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Made in 1964 merely to take advantage of widespread Beatlemania in England, A Hard Day's Night was quickly recognized as a brilliant piece of filmmaking. This two-disc collector's edition backs up that judgement. Thanks in no small part to director Richard Lester's genius, the movie's as fresh and innovative today as it seemed upon release, with sharp writing from Alun Owen, hilarious gags, and excellent acting from non-Beatles and Beatles alike. The music's not bad either. The film's all the more remarkable for being shot quickly on a modest budget.
The production of this collector's edition DVD set probably cost as much as the movie itself back in 1964. More than just a fully enhanced digital version of A Hard Day's Night, it features extensive interviews with practically anyone still living who worked on the movie, from child actor David Janson to United Artists studio executive David Picker. More than two hours of material provide fascinating perspective on the making of the movie and the aura surrounding it. The thoroughness of the bonus material further expands the legend of this clever little film and provides insight as to what life was like for the Beatles during this exciting time. --Adem Tepedelen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
- - -However, the newly released DVD by Miramax is not a very good in the bells and whistles. It mostly contains interviews from people we don't care about. There should have been deleted scenes and outtakes. Now that would have been better. The most disappointing thing is the soundtrack.Read more ›
Richard Lester's choice of black and white might have been less of a stroke of genius than a simple budgetary consideration. Be that as it may, it accounts for a great deal of the films ambiance. The Beatles proved to be acting naturals and the rest of the supporting cast were seasoned professionals, albeit better known in the U.K. than in the States.
But it is Lester's use of light that is the films crowning achievement. Harkening back to the classics of the 1930's, virtually every shot is specifically lit and stands on it's own as an exhibit grade still photograph.
The music is the icing on the cake and the way the songs are presented, sometimes as a performance piece ("IF I FELL") and other times as soundtrack ("CAN'T BUY ME LOVE") is noting short of brilliantly innovative.
I've loaned this film out to umpteen friends and they always say that it cuts directly across generations and that their kids become instant fans of the Beatles. Buy it. It bears repeated viewings.
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received item today. I'm watching it now and it is in great condition.Published 12 months ago by Elaine Kelson
Très satisfait du service rendu.livraison rapide et en bon état.Published 12 months ago by Michel Trudeau
J'ai hâte de recevoir ce film en blu-ray, c'est un très bon film, qui est aussi un document.Published on Oct. 18 2014 by pat
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.Published on April 9 2014 by Athena Hopson
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 morePublished on April 1 2014 by Janet Hiltz
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.