Laserdisc question: anyone have Yellow Submarine?

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  1. Aaron Reynolds

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    I'm curious as to how the 1999(ish) Laserdisc of Yellow Submarine looks and sounds. Anyone have any impressions to share?

    Thanks.
     
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    I own that disk, haven't watched it for awhile, I'll get back to ya about it later today.[​IMG]
     
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    Aaron,

    Are you asking for opinions on the edition that was done at the same time as the DVD, or the 1987 version? The review link is most likey describing the 1987 edition, which was not remixed from the original stems as the newer edition was.
     
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    I have the older version of YELLOW SUBMARINE, the 1987 one...
    Cant tell ya how it is coz i dont have a working LD player [​IMG]
     
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    My copy as it turns out is the older 1987 version. It looks nice the transfer is very decent, but the sound is weak. It's very distracting when the sound track switches from the movie to the songs.The songs being full stereo to the very thin monosounding movie track.[​IMG]
     
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    What am I missing here? The dvd of Yellow Submarine seems fantastic to me. Is there something about the ld that's better? I still own a number of lds and am enough of a Beatle fan that I'd buy the ld if it has something the dvd doesn't.
     
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    Is the LD PCM track the ORIGINAL track, or a downmix from the 'improved' 5.1 mix?
     
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    The 1987 laserdisc also features the theatrical cut of the film without the "Hey Bulldog" number. This would be of interest to completists.

    Regards,
     
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    I did get the 1987 laserdisc for the non-"Bulldog" version of the film, which also has slight differences in the "All You Need Is Love" sequence. The "Beatles to Battle" section is only on the old version as well.
     
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    What's the Beatles to Battle sequence? I haven't seen the new version, just the old one (off old VHS and on public TV when I was younger). What's different about the All You Need Is Love sequence?
     
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    The 1999 laserdisc of "Yellow Submarine" looks fabulous, and the Dolby Surround tracks provide sound that is substantially better than its DVD counterpart. Good luck finding one, as they pretty much vanished overnight upon release.

    Charlie
     
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    Aaron,

    Just to clarify what I'm explaining, the version that we are all familiar with from the previous MGM release and TV over the years is the second version of the film. The original version which premiered in England had "Hey Bulldog" in it, but King Features wanted to make alterations before the film premiered in America. If you have any interest in the actual conception and production of the film, a book was just released called Inside the Yellow Submarine by Dr. Robert R. Hieronimus. Most of the book is quoted verbatim by the actual producers, directors, writers and animators themselves.

    When the film was altered, they removed some Beatles dialog from the end of "All You Need Is Love" and altered a few of the shots of the Meanies retreating that followed. Then, an entire scene featuring the Sgt. Pepper's band freed from the "big glass bowl" was completely taken out. This Sgt. Pepper's band sequence led right into "Hey Bulldog," which ended with Ringo rescuring Jerermy Hillary Boob.

    To cover the loss of the Sgt. Pepper's band sequence AND "Hey Bulldog," two bits were added in. First, the freeing of Sgt. Pepper's band was changed to include a bit of "Baby You're A Rich Man" (which, even though the DVD includes a bit of this song in the 5.1 mix, was NOT originally in the film). Then they put in Paul shouting "Beatles to Battle" followed by a further sequence of the Meanies retreating to a new, jazzy bit of score. This became the common version of the film for many years. But when Bruce Markoe at MGM spearheaded the cleanup and release of the film, the negatives of the final reels they found included "Hey Bulldog" and all the animation as originally seen at the film's premiere.
     

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