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  • Actors: Alexis (XI), Jan Carson, George Claydon, Ivor Cutler, Mal Evans
  • Directors: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 10, 1991
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301095294
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This 1968 oddity is probably a film only a total Beatlemaniac could love, but it carries both musical and historical resonance. It also gives intimations of what would happen in the next 30 years as artists gained more and more power over how they were presented. The roots of virtually any rock star's vanity project (including Prince's Under the Cherry Moon) can be traced to this little Liverpudlian home movie. Fresh from the success of their films A Hard Day's Night and Help!, and still under the influence of the intoxicants of the era, the Beatles set out to make their own fancifully psychedelic project. What they got out of it was, essentially, a knock-off album with a few good songs and a lot of filler, which is more than can be said for this alternately self-indulgent and mildly amusing British version of Ken Kesey's magic bus tour. Using some of their favorite actors (including Victor Spinetti, who was in their first two movies), the Beatles make an alternative British travelogue, stopping occasionally to sing songs like "I Am the Walrus" and "The Fool on the Hill." Strictly for completists. --Marshall Fine

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We all know that this movie was the only bad thing the beatles did.
David Maccarnold
This movie has been through the ringer by the critics but for Beatle fans like myself, its a must have.
L. Colwell
The quality of the VHS release is far superior to the DVD available in 2009.
Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By paperbackriter VINE VOICE on November 14, 2001
Format: DVD
As both Paul McCartney and George Harrison have stated, it was the Beatles who invented rock videos. The Fab Four created promo films for Ticket to Ride, Paperback Writer, Rain, Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane prior to the release of "Magical Mystery Tour" in 1967. It is the video performances of Blue Jay Way, I Am the Walrus, Your Mother Should Know, etc. which are, without a doubt, the highlight of "Mystery Tour". Admittedly, the movie is amateurish; lacking in plot and void of any sensibility. Taken as a film per se, "Magical Mystery Tour" would rate 1-star. However, taken as a compilation of videos, the film greatly succeeds. (I simply skip the nonsensical parts and head straight for the musical performances.) The music is, of course, absolutely impeccable and the videos are so much more engaging than current MTV fare. In fact, the clip for I Am the Walrus-- with its dancing "eggmen"-- may just be the coolest, most off-beat song promo ever filmed. The spot for Fool on the Hill --with Paul gazing high atop the Pyrennes-- is absolutely beautiful and quite befitting of that elegant song. Also, you just gotta love that silly wizard garb the guys break out for their performance of the title song. On the downside, the DVD itself is subpar. The picture, in dire need of remastering, is inexcusably grainy. Quite frankly, the film looks like a cheap VHS transfer. So why 4-stars for a plotless movie wrapped in a lousy DVD presentation? One word: MUSIC! More specifically, great Beatle music. That is the saving grace of "Magical Mystery Tour".
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By IA on May 22, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
When I first saw this film I simply couldn't understand why so many people ganged up to trash it. I've seen it two more times since then with friends and my opinion has only strengthened.
To me this is a far more interesting film than overrated boomer nostalgia like a "Hard Day's Night" because it gives a better look into their personalities--this is their film, and the truest test of just how much you're on the Beatles' wavelength, which means a liking for Goon-show type humor and pop surrealism. Therefore people who expect every movie to have a "point" or nice understandable plot should go back to kino-kindergarden and skip the film. (The sort of people who beat words like "self-indulgent" and "weird" into the ground to describe what isn't instantly understandable) MMT is basically a set of music videos loosely held together by the various goings-on during a Ken Kesey-esque coach trip. And at 55 minutes it's too short to be boring anyway. The entire point is to sit back and not bother--to quote Bob Dylan--shoveling each dream into the ditch of what each one means.
The film of course has large flaws. There are quite a few comic situations, but the Beatles don't really develop them.(John and George are more out of it than Ringo and Paul too.) Some of the lightly sketched sequences do drag a bit as a result.But the movie's strength lies in its resolute silliness--like an overlush, parodic seaside "love affair", John dressed up as an Italian waiter endlessly shoveling mud-like spaghetti for a obese woman, or the Beatles capering around in wizard's outfits like kids who've eaten too much sugar.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on January 15, 2001
Format: DVD
Most of you probably know the general details of the plot and the circumstances of this made-for-TV movie by the Beatles, so I'll stick to a review of the DVD itself. The b/w newsreels (Beatles opening their Apple Boutique, Beatles at Rishikesh) are interesting, some promos for the other Beatles-related films are OK, but I was not prepared for the really dismal quality of the film itself. A colorful (psychedelic, at that) film is now flat and washed out, the print itself speckled and grainy. This film cries out for restoration! An enjoyable film for Beatles fans (great proto-music videos), but if you have the VHS version, you don't need to spring for the DVD until a new edition (hopefully) gets released.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Ewing on July 5, 2007
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I had seen this many years ago so I knew what to expect - if you don't know, don't expect something like "A Hard Days Night". This is a very eccentric sales pitch for their new album at the time "Magical Mystery Tour". The credits list Ringo as the director of photography, and maybe it's true - but he's a better drummer and human being than either a director or photographer. Yet, there is much to appreciate in the historical content, and plenty to put a smile on the face of a fan. I was disappointed in the video quality, it was apparently taken from a well used and faded film. Plenty of scratches are visible, the colors are very faded, and scenes with the Beatles in white tuxes are terribly washed out. HOWEVER, if you already have everything else of theirs, you may yet enjoy some of this video. If nothing else, see where the band "Death Cab for Cutie" got their name.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. Fouts on November 24, 2007
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The product I received was an obvious pirated copy. The cover was low quality, but more importantly, the DVD was very low quality. I think this was produced by someone filming the screen in a movie theater. The video was fuzzy and the sound was crummy. The only reason I give it a star is because it played. I was surprised to see this from Amazon, even though it came from a 3rd party vendor.
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