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Disc 1 (96 minutes)

-HELP! Theatrical Movie

-Digitally restored and newly created 5.1 soundtrack.

Disc 2 (57 minutes)

The Beatles in Help! 30 minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew. Includes exclusive behind the scenes footage of The Beatles on set.

- A Missing Scene Featuring Wendy Richard

- The Restoration of Help! An in depth look at the restoration process

- Memories of Help! The cast and crew reminisce

- Theatrical Trailers 2 US trailers and 1 Spanish trailer

- 1965 US Radio Spots - Hidden in disc menus


Special Features

Documentary: "The Beatles in HELP!" - Exclusive behind the scenes footage.

Featurette:
1. The Restoration of HELP!
2. Memories of HELP!

Trailers:
1. U.S. Theatrical Trailers (2)
2. Spanish Trailer

Interactive Features:
Easter Eggs: 1965 U.S. Radio Spot

Product Details

  • Actors: The Beatles
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Anamorphic, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Capitol
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VSBX34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Help!" on IMDb

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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful By paulisdead on November 2, 2007
Format: DVD
OK, I'm sure there will be 100's of reviews of the film itself, so I'll just skip to the tech review of the disc:

Video:

Full marks to the restoration team; as this is the best you're ever going to see this colourful 1965 classic. Nearly every scratch and dirt speck is gone and the colours look fantastic on DVD.

Sound:

A full 5.1 DTS remix (not much help if you still only have Dolby Digital). Very similar to the Anthology/Love mixes of their mid 60's stuff; not many flashy rear effects (just a bit of reverb to fill it out) but for the modernists - the drums are in the centre and the new mix is a beefy one.

Extras:

A Missing Scene: Just to save you the same disappointment I had - THIS SCENE IS STILL MISSING! However, we do get Wendy Richard, Richard Lester and other insiders; giving an in-depth rundown on the lost SAM AHAB scene.

The Beatles in Help!: A great documentary featuring period interviews of the Beatles with lots of behind the scenes footage interlaced with some snippets of outtakes and 8mm home movies. Very informative. Richard Lester details some of the problems of filming in the mists of Beatlemania (there's even footage of mass crowds in the Swiss Alps!). Neil Aspinell also appears; confirming the well worn stories the Beatles recreational drug use on set.

The Restoration of Help! - An in-depth look at the restoration process.

Memories of Help! - More focused on the crews experiences making the film than the 30-minute documentary. Contains behind the scenes and home movie footage.

Plus two 2 US trailers, a spanish one (with no dubbed Beatles - sadly) and hidden Radio promos.
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175 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Beatle23 on September 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Everyone knows the film and loves it, that's why we're here checking it out on this page. But what about this DVD package? If you look at the price, you have to question is it really worth it.

When I first read about the Deluxe Edition, I thought the price would be around $50 like most other Deluxe Edition DVDs out there. At $95, this is way too much for what they're offering. Yes, you get all this:

- a reproduction of Richard Lester s original annotated script

- 8 lobby cards

- poster

- 60-page book with rarely seen photographs and production notes from the movie

... but unless they are signed by at least one Beatle, I wouldn't pay that much. Yes, Richard Lester's annotated script is great, but wait awhile and you'll probably find a reproduction online sometime. The lobby cards and poster are great, but those are not the main reasons for the price inflation. The 60 page book would seem to be the main reason for the price hike, but look at other Beatles books out there. The paperback version of The Beatles Anthology has 368 pages, weighs 2.2 pounds, and has over 1,300 photographs. The price? LESS THAN A THIRD of what this Deluxe Edition of Help is going for.

Yes, all these extras are nice, but it's not worth the price, and I'm a huge Beatles nut who buys everything they make. At this moment, I'm going to buy the regular edition which has been restored with great picture and a 5.1 soundtrack. Plus, the second disk has great extras (could be better if they had Paul or Ringo commenting) that will suffice. Especially for the price.

Drop the price on this Deluxe Edition, guys. If you do that, people will buy.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David S. Michaels on May 14, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
My three daughters (ages 11, 7, and 5) are suddenly in the full thrall of Beatlemania, something I thought I'd gotten over 20 years ago. Lo and behold, they totally re-infected me at age 44! We can't seem to get "1", "Revolver", "Abbey Road" and "Rubber Soul" out of rotation on our CD player. My kids and I also watch the DVDs of "Yellow Submarine" and "Magical Mystery Tour" (which shows how truly hard core we are) every few days.
Anyway, I went in search of DVDs of "Hard Day's Night" and "Help" and found out THEY ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. It seems they have been TAKEN OFF THE MARKET just as the Fabs were hitting Number 1 again across the land! Same goes for VHS tapes and DVDs of the "Beatles Anthology" and "Compleat Beatles" documentaries, all listed as "out of print and no longer available."
HELLO-- Who's reponsible for this FIASCO? Someone ought to be fired immediately for this, since there's no telling how much money is being lost minute-by-minute. The Beatles are once again the HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD, and their best movie work is suddenly UNAVAILABLE? The stupidity of this marketing move is almost inconceivable.
Anyway, I was lucky enough to find a tired, worn-out VHS tape of "Help" on the bottom shelf of the local video store and brought it home. The kids, of course, FLIPPED and I found myself once again amazed at what truly natural, charismatic performers the Fabs were.
Although rock critics have always liked "Hard Day's Night" more, I must admit "Help" has always been my favorite Beatles movie. Viewing it again after 20-odd years, I'm amazed at its innocent charm and how well some of the sight gags hold up.
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Yes, at your recommendation, I ordered the same thing and I was amazed at the quality of the product that I got. I don't know what I should be looking for in the way of damage, but I sure as heck can't see anything wrong with it except that the spindles(?) that hold the discs in place in the... Read More
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ridiculous price
Agree. I just found this DVD today at Costco for $17.39!!
Dec 2, 2007 by Howard Lee |  See all 2 posts
Captioned or subtitled
A good question. More specifically, if there are captions/subtitles do they continue through the songs? I'm a TESOL instructor and my students can handle an off-the-wall film like this provided the captions/subtitles are good.
Nov 12, 2011 by Nicholas Lamelza |  See all 2 posts
Poster Problems?
I have a disc 2 that is actually the same as disc one. No special anything, we were happy till that point. Now I'm waiting for the exchange and wishing this all had not cost so much. I hope I have better luck with the next one.
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