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Yellow Submarine (Widescreen)

Paul McCartney , George Harrison , George Dunning    G (General Audience)   DVD
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This restored, animated valentine to the Beatles offers viewers the rare chance to see a work that's been substantially improved by its technical facelift, not just supersized with extra footage. Recognizing that its song-studded soundtrack alone makes Yellow Submarine a video annuity, United Artists has lavished a frame-by-frame refurbishment of the original feature, while replacing its original monaural audio tracks with a meticulously reconstructed stereo mix that actually refines legendary original album versions.

What emerges is a vivid time capsule of the late '60s and a minor milestone in animation. The music represents the quartet's zenith--Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The story line, cobbled together by producer Al Brodax and a committee of writers, is a broad, feather-light allegory set in idyllic Pepperland, where the gentle citizens are threatened by the nasty, music-hating Blue Meanies and their surreal arsenal of henchmen, with the Beatles enlisted to thwart the bad guys. Visually, designer Heinz Edelmann mixes the biomorphic squiggles, day-glo palette, and Beardsley-esque portraits of Peter Max with rotoscoped still photographs and film; Edelmann's animated collages also nod to Andy Warhol and Magritte in properly psychedelic fashion, which works wonderfully with such terrific songs.

High orthodox Beatlemaniacs can still grouse that the animated Fab Four are (literally) flat archetypes, but that's missing the sheer bloom of the music or the giddy, campy fun of the visuals. Making sense of the story is second to submerging blissfully in the sights and sounds of this video treat. --Sam Sutherland

