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Beatles Anthology [VHS] (1995)

John Lennon , Paul McCartney , Bob Smeaton , Geoff Wonfor  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Neil Aspinall
  • Directors: Bob Smeaton, Geoff Wonfor, Kevin Godley
  • Writers: Bob Smeaton
  • Producers: Neil Aspinall, Chips Chipperfield, Stan Storc
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 8
  • Studio: Capitol
  • VHS Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000077VSJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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201 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Magic it is and magic it always was." April 14, 2003
Back in January 2000, I reviewed this box set here (see "If You Liked the TV Special, You'll Love This!"). 3 years later, many Beatles fans' prayers (including my own) have been answered with the release of this video library in DVD form. Rather than resay what I said back then, I just thought I'd write with a different perspective. The opening statement is from the liner notes of Derek Taylor, who served as the Beatles' press agent.
To answer a recent review, here's what's on it: performances of the Beatles live in concert and television performances (not complete concerts), some original videos, narrated by Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, the late George Harrison (who was still around during the making of this documentary) and the late John Lennon (his comments are culled by old interviews), excerpts from early recordings, studio outtakes, press conferences and all 5 of their movies and finally, over 30 complete Beatles tracks (By the way, "Real Love" is included in this edition).
The sound quality is superior here than the original VHS (and you have the option of LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital surround sound and DTS 5.1 surround sound). You also have the option of subtitles in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese (Brazilian and European). Just don't expect your Linguistics teachers to be impressed with how many French or Spanish words you learned while watching this!
It is a bit of a shame that individual tracks weren't assembled for complete songs. Oh well, a minour disappointment! Keep in mind that the 8 video VHS box set was actually pricier than the 5 DVD box set back when it was released in 1996 (I remember paying over [money] for mine!).
Then of course, there's the Special Features DVD.
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344 of 364 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Liked The TV Special, You'll Love This! January 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This video series is highly recommended for any serious Beatle fan! While I agree that you can't say it all in just 8 hours, all 4 beatles share stuff you won't find in any book on the Beatles.
Tape 1 begins with a video collage of their history, features their youthful beginnings, days in Hamburg, how Ringo joined the band, and their rise to the top in England.
Tape 2 shows their growth as a band, talks on their BBC sessions, performing for the Queen, stories about touring, and some hilarious TV segments!
Tape 3 begins with their introduction into America, talks about their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Ringo's tonsilitis, and their 1st movie A Hard Day's Night.
Tape 4 talks about the pressures of touring, drugs, Dylan, the making of Help!, the inspiration for Yesterday, and winning the MBE award.
Tape 5 talks about their Shea Stadium performance, meeting Elvis, Rubber Soul and Revolver.
Tape 6 talks on the events that led to the Beatles' final tour in 1966 (the Philippines and John's remarks about Jesus), Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane,Sgt. Pepper, and their holiday in Greece.
Tape 7 starts with the One World performance of "All You Need Is Love", and talks about the Maharishi, the death of Brian Epstein, Magical Mystery Tour, the opening of Apple, Yellow Submarine, and John's new companion, Yoko Ono.
Tape 8 begins with the White Album, discusses the closing and dissolution of Apple, Hey Jude, Let It Be, Paul's marriage to Linda, John's marriage to Yoko, George and John's drug busts, Abbey Road, and the Free As a Bird video (what? Real Love isn't included! ).
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
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185 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Forever. March 19, 2003
As the bombs fell over England in 1940, John Winston Lennon was born and as war raged, Sir James Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Richard Starkey a.k.a. Ringo Starr began their young lives in a dirty port city called Liverpool. They were mostly poor boys who today are legends.
The most interesting thing from the TV special in 1995, the 3 albums that followed and the 8 VHS tapes that expanded the story was the fact that it was "The Beatles" in their own words and recollections.
There's so much packed inside this story and safe to say, so much more we don't know, that it is engrossing each time you watch it. The interweaving of outtakes, never before heard songs and footage is beautiful. George Martin's emotional talk and tears as he remembers John Lennon is heartwrenching. You see here the strength of the four lads from Liverpool, the closeness of their friendship and those involved with them.
The DVD version is jammed with more than the 8 VHS tapes and elevates the "Anthology" to a rounder story. At the time of its initial release, there were 3 surviving Beatles, sadly now there are 2. One sit through of this is not enough for you are sure to miss elements. As timeless as The Beatles themselves, so is their story and this anthology.
Robert Eldridge (...)
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe 9 out of 10 stars is more accurate December 2, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
The Beatles Anthology is a great video set documenting the lifeand times of the greatest band of this century. There are 8 tapes,starting with the births of the fab four and ending with the 1970 breakup (and the "Free As A Bird" video as a poignant epilogue). There are rare film clips included. If you are new to the Beatles, then this set will provide a wonderful introduction to John, Paul, George and Ringo. If you are an avid fan, then you know already that the set includes various anecdotes that shed new light on the Beatles.

