Hard Day's Night - 1964 (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Richard Lester

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by Augustsandman on 11/26/2012

A "must have" for Beatle fans

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by Don on 12/3/2012

I grew up with the Beatles. It can be as good as they were.

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The Fab Four from Liverpool--John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr--in their first movie. Nobody expected A Hard Day's Night to be much more than a quick exploitation of a passing musical fad, but when the film opened it immediately seduced the world--even the stuffiest critics fell over themselves in praise (highbrow Dwight Macdonald called it "not only a gay, spontaneous, inventive comedy but it is also as good cinema as I have seen for a long time"). Wisely, screenwriter Alun Owen based his script on the Beatles' actual celebrity at the time, catching them in the delirious early rush of Beatlemania: eluding rampaging fans, killing time on trains and in hotels, appearing on a TV broadcast. American director Richard Lester, influenced by the freestyle French New Wave and British Goon Show humor, whips up a delightfully upbeat circus of perpetual motion. From the opening scene of the mop tops rushing through a train station mobbed by fans, the movie rarely stops for air. Some of the songs are straightforwardly presented, but others ("Can't Buy Me Love," set to the foursome gamboling around an empty field) soar with ingenuity. Above all, the Beatles express their irresistible personalities: droll, deadpan, infectiously cheeky.


Studio Phantom Sound & Vision
SKU 212357239
UPC 065935827481
UPC 14 00065935827481
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/6/2009
Essential Cinema
Live Performances
Music Video
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
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
Richard Lester
Name Ringo Starr
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Name Paul McCartney
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Name George Harrison
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Name John Lennon
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Cast & Crew
George Harrison - Star
Richard Vernon - Star
Kenneth Haigh - Star
Norman Rossington - Star
John Lennon - Star
The Beatles - Star
Eddie Malin - Star
John Junkin - Star
Ringo Starr - Star
Anna Quayle - Star
Victor Spinetti - Star
Paul McCartney - Star
Wilfred Brambell - Star
Alun Owen - Screenwriter
John Lennon - Song Composer/Performer
George Martin - Music Producer
Paul McCartney - Song Composer/Performer
John Jympson - Editor
Gilbert Taylor - Director of Photography
Walter Shenson - Producer
Richard Lester - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1964
UPC 00065935827481
Number of Discs 1
Color B&W
Product Attributes
Actor Ringo Starr|Paul McCartney|George Harrison|John Lennon|Lionel Blair
Director Richard Lester

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