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3.0 out of 5 stars
Could Have Been Even Better, May 26 2004
although its very well made and i did enjoy it, i feel like so much was skipped over..lots of details about the Beatles and their lives..many things were left out..
-talking about early member Stu Sutcliffes death
-more insight into Brian Epstiens vision when he became manager
-dealing with the Beatles in their times and thier relationships with contemporaries (the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys etc.)
Mick Jagger appears many times throughout the documentary but no mention ever about the 2 bands rivalries which is a compelling part of the story
-little talk of the musical progression from the early years through the more complex ablums and how the band got there
-absolutley no mention of their relationships with their wives girlfreinds etc. til disc 8 when they couldnt avoid the "Yoko situation"
-very little talk of thier song writing progress, weve all heard the songs a million times and loved them..but over 8 dvds some stories about the inspiration for songs or how they came about would have been great..(there are a few, Dear Prudence, Hey Jude..but far too few)
-the recording process, no talk of the mess the let it be sessions were and how Phil Spector came in and cleaned things up so to speak
-failure to discuss the fact that Let It Be was released after Abbey Road
-the breakup, the solos albums, etc..all very much glossed over
overall if your a fan id recommend the Anthology, the perforance and news reel footage is great, but it seems like the "story" of the Beatles and their lives is a bit watered down and could have been delved into even more
for my money still the best documentary ive seen on the beatles is The Complete Beatles..about 6 hours shorter but for some reason i didnt get much more out of the 81/2 hr Anthology than i did from the Complete Beatles documentary
it just seemed because the beatles were the producers some things were skipped over, some things were left out.