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Produced by George Martin [Blu-ray]

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Produced By George Martin is a feature length profile of Sir George Martin, Britain's most celebrated record producer. The film talks about his childhood, his war experience and his early days as a music student. In the early fifties he joined EMI/Parlophone and started working on orchestral music, comedy records and music for children. Then in 1962 he signed The Beatles. Together George Martin and The Beatles revolutionized pop music and recording techniques forging probably the greatest producer / artist collaboration there will ever be. The film is in an intimate portrait of George Martin at home and at work. It features numerous classic clips of the artists he has produced and new interviews with many of them including Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Jeff Beck, Rolf Harris, Cilla Black, Millicent Martin and Bernard Cribbins. / Bonus Features:
Over 50 minutes of additional interviews not included in the TV broadcast version including contributions from Rick Rubin, T Bone Burnett, Howard Goodall, Jimmy Webb and Ken Scott.

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  • Actors: George Martin
  • Directors: George Martin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008GFI3QE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 90-minute documentary on producer George Martin originally aired earlier this year on the BBC's Arena program. (it is supplemented on this wonderful DVD by 55 minutes of bonus footage - more on this below).

If you are coming to this film to learn about Martin's work with the Beatles, you will find plenty here but you will need to wait till the 38-minute mark (on your DVD counter) for that info. That's because the classically-trained 81 year-old Martin started his career at EMI in the early 1950s (producing orchestral records and comedy records - mostly with Peter Sellers and The Goons) and, by 1955, was head of EMI's Parlophone label. We hear (a few times) in the film that, before Martin, record producers "reproduced sounds" while Martin was the first to "paint with them". He was a true pioneer.

There is a large section on those British comedy records and many of these artists will be unfamiliar to Amerucan viewers (remember this was made for the BBC), but they only add to the depth of Martin's career.

As noted above, we soon get to the Beatles and Martin relates how they worked in the studio and what part each of the Beatles took in the recordings. What's great is that Martin is still alive and the film is loaded with interviews with Martin and the likes of McCartney, Starr, Michael Palin (Monty Python), Jimmy Webb in which the musicians ask Martin questions. Both McCartney and Starr discuss World War II in a non-music-related section.

The interviewer who gets the most screen time is Martin's son, Giles, who is also a record producer (and CO-produced the Cirque du Soliel soundtrack for "LOVE"). The father-son dialogue is fascinating.
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...is the credit George Martin said should be on Let It Be and that is one of many amazingly candid comments Sir George Martin reveals to the viewer in this stunning film. It would be easy to come up with more questions than they got to about this or that but truly ...this is a watershed documentary. One of my favorite things of this documentary is that the subject is still alive and participates actively in the process which is great, and so many legends he produced participated. Both of these things are far too rare and lend not only an authenticity to the proceedings but glimpses into the true admiration these artists have for George and him to their work...and so much fun to know that George Martin was playing the little piano part on America's song Tin Man and so many other fun anecdotes. Only Barry Gibb comes close to matching George Martin's record of producing #1 hits. And lets not forget that besides all the recording stuff which is considerable and great...this documentary is so well rounded that it gives us many glimpses into Sir George's personal life even beginning with the love of his life and the story of them meeting at the start of his career with EMI! This is something I will watch over and over and besides the 1 and 1/2 hour doc there is another hour of bonus interview footage with things like current legendary producers (Rick Rubin among others)discussing how Sir George changed the rules for producing and other topics they couldn't squeeze into the proper film ...just the kind of special feature DVDs and Blu Rays should have!
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While no one can deny the inherent musical genius of the Beatles, it's worth speculating whether it would have reached the same dizzying heights of creativity and artistic growth (and over the same 7-year period) had the lads never crossed paths with Sir George Martin. It's a testament to the unique symbiosis between the Fabs and their gifted producer that one can't think of one without also thinking of the other. Yet there is still much more to Martin than his celebrated association with John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Martin is profiled in this engaging and beautifully crafted 2011 BBC documentary. The film traces his career from the early 50s to present day. His early days at EMI are particularly fascinating; a generous portion of the film focuses on his work there producing classical and comedy recordings (including priceless footage of Peter Sellers from his Goon Show days). Disparate as Martin's early work appears to be from the rock'n'roll milieu, I think it prepped him for his future collaboration with the Fabs, on a personal and professional level. His experience with comedians likely helped the relatively reserved producer acclimate to the Beatles' irreverent sense of humor, and Martin's classical training and gift for arrangement certainly helped to guide their creativity to a higher level of sophistication.

The film is a bit of a family affair as well. You get a good sense of the close and loving relationship Martin has with his wife Judy (who he met while working for EMI) and son Giles (who is following in his dad's footsteps; they collaborated on the remixes of Beatle songs for the LOVE soundtrack album). At 81, Martin is still spry, full of great anecdotes and a class act all the way.
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