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- 30 minutes of bonus stories
- Supporting feature interview with Beatles engineer Norman Smith
- Directors commentary track
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The bonus features ad much to the fun as there are 30 minutes of "bonus interviews" for folks not featured in the theatrical version. And there is a nearly-25-minute extended interview with Norman "Hurricane" Smith, the Beatles first recording engineer.
The project to film all these interviews (and get access to the interviewees - many recorded backstage at performances - took nearly seven years. I can't even imagine Swirsky's travel expenses! But, I think we should all be glad he did it. These stories are now "on record" (no pun intended) and available for future generations/
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Director Seth Swirsky wanted to capture as many stories about Beatle encounters as possible. Most of the interviews collected in the 85 minute movie last for only a few minutes before moving onto the next story. It results in a lot of variety. Some of the stories have been told before, but most of them will be unfamiliar to even the most devoted Beatlemaniacs. Some of the people he talked to (George Martin, Norman Smith - Beatles engineer, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Denny Laine of Wings) had professional associations with the Beatles or an ex-Beatle. But others - like The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, who happened to bump into Ringo at a party - tell starstruck stories of chance encounters.
If you watch the whole movie and still want more, the DVD has you covered - 30 minutes of extra interviews. Swirsky reveals his methods on the director's commentary. He's a successful songwriter himself, having written songs for the likes of Taylor Dayne and Smokey Robinson (who appears in the documentary). This is his first film and it's admittedly a little rough around the edges, but ultimately an emotionally engrossing trip for Beatles fans.
The worst part of the DVD is that it ends.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Swirsky started filming the people as they told their Beatles stories and he started to solicit interviews from The Beatles contemporaries and a lot of them responded and were interviewed. Swirsky's "Beatles Stories" captures the stories of Beatles assistant's, fans, neighbors, business associates, former girlfriends and some of the more famous who had encounters with The Beatles. Some of the more famous interviewee's include Henry Winkler, Jon Voight, Brian Wilson (who had a grand rivalry with The Beatles), George Martin, just to name a few.
A lot of the stories are very personal stories and are quite heartfelt accounts of encounters with The Beatles, it's especially interesting to see the celebrities interviewed who become fans in the telling of their meeting with The Beatles, some of the cooler ones are Henry Winkler, and Susanna Hoffs (who still seems to get starstruck at the telling of the story).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very interesting view of the Beatles from people in the entertainment industry who rubbed shoulders with them. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tex Caledonia
This is one of ,if not the most entertaining films ever,in respect to the Beatles as viewed from other people of great celebrity . Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kenneth Gerber
I was really impressed by this film! It has been made with such passion for The Beatles, it just shines through. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Viv Jones
It's nice to hear stories about the Beatles it was very fun to watch.Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
I have just finished watching the DVD and rushed to tell you all that this is something I must recommend to you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Black Hole Gang
I checked this DVD out of my local library. It's interesting, fun in places, etc. But it seems that the people who produced it, were obsessed with John Lennon. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wayne Engle
In late 1964, riding on the tidal wave of Beatlemania, Capitol Records issued an album called "The Beatles Story". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Terry Carolan