Hard Day's Night

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Bursting with energy and enthusiasm, the first full-length precursor to MTV and VH-1, The Beatles <i>A Hard Day's Night</i>, makes its way to home video... again. But this time it is remastered in all it's original glory and appears for the first time ever on DVD in this Collector's Series 2-Disc set... YOU'LL HEAR &quot;And I Love Her,&quot; &quot;I Should Have Known Better,&quot; &quot;Tell Me Why,&quot; &quot;Can't Buy Me Love,&quot; &quot;If I Fell,&quot; the title track and much more as The Beatles romp through a fresh batch of songs in preparation for a TV special, which takes place shortly after the band conquers America in 1964. YOU'LL SEE Ringo demonstrate his natural acting abilities, John unleash his sarcastic wit, Paul hanging out with his grandfather (&quot;isn't he clean&quot;), and George influencing the youth of tomorrow. But most of all YOU'LL EXPERIENCE the most popular musicians of this era proving that their bigger-than-life personas translate as effortlessly to the big screen as they do to the radio.<p>DISC 1: Contains the remastered movie in its entirety with amazing 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. You'll love the interactive menus on this one. In addition it contains a new documentary about the film including interviews with all the people responsible for creating this masterpiece (I can't believe they are all still alive!). DISC 2: Features something like 20 different full-length interviews (ALL NEW!) with the filmmakers, cast, and crew including Director Richard Lester and Musical Director Sir George Martin!

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Act Naturally

by Doug M. on 9/9/2002

Bursting with energy and enthusiasm, the first full-length precursor to MTV and VH-1, The Beatles <i>A Hard Day's Night</i>, makes its way to home video... again. But this time it is remastered in all it's original glory and appears for the first time ever on DVD in this Collector's Series 2-Disc set... YOU'LL HEAR &quot;And I Love Her,&quot; &quot;I Should Have Known Better,&quot; &quot;Tell Me Why,&quot; &quot;Can't Buy Me Love,&quot; &quot;If I Fell,&quot; the title track and much more as The Beatles romp through a fresh batch of songs in preparation for a TV special, which takes place shortly after the band conquers America in 1964. YOU'LL SEE Ringo demonstrate his natural acting abilities, John unleash his sarcastic wit, Paul hanging out with his grandfather (&quot;isn't he clean&quot;), and George influencing the youth of tomorrow. But most of all YOU'LL EXPERIENCE the most popular musicians of this era proving that their bigger-than-life personas translate as effortlessly to the big screen as they do to the radio.<p>DISC 1: Contains the remastered movie in its entirety with amazing 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. You'll love the interactive menus on this one. In addition it contains a new documentary about the film including interviews with all the people responsible for creating this masterpiece (I can't believe they are all still alive!). DISC 2: Features something like 20 different full-length interviews (ALL NEW!) with the filmmakers, cast, and crew including Director Richard Lester and Musical Director Sir George Martin! Read More

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Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except for Me...

by Bob Amsk on 9/22/2002

. . . should have been the title to this film because it's extraordinarily open and honest. We get to see the Beatles as they really were in real life: running around the countryside, singing songs and being chased by bad guys. The best part of the movie is definitely when Ringo's drums slide down the dirt mound into the salt deposit in the middle of &quot;Should Have Known Better.&quot; At least they were playing it real loud! Moreover, best Beatle movie around. Read More

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Product Overview

In 1964, The Beatles had just recently exploded onto the American scene with their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The group's first feature film, A Hard Day's Night, offered fans their first peek into a day in the life of The Beatles and served to establish The Fab Four on the silver screen, as well as to inspire the music video format that has become a standard for musicians today. Now, decades later, the band's legendary popularity endures and continues to grow, and A Hard Day's Night joyfully resurrects the excitement of the group's early days.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40170243
UPC 717951004864
UPC 14 00717951004864
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Beatles
Classic
Essential Cinema
Live Performances
Music Video
Recommended
Rock And Roll
Television Shows
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A HARD DAY'S NIGHT presents a fictionalized day in the life of the Beatles as they give a performance on a live television show. Filmed just a month after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, this film--the Beatles' first--introduces us to the unique personalities of each member of the band. The film opens with the Fab Four boarding a train mobbed with adoring young fans (mostly women) as they attempt to travel to the television studio in London. The antics of the band during rehearsals and makeup application provide a large part of the comic material in this feature, though there are other moments of pure hilarity. The unscripted vignette featuring a hangover-suffering Ringo is especially funny, particularly when he is arrested and risks having to miss the broadcast. None of this goes unnoticed by the director of the show, played by Victor Spinetti, who went on to become a recurring cast member in Beatles movies. As the clock ticks away dramatically, our heroes manage to free Ringo from jail and sneak onto the stage in the nick of time, delighted in the knowledge that they have nearly driven the director mad in the process. Arguably the first music video ever made, this faux documentary and its shooting style have been a tremendous influence on nearly every rock and roll feature since.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Are you a mod or a rocker?"--Reporter to Ringo|"Um, no. I'm a mocker."--Ringo (Ringo Starr)
Quote "What would you call that hairstyle you're wearing?"--Reporter to George|"Arthur."--George (George Harrison) to Reporter
Reviews
Premiere "...Helter-skelter glee..." - Recommended 12/01/1995 pp.123-4
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] rapid-fire screenplay and the...Beatles' charismatic acting....Irresistible..." -- Rating: A 10/20/1995 p.75
Total Film "...As a vehicle for the mop-tops' schoolboy humour and all-smiles-and-screams gig, it's infectious stuff..." 05/01/2001 p.100
Hollywood Reporter "...The film is mad, mad and crazy....Imaginative..." 12/01/2000 p.13-52
Los Angeles Times "...A HARD DAY'S NIGHT creates pure, infectious joy. Larking about is what these Beatles do best, pleasure is what they convey..." 12/01/2000 p.C4
Chicago Sun-Times "...It was smart, it was irreverent, it didn't take itself seriously, and it was shot and edited by Richard Lester in an electrifying back-and-white, semi-documentary style..." 10/27/1996 p.5
USA Today "...Groundbreaking..." 09/27/2002 p.16D
Rolling Stone "...Fabness itself....They look prettier than Audrey Hepburn, talk funnier than the Marx Brothers and strut sassier than Brando..." 11/27/2003 p.72
Directors
Richard Lester
Actors
Name Beatles
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
George Harrison - Actor
John Lennon - Actor
Paul McCartney - Actor
Ringo Starr - Actor
Victor Spinetti - Actor
Wilfred Brambell - Actor
Gilbert Taylor - Cinematographer
Richard Lester - Director
John Jympson - Editor
Walter Shenson - Producer
Alun Owen - Screenwriter
John Lennon, Paul McCartney - Song Composers
Alun Owen - Screenplay
Norman Rossington - Actor
Pattie Boyd - Actor
Wilfrid Brambell - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1964
Catalog ID 18301
UPC 00717951004864
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 108 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen&nbsp;&nbsp;1.66:1
Awards
Oscar (1965) George Martin, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment,Alun Owen, Nominee, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen
Golden Laurel (1965) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, 5th Place, Musical Performance, Male,, 3rd Place, Musical
BAFTA Film Award (1965) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Nominee, Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Black & White, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital Stereo, Audio Commentary, Featurettes, Interviews, Deleted Scenes, French, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Beatles
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Village Voice It's the 'Citizen Kane' of jukebox movies
Roger Ebert One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies.
TV Guide ...[a] pop masterpiece...
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