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Beatles Anthology
     

Beatles Anthology

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Director: Geoff Wonfor

Cast: The Beatles

 
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

Overview

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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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.

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:
20,750

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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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Beatles Anthology 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you could roll the respective significance of “Citizen Kane,” “Gone With the Wind” and “Lawrence of Arabia” into one film, you might have somewhat of an idea what the Beatles mean to contemporary music. Indeed, while Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly laid the groundwork, the Beatles forever defined the musical and artistic boundaries by which all future pop players would be judged. Indeed, the DVD format has provided modern day audiences with a chance to see why the Fab Four’s legacy is something much more significant than a mere history lesson. “The Beatles Anthology” picks up where the 2002-issued collector’s edition release of “A Hard Day’s Night” left off, providing more insight into the minds and music of the band that put Liverpool on the map. In addition to the in-depth chronology taking viewers on a magical mystery trip through the 1960s, new and never-before-seen material features interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison at Abbey Road Studios in May 1995 as they listen to classic Beatles tracks with producer George Martin. The jewel of the release is additional footage of the three one-time mop tops jamming together in George Harrison’s garden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a true Beatles fan, then this is the collection for you. I had recently got this, and I could barely control myself. I instantly watched it, and I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. The whole story grabs you, and the Beatles themselves become very open and shared all of their memories and the legacy they left behind. The documentary is filled with different concert and television appearances, and also when they were filming their films. The only downside of the anthology is that they don't talk much about their relationships with their girlfriends and wives. It was mostly about the music and the Beatles themselves, though what do you expect? The best thing about this documentary is that every DVD is a different time of their career - the Hamburg Days, the Hard Days Night Days, Sgt. Pepper Days and so forth. It really takes you back to the sixties. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am six-teen years old. the beatles are still one of the greatest bands in the world. NExt to led zeppelin and pink floyd. this anthology set just proves it, its funny entertaining and just plain GOOD or capitol good not exactly plain good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's left to say? I love the fact our kids (now 15 and 12) are huge Beateles Fan too. The music is and always will be timeless. Their story is amazing. Their music videos, a historical trendsetter for others, ie. MTV etc., are fun. The music is always a good time and brings a smile to my face. I'm so grateful to have been bitten with the Beatles bug when I was young back in the late 60s. I never get tired of hearing/viewing their story. As history shows, what they did was meant to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great for any Beatles' fan, no matter the age! This has everything that The Beatles had accomplished in their time. The amazing music they created and the bonds they shared with one another; which goes back to when they were teenagers in Liverpool. Their personal lives and their music are all in one. There are several behind the scenes moments and lengthy interviews with the boys. Also containing many clips from different television shows it is a joy to watch how they had the power to impact the world. This is great for people like me that were not lucky enough to have the chance to see them in the sixties, it really gives you that feel of going back in time; highly recommended.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
It is the autobiography that tells the story of how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr became the world's most famous and influential rock group of all time: The Beatles. What made the Beatles, The Beatles? Unlike the rest of those best-selling authors who wrote the books or made a documentary film (The Compleat Beatles), it is the Beatles themselves who tells their side of the stories in their own words on what it was like being the Beatles. From the beginning of their birth, formation in 1957 to the break-up in 1970, it is the Beatles who describe every details of their life. In addition to the Beatles, George Martin, Neil Aspinall, and Derek Taylor tells their story of what it like to be a part of their history. Where was Pete Best? All of the Beatles songs are included in this documentary. I was disappointed that they didn't play Hey Jude in its entirety. I hope that someday they (EMI/Parlophone/Capitol/Apple) will make a Beatles music video compilation in the near future. If you hadn't seen The Beatles Anthology on ABC-TV in November 1995 or on VH1 Classic, then buy or rent this on DVD. This is how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr became the Beatles. It is a must have collection for Beatles fans like myself. That's how VH1 started Behind the Music. Beatlemania reborn!