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Yellow Submarine (Widescreen) [Import]
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Beatles ~ Yellow Submarine
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 SutherlandSee all Product Description
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Even though it makes absolutely no sense, "Yellow Submarine" is still a delightfully weird, acid-tripping story that bounces all over a colorful galaxy of hallucinatory nonsense. And yes, it stars the Beatles as heroes riding around in a Yellow Submarine, seeking to defeat the Blue Meanies. No joke.
Under the sea, there is an idyllic land known as Pepperland, where music rules. But then the music-hating Blue Meanies invade, petrifying the people with green apples and sealing away St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Fortunately Old Fred the sailor manages to escape in a yellow submarine, to find help.
He finds it in Liverpool, where he enlists the depressed Ringo, and subsequently Ringo's four buddies John, Paul and George. So the yellow submarine sets out to Pepperland, but encounters many strange dangers along the way -- the Sea of Time, the Sea of Science, a monstrous vacuum, giant stomping boots, the Foothills of the Headlands (which is full of giant heads), the "nowhere man" in his "nowhereland," and the mind-bending Sea of Holes.
But when they get to Pepperland, they find a ruined shell ruled over by the Nazi-like Blue Meanies. Can the Beatles elude petrification/capture, and somehow manage to bring music back to Pepperland?
"Yellow Submarine" has almost no story, and the dialogue often makes little sense. This is a movie that is all about the visuals -- colorful, wild, acid-tripping visuals that seem to be trying to dazzle your eyes.Read more ›
YS also has a number of vivid psychedelic montages that are enhanced by a digitally remastered soundtrack. One of my favorite segments in this film is when the sub enters the Sea of Science. George Harrison's "Only A Northern Song" comes to the forefront on this psychedelic sequence yet it does so in a way that it compliments and even enhances the animation.
Whether you're a Beatles fan or a fan of the animated arts, you will undoubtedly find this an enjoyable movie. YS is a fun film that the whole family will enjoy watching again and again. This is one film you will definitely want to add to your video collection.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on July 24 2013 by Transonic
Can't give 5 stars but the movie is enjoyable. DVD has English subtitles which is good. Lots of pun-based humor. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2011 by Say No More 67
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
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 morePublished on March 14 2005 by Jodi H.
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 morePublished on June 24 2004 by payasyouexit
Turn off your mind
Float down stream
¿Do you wanna watch a movie...
with no blood, no bad words, no nudes, no witchery, no romance, and... Read more
Treat your child to this wonderful and gifted movie. My daughter recently turned 5 and now sings Beatle songs. Read morePublished on May 26 2004
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 morePublished on May 8 2004 by Karen Wassner
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