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The Beatles - Help! (1965)

John Lennon , Paul McCartney , Richard Lester  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Beatles
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Writers: Charles Wood, Marc Behm
  • Producers: Walter Shenson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 1997
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304708491
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beatles - Help!" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 Newsreels
  • Silent Footage of set & world premiere
  • Still photos & Posters
  • Open radio interview with the Beatles

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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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171 of 194 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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82 of 95 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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Is "Help!" a true widescreen presentation or "fake letterbox"?
For more information about the screen aspect ratios in this 20007 re-issue of Help! go to
http://www.whatgoeson.com/features/the-beatles/new-help-dvd-a-technical-comparison.html
Nov 12, 2007 by Dee Zee |  See all 16 posts
Warehouse Deals (Amazon) price for Help! Deluxe Set - check it out
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
Oct 8, 2008 by Shrubbz |  See all 4 posts
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.
Dec 26, 2007 by Debbie L. Kinney |  See all 2 posts
about help "the beatles" thanks Be the first to reply
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