Iain Softley's Backbeat tells the story of the early years of the Beatles, focusing on John Lennon's friendship with the doomed Stuart Sutcliffe. This collector's edition DVD presents the film in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include an entertaining commentary track from director Iain Softley and actors Ian Hart and Stephen Dorff. Softley and Hart talk of the extensive work that went into the planning of the film. An audio interview with Astrid Kirchner provides a nice augmentation to the film, as does additional interviews with Softley and Hart. A still photo gallery, and footage of the casting sessions round out this excellent release from Focus.
Closed Caption; A Conversation With Astrid Kirchherr; Interviews with director Iain Softley and actor Ian Hart; Iain Softley interview for the Sundance Channel; Deleted scenes; TV featurette; Casting session; Director's essay; Photo gallery
Side #1 -- 1. Main Titles [2:27] 2. "It's Not Me Mate, It's Him" [3:21] 3. "You Call That Art?" [4:23] 4. The Son of a Son of a Sailor [8:27] 5. "I Can't Fight You. You're Wearing a Dress" [15:56] 6. "Everybody Is Talking About You" [7:25] 7. "We're Going to Be Too Big for Our Own Good" [8:37] 8. The Top Ten Club [4:14] 9. "You're the Angriest Person I've Ever Met" [1:59] 10. "We're Being Deported" [7:39] 11. "I Know What John's Going to Say" [2:14] 12. "We Can't Go On Like This" [6:25] 13. "I Want to Be a Painter. I Want the Chance" [4:24] 14. "He Could've Been in the Beatles" [3:59] 15. "I'll Say Hello to Elvis for You" [1:33] 16. Red Paint [3:56] 17. "They're Going to Be Famous" [2:07] 18. I'm Sorry [2:45] 19. A Song for Absent Friends [5:13] 20. End Titles [3:12]
Side #1 -- Scenes Bonus Materials A Conversation With Astrid Kirchherr Deleted Scenes Iain Softley Interview for the Sundance Channel Interview With Iain Softley and Ian Hart Commentary With Director Iain Softley: On Commentary With Director Iain Softley: Off TV Featurette Casting Session Director's Essay Photo Gallery Languages Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Spoken Languages: Français 2.0 Dolby Digital Spoken Languages: Feature Commentary With Director Iain Softley Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English Subtitles: Français Subtitles: Español Subtitles: None Play
"THIS MOVIE IS A HORRIBLE MISREPRESENTATION, AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SEE AN UNBELIEVABLY SLANDEROUS, SUPERFICIAL AND BANAL MOVIE. THE SADDEST THING IS THAT PEOPLE WILL SEE THIS FILM AND THINK THIS IS AN ACCURATE PORTRAYAL OF SUTCLIFFE AND OF LENNON, WHICH IT IS NOT. ONE OF THE WORST THINGS ABOUT THIS FILM IS A BRUTAL FIGHT SCENE THAT IS ENTIRELY UNTRUE AND FABRICATED AND HAS NOT ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH TO IT. IT SHOWS SUTCLIFFE BEATING UP A FRIEND OF HIS GIRLFRIEND, IN A JEALOUS RAGE. I INTERVIEWED A PERSON WHO KNEW STUART THEN, AND THEY STATE THAT THAT FIGHT NEVER OCCURRED, NOTHING EVER EVEN CLOSE TO IT. SUTCLIFFE WAS GENTLE AND NONVIOLENT,ACCORDING TO QUOTES BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM INCLUDING LENNON AND HARRISON IN REAL LIFE, AND THIS FABRICATED UNTRUE SCENE MAKES HIM SEEM LIKE A NUT.
THE FILM MAKES LENNON SEEM LIKE A WHINNY HOMOPHOBIC ANGRY MESS, AND THERE IS NO DELVING INTO THE COMPELLING TRUTHS ABOUT WHY LENNON AND SUTCLIFFE WERE SO COMPATIBLE AND DEEPLY CLOSE AND CARING FRIENDS. SUTCLIFFE WAS A GENTLE ARTIST, HE SOON TIRED OF THE ROCK AND ROLL LIFE, AND WAS A DEEP THINKER, INTELLIGENT, AND CARING AND ANY BIO BOOK ON HIM CLEARLY STATES THAT, AND HIS FRIENDS AND THE BEATLES HAVE MADE MANY QUOTES ABOUT HIS TRUE FASCINATING CHARACTER. THIS FILM IS RUBBISH AND MAKES HIM OUT TO BE A JERK WITH NO REASON TO BE A MOODY JERK.
THE PERFORMANCE BY DORFF AND IAN HART ARE GREAT, BUT THE SCREENPLAY IS GARBAGE. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS ONE,
AND IF YOU WANT TO SEE A MORE REALISTIC VERSION OF SUTCLIFFE, WATCH THE TV BIOPIC CALLED "LENNON"."