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Rutles - The Rutles Anthology Blu-Ray/DVD

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The classic Beatles parody The Rutles (The Prefab Four) are a band known for their visual and aural pastiches and parodies of The Beatles. This originally fictional band, created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes for 1970s television programming, became an actual group (while remaining a parody of The Beatles) and toured and recorded, releasing two UK chart hits.

Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Innes, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C7OB6RI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Richard Firestone on December 7, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Hang on to your old Rhino DVD of "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash". The new Blu-Ray version is a major disappointment.

The first problem I noticed is that the whole thing has been re-cropped for wide screen, This is typical, and not surprising, but it seems that for some scenes, they couldn't properly crop the top and bottom, so instead, they added an artificial border at the sides, consisting of a blurry image of the right and left edges of the frame to fill out the sides of the screen. Looks awful and distracting.

Next up, the print they used looks bad. It's the cut of the film used for the DVD, which is supposed to be an early edit with a few extended scenes, and a few scenes shuffled around in different order than the broadcast version. Unfortunately, some of the transitions are pretty rough, and if this is an "early" rough cut, then why do I still hear a note or two of music from the start of the scene where the cut was made when the sequencing was moved? Obviously, no clean up work was done on the movie. The "Yellow Submarine Sandwich" sequence looks awful. Like a dull, dirty syndication TV print of "Yellow Submarine" from the 70's.

The soundtrack is another matter. The original audio track was full of alternate mono mixes with different vocals and instruments. Those are mostly gone, with the stereo versions from the LP and Rhino's later CD overdubbed on to the soundtrack. During the whole "Barry Wom's Wedding" sequence, you can hear that they couldn't quite get "Living In Hope" properly synced up with the original soundtrack, resulting in a slight double track sound.

The dialogue has been altered in a few places. A couple of jokes have new "British" punch lines dubbed over the more familiar versions.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By RKT66 on December 7, 2013
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All You Need Is Cash is one of my favorite films of all time. I will always give the film itself 5 stars. Eric's script combined with Neil's fantastic songs, the fine direction and superb acting of the cast created something very special. My review is for this particular release on Blu-ray, and not the film itself.

Unfortunately, I do agree with Richard Firestone's review on many points.

This new release is similar to the version that was released on the Rhino DVD, which is pretty much how the film was originally shown on television in the USA, except that the Blue Suede Schubert bit was also a part of the film and not just a short bonus feature (I have some original U-Matic video tapes that were used to broadcast the film back in March 1978). The pre-Rhino releases on home video featured a shorter edit of the film, which I thought in some cases made for better comedic timing in a few of the scenes.

For a number of reasons, you will definitely want to keep your Rhino DVD or obtain one, assuming it remains in print.

Just in terms of content, the bonus features and Easter eggs on the Rhino release (including Eric Idle commentary, Blue Suede Schubert, extended interviews with Jagger and Simon, Eric Idle's memoir) are not included with this new release apart from the alternate US version of the Brian Thigh scene. The bonus features that came with the original Can't Buy Me Lunch release also are not included here.

In order to make it widescreen, the image has been cropped for most of the film. So, some of Gary Weis's fine work to frame the scenes in the film is lost and you frequently lose the tops of the actors' heads or don't get to see the full graphics for the album covers and books (eg, Nasty's "Out Of Me Head").
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By P. White on December 16, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Here's how to release a blu-ray version of a very popular and decades old tv film.

1. Take the original film negative or print, clean it, fix any age problems, scan at 4K plus and release.
2. Errr. That's it.

What you should not do is alter the aspect ratio of the film, re-record dialogue or edit the very familiar and well loved content.

Can you guess what has happened in this case?
Infuriating Mr Idle, INFURIATING!

Don't waste your time with this release. It's cropped and ruined. Get the dvd and see the real unbutchered film.
I imported this to the UK at some expense so I'm very annoyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Real Music-Not Rap on February 16, 2014
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The Blu-ray is a mediocre "improvement" over the previous DVD, and as others have mentioned, if you have already purchased the DVD you may want to hold onto it. First of all, based on principle alone, the cropping is unwarranted and should have been left alone at its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. If it wasn't filmed in widescreen why crop it to appear in widescreen? Stupid idea, to say the least. However lamebrain an idea it is, the cropping actually doesn't get in the way too much, in the sense that most of the time you can still see the faces in close-up scenes, although the tops of heads may be cut off. Whether this a deal-breaker depends on you the viewer; it bothers me but I can live with it. There are also some edits and additions that I don't remember from the original DVD, so don't expect an exact hi-def copy from the original.

The picture quality is a slight improvement over the DVD. It still appears grainy and obviously is not a showcase Blu-ray, so don't show this one if you are trying to impress your friends who aren't converts to Blu-ray yet.

The 5.1 surround sound is a joke. Forward sound is muted, and the sound coming from the rear speakers is barely discernible.

One annoying thing throughout the film is Eric Idle's so-called bass playing, or his lame attempt at it. Didn't he even get a coach to at least show him how to hold the bass guitar, and how to fake a few licks? The other three actors in the band were actual musicians, or had musical experience, and it shows. Eric Idle, however, is the lone non-musician, and it shows badly. He's pathetic, and even his mouth contortions when he sings, is annoying.
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