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The Beatles' "Help!" available on blu-ray June 25th! Pre-order page already up at Amazon

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#1 of 56 OFFLINE   lukejosephchung

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Posted May 15 2013 - 11:49 AM

The Beatles' classic 1965 second feature film "Help!", directed by Richard Lester, is now up for pre-order at Amazon.com. Price is $21 and street date is June 25th!!! :drum:



#2 of 56 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted May 15 2013 - 12:35 PM

Great news! Here's hoping it includes everything from the Apple DVD and the old MPI DVD.

That leaves only Let It Be (rumored to be in 2013) and A Hard Day's Night, the 50th anniversary for which is next year.

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Posted May 15 2013 - 12:53 PM

Great news! Here's hoping it includes everything from the Apple DVD and the old MPI DVD.

That leaves only Let It Be (rumored to be in 2013) and A Hard Day's Night, the 50th anniversary for which is next year.

 

Special Features listed here:

 

Help!’s Blu-ray package pairs the digitally restored original film with these extra features:
• “The Beatles in Help!” – a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set.
• “A Missing Scene” – a film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard
• “The Restoration of Help!” – an in-depth look at the restoration process
• “Memories of Help!” – the cast and crew reminisce
• 1965 Theatrical Trailers – two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer
• 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus)

 

 

That's three releases so far in a June-October-June pattern, so..... Let It Be in October '13 and A Hard Day's Night in June '14? Maybe an HD upgrade of Anthology?


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Posted May 15 2013 - 12:57 PM

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Posted May 15 2013 - 01:00 PM

great news! Now we need Let It Be as a multi-disc boxset and a bluray of Anthology with expanded music!

 

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Posted May 15 2013 - 01:06 PM

The 2007 DVD release of Help! was 1.75:1, so I imagine the BD will be the same. As for A Hard Day's Night, we'll still have to wait and see.


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"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted May 15 2013 - 01:32 PM

Terrific! Pre-order placed


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Posted May 15 2013 - 02:26 PM

The 2007 DVD release of Help! was 1.75:1, so I imagine the BD will be the same. As for A Hard Day's Night, we'll still have to wait and see.

 

The Youtube trailer seems to indicate otherwise. I guess we'll have to cross our fingers.



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Posted May 15 2013 - 03:23 PM

This is awesome news. Help! is one of my all-time favorites.

The 2007 DVD is definitely 1.66:1. The digital work is quite impressive, too. All the opticals look awful on the MPI DVD, but they're much better on the remaster. Still a bit contrasty, but they eradicated the rain of dirt and scratches.


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Posted May 15 2013 - 03:53 PM

I am unable to find the Amazon pre-order....



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Posted May 15 2013 - 03:57 PM

And so the 1.66:1 myth continues...


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Posted May 15 2013 - 04:06 PM

 

That's three releases so far in a June-October-June pattern, so..... Let It Be in October '13 and A Hard Day's Night in June '14? Maybe an HD upgrade of Anthology?

 

Let's hope it's a pattern. Over in the Let It Be thread, I posted a link a while back to a 2011 interview that Michael Lindsay-Hogg gave, in which he said he understood LIB to be coming in 2013. http://www.examiner....-s-release-date

 

Also, a Beatles archivist has said the film has been restored and looks great: http://www.examiner....-the-big-screen

 

Ringo said last year LIB would come out but he didn't know when.

 

And while there is a HDN blu-ray out there, by all reports it isn't very good, and surely Apple won't let the 50th anniversary go by unnoticed, will they? HDN came out in the US in August 1964, so a June release next year lines up.

 

And hey, a blu-ray set of the Anthology to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Ed Sullivan Show appearance in February would be alright.


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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:06 PM

The 2007 DVD is definitely 1.66:1. The digital work is quite impressive, too. All the opticals look awful on the MPI DVD, but they're much better on the remaster. Still a bit contrasty, but they eradicated the rain of dirt and scratches.

 

Alas, I popped in my DVD when I got home and it is indeed closer to 1.66:1 than 1.75:1. Cursed faulty memory! Thanks for setting things straight.

 

Personally I don't find the difference between 1.66 and 1,75 large enough to be all that distracting (as compared to, say, 1.37:1 to 1.66:1).


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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:10 PM

Can someone please supply a link to the Amazon pre-order page? I've searched for 'Help', 'Help!', 'Help Blu ray' and 'The Beatles Help' and it seems an invisible link... or else it's been taken down.....



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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:11 PM

I think it was taken down.


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:20 PM

Did try to find it on Amazon too but no luck....now to get "Let It Be" (1970) released soon!



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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:21 PM

Found it: http://www.amazon.co...-ray/B00CRVZRUS


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Posted May 15 2013 - 07:35 PM

T hanks Brandon ... I've pre-ordered. You're a great asset as always .. love your vintage release page!


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Posted May 15 2013 - 11:15 PM

How awesome! Just the other day I was thinking of watching Help! with the kids over the weekend (we just got tickets to McCartney and they've been getting into the Beatles a little bit more). Have to wait now!



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Posted May 16 2013 - 05:47 AM

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Absolutely, 100% spot on!

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I mean, as ever, open to any other evidence that someone might produce. But unless that's forthcoming, same director, same production company, same studio, and made within a year of each other (more or less), it has to be 1.75:1, doesn't it?

The only think...how bothered are we?

I mean I know it'll niggle a little, and fair enough.

But we're very used to getting 1.85:1 films opened out slightly to 1.78:1, and the jump from 1.75:1 to 1.66:1 is almost identcal. And we're not getting any of the OAR cropped off - it's a less-wide ratio showing just a little more than intended, rather than a little less.

If this were an American 1.85:1 film from last year released in 1.78:1 I doubt anyone would even comment, would they? Could be wrong.

But yes, to be precise it should be 1.75:1, unless they have a damn good reason otherwise.

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