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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter is 5 and loves it! July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I never thought the movie was great until my 5 year old started watching it. I am hooked (or re-hooked on the Beatles). The music and images are far better than anything on TV. Sure, squint your eyes (or ears) real hard and find some type of references to the 60's - but the're not there if you simply enjoy the feast.
My daughter now hums the songs, we have a Beatles poster in her room - - an no more Sponge Bob, Scooby Doo, or those Princesses. YEA!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "... and I've got a hole in me pocket!" May 6 2004
Format:DVD
Ah, "Yellow Submarine". I had wanted to see this movie for ages ... and so I was very happy when, last January, my mom and dad got me a copy of this for my birthday. Since I received it, I've watched it several times, and enjoyed each one a little more than the time which came before. If you're a Beatles fan, a music fan, or an animation fan, you need look no further than here if you're at Amazon.com today just searching for something you might like.
While the plot of this movie is really nothing special, the music, visuals, and characters more than make up for it, and so you'll be guaranteed to be entertained whenever you pop this into your dvd player. Basically, a musical, magical, mystical place called Pepperland, located far beneath the ocean waves, is under attack by a race of music-hating creatures called Blue Meanies. One fellow, able to escape Pepperland before the Blue Meanies turned him to stone, sets off to find help for his fellow citizens, and makes his way to Liverpool. There, he (naturally) enlists the assistence of four musicians, and together they journey back to Pepperland in order to fight the Blue Meanie Menace. That's about it.
Along the way, however, they journey through some amazing (and to my knowledge, unknown) places, such as the Sea of Monsters, the Sea of Holes (classic line found here, together with a lot of ... holes ...), and a little (and big) place called Nowhere. This journey up to the arrival in Pepperland is actually my favorite part of the movie. Very episodic and varied, with some interesting sights and some great lines. This is a VERY quotable movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - another weird but enjoyable movie April 29 2004
Format:DVD
Yellow Submarine (1968.) The fourth Beatles movie.
INTRODUCTION:
The first two Beatles films, A Hard Day's Night and Help!, were great movies. Unfortunately, their third film, Magical Mystery Tour, was a disaster! Because of its short length, it didn't count toward the three film contract they had signed. What they came up with to fill the requirement was Yellow Submarine - an ANIMATED film. How does it measure up? Read on and find out.
BASIC PLOT:
Beneath the sea, there is a peaceful kingdom known as Pepperland. But a group of villains known as the Blue Meanies have attacked the kingdom. Fortunately, one member of the society escapes from the attack, and goes out to search for help. Guess who he recruits to save Pepperland.
FILM OPINIONS:
This is a very strange movie - but it's also a very good one. I had my doubts that an animated movie would work, but for the most part it does. I have several complaints about the film, though. First of all, too much time is wasted with music videos and the band's journey back to Pepperland - that time could better have been used to make the battle scenes more entertaining. My second complaint is the character of Jeremy. My god, is this guy annoying. But my biggest complaint? The band members don't do their own voices! In fact the REAL band only appears once in the movie, and that's at the very end of the film. Despite my complaints, this IS a good movie, though.
DVD:
The DVD has some extras, and they're pretty enjoyable, however they aren't anything extremely special. If you've got the old VHS pressing of the movie, there is really no need to get the DVD. The latest reissues of the movie, however, do feature a scene that was cut from the original movie - the Bulldog scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Weird! So Entertaining! Jan. 15 2004
By Andrew
Format:DVD
Oh sure, I knew going in that this was The Beatles, this was "artistic", "psychadelic", and a bit "bizarre", but nothing could ever have prepared me for this. Between the unique animation, the vibrant, colorful worlds, the gaggle of strange creatures, stranger characters, and oddly-visualized Beatles tunes, this movie goes far beyond all expectations, and leaves even the mouth newest to the Beatles hanging wide open.
The story concerns a magical, musical, colorful paradise known as Pepperland. A peaceful place until the day The Blue Meanies, led by one of the most demented, over-the-top villainous freaks around, attack turning the city into a place full of bleakness and despair. In a desperate effort, the plucky hero "Young Fred" escapes in the town's ancient Yellow Submarine to seek help. Help is foud in Liverpool, England in the form of none other than Ringo, John, George, and Paul themselves. The mellow, wisecracking group of singers set out with Fred and brave many strange dangers and obstacles of the sea to save Pepperland and fill it with cheer and music once again.
Despite being a relic from the psychadelic era of the 60's, the movie is still as eye-popping, catchy, and delightful today when elaborate CGI animation reigns. The classic Beatles tunes and unforgettable lines, puns, and characterization essential to any film starring the Beatles combine to ensure the timelessness of the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAYOR SUBMARINE EXPLOSIONS BLUE MEANIES!
"Yellow Submarine" is one of those movies that, for me, is pure nostalgia. It was my first introduction to the Beatles, and one of the first non-Disney animated movies I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in my opinion
You have to respect what the Beatles did with this movie. I would assume if your buying it you have already seen it, in which case there is no reason to convince you of its... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Transonic
5.0 out of 5 stars Finalement
Finalement j'ai pu voir ce dessin animé qui me branche avec l'art Pop, les années hippies, les couleurs voyantes, respirant la beauté et la... Read more
Published on March 22 2012 by Happy
4.0 out of 5 stars More like watching a nice dream or a hallucination
Can't give 5 stars but the movie is enjoyable. DVD has English subtitles which is good. Lots of pun-based humor. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2011 by Say No More 67
5.0 out of 5 stars The last Blue Meanie (Paul Angelis) was seen in 1968.
In my case that was 1969. That's when I saw this in a double billing with Barbarella (1968) at West Point, NY.

The music is great and it brings back a part of history. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars a good laugh!
me and my friends are fans of The Beatles so we figured we'd watch it one night.. haha we died laughing! thier voices are so mellow! Read more
Published on March 14 2005 by Jodi H.
3.0 out of 5 stars The music was great but the movie wasn't
I just don't get why people love the movie. Yes, the music in it is exeltnet and it did introduce three new great Beatles songs (All Together Now, Only a Northern Song, and Hey... Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by payasyouexit
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those that keep the inner child alive
Turn off your mind
Relax and
Float down stream
¿Do you wanna watch a movie...
with no blood, no bad words, no nudes, no witchery, no romance, and... Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Miguel Lescano Cornejo
5.0 out of 5 stars My 5 Year Old Loves The Beatles!
Treat your child to this wonderful and gifted movie. My daughter recently turned 5 and now sings Beatle songs. Read more
Published on May 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Meanie!!!!!!!!!
This movie was great. The animation is old compaired to Finding Nemo. It was a good movie. The same basic story line, evil takes over and then in the end good and love prevail. Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by Karen Wassner
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