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contratulations to Neil Aspinall and the entire production team for the Beatles Anthology dvd release. I purchased the boxed set on April 1st and, never having seen the video tape version (I opted to wait for the dvd release) this is without a doubt the definitive documentary on the Beatles By the Beatles themselves and will forever remain a document for what the Beatles gave to world culture. The four discs comprising around ten hours of material (5 hours of new material not seen on the ABC special aired in Nov 1995) is the most comprehensive look at the Beatles ever and will remain so. I was particulary impressed with the footage from England covering 1962-1965 and just the right amount of time is spent on Yoko Ono's entry onto the scene and the beatles breakup. The early years are covered in depth and there's plenty of footage from Shea Stadium concert of 15 Aug 1965. This concert has never been equaled in emotional intensity before or since and it was a pleasure to view the restored footage and hear a cleaned up soundtrack. Hopefully Apple will release the film which originally aired in May 1966. John Lennon's comments about Jesus and the American backlash in the bible belt are covered and the toll that touring took on the Beatles and their subsequent decision to stop touring are covered in depth as well. The death of Brian Epstein and subsequent projects like Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine to Let It Be are all here. With a restored picture and remastered audio (done at Abbey Road) in dolby digital dts surround make this an unbelievable pleasure to watch! The interview footage is fantastic and the bonus material on the 5th disc is outstanding. The Beatles evolved rock and roll/pop music in the sixties in terms of songwriting, arrangments, recording technology and changed Western Culture by being open and experimental enough to go to India and bring back not only the spititual ideology but the musical equivalent, being that the Sitar was introduced to western culture and the masses. Our lives were forever changed. Some nice footage from India is also to be found here. The bonus footage is great as we see Paul, George and Ringo at Abbey Road listening to and discussing some of their original recordings with record producer George Martin. Their jam sessions, recollections, the making of the Free As a Bird video and the footage of them recording this track is outstanding. Also interesting was the comments from the production team and the Real Love video which wasn't included in the original release or tv airing back in 1995. My only complaint here, and I hope neil aspinall is reading this (or will get wind of this) is that their was enough time on the 5th disc to include all the Beatles promotional films. After all, they invented the promo film for pop music, and true Beatle fans (and experts) like myself who read material by Mark Lewisohn, Barry Miles and others which is very detailed and comprehensive want to see this material. For example, there are 3 versions of the Rain promo film and 2 for Paperback Writer as well as 3 versions of Hello Goodby. Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, A day in The Life, Iam the Walrus, All You Need Is Love (the first satelite linkup seen by 350 million people in 30 countries) Hey Jude, Revolution, Ballad Of John And Yoko and Something are all one version promo films however all (or most) on Anthology dissolve into commentary for a few seconds then return to the film. This can be kind of annoying but at the same time all is forgiven as it is the ex-beatles making that commentary!! All in all this is the documentary which will stand the test of all time so future generations will have insight and the pure modesty of the lads that ''wrote the book'' on pop music evolution which gave way to heavy sociological changes in the sixties and seventies which still effect us today in the 21st century. Back to the promo films, it would be nice if Apple released a disc covering every promotional film
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To relive the great fun this band gave us has been immensely enjoyable. I regret I didn't find this earlier.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, what else can I say after the review before me? This anthology is worth every penny you have. I didn't buy it on VHS either and waited until they released it on dvd. If you've read the anthology book, then you already know pretty much the content of the 4 dvds (the 5th is all new stuff- it itself is worth the money you pay for the entire set). They follow eachother nearly word for word (though I think the book tends to elaborate more, such as on each of the boys' experience with drugs and what-not), but it's far better to actually watch and listen to the Beatles tell their story in their own words. Even if you are not a fan of the Beatles (and why on Earth should you not be?) you should still get this dvd set--it is the best insight of the Beatles' impact on the history of music, fashion, 60's youth, and culture in general that is available on film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This anthology is very well constucted! It was nice to see so many behind the scene clips and the lengthy interviews with the Beatles were magnificent! Having lived through the rise of Beatlemania it brought back wonderful memories!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
LA COLLECCION DE LA ANTOLOGIA DE LOS BEATLES EN DVD ES FABULOSA, DIGNA DE LOS FAB-4, LA CALIDAD DE VIDEO Y AUDIO ES INCREIBLE ASI COMO EL CONTENIDO INEDITO, TAMBIEN ME LLAMO LA ATENCION LA REUNION DE LOS TRES TOCANDO JUNTOS EN 1994, GRACIAS, JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE AND RINGO ( GEORGE MARTIN, THANKS TOO)
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I have bootleg copies of almost every Beatles show there is -- Hollywood Bowl, Budokan, Ed Sullivan Shows, Candlestick Park, Morcombe & Wise, etc., but I realize that not everyone is so well off, and not everyone wants to be intimidated by the thought of illegal material. In that case, what do you do? You buy the Anthology set! Not only does it have clips of all concerts mentioned above, and lots more, but also Paul George and Ringo sitting together, talking about old times, sharing some memories. Here are some highlights from this delightful package: -Cavern Club gig (part 1) -bits of the Dezo Home Movies (part 2) -The Rolling Stones doing ''I Wanna Be Your Man'' (part 2) -First US Concert (part 3) -Hollywood Bowl concert (part 4) -Shea Stadium concert (part 5) -the ''Doctor Robert'' story (part 5) -''Paperback Writer'' & ''Rain'' promo films (part 5) -Jimi Hendrix doing ''Sgt. Pepper'' (part 6) -''All You Need is Love'' on the first world-wide satellite hookup (part 7) -naked album cover (part 7) -bits of the rooftop concert (part 8). Buy and enjoy one of the only available non-bootleg Beatles video material!