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The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles (1964)

Ed Sullivan , Johnny Wayne , Kenneth Whelan  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters, Jack Carter
  • Directors: Kenneth Whelan
  • Writers: Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Jerry Juhl
  • Producers: Chester Feldman
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: SOFA Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0000C3I2X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes shows from February 9, February 16, and February 23, 1964, and September 12, 1965
  • Restored original mono or Dolby 5.1

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Product Description

A great concept: The Beatles appeared four times on CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show, and while one is tempted to skip through this collection to watch only the Fab Four's 20 performances, there is historic value in seeing Sullivan's complete programs. Wi

A great concept: The Beatles appeared four times on CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show, and while one is tempted to skip through this collection to watch only the Fab Four's 20 performances, there is historic value in seeing Sullivan's complete programs. With America reeling from the murder of a popular president, JFK, less than three months prior, the Beatles' Sullivan debut on February 9, 1964, ushered a renewing joy into the country's living rooms. The band kept it up another two weeks, sharing Sullivan's variety-show bills with the likes of impressionist Frank Gorshin, comedians Allen & Rossi, future Monkee Davy Jones (in a scene from Oliver!), and sundry unrepentant vaudevillians, magicians, and acrobats. Various problems with microphones and bad direction (one barely sees John Lennon on 2/9) couldn't stop the magic, and by the time the Beatles made a return trip in September 1965, the group's brilliance and wit outsized their television surroundings. --Tom Keogh

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210 of 213 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice piece of history November 14, 2003
This 2 disc set provides a most wonderful glimpse of an important time in both music and television history. Most notably, it contains the three full length shows (along with commercials) that were integral in the Beatles' first visit to the United States. The Beatles perform their chart toppers in the U.S. including "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You," "From Me To You," and "Please Please Me." The set also includes a most intriguing (and complete) 1965 show where you can clearly see the group's growth as songwriters. The 1965 song set consists of "I'm Down," "Ticket to Ride," and "Help." This is a long way in a relatively short time from "All My Loving" and "From Me To You." The first show is the one most treasured by fans, and it obviously is a must-see. Viewing the complete show allows you to better appreciate the magnitude and importance of the Beatles appearance in the U.S. However, ALL of the shows provide an amazing look at popular music during this time. Performances by Mitzi Gaynor, Cab Calloway, and the original brodway cast of Oliver (including Davy Jones who later became a member of the Monkees) are incredible and historical. Cilla Black (also managed by Brian Epstein) performs two enjoyable numbers.
One interesting note about the entire set is that you might get a feel for the generation gap that existed in America at that time and what impact the Beatles had on whom Ed Sullivan called "youngsters." Performances by Acker Bilk, Tessie O'Shea (from England), and Gordon & Sheila McCrae show us what most adults who tuned in to Sullivan were listening to. The Beatles clearly went against the grain. As one famous person noted, "Suddenly, there were the Beatles and everybody else. And everybody else just looked wrong.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Journey Back to 1964 October 17, 2003
This DVD collection is an example of why the simplist approach is often the best way to present an historic event. The four "Ed Sullivan" programs featuring the Beatles are shown 99% complete. Unlike many DVD issues, there are no clever edits or extras. But these shows stand on their own. Not only do you see the Beatles in glorious black and white, but you also get the other acts (many quite entertaining) and Sullivan's classic introductions. By having unedited versions of each show, one can truly experience what 73 million viewers saw all those years ago. For those who saw the shows when they first aired, the DVD will bring back wonderful memories. For those who weren't even born in 1964, it will give an accurate picture about what all the excitement was about. It is a true pleasure to see each Beatles performance in its entirety without any anoying voiceovers. I don't need or want anyone telling me about the importance of these performances. I just want to sit back and enjoy the magic of the Beatles as captured by the CBS television network in 1964. The camera work is excellent throughout, particularly on "I Want To Hold Your Hand," which efectively mixes long shots, close-ups, crowd shots and a move in and out on Ringo by a mobile crane camera. There are a few glitches on the sound balance on a few performances (originating from the original broadcasts), but this does not lessen the impact or excitement of the songs. The DVD sound and picture quality is superb. The DVD is indexed by performance so you have the option to skip the other acts and just watch the Beatles. My soon to be published book, "The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America," covers the three 1964 shows in great detail. But while words and photographs can explain the magic and significance of these shows, the only way to truly experience it is to watch this DVD. This is an absolute must for every Beatles fan or anyone interested in learning why the Beatles took America by storm in 1964.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
I have all of the other Beatles DVD's and this is the only one with the I Feel Fine, I'm Down, Yesterday, Ticket To Ride performances from 1965. Shortly after this, the Beatles stopped performing live.

