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The Beatles' Help: 2007 2-Disc Re-Issue (Oct. 30)


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#1 of 83 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted September 04 2007 - 12:21 AM

It's official. Here is the press release:


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Posted September 04 2007 - 01:30 AM

NICE! about time that this was released.
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#3 of 83 OFFLINE   Jay E

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Posted September 04 2007 - 03:44 AM

Excellent news!!!! Thanks Sam for posting.

#4 of 83 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted September 04 2007 - 04:02 AM

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Deluxe Box Set for me! Can't wait!!! When do we get to see cover art? PS - VERY happy to see the inclusion of the "making of" which was previously only available as a separate release and long out-of-print like all the other films!

#5 of 83 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted September 04 2007 - 04:12 AM


There is a small photo of cover art in the link in the release:

http://www.newscom.c...0070904/LATU079

Of course, it may change; you never know.

#6 of 83 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted September 04 2007 - 04:12 AM

And I really hope the original MONO soundtrack is included. It mentions a new 5.1 mix...

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Posted September 04 2007 - 04:13 AM

Good to know. With all the other releases this fall I think this one will have to be left for the Christmas wish list, but it'll be very high on that list.

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#8 of 83 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted September 04 2007 - 04:13 AM

I don't think that's actually the cover art... looks more like a promotional photo that they've included for the time being.

#9 of 83 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted September 04 2007 - 08:07 AM

Help! is one of my favorite movies, so I'm buying the deluxe box set. I'm hoping it's 1.66:1 (the trailer makes it seem like it is) and anamorphic, and including the mono track. Too bad The Running Jumping Standing Still Film isn't included. Still, the documentaries plus the deluxe set's extras make this awesome. I'm eager to read the script since only AHDN is available in print form. While MPI's DVD is good, it really didn't take advantage of how great the restoration looked (and sounded).

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Posted September 04 2007 - 08:23 AM

I'm a Beatles devotee but Help! the movie never did too much for me. But I'll pick up the deluxe edition since I'm a completist.

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Posted September 04 2007 - 08:34 AM

Me too. The original soundtrack always had a different version of the song "Help!"... it is what you might call the "single version", where the words go "AND now these days are gone..." (instead of "BUT now..."). None of the home video editions thus far have retained the orginal soundtrack that I am aware of.

#12 of 83 OFFLINE   Ed St. Clair

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Posted September 04 2007 - 09:58 AM

Does Apple release on HD Disc?
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Thanks for this L O N G awaited good news!

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#13 of 83 OFFLINE   Keith Paynter

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Posted September 04 2007 - 11:06 AM

The trailer appears to be 1.78:1, and I expect the DVD to be (wrongly) framed as such. I wish Criterion had done their original LD at 1.66:1 since their policy was to issue correct OAR's.

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#14 of 83 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted September 04 2007 - 11:44 AM

I got screwed by selling my old, original MPI disc of A HARD DAY'S NIGHT when the newest edition was announced. I won't make the same mistake with HELP! and will be making sure I have it ready in case the new disc is overmatted.

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Posted September 04 2007 - 01:46 PM

The trailer is 1.66:1.

Not the best quality, but I overlaid the DVD trailer over the MPI DVD image (from Google Video):

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The new DVD has quite a lot of image on the sides that the MPI cropped off. Just looking at the two frames, it looks a lot like they're framing it correctly for 1.66:1 (per STMPE guidelines). I think MPI's AHDN cropped about the same amount off the sides, too. Both films were shown at 1.75:1 in 1964/1965, anyways.

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Posted September 04 2007 - 02:37 PM

http://www.thebeatles.com/help/

Cover art is also shown here. Looks super sweet! I'm looking forward to the deluxe edition with bonus script reproduction.

Also, the trailer on the website is in stereo, and it sounds like a fresh remix of "Help!" I also noted that in the shot where George is saying "I didn't encourage that wink," John closes the car door and you hear it only on the right channel. It seems they must have some isolated sound elements to work with. Posted Image
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#17 of 83 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted September 04 2007 - 10:18 PM

I hate when they tinker like that.

#18 of 83 OFFLINE   Derek Miner

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Posted September 05 2007 - 12:49 AM

I've heard now that the incidental music for the film was discovered on 3-tack 35mm mag, so that will be able to be presented in 5.1 as well. They also found a "textless" version of the closing credits.
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Posted September 05 2007 - 12:51 AM

Great News! At this rate Let It Be should be released in 2020.

#20 of 83 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted September 05 2007 - 03:34 AM

I can't wait for this and the box set looks amazing!! I am willing to bet that we won't see the original sound mix though, which is incredibly frustrating. Too bad a studio like Criterion can't control every film property out there...




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