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George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2012)

George Harrison , Martin Scorsese  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Harrison
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: UMe
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JWKLMO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

-Stunning, award winning double-feature-length film tribute to one of music s greatest icons. Containing a wealth of previously unreleased material.
-Directed by Martin Scorsese
-2012 Critics' Choice Award Winner For Best Documentary Feature, Mojo's DVD Of The Year.
-Features never-before-seen footage from George Harrison's childhood, throughout his years with the Beatles and solo career.
-Features private home videos, photos and never before heard tracks to chronicle the incredible story of the extraordinary man.
-Includes interviews with Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia and Dhani Harrison among many others.

Special Features:
-Here Comes The Sun
-Dispute and Violence
-Paul McCartney interview
-Jeff Lynne interview
-Damon Hill interview

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
222 of 230 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Dark Horse October 5, 2011
Format:DVD
A documentary on a music celebrity can be measured by content and insight - what footage did they access and who was willing to contribute and what new light did it shed on the subject? On the first point Martin Scorsese knocks the ball out of the park. Though I didn't feel I knew George any better than before by the end, I was treated to nearly four hours of dazzling and emotionally moving entertainment.

I watched both parts of the film at UK preview and at no point did my attention or enthusiasm flag. In fact I would have happily sat through any outtakes! This beautifully crafted film is packed with concert footage, home movies, press conferences, interviews, photos and documents that I've never seen before, even though I've been researching the Beatles quite heavily for several years for Beatles Songwriting Academy. There are interviews with (or at least footage of) everyone you would hope to see. Beatles, wives, brothers, son, Pythons and peers. Everyone from Eric Clapton to Eric Idle.

The documentary is constructed entirely from interviews and clips without explanation or analysis. The closest we get to a voiceover is Dhani Harrison reading excerpts from his father's diary and letters to his mum. Though the film is visually stunning it's strange watching the practically square picture forced upon us by the source material. Equally quirky is the sound editing. Scorsese doesn't know the meaning of 'fade'. All the music cuts brutally, sometimes after a few seconds. Sometimes this is cool. Mostly it's odd. The film is largely chronological and there are some great juxtapositions of sound and visuals like All Things Must Pass accompanies footage of the WW2 bombers that plagued the Liverpool of Harrison's birth. The first part covers George's life up to the White Album.
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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Harrison: Portrait of a Human Being. October 10, 2011
Format:DVD
I just finished watching this on cable over the span of the last two days, parts 1 and 2, but as far as I'm concerned they could have run the entire documentary in one day, and I would have sat through the entire 5-hour uminterrupted run. A nicely done biography courtesy of Martin Scorsese on the life, music, and personality of "the quiet Beatle." Although some of the editing was a bit choppy on some of the musical footage, I found the biography to be a fascinating look into a performer I didn't really know about as much as I thought I did.

One thing you come away with is that George, in his aspiration to spread love, was greatly loved in return by friends and family for a lot of obvious reasons. What was really nice to see is that he was accepted with his moody side as well, something lots of people look at in others first, disregarding the rest. Of all the people interviewed for commentary, the most inciteful ones seemed to be Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and wife Olivia.

George's religious philosophy and world views may not necessarily be eye to eye with your own, but anyone who is trying to make a difference in the lives of the lesser off and is a true advocate for positive change is a good icon for the world at large. Apparently the quiet Beatle had a gift for reaching out and opening people's minds at a one-on-one level, though not good at delivering speeches in front of thousands. He was obviously very personable, candid, and passionate about the things that he believed in. That passion--or any--can make an orator out of a mute. Funny how one of the most telling things about him was his eyes! You can see the depths of his emotions constantly, and maybe the weight of the world was something he placed too firmly on his own shoulders. You would be moody too!
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Dark Horse October 21, 2011
Format:DVD
A documentary on a music celebrity can be measured by content and insight - what footage did they access and who was willing to contribute and what new light did it shed on the subject? On the first point Martin Scorsese knocks the ball out of the park. Though I didn't feel I knew George any better than before by the end, I was treated to nearly four hours of dazzling and emotionally moving entertainment.

I watched both parts of the film at UK preview and at no point did my attention or enthusiasm flag. In fact I would have happily sat through any outtakes! This beautifully crafted film is packed with concert footage, home movies, press conferences, interviews, photos and documents that I've never seen before, even though I've been researching the Beatles quite heavily for several years for Beatles Songwriting Academy. There are interviews with (or at least footage of) everyone you would hope to see. Beatles, wives, brothers, son, Pythons and peers. Everyone from Eric Clapton to Eric Idle.

The documentary is constructed entirely from interviews and clips without explanation or analysis. The closest we get to a voiceover is Dhani Harrison reading excerpts from his father's diary and letters to his mum. Though the film is visually stunning it's strange watching the practically square picture forced upon us by the source material. Equally quirky is the sound editing. Scorsese doesn't know the meaning of 'fade'. All the music cuts brutally, sometimes after a few seconds. Sometimes this is cool. Mostly it's odd. The film is largely chronological and there are some great juxtapositions of sound and visuals like All Things Must Pass accompanies footage of the WW2 bombers that plagued the Liverpool of Harrison's birth. The first part covers George's life up to the White Album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of memories
Brought back memories of the time, but this picture was an engrossing tail of an amazing life. Beatles were human!
Published 2 days ago by Kenneth
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Wonderful movie.
Published 4 days ago by Christine M. Stoughton
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Discs are worth 1000 volumes.
A brilliant follow-up to the director's No Direction Home, Living In the Material World does not shy away from any of the controversial elements of Harrison's life. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Patrick King
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries for any classic rock fan
This is by far one of my favorite docs, I do love the Beatles and George is my favorite...but it is a very encouraging story of how George grew up, met Paul, John, Pete, and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Nicole Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars this documentary is a wonder and reveals a great deal of who george...
loving and beautiful look at his life.makes me feel both melancholy and happy, remembering the days when the beatles first arrived in the us. Read more
Published 16 days ago by J Kobert
5.0 out of 5 stars All Things Must Pass
Olivia Harrison produced this story of George's life and it's a delight, despite the fact that it was put together by crazy Scorsese. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Don Roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Caring George
Watching this documentary left me in tears, wondering so much, loving George even more. I love seeing the journey of his life, what he did, went through to define himself, to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gaby Lehr-Melillo
5.0 out of 5 stars George evolved....
This is a wonderful DVD, that is very well done. George Harrison was an amazing talent, always seeking for a better way to live. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy reader
5.0 out of 5 stars George meets the Maharishi!
Because it provided info about Harrison's spiritual enlightenment that I was unaware of. What an amazing influence Eastern religion & philosophy had on him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Arnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all documentaries of this genre
Film showed how diverse and great the lead guitarist is in his own right. How I miss the great George
Published 2 months ago by ANGEL R. CRUZ
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