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I knew this was one of the first DVDs released and I've heard some which sound pretty bad, generally due to excessive echo from a careless transfer. And after reading the reviews here, I was expecting the music to be trash. (I took the precaution of making a digital recording of the soundtrack of the tape.) Also screen-cropping was an issue. I prefer widescreen when I can get it, but if someone actually cut part of the image off, which is what at least one reviewer seemed to be saying, that's catastrophic. Needless to say, I did approach this DVD with extreme caution.
But I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. As for the sound, my dread turned to relief when I heard that the Beatles' music on this DVD sounds as clean and pure as I could hope, with my only beef being that it is rendered in mono, rather than the "hi-fi" stereo of the VHS. But strangely, I found that in this case, mono works better. Instead of shifting from mono dialogue to stereo music, the DVD is completely mono, which makes for a more consistent viewing experience. For the performance section at the end, I believe a bit more echo was added to make it sound more "live.Read more ›
I will assume the reader has SEEN this movie so instead of reviewing the film I will instead give my impressions of the Blu Ray release.
'A Hard Days Night' is presented in glorious black and white with a 1.66 aspect ratio that is almost the original aspect ratio. In my experience every home released version of this movie has had a slightly different cropping job done to it, some better than others. The framing for this Blu Ray release looks to me the same as the Miramax DVD version which I assume the master was sourced from. On my display I choose not to use over-scan and thus it almost fills the entire 16:9 screen with a small amount of top and bottom pillaring. Unfortunately since the original negatives were not sourced and rescanned/remastered we are only allowed a 1080i presentation which may cause some unwanted combing effects if your display and/or player can not properly de-interlaced the video. Most people won't notice anything in that regard but I thought I would mention it for the picky out there, myself included.
How does the picture stack up against the latest Miramax DVD or even the fabled MPI DVD? Bottom line is, you DO get more detail. While the contrast levels are just a bit washed out compared to the MPI DVD version, the overall picture quality is a fair step up from ANY previous home video release. It is a sad thing to say, but it COULD have been much much better.Read more ›
The picture is decent. But what about that reissue prologue and the deleted "You Can't Do That" performance? The dvd producers must have known how long fans have been waiting for this film to be released. They could have put more time and care into it. Oh well. Let's hope Miramax doesn't aquire the rights to HELP!
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A Hard Day's Night is a silly but fun movie to watch. Great music with a loose and funny plot.Published 3 days ago by Taylor James
If you were or are a Beatles fan.....You will like this show!!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
There is nothing to say because this is perfection. I was a teen in the 60s and anytime I want to feel 16 again, I watch this film. Read morePublished 16 days ago by barbara sayble
LOVE it! Great extra info and footage and the movie is fantastic as well:)Published 28 days ago by Dalan Hartmann
I had no idea that the Beatles made such a stupid movie. They were so great with their music that this movie was quite a letdown. Don't waste your time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RalphAAnnunziata
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It's the cropped version .Same as the miramax DVD the only difference is the 1080 size picture and lossless audio (which looks and sounds amazing on a HD tv). otherwise identical to the DVD.
Just check which region your in as it is a region assigned release....
Aug 11, 2010 by R. Bone | See all 12 posts
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I found this article. I am weary because it was not a big deal in the news. Maybe not an official release. Expensive, though. If its not HD 5.1 or 7.1 audio, then I dont want it.
Sep 29, 2009 by Ricardo L. Vasallo | See all 2 posts
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I would include Backbeat, The Compleat Beatles, and Birth of the Beatles before I Wanna Hold Your Hand. (And what is I Am Sam?)
Nov 21, 2009 by Jim from D-town | See all 6 posts
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