new group The Beatles. I wasn't impressed, give me my 409 and Shutdown. But when A Hard Days Night came out I saw it, not that many rock movies except Elvis back then. After 2 or so times through I left the theater, jwalked accross the street to the music store, bought the sheet music and retired to my guitar. I was hooked! Now ask me who's that little old man and I'll ask back What little old man. I think I have the whole thing memorized. I bought the videotape, my wife gave me the computer CD ( There are some interesting cut scenes), and later she bought me the DVD. I quess I didn't know all the script after all, The DVD version adds the clarity to really follow a great movie. The acting, these aren't actors, but you have to remind yourself of that. Compare it to say the Monkees, argh. The Writing/Directing, an English friend turned me on to the Goon Show and I thought of the movie, then discovered the Goon Show-Lester-Beatle connection and saw where the great scripting and scenes came from. A must see if you were there or want to know what it was like then.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, But Unimaginative Extras Feb. 27 2003
"A Hard Day's Night" is an enjoyably, lighthearted, featherweight comedy/musical, which was the first film from the Beatles. It has a certain charm and spontaneity that was never captured in any of the later Beatles films. The songs, while not their best, are pretty good (especially the title number), and it has one of the best opening credits I can think of.
The two disc DVD shows the movie in good shape, with crisp, sharp, clear, widescreen black and white image. The sound, too, is as good as you could want. The disappointment comes from the second disc of extras. An entire second disc of extras is wasted on overlong interviews with everybody involved in the making of the film that you DON'T care about hearing from. Ooh, a talk with the son of the Beatles' tailor! I'M OVERJOYED! C'mon, couldn't the makers of this even spring for Ringo?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have it Nov. 21 2002
Just received the DVD and....Wow!
The interviews are really inspiring---you really get the idea of what was going on. Just wish that they put in more interviews with Sir George Martin who's my ultimate hero.
For gearheads, the advantage of DVDs giving ice-clear freeze-frames for you to examine is a big plus.
And the movie itself......Wow again!(No wonder they call it the "Citizen Cane" of R'N'R movies even if there are stupid and primitive moments in today's standards.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles April 9 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Awesome movie! DVD was sent in a good time frame. Nothing wrong with the shipper. Any fan of the Beatles and their movies should have this in their collection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not in English
The quality of the picture, sound and overall look of the DVD were great BUT it -the film itself- is not in English although it states both languages in the product description... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet Hiltz
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent shopping experience
Blu-ray arrived on time in excellent condition.
I look forward to buying more blu-rays in the future.
I recommend this blu-ray to every Beatle fan.
Published 4 months ago by Giuseppe Labrocca
5.0 out of 5 stars the Beatles..at their best
Awesome on DVD and blue ray, music sounds much better and of course the pictures as well. If you like the Beatles you have to have this one.
Published 10 months ago by robert siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Beatles
Hard day's Night has aged well, still as vibrant and fun as it was in 1964. The sound is terrific and the picture top quality.
Published 10 months ago by Douglas Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Blue ray
This product is in excellent condition and the
seller was very prompt.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who is
a Beatles fan.
Published 11 months ago by pam tait
3.0 out of 5 stars Music Sounds Too Slow and Mono
I can't believe after all these years that Apple wouldn't include a stereo soundtrack. I have A Hard Day's Night on video, DVD and now Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ringo Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I LOVE the quality, but I was unsatisfied with the packaging, I was expecting the blu ray to come with the glossy cover that slips over it.
Published 17 months ago by Gabriella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blu-ray
The bonus is very interesting, many interviews with people who worked on the movie.

Hard Day's Night is a great movie as seeing the Beatles on their lives in 1964.
Published 17 months ago by MadameC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Excellent disk.
Beatles + blu ray = a great experience. This is a beautiful print of a movie that captures a revolutionary moment in time. Read more
Published on March 3 2012 by John
3.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe it......
I can't believe I'm actually giving such a low rating for something from the Beatles. I was PSYCHED to buy this and couldn't wait to get it in the mail. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2010 by King Arthur
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