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The Beatles: Help! [Blu-ray] (2013)

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: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Capitol Records
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CRVZRUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beatles: Help! [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Help!'s Blu-ray package pairs the digitally restored original film with these extra features:

1. "The Beatles in Help!" - A 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set.
2. "A Missing Scene" - A film outtake featuring Wendy Richard.
3. "The Restoration of Help!" - An in-depth look at the restoration process.
4. "Memories of Help!" - The cast and crew reminisce.
5. 1965 Theatrical Trailers - Two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer.
6. 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus)

Film Running Time: 96 minutes
Special Features Running Time: 57 minutes
Total Running Time: 2 hours 33 minutes

Editorial Reviews

Help! appears on Blu-ray in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film's director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray's booklet.

Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band's debut feature film, 1964's A Hard Day's Night, Help! follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police.

In addition to starring The Beatles, Help! boasts a witty script, a great cast of British character actors, and classic Beatles songs 'Help!,' 'You're Going To Lose That Girl,' 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away,' 'Ticket To Ride,' 'I Need You,' 'The Night Before,' and 'Another Girl.'


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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HELP! DVD Review 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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167 of 189 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, questionable DVD package 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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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab film from the Fab Four! June 17, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was the first Beatles film I saw. From the first minutes of the film I was hooked! I became an instant Beatle fan.

A religious cult is after Ringo because he is in possession of thier sacrificial ring. There are several failed attempts to obtain the ring: stealing it at night as he sleeps, grabbing it when he posts a letter, the elevator scene, getting the ring at a restaurant and even sawing around his drum set so he will fall through to the basement as the Beatles record "You're Gonna Lose That Girl". Despite these failures, Clang (Leo McKern), the cult leader, is more determined than ever to get the ring from Ringo!

Ahme (wonderfully played by Eleanor Braun), a priestess of the cult is secretly working with the Beatles to keep them out of harms way.

Added to the mix are two bumbling scientists Professor Foot and Algernon (Victor Spinetti and Roy Kinnear respectively), and a Scotland Yard superintendent played by Patrick Cargill. To Cargill everything is "famous" (the famous Ringo, famous Beatles, famous plan).

John, Paul, George and Ringo are all charming as ever. The settings run from England, to the ski slopes of Austria to the Bahamas.

There are so many funny things in this movie that you can't just watch it one time and catch them all.

The soundtrack to this movie is awesome: "Help!", "The Night Before", "I Need You", "Another Girl", "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", "She's A Woman" and "Ticket To Ride".

It's such a shame that MPI is no longer producing this movie. I truly hope another distributor will be able to gain the rights so it will once again be available.

It is well worth the trouble of hunting a copy of this movie down because everything about it is timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Beatles in a Stupid movie but who cares
Loved it. The music the comedy of the fab four, and above all the music. It's in no ways like "Hard Day's Night", this is almost a cartoon type but it still fun the plot... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Who cares
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny.. Very British
I love the Beatles as musicians and find them to be extremely funny in this movie. This movie is filled with subtle/dry humor and a lot of random goofy-ness and absurd happenings. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Sara Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars Help!
I'm from the 60's, so seeing this movie again brought back some memories.I've always loved their music & hope the younger generation will come to love it as well. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bev manegold
5.0 out of 5 stars A much improved Classic! A must for any Beatles Fan. The Extras add to...
A much improved Classic! Ok I admit, I'm a huge Beatles fan. Although it came out in 1965, I remember watching it in the early 70's at the repertory theatres; then came the beta,... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Gregory Gazin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
thank you thank you very very very much.What a sound a pix wow all I can say right now But yeah great
Published 29 days ago by wizard2465
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical!
Loved it. I would recommend this for family viewing. It is quite comical & the music is fantastic.
How could you go wrong with the Beatles!
Published 1 month ago by Becky Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEATLES
got it fast loved those guys they had such great senses of humor. to bad they didnt make more movies
Published 1 month ago by scott wallawine
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Movie - Help !
Help ! is a good movie, and I'm glad I bought it. It's a fun filled adventure with a lot of good songs included throughout the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Claudia Soper
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm not happy
I loved that group so for me its no only important the disc also the packed although OI received on time when decide to open I'm very disappointing because the case its broken and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
My wife loves it, good packaging, but took longer then expected to get here as a prime item. Finished the wife's collection
Published 1 month ago by Jojo
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