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A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD) (1964)

John Lennon , Paul McCartney , Richard Lester  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2014
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J2PQZEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with two audio options—a monaural soundtrack and a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records—presented in uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring various members of the film’s cast and crew
  • In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
  • You Can’t Do That: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson
  • Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen, cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, and others
  • New piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director
  • The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film (1959), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan
  • Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s approach to editing
  • New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years—Volume One
  • Deleted scene
  • Trailers
  • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton
  • More!

  • Editorial Reviews

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    Beatlemania is sweeping the Criterion Collection! This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ beloved musical comedy A Hard Day’s Night,and to commemorate it we’re releasing a jam-packed special edition of the film, featuring a new 4K digital restoration, a newly remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack, and hours of incredible supplements. We’re also pleased to present two other gems of sixties cool: Georges Franju’s Judex, an inventive and elegant French kidnapping caper that’s ripe for rediscovery, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s quintessential modern-age romance L’eclisse, with the gorgeous duo of Monica Vitti and Alain Delon. Then go back to the fifties for Douglas Sirk’s stunning Technicolor tearjerker All That Heaven Allows,newly restored, and ahead to the seventies for Peter Davis’s Oscar-winning documentary about the Vietnam War, Hearts and Minds, and Australian auteur Peter Weir’s mysterious breakthrough masterpiece, Picnic at Hanging Rock. These are all essential and unforgettable works of cinema.

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    277 of 290 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Order Information March 19, 2014
    By ALK
    Format:Blu-ray
    With the large number of DVD and Blu-Ray releases of "A Hard Day's Night" it is easy to get confused. This is the 2014 release which includes a newly remixed true 5.1-channel audio track (which Giles Martin worked on) as well as a restored original mono audio track (done by Ron Furmanek). The video has been restored using a 4K process. Basically this release has the best of the video and audio elements. The mastering for the discs was performed by Criterion.

    You may also see a listing of A Hard Day's Night Blu-Ray that was released in Canada around 2010. This is a different version that has a 5.1-channel track "created from" the restored mono audio. It was mush and very tough to listen to. Please don't get fooled with this version.

    The new 2014 version has the music audio taken directly from the multitrack master elements as well as the dialog from the restored audio. This should be the definitive version from a long time to come.

    Looking forward to hearing this version.
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    60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    A Hard Days Night' from 1964 was the movie that changed everything for every serious rock musician coming up back then. I especially love David Crosby's tale of seeing this film with Roger McGuinn and remarking "So that's how to do it" ! They saw the Rickenbacker 12-String, the Vox Amps in the back line, the classic Lead, Rhythm , Bass Guitar and Drums lineup and they KNEW this was the future of rock and roll!

    For most of the world, 'A Hard Days Night' was their very first up close look at The Beatles, an entertainment, cultural and musical phenomenon that is still going strong more than 50 years later. For a small segment of fans, this was the blueprint for every garage band that followed.

    There is no way I can even come close to explaining how important this film is to so many around the world and to myself personally. If you love music, this is required viewing. For me, it is mandatory viewing at least twice a year. With that in mind, this review will focus on the video and audio quality of this superb Criterion release and not the film itself.

    For those that don't wish to read a long review, I will cut to the chase right now: The Video is so close to perfect that it isn't worth mentioning anything minor that could have been improved. It just isn't necessary. The audio is beyond belief! Choose between Mono, Stereo or 5.1. All in beautifully restored and uncompressed full fidelity formats. Special features are plentiful and the included (and rather thick) booklet is totally great.

    If you want to hear more, please keep reading, otherwise press the "Add to Cart" button and order this thing right now.
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    144 of 154 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More Details Of This Release March 20, 2014
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Dual format. BRAND NEW First Time Offered. Just in time for the film's 50th Anniversary this summer. New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with two audio options—a monaural soundtrack and a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records—presented in uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-Ray.
    This 3 Disc Box Set includes:
    * Audio commentary featuring various members of the film’s cast and crew (dual-format only)
    * In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
    * You Can’t Do That: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson
    * Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen & cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (dual-format only)
    * New piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director (dual-format only)
    * The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film (1959), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers & Spike Milligan (dual-format only)
    * Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s approach to editing (dual-format only)
    * New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years (dual-format only)
    * Deleted scene (dual-format only)
    * Trailers
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    32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing! June 25, 2014
    By neptune
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Compared to all of the other releases of this film that are out there, this one is absolutely stunning!
    If there is such a thing as High Def black & white, this is it!
    And, no longer does the audio sound like it's coming through a tin can.

