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The Beatles - The Beatles Story


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bmg Special Product
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UM1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • History of the Beatles

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Product Description

The hour-long Fab Four biography that aired on Lifetime, plus a "History of the Beatles" featurette! From their Liverpudlian beginnings through Hamburg to Merseybeat, the Maharishi and the band's break-up, this takes you every step of the way.

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This one-hour documentary recounts the musical career of the "Fab Four" in its entirety: from their early days in Liverpool to the peak of their success as the world's most successful pop group. The film is largely archival and built around extensive footage that chronicles the phenomenon of Beatlemania as it rapidly spreads around the globe. Much of the material has not been seen before and includes a number of interviews with the Beatles at critical moments in their career; plus fascinating footage from their final American tour. To complete the film there is also recent footage and retrospective interviews with members of the Beatles' entourage as well as those who have spent time analyzing and evaluating the Beatles' musical and social impact on our lives.

Customer Reviews

There is too much commentary from people that I am not interested in.
nat adamo
No words by these people, instead all film is based on interviews with two-three others who were indeed witnesses but in no way took part in the Beatles art.
Vagif Abilov
Not one note of Beatles music is on this tape (the makers obviously didn't have the time or money to actually get licensed fab four tunes).
Jeff Beal

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Beal on July 31, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If you are some kind of bad documentary junkie who can't get enough of the VH1 Behind the Music ..., this is the video for you. Beatles fans, stay away! I'd really only give this "specialty" item one half star. Not one note of Beatles music is on this tape (the makers obviously didn't have the time or money to actually get licensed fab four tunes). Instead, we get a blend of elevator muzak and other sound-alike liverpudlian bands, neither of which could fool a toddler into thinking it was them. Not since the Ed Rudy "live" rip-offs of the 1960's have I seen such a blatant violation of the Sacred Beatles' name. I spit on this tape.Adding insult to injury, a bunch of "groupies" share meaningless tidbits of information with us, none of which having much relevence to Beatles' history. Aside from some rare interview material it is utterly useless and a terrible disgrace. BEWARE!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nat adamo on August 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I really anticipated this video being a die-hard fan of the Bea tles.But there is precious little new information and footage.There is too much commentary from people that I am not interested in. This reinforces my feeling that the producers needed something to fill in the gap.The video runs about 60 minutes and at times fleshes out film we are all familiar with but very briefly.If you are new to the Beatles or have a casual interest and don't want to spend the money for the Anthology ,you might enjoy this.As for me this was just a momentary fix!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julie A.K. Ross on August 7, 2002
Format: DVD
If you're new to the Beatles, then DON'T start here. This is a bisic overview to the Beatles, but does not go into enough depth to fully understand and contains no music. If you're a die-hard fan, then I would go ahead with it, because thereis some unique footage and spectacular interviews on this disc; the highlights for me are the footage of the Bootleg Beatles and the way Paul talks back to the press about his taking LSD. There is also 1966 footage of interviews with the radio stations about John's "bigger than Jesus" statement, as well as with fans about how they reacted. The fascinating footage and the unique interviews make this DVD great. However, if you are new to the Beatles, start with the "Anthology" boxed set.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vagif Abilov on January 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I second the opinion of another reviewer who also gave this film one star. Whatever artistic reasons film makers had in mind, it is simply impossible to make a decent film about the Beatles without including a piece from their song. And it smells cheap! I'm not well informed Beatles expert, but I know the names of George Martin and Derek Taylor. No words by these people, instead all film is based on interviews with two-three others who were indeed witnesses but in no way took part in the Beatles art.
This is a budget film, do you want it or not. And the Beatles deserved something better.
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The Beatles--The Beatles Story gives us a retrospective history of the rise and fall of the world's greatest rock and roll band. The sound is good; the events are explained in a clear and concise manner and the quality of the archival footage is pretty good, too.

Unfortunately, as other