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Disc 1 (96 minutes)
-HELP! Theatrical Movie
-Digitally restored and newly created 5.1 soundtrack.
Disc 2 (57 minutes)
The Beatles in Help! 30 minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew. Includes exclusive behind the scenes footage of The Beatles on set.
- A Missing Scene Featuring Wendy Richard
- The Restoration of Help! An in depth look at the restoration process
- Memories of Help! The cast and crew reminisce
- Theatrical Trailers 2 US trailers and 1 Spanish trailer
- 1965 US Radio Spots - Hidden in disc menus
- Aspect Ratio : 1.75:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 3.78 Ounces
- Item model number : C9DW-10347
- Director : Richard Lester
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : November 6, 2007
- Actors : John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Beatles
- Producers : Walter Shenson
- Studio : Capitol
- ASIN : B000VSBX34
- Writers : Charles Wood, Marc Behm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The director calls Help! a "Pop Art fantasy." It was written at the end of 1964, and the director's intro in the booklet enclosed puts the film into its cultural context. The second intro is by Martin Scorsese, and his insights are well worth having too.
The locations are arbitrary and delightful. I especially loved the scene of the Beatles skiing and playing in the snow in the Austrian Alps. It was also exhilarating to watch them perform on a scrubby beach in the Bahamas and on a field on Salisbury Plain.
Two stars for the plot. Five stars for the Beatles and the film’s production values.
"Help!" on Blu-ray is great Beatles fun that magically transported me to a golden time in my childhood as I watched it. The Beatles were frowned on in my house when I was a kid, but I distinctly remember the delicious vibe that was in the air in America throughout the mid-'60s when everything British had an aura of wonder and freshness about it, from music to fashion to James Bond movies. Viewed with historical and nostalgic hindsight in 2018, "Help!" is a perfect encapsulation and expression of that ambience to me.
I never saw this in a theater in 1965, but caught up with it later at midnight Beatles movie retrospectives during the early '70s. Having seen it on a big screen, I think I can state with modest authority without nit-picking that the experience of seeing it on Blu-ray on my Sony Bravia is pretty darned spectacular, and reasonably close enough to the theater experience as to be delectably enjoyable.
The wit and visual inventiveness of this movie, aside from The Beatles themselves and the terrific songs, are what make it so entertaining. The Swiss Alps scene is still thrilling, with what's unarguably the finest Lennon/McCartney composition of the six or seven represented, "Ticket To Ride." The manic humor and the film both start to drag a bit towards the middle, but the Fabs have such charisma throughout that I didn't lose interest. How nice it is to see a younger John Lennon here, before he met Yoko Ono and proceeded to let it all hang out and become a much harsher and angrier personality in public.
Director Richard Lester and co-star Eleanor Bron were interviewed for the extras for this disc, and so was Wendy Richard, a British actress whose scene was cut. For the first time ever that I can remember, I was fascinated by each and every one of the bonus features on a home video release, and wasn't compelled to fast-forward or skip any of them. The vignette about exactly what was involved in restoring the movie was particularly impressive and inspiring. Hats off to these gentleman, for taking on such a Herculean task and completing it so painstakingly, with obvious love and commitment to posterity.
Guess it's time to upgrade to the Blue-ray version.
Just get it!
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I had forgotten just how much this movie makes you smile. You could say it is a bit daft and dated in parts but then the music starts playing and it's brilliant and once again you are singing along to each track.
If you are after a feelgood movie then you will not go wrong with this
I wonder which of today's pop stars will still be as popular in 50 years time?
'Help' is a very light-hearted show case for the Fab Four containing some really great Beatles songs from the pre Rubber Soul period. Not a great movie by any means, but contains a few genuinely funny moments and some unintended slices of what life was like back in the 1960s. Is it my imagination, or were a number of the scenes highly influential on the Monkees a year or so later?
On a slightly serious note, the upbeat tempo of the title song masks the rather sad message contained in John Lennon's lyrics.
I hadn't seen 'Help' for at least 30 years. It was great to see it again, but it will probably go to the back of the cupboard for another few years.
Five stars for the songs, of course!
possible for the many.
'The Beatles' were of course - the ultimate 'Pop Group'
as in this film the music during the early years was fresh and
uncomplicated, very commercial and loved by all ( well most )
the story line....'Ringo' wearing a sacrificial ring he'd found
and finding himself hunted by those that wanted it back, trouble
being.....he can't get it off to give it back.
It'll make ya' smile now and then for sure......the bonus......of
course is the music itself - it's great.
with songs such as the title track....'Help' a number one, also
'A Ticket to Ride' also a number one, along with enjoyable numbers
such as....'The night before' .....'You've got to hide your love away'
....'I need you' ....'You're going to lose that girl' ...'Another girl'
the seven songs release on side one of the 'Help' album. ( 1965 )
a little tale ... I was lucky enough to see many, many pop idols of
the day on stage live.......however, how many people do you know
that actually turned down the opportunity to see the fab-four perform
a good friend back then had secured tickets to see 'The Beatles' at
a venue around 40 miles away.......great opportunity.
must have been around mid 1963, the group would have been three hits
into their golden career....'Beatle Mania' had already taken hold, in
fact probably the most talked about subject of the time.
though I quite liked their songs released up to that time I wasn't
hooked to be honest.........I didn't take up the chance to see them,
a decision I've had to live with ever since....what an idiot ...eh ?
by the time their fourth and fifth singles charted 'She Loves You' then
'I want to hold your hand' I had woken up, realizing just how good the music
The Music, truly 'Magic'
the memories will come flooding back.