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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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Stop Worrying ... Help! Is on the Way!Apple Corps Ltd Proudly Announce the DVD
Release of the Beatles Film 'Help!', October 30th



LONDON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Corps Ltd have announced the eagerly
anticipated DVD release of The Beatles' second feature film 'Help!' on October
30th (October 29th ROW) which will be marketed and distributed by EMI Music.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.c...0070904/LATU079)


Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band's debut feature film 'A
Hard Days Night', 'Help!' made its theatrical debut in 1965. The story follows
The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves
around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his
finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from
London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad
scientist and the London police.


In addition to starring the Beatles, 'Help!' has a witty script, a great cast
of British character actors and features 7 classic Beatles tracks, including:


-- 'Help!'
-- 'You're Going To Lose That Girl'
-- 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'
-- 'Ticket To Ride'
-- 'I Need You'
-- 'The Night Before'
-- 'Another Girl'



The DVD will be a 2-disc set. Disc 1 will feature the original film digitally
restored with a newly created 5.1 soundtrack, while Disc 2 contains an hour of
extra features, including:


-- The Beatles in Help! -- 30 minute documentary about the making of the
film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew. Includes exclusive behind
the scenes footage of The Beatles on set.
-- A Missing Scene -- Featuring Wendy Richard
-- The Restoration of Help! -- An in depth look at the restoration
process.
-- Memories of Help! -- The cast and crew reminisce
-- Theatrical Trailers -- 2 US trailers and 1 Spanish trailer.
-- 1965 US Radio Spots -- Hidden in disc menus.



There will be 2 editions of the DVD -- a standard digipack and a deluxe boxed
set that will contain a reproduction of Richard Lester's original annotated
script, 8 lobby cards and a poster, plus a 60-page book with rarely seen
photographs and production notes from the movie. Both the deluxe book and the
standard booklet feature an introduction by Richard Lester and an appreciation
by Martin Scorsese.



Watch the 'Help!' DVD trailer here:
http://emicat.edgebo....trailer_us.wvx

CAST
The Beatles:
John.............................................. .....John Lennon
Paul.............................................. .....Paul McCartney
George............................................ .....George Harrison
Ringo............................................. .....Ringo Starr
Clang............................................. .....Leo McKern
Ahme.............................................. .....Eleanor Bron
Foot.............................................. .....Victor Spinetti
Algernon.......................................... .....Roy Kinnear
Superintendent.................................... .....Patrick Cargill
Bhuta............................................. .....John Bluthal
Jeweller.......................................... .....Peter Copley
Doorman........................................... .....Alfie Bass
Abdul............................................. .....Warren Mitchell
Lawnmower......................................... .....Bruce Lacey
Cross channel swimmer..................................Mal Evans
Women in street....................Dandy Nichols and Gretchen Franklin

PRODUCTION
Director.......................................... .....Richard Lester
Producer.......................................... .....Walter Shenson
Screenplay.................................Marc Behm and Charles Wood
Story by...............................................M arc Behm
Director of Photography................................David Watkin
Production Manager.....................................John Pellatt
Art Director.......................................... .Raymond Simm
Colour Consultant and Titles...........................Robert Freeman
Costume Designer.......................................Jul ie Harris
Musical Director.......................................Ken Thorne
Songs composed by........................John Lennon and Paul McCartney
and by George Harrison
Songs performed by.....................................The Beatles
Songs produced by......................................George Martin

www.beatles.com


SOURCE Apple Corps Ltd


/CONTACT: Elizabeth Freund of Beautiful Day Media, +1-718-858-3550,
Elizabeth@BeautifulDayMedia.com; or Jennifer Ballantyne of EMI Music Marketing,
Tel: +1-323-871-5494, Jennifer.Ballantyne@emicap.com; or Moira Bellas, of MBC
PR, 011 44 207 483 9213, moira@mbcpr.com; or Murray Chalmers of Parlophone, 011
44 207 605 5306, Murray.Chalmers@EMIMusic.com
/Web site: http://www.capitolrecords.com
/Web site: http://www.beatles.com


#2 of 83 OFFLINE   GlennWD

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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

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Can't wait!!! When do we get to see cover art?

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...

#7 of 83 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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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

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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.

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).

#10 of 83 OFFLINE   AnthonyC

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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

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And I really hope the original MONO soundtrack is included.

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?
JJ!
Thanks for this L O N G awaited good news!

Must have MONO!!!
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Movies are: "The Greatest Artform".
HD should be for EVERYONE!

#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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Posted September 04 2007 - 11:44 AM

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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.

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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Posted September 04 2007 - 10:18 PM

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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.

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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#19 of 83 OFFLINE   John Mansor

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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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