Beatles Anthology

Beatles Anthology

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The Beatles Anthology project (ultimately comprising audio, video, and book aspects) initially reached the public during the week of Thanksgiving 1995, with the first of three two-hour television specials broadcast Sunday, November 19, followed by the first of three two-CD sets of outtakes of the group's recordings released Tuesday, November 21. The TV portionSee more details below

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The Beatles Anthology project (ultimately comprising audio, video, and book aspects) initially reached the public during the week of Thanksgiving 1995, with the first of three two-hour television specials broadcast Sunday, November 19, followed by the first of three two-CD sets of outtakes of the group's recordings released Tuesday, November 21. The TV portion continued on Wednesday and concluded on Thanksgiving. The second CD set was released in March 1996, with the third coming in October, while in September the VHS version of this video set was released. (A coffee-table book was published in 2000.) It expanded enormously on the original TV broadcast, which ran six hours including commercials. The home-video version had eight episodes, each running between 71 and 81 minutes, for a total length just short of ten hours, which just about doubled the running time. (The 2003 DVD reissue contains five discs, with two episodes per disc, plus an 81-minute bonus disc containing extra material.) At the longer length, the story is the same, a roughly chronological history of the Beatles from their beginnings in Liverpool, England, to worldwide fame and their breakup at the end of the 1960s. Except for brief newsreel-like recitations, there is no overall narrative, just interviews with the three Beatles then still alive (John Lennon's comments are culled from his numerous press interviews over the years), along with three key associates: Neil Aspinall (who began as their roadie and went on to run their company, Apple); Derek Taylor (their press representative); and George Martin (their record producer). As a video autobiography, the film shares the advantages and disadvantages of autobiographies, in general. On the plus side, there is lots of rare footage of the Beatles performing and, of course, their music is used extensively. On the minus side, there are occasional factual errors; there is little historical perspective (for example, there is no discussion at all of the development of the Beatle haircut and its effect on their career and on men's grooming, though this matter is addressed briefly in one of the segments on the bonus DVD); and, in telling their own story from their own perspective, the Beatles largely ignore other perspectives. They do not, for instance, ask dismissed drummer Pete Best for his side of the story. Lennon's remarks are characteristically incisive, while Paul McCartney comes off as a charming self-promoter, Ringo Starr is relentlessly sunny for the most part, and George Harrison can be smug and sarcastic. The group's history was well-documented on film, and much of that film has been obtained and used, so the viewer gets a good look at what happened. With ten hours to fill, the story unfolds gradually, with frequent stops for full-length musical segments, excerpts from radio shows, and studio chatter. This is not really the place to start in learning the Beatles' story; frequently, the interviewees provide details on a story they assume viewers already know the gist of, rather than explaining the basic facts. But it is, of course, a treasure trove for Beatles fans, providing large amounts of rare and previously unseen audio and video material on the group. The bonus DVD adds to this particularly by providing extra footage of Harrison, McCartney, and Starr together in 1994-1995, reminiscing and playing some impromptu tunes.

