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"The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit" Re-Release Due Feb. 3, With 51-Min. Documentary


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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted January 25 2004 - 11:33 AM

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Has anyone seen the nearly hour-long featurette that's accompanying the re-release of "The 1st U.S. Visit" DVD?

Worth an upgrade from this version? .....

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#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Paul D G

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Posted January 25 2004 - 06:38 PM

What a horrible cover! What was wrong with the original? It has a nice classy look.

From what I understand there is nothing new on this reissue. Here's an article slamming the hype of the reissue:

http://www.riprense....espublicist.htm

...but I'll wait and see before I dismiss the release completely.

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#3 of 13 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted January 25 2004 - 10:35 PM

As a huge Beatles fan and collector, I may have to buy the new version depending on the extra feature. All quibbling aside, I think it's still a good thing that this DVD is being re-released and "updated" considering that February marks the 40th Anniversary of the group coming to America.

#4 of 13 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted January 26 2004 - 04:02 AM

I'm just glad it's getting reissued. My current copy now has a failsafe backup coming to market. I was getting nervous there (in case something happened to my copy). This is a superb documentary made in February of 1964..

#5 of 13 OFFLINE   John Mansor

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Posted January 26 2004 - 04:37 AM

Will we ever see Help!?

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted January 26 2004 - 10:26 AM

I love HELP! even more than A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. yes,we could use a new version of this one, though not overmatted like the disaster with Miramax' AHDN!

#7 of 13 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted January 26 2004 - 11:24 AM

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From what I understand there is nothing new on this reissue.
Then what do you call a 51-min. documentary (that is not on the original release)? This lengthy "Making-Of" feature is the only possible reason I'd consider upgrading. Anybody seen the Making Of?

#8 of 13 OFFLINE   Marty M

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Posted January 30 2004 - 11:16 AM

I have the original release but I will have to check out the new one if there is indeed new content.
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#9 of 13 OFFLINE   Marvin

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Posted February 03 2004 - 05:07 AM

Well, has anyone gotten this and compared it to the previous version of the DVD? (How come there's no official HTF review of this one?)

#10 of 13 OFFLINE   Chad Gregory

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Posted February 03 2004 - 05:42 AM

I picked it up today, but won't have a chance to look at it until later.

But it states that it features a 51- minute Making of with footage never seen before. Along with a new interview with Alvert Maysles, who also provides a commentary for the main film.

Sounds pretty good...

#11 of 13 OFFLINE   Paul D G

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Posted February 04 2004 - 06:39 PM

While the First US Visit film is identical in content to the original release, improvements have been made to the sound and video in some parts (ie Ed Sullivan, Washington concert).

And yes, the documentary is new to this release.

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#12 of 13 OFFLINE   Marvin

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Posted February 07 2004 - 04:49 AM

Well, I ended up getting it (I knew I would). I haven't compared the version of the original film on this DVD with my previous copy (I'd never make it as an HTF reviewer) but it seemed the same as far as I could recall. While it's still an essential film for any Beatles fan, it doesn't seem quite as essential now as it originally did, what with the recent release of the entire Ed Sullivan shows, and the Anthology.

But I'd say the new set is worth picking up for the "making of" documentary. It consists of the camera man's recollections of the filming, interspersed with out-takes, some of which are pretty interesting. After he mentioned how fascinated they were with the filming equipment, they cut to a clip of Paul explaining to George how they keep the camera and tape recorder in synch as they're filming, and they all are really amused by a headphone set that plays back their voices as they're speaking. There are also other scenes not in the original, e.g. Brian Epstein taking a cab from the hotel, the Beatles attending a reception at the British ambassador's place in Washington, filming a family watching the first Ed Sullivan show on TV (the film-makers weren't allowed in, even though Paul tried to help).

So it wouldn't be worth getting this new set if it only had the film (unless, of course, you don't already have it), but if you're a Beatles fan (why else would you be reading this thread?), I'd highly recommend getting it for the 'making of' documentary. There's also, I believe, a director's commentary but I haven't yet watched it. Perhaps someone else can comment on that.

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Posted February 09 2004 - 08:14 AM

3 versions reviewed here.

Commemorating the 40th year...

MPI (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit" vs. Capitol / Apple - Region 0 - NTSC vs. SOFA Ent. - Region 1 - NTSC

http://www.compare.dvdbeaver.com/