    Criterion did it right! The audio is from the original master film.
    The music is done perfectly. You have the choice of mono, stereo, and a 5.1 mix done by Giles Martin.

    The blu-ray was officially approved by Richard Lester himself! I'm watching it (again) as I'm writing this. It's stunning, and will in all likelihood be THE top standard for this film for years to come.

    I remember a number of years back that there was a DVD release with 5.1 sound. That still had the tinny audio and when the 5.1 came on, it seemed twice as loud as the rest of the movie. It was a disappointment.

    THIS, however, is perfect! Not only is the picture amazingly crisp, but when set to 5.1, Giles made sure that the volume of the songs matched the volume of the dialogue.. The result is amazing! Please do not buy another version of the blu-ray that is being sold. This was *just* released on June 24th, 2014, and all of the latest technology (4k digital technology) is used to bring this film to new heights!

    I pre-ordered this back in April. It arrived at my door the morning of its release! It also includes a 2 DVD set that I'll use if I'm ever over at someone's place who doesn't have a blu-ray player, those DVDs are enhanced, as well.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
    The DVD's sound and music was just perfect--really enjoyed watching a witty movie complete the best music performance by one of the all time great groups.
    Published 1 day ago by Freckles
    5.0 out of 5 stars A highlight of BEATLEMANIA!
    Beatle songs, and this movie, never seem to show their age. You can't tell when any of
    their stuff was made. Maybe that's what "timeless" means. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Scott M.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Fantastic film
    Published 1 day ago by Matthew Mendez
    5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have this on Blue Ray!
    Yay on BLUERAY!

    I love the closeup of the lads in this movie and now on Blueray - hello John, Paul and George.

    Still love this movie after all these years.
    Published 1 day ago by aliceann54
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of the best movies ever!!!! Wow........
    Published 1 day ago by Michael C. Mccafferty
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Day's Night
    Spectacular as always. The Beatles in their first movie! Such fun to watch them in their prime. Love Paul's grandfather in the movie. Such a character! Read more
    Published 2 days ago by tlcangel
    5.0 out of 5 stars That being said....
    I am a big Beatles fan so please take that into consideration. That being said however, this is really one of the all time greats. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Rocky
    2.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION : Audio track defect!
    Did anyone at Criterion actually listen to this improved soundtrack BEFORE it went to duplication? There is a DEFECT in the mix folks! Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Carbo3D
    5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best
    I have loved this movie since my childhood.
    Published 5 days ago by Stever59
    5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional blu-ray debut for "A Hard Day's Night" in new, restored...
    Shot during the insanity of Beatlemania, "A Hard Day's Night" captures atmosphere of The Beatles during the early days of their popularity. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Wayne Klein
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    Any Easter Eggs?
    If you play it backwards it says, "iTunes buried Paul."
    22 days ago by Dibbs Martin |  See all 2 posts
    Not The Full Movie?
    Don't believe everything you read in reiviews...it hasn't even been released yet. There would be no reason to cut any of this movie, and I'm sure it hasn't been.
    Jun 18, 2014 by Gordon Pfannenstiel |  See all 4 posts
    4K & 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    The Blu-Ray itself doesn't contain 4K video, it's either 1920x1080@23.976p (most likely) or 1920x1080@59.94i, but the newly struck digital master was scanned at 4K resolution. That was scaled to Blu-Ray native resolution and encoded. As far as the audio goes, all Blu-Ray players will decode the... Read More
    18 days ago by D. Pates |  See all 4 posts
    Region
    As with other Criterion releases, I assume it will be Region A.
    Apr 24, 2014 by B. Albert |  See all 4 posts
    The "United Artists" old-style logo at the beginning of the film.
    I think old tv prints had that too. The first vhs I had was Universals 1981 re-release that included a photo montage at the beginning with "I'll Cry Instead" playing over it. This was before MPI replaced all the songs with stereo versions overdubbed.
    Apr 29, 2014 by james schielein |  See all 4 posts
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