The Beatles - The First U.S. Visit

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In February of 1964, Beatlemania began to spread to American shores with the first U.S. visit of John, Paul, George and Ringo to play a short American tour and make two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Noted documentary filmmakers David and Albert Maysles had the presence of mind to realize there was a story here, and they followed The Beatles with their cameras throughout their first American adventure, capturing the magic of their music and the glorious madness that was ...
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Overview

In February of 1964, Beatlemania began to spread to American shores with the first U.S. visit of John, Paul, George and Ringo to play a short American tour and make two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Noted documentary filmmakers David and Albert Maysles had the presence of mind to realize there was a story here, and they followed The Beatles with their cameras throughout their first American adventure, capturing the magic of their music and the glorious madness that was Beatlemania.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by Albert Maysles; The Making of the First U.S. Visit featurette.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
On February 9, 1964, approximately 73 million people -- about 30 percent of the U.S. population -- tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show to witness the sparks igniting Beatlemania. In this moment, the Fab Four forever changed the pop-culture landscape, setting a model for the marketing of a pop band on a grand scale. Albert and David Maysles captured the days surrounding this event on film, creating a work that became a blueprint for the rock documentaries to come they went on to make the classic Rolling Stones film Gimme Shelter. Although four decades have elapsed, the film retains its raw energy: It's there in the shrieking girls, in the insectlike swarming of the press, and the simultaneous showmanship and goofy boyishness of the Beatles themselves. Released exactly 40 years after the fact, The Beatles First U.S. Visit DVD contains the entire 81-minute feature, including the entirety of the band's Ed Sullivan performances at this time two in New York and one in Miami, from house cameras rather than the Maysles', as they were not allowed to shoot in the theater. In between are three songs from the Washington Coliseum concert, the group's first Stateside performance. The DVD also offers a new 50-minute piece called "The Making of the First U.S. Visit," featuring previously unreleased footage along with extensive commentary from Albert Maysles. And the camera's intimacy reveals the Fab Four as remarkably human: From moments such as the incredulous boys phoning home upon arrival in their Plaza Hotel suite to Ringo twisting and shouting with a handful of sweaty kids at the Peppermint Lounge, it's maniacally good fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • UPC: 724359934990
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Capitol
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,909

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Sullivan
Technical Credits
Albert Maysles Director, Cinematographer
David Maysles Director, Cinematographer
Kathy Dougherty Director, Editor
Susan Froemke Director, Producer
Neil Aspinall Executive Producer
The Beatles Songwriter
John Lennon Songwriter
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Scene Index

The First U.S. Visit Chapters
  • "Here's what's happening baby -- the Beatles!"
  • The Beatles arrive at JFK -- February 7, 1964
  • Meeting the press in Central Park
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #1)
  • All My Loving
  • Till There Was You
  • She Loves You
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • The Beatles at the Peppermint Lounge
  • The Beatles Arrive in Washington
  • The Washington Coliseum Concert
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • She Loves You
  • Miami
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (Miami)
  • From Me to You
  • This Boy
  • All My Loving
  • Preparing to Leave
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #2)
  • Twist & Shout
  • Please Please Me
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • The Beatles arrive back in the U.K.
  • End credits

The Making of the First U.S. Visit Chapters

  • The Beatles are coming!
  • Ringo, George & John phone home
  • Under siege at the hotel
  • Live in your living room
  • Relaxing at the Peppermint Lounge
  • Heading for Washington
  • Perfect Synchronization
  • Washington Coliseum
  • The Ambassador's ball
  • Back to New York
  • Miami Beach
  • Going home
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Chapters
   Extras
      The Beatles Are Coming!
      Ringo, George & John Phone Home
      Under Siege at the Hotel
      Live in Your Living Room
      Relaxing at the Pepperment Lounge
      Heading for Washington
      Perfect Synchronisation
      Washington Coliseum
      The Ambassador's Ball
      Back to New York
      Miami Beach
      Going Home
      Play Documentary
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      English
      Deutsch
      Español
      Français
      Italiano
      Nederlands
      Português
      Português Brasileiro
      Subtitles Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    A Window into The Lives

    This film is basically a cameraman and sound man following the Beatles around during their first visit to America. There's no narration, no interviews, no pre-packaged concert footage, just a fly-on-the-wall view of the Fab Four during the days when being famous was still new and exciting for them. We see the Beatles sitting in a limo from the airport as a gang of teenage girls descend upon the car. We see their famous first press conference and how they instantly won everyone over, them in a night club dancing, Paul and John with two female fans as they duck away into a bathroom, their not yet jaded encounters with reporters, fans, politicians, and celebrities. We also get a seat view of them performing, and (because the camera wasn't allowed in the Sullivan Theater) a view of their first Ed Sullivan performance from the home of a family.<BR/><BR/>The DVD also contains a recent interview with the original cameraman. This is almost as interesting as the film itself. He talks about the visit from his perspective and the footage that was left out of the original movie (which is also on the DVD).<BR/><BR/>I watched this shortly after I finished reading Bob Spitz's "The Beatles: Biography." Reading the bio really put in context this moment in time. The Fab Four had no idea the fervor they were about to create in the States. They knew they were a local sensation in England and Germany, but when they were on the plane to New York they thought no one in America knew who they were. It was only when they looked out the airplane window at the waiting crowd did they realize their popularity.<BR/><BR/>If you are a fan of the Beatles, this is something you should see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    40 years old and the sound quality is terrific

    Very impressive. The folks at Apple deserve a standing ovation. Music DVDs are worthless without quality sound. This DVD delivers considerably more than expected. The Sullivan performances sound better than DVD recordings 1/10 their age. The Washington DC concert is a bit rough but we can't expect miracles. If you want a DVD of the Beatles early years, this is the one and only.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was 40 years ago today...

    Experience the early days of American Beatlemania the way The Beatles experienced them (without having to outrun thousands of screaming fans). This DVD is a must for fans of the little band from Liverpool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    a great dvd

    u get to see the amazing fab four at their peak singing and killing their fans as they scream to death and u can't blame them they rocked and they still do..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    History!!

    In 2001, when Paul McCartney played at the Concert For New York City,he was introduced by Jim Carrey who said, ''He landed in New York City in 1964 as a Beatle, and it was one of the greatest moments in this city's history.'' Indeed it was! And with this brand-new documentary, the world had a chance to relive the magical moment. I, for one, certainly wouldn't want to blow this opportunity to enjoy the magic of the Ed Sullivan Shows, the humor in the hotel room and the madness on the streets one more time. Plus a fantastic portion of the Washington Coliseum concert and hilarious train scenes, most certainly, get this DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2002

    The Beatles still give me goosebumps 27 years later

    I watched this dvd in awe just last night. 27 years after the fact and I am brought to tears by the genuine novelty and naivity shown in the faces of the fab four as their career was plunged into the American marketplace by their manager Brian Epstein. The rest is history. Sadly, you never saw again that youthful energy these guys exhibited in their first months of instant stardom. We saw them draw away from their fans, change their music and seek private lives. This dvd reminds us why we fell in love with them and why, 27 years later I know every word and every guitar lick by heart. It was the genesis of my musical tastes. Do yourself a favor. Buy this dvd, go get your kids, turn down the lights and show them what beatlemania was all about.

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    Posted December 20, 2009

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