Beatles Anthology

Directed By: Geoff Wonfor

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The Beatles Anthology was originally shown on TV in 1995, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr told The Beatles' story for the first time. The Anthology project was a worldwide sensation spawning not only the TV series and a bestselling book, but also three double-CD sets that each topped the album charts in the USA, plus the songs "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" - the first new Beatles recordings in 25 years.

The Beatles Anthology DVD box set features all of the original eight TV episodes that candidly revealed the story of how the four lads from Liverpool changed everything... but it now features the final chapter; never-released footage of the last jam session of Paul, George and Ringo, playing non-Beatles material.

All 10 hours of the original Anthology series are contained on four DVD discs, plus an additional disc with 81 minutes of Special Features. Nearly all of the material included on this 5th disc has never been seen before.

For years, rumour has been rife among fans of the existence of intimate footage of Paul, George and Ringo jamming together during breaks in the making of the Anthology. This session and other get togethers were filmed over a 12-month period when the three Beatles met in private and at Abbey Road studios. It includes the trio warmly remembering personal moments from their early days, reflecting on how they made their music and footage of them shot in the studio as they recorded "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love."

Technically, the DVDs offer a spectacular audio/visual experience, featuring re-graded picture quality and new audio mastering including 5.1-surround sound and a new stereo PCM soundtrack.


Studio Music Video Dist
SKU 40219474
UPC 724349297593
UPC 14 00724349297593
Format DVD
Release Date 4/1/2003
Rating NR
Sales Rank 2317
Clips And Highlights
Live Concerts
Music (General)
Music Video
Rock And Roll
Editors Note
Note A deluxe, multi-volume chronicle of the complete history of the Beatles, THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY is the definitive documentary, featuring 10 hours of footage culled from interviews, live concerts, studio sessions, feature films, home movies and more. Twenty-five years after the Beatles' breakup, Paul, George, and Ringo reunited to offer new perspectives on their lives and their bitter 1970 separation. ANTHOLOGY traces the roots of the group with striking archival footage and photographs. The collection offers a wealth of unreleased early Beatles material, some of it long presumed lost and some previously available only on bootlegs--from pre-Ringo practice sessions to early-'60s tracks with fabbed-up versions of pop standards like "Ain't She Sweet" and "Besame Mucho." The live side of the band is well represented too, by such unforgettable items as Ringo tearing through "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Boys" at a 1964 TV taping, and John ripping into "Twist & Shout" at the band's 1963 Royal Command Performance.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands, and the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry." (John Lennon to the audience at The Royal Command Performance in 1963)
USA Today "...This Fab Four collection is a permanently valuable bookshelf reference trove and a rapturous docu-musical entertainment. It's also the video event of the year..." 09/06/1996 p.3D
Entertainment Weekly "...The aptly named ANTHOLOGY remains the definitive Beatleography....The doc puts all its stock in the insights from the only men who really knew what it meant to be a Beatle..." 04/11/2003 p.61
Mojo "[A]s candid as you'll get..." 12/01/2004 p.64
Geoff Wonfor
Name Beatles
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Cast & Crew
Klaus Voormann - Cover Concept
Klaus Voormann/Alfons Kiefer - Cover Painting
Richard Ward/The Team - Design/Art Direction
Geoff Wonfor - Director
Fiona Andreanelli/Apple Corps Limited - DVD Packaging Design
Andy Matthews - Editor
Neil Aspinall - Executive Producer
Ascent Media London - Picture Grading & Image Restoration
Chips Chipperfield - Producer
Jonathan Clyde - Producer
Bryony Cranstoun - Production Manager
Bob Smeaton - Series Director/Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID DY-92975
UPC 00724349297593
Number of Discs 5
Running Time 681 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 [4:3]
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Featurettes, Music Videos, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese Subtitled, 5 Discs
Product Attributes
Actor Beatles
Label Capitol Records
Video Format DVD

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