For John Lennon fans, this is a priceless piece of what many of us liked best of John's days as the smart, fun, confident Beatle. It also takes many of us back to the Ed Sullivan Sunday evenings of our youth.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Beatles fans! January 22, 2006
I don't know why it took me so long to buy the Ed Sullivan Beatles Shooos! These performances are some of the most important in The Beatles' careers, and the most significant in the history of Rock and Roll!

Of course, the first appearance on Ed's show on Feb. 9, 1964 is the defining moment for the band's conquest of America... and the two subsequent shows filmed over the course of the next couple weeks are a large part of The Beatles' first visit to the country. But, I bought this colection primarily for the 1965 show.

Appearing on Ed's show only weeks after their historical concert at Shea Stadium, and just before they were to go into the studio to record "Rubber Soul", this show represents The Beatles at the time in their careers where they were just about to peak as performers and recording artists.

The first three songs they play are "I Feel Fine", "I'm Down", and "Act Naturally". The second half of the show kicks off with "Ticket To Ride" with an extended intro to accomodate some "artsy" special camera effects (their profiles super-imposed one-by-one over the shot of the entire band). Pretty tame by today's standards. But, in retrospect, it sure showed how the times were-a-changing and getting more creative on all fronts of the entertainment realm.

Included are the entire shows - all of Ed's other guests as well as some hilarious TV commercials for Lipton tea, Anacin, and Pillsbury cakes and breads! Not only is this DVD collection a treasure trove for Beatles fans, but also for vintage advertising buffs!

I found that watching the entire shows offered an excellent vantage point into American society in the mid-1960's... and how The Beatles fit into the whole panorama of what was going on here during that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD's.
These are EXCELLENT DVD's.
Published 17 days ago by DoNotWantToGiveOut
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see them in context.
Not the best quality, but pretty damn good. And interesting to see how the Beatles were just another act, and how the other acts reacted / responded to them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Dillenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music, glad to have purchased it.
Published 2 months ago by Chuck Higdon
5.0 out of 5 stars If you remember Ed Sullivan and a Beatles fan? ...
If you remember Ed Sullivan and a Beatles fan? This is a must see and must own for your collection.
Published 3 months ago by S. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles on Ed Sullivan
I received this right before the 50th anniversary day. Watching the shows brought back great memories. The DVDs are very good quality.
Published 7 months ago by Robert C. Dunston
5.0 out of 5 stars classic tv historic event of the Beatles
complete show journey back to 1964 to see the Betles 1st tv appearence in america! complete show with other acts that were on same time as the beatles
Published 7 months ago by Jim L. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles
My son got this for a friend who is a big Beatles Fan. She was very happy to receive it. She enjoyed looking through it and learening new things of the members of the band. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vettedream
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles video
I watched these when they originally aired. I will always love the Beatles. Great to be able to bring back the memories!
Published 10 months ago by debbielou
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Boy, this does bring back memories for those old enough to remember those days! Thought the DVD was very good with glitches and all!
Published 14 months ago by Rainbowman
2.0 out of 5 stars One disk did not work
Other than the disk problem, the advertising is misleading. The advertising led me to believe that I would see a particular performer, and i did not.
Published 16 months ago by Robert G.
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The Beatles on Ed Sullivan
1st show, 09 Feb. 1964, 5 songs
All My Loving (1),
Till There Was You,
She Loves You (1),
I Saw Her Standing There (1),
I Want to Hold Your Hand (1)

2nd show, 16 Feb. 1964, 6 songs
She Loves You (2),
This Boy,
All My Loving (2),
I Saw Her Standing There (2),
From Me to You,
I Want to Hold Your... Read More
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