Here are some highlights: - the lovely montage at the beginning, with the apt "In My Life" as the song. - the story about the burnt condom (Tape 1) - an early film of the Beatles singing the song "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern (Tape 1) - a funny juxtaposition of three versions of the song "How Do You Do It" (Tape 1) - juxtaposition of the Rolling Stones cover and the Beatles rendition of "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Tape 2) - Paul's story on "Yesterday" (Tape 4) - George's story about how he and John got introduced to LSD (Tape 5) - the "amazing" Japanese efficiency on the Beatles Japan tour (Tape 5) - the film of "A Day In The Life" (Tape 6) - George's way of saying that the Magical Mystery Tour album was "Paul's idea.
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Oh the memories, enjoy this
Published 4 days ago by Chuck Bojorquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for the Beatle collector. Finally in their own words.
Published 14 days ago by Jeffrey Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Beatles, What more can I say?
Arrived quickly. Great price. This DVD collection is wonderful, chronicling the Beatles career with so much of the great music that made them so special. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mark V
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend buying this
Surpassed my expectations! I had seen this when it was on ABC back in 1995 and I expected it was the same thing, but there was so much more additional footage that was not shown in... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make Sure You Get This for The Beatles Fan in Your Life!
This is an awesome gift for the Beatles fan in your life! If they do not have it, make sure they get it! Read more
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Published 2 months ago by bearcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this but wish they had blu ray!
I have owned this documentary for nearly 8 years now on DVD. I always loved this set but wish they would update it with a new blu ray version! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Gary Recker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best history of the beatles have watched it a few times already.
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appropriate for children?
There is some swearing, but not too much. Drug use is mentioned heavily but very little actually shown. There is brief nudity in part 7 when John and Yoko's naked album cover is revealed. Hope this helps.
Sep 13, 2012 by Jesse Ross |  See all 2 posts
lennon and mccartney voice peaked on what album
To me, there was no one period where John or Paul "peaked". From their earlier stuff to the very end, they always sounded great to me. To say that John's vocal on gems like "I Should Have Known Better" or "Twist and Shout" and Paul's vocal on "I'm Down"... Read More
Aug 6, 2010 by Cozyjo |  See all 4 posts
Beatles Anthology on Blu Ray ???
I think there's a possibility. The DVDs are all well and good, but at some points there are some compression artifacts due to the amount of video they squeezed on these discs. The LaserDisc version doesn't have this, but the resolution is a bit less. Blu-Ray has so much better audio & audio... Read More
Jul 18, 2011 by Steven Matarazzo |  See all 8 posts
The DVD set contains all 8 original programs on 4 DVDs plus a 5th disc of extras. Extras include the "Real Love" video, the making of the Anthology CDs and more.

Note that 2 programs are on 1 disc but after the 1st program plays you must return to the menu and select the 2nd one, the... Read More
Sep 9, 2012 by Jesse Ross |  See all 3 posts
Anthology Alternate Version
I have the Directors Cut. It's 10 DVDs and is, in many cases, very different than the final, official version. Also, the last 2 discs of the Director's Cut are various EPKs, promos and TV ads for the Anthology. I find those very interesting.
Feb 1, 2011 by Jesse Ross |  See all 4 posts
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