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Barnes & Noble
When the Beatles Anthology first aired worldwide in 1995, the miniseries -- paired with the simultaneous release of three double-CD sets that included the first new Beatles songs since the band's 1970 breakup -- played out as a global media event. Although the songs, "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," didn't quite hold up to "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude," the sheer bulk of brilliant material and fascinating tidbits collected in the two projects left most fans delighted. This five-DVD set collects all 8 hours of the original miniseries and adds 81 minutes of bonus features sure to thrill fans old and new -- including footage of Paul, George, and Ringo jamming during breaks in the filming of Anthology and reminiscing about their salad days. For the uninitiated, Beatles Anthology is the most comprehensive video document available on the lives of the Fab Four, spanning virtually every stage of their musical evolution. From the band's days in Liverpool to the height of Beatlemania and into the era of late-'60s psychedelia, few stones are left unturned. Hours of rare interview footage imbue the miniseries with an almost disarming intimacy -- the well-known footage of awestruck, screaming teenage fans is trumped by a probing look at the Beatles' internal dynamic, particularly after the death of John Lennon. Ultimately, Anthology remains the standard bearer for Beatles lore, and even those who only know the music from elevator rides will gain a fuller understanding of the foursome's singular position in the 20th century's most culturally tumultuous decade.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Beatles Anthology project (ultimately comprising audio, video, and book aspects) initially reached the public during the week of Thanksgiving 1995, with the first of three two-hour television specials broadcast Sunday, November 19, followed by the first of three two-CD sets of outtakes of the group's recordings released Tuesday, November 21. The TV portion continued on Wednesday and concluded on Thanksgiving. The second CD set was released in March 1996, with the third coming in October, while in September the VHS version of this video set was released. (A coffee-table book was published in 2000.) It expanded enormously on the original TV broadcast, which ran six hours including commercials. The home-video version had eight episodes, each running between 71 and 81 minutes, for a total length just short of ten hours, which just about doubled the running time. (The 2003 DVD reissue contains five discs, with two episodes per disc, plus an 81-minute bonus disc containing extra material.) At the longer length, the story is the same, a roughly chronological history of the Beatles from their beginnings in Liverpool, England, to worldwide fame and their breakup at the end of the 1960s. Except for brief newsreel-like recitations, there is no overall narrative, just interviews with the three Beatles then still alive (John Lennon's comments are culled from his numerous press interviews over the years), along with three key associates, Neil Aspinall (who began as their roadie and went on to run their company, Apple), Derek Taylor (their press representative), and George Martin (their record producer). As a video autobiography, the film shares the advantages and disadvantages of autobiographies generally. On the plus side, there is lots of rare footage of the Beatles performing, and of course, their music is used extensively. On the minus side, there are occasional factual errors; there is little historical perspective (for example, there is no discussion at all of the development of the Beatle haircut and its effect on their career and on men's grooming, though this matter is addressed briefly in one of the segments on the bonus DVD); and in telling their own story from their own perspective, the Beatles largely ignore other perspectives. They do not, for instance, ask dismissed drummer Pete Best for his side of the story. Lennon's remarks are characteristically incisive, while Paul McCartney comes off as a charming self-promoter; Ringo Starr is relentlessly sunny for the most part, and George Harrison can be smug and sarcastic. The group's history was well-documented on film, and much of that film has been obtained and used, so the viewer gets a good look at what happened. With ten hours to fill, the story unfolds gradually, with frequent stops for full-length musical segments, excerpts from radio shows, and studio chatter. This is not really the place to start in learning the Beatles' story; frequently, the interviewees provide details on a story they assume viewers already know the gist of, rather than explaining the basic facts. But it is, of course, a treasure trove for Beatle fans, providing large amounts of rare and previously unseen audio and video material on the group. The bonus DVD adds to this particularly by providing extra footage of Harrison, McCartney, and Starr together in 1994-1995, reminiscing and playing some impromptu tunes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2003
UPC:
0724349297593
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Capitol
Sound:
[stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
11:14:00
Sales rank:
6,053

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

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Beatles Primary Artist,Performer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episodes 1 & 2
1. Liverpool: The Childhood Years [7:35]
2. Discovering Rock & Roll [11:20]
3. John, Paul & George - The Beginning of the Beatles [5:21]
4. First Recordings 1958-1960 [2:55]
5. Stuart Sutcliffe [3:18]
6. Early Tours [6:58]
7. Pete Best [2:07]
8. Hamburg [13:15]
9. Growing Pains [1:08]
10. Stuart Sutcliffe Leaves [2:07]
11. The Cavern [4:08]
12. Decca Sessions [1:28]
13. George Martin [1:39]
14. Ringo Arrives [4:44]
15. "Love Me Do" [3:12]
16. "Please Please Me" - "We're No. 1" [7:25]
1. Racing Up the Ladder [11:01]
2. Touring Britain - 1963 [11:28]
3. London - 1963 [4:01]
4. Early Television Appearances [3:44]
5. Voice Clips From Abbey Road Studios [4:55]
6. Reflections on Sudden Fame [5:13]
7. Beatlemania [4:40]
8. Royal Variety Performance [9:40]
9. Second Album: "With the Beatles" [9:40]
10. Olympia Theatre, Paris - 1964 [1:22]
11. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Reaches No. 1 in the U.S. [5:49]
Side #2 -- Episodes 3 & 4
1. Arrival in the U.S. - February 1964 [9:57]
2. First Appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show [3:54]
3. The Coliseum Concert - Washington, D.C. [10:28]
4. Reception at the British Embassy [1:06]
5. Miami Beach [3:02]
6. Second Appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show [3:52]
7. Return to England [1:53]
8. "They're Going to Put Us in the Movies!" [3:02]
9. Filming "A Hard Day's Night" [10:52]
10. "In His Own Write" [1:59]
11. World Tour 1964 [14:44]
12. World Premiere of "A Hard Day's Night" [2:13]
13. Liverpool Homecoming [5:42]
1. First Major U.S. Tour - Summer, 1964 [9:09]
2. Meeting Bob Dylan [3:02]
3. The Pressures of Touring [6:12]
4. Feedback - "I Feel Fine" [3:49]
5. Recording "Beatles for Sale" [8:49]
6. Filming "Help!" [14:25]
7. "Yesterday" [5:10]
8. NME Poll Winners' Concert - April 11, 1965 [1:57]
9. George Talks About His Songs [4:08]
10. "Ticket to Ride" [2:42]
11. The Beatles Receive the MBE From the Queen [11:01]
Side #3 -- Episodes 5 & 6
1. Shea Stadium Concert - August 15, 1965 [15:36]
2. Meeting Elvis Presley [5:02]
3. More Tour Pressure [2:31]
4. New Musical Directions: "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" [8:19]
5. "Yellow Submarine" [3:39]
6. "Tomorrow Never Knows" [1:27]
7. Technical Limitations in the Studio [2:54]
8. Lsd [3:15]
9. "Day Tripper" [3:15]
10. "We Can Work it Out" [2:45]
11. Taped TV Promotional Films [1:36]
12. "Paperback Writer" [2:54]
13. "Rain" [2:59]
14. World Tour 1966 [15:25]
1. Trouble in the Philippines [8:33]
2. "Eleanor Rigby" [9:24]
3. Touring Takes its Toll [2:35]
4. The Last Concert - San Francisco, August 19, 1966 [4:51]
5. Individual Directions [5:43]
6. The Making of "Strawberry Fields Forever" [5:49]
7. "Penny Lane" [5:16]
8. "Sgt. Pepper's" [5:34]
9. "A Day in the Life" [10:07]
10. Reaction to "Sgt. Pepper's" [3:06]
11. Drugs Reflect the Times [4:37]
12. "Baby You're a Rich Man" [5:04]
Side #4 -- Episodes 7 & 8
1. Satellite Broadcast of "All You Need Is Love" [10:09]
2. Meeting the Maharishi [4:17]
3. Brian Epstein's Death [8:16]
4. "Magical Mystery Tour" [10:04]
5. "I Am the Walrus" [5:10]
6. "Hello Goodbye" [3:43]
7. The Apple Boutique [2:20]
8. Rishikesh, India [8:41]
9. Apple Records [7:58]
10. "Lady Madonna" [2:26]
11. "Yellow Submarine" [4:03]
12. John Meets Yoko Ono [6:22]
1. The "White" Album [9:22]
2. "Revolution" [3:19]
3. The Apple Boutique Closes [2:49]
4. "Hey Jude" [7:29]
5. Recording at Twickenham Studios [9:51]
6. Billy Preston Sits In [2:58]
7. "The Long and Winding Road" [3:49]
8. The Rooftop Concert January 30, 1969 [10:02]
9. "Let it Be" [3:58]
10. Paul Marries Linda, John Marries Yoko [3:05]
11. "The Ballad of John and Yoko" [2:55]
12. Comments on the Break-Up of the Band [5:29]
13. "Abbey Road" [8:54]
14. "Free As a Bird" [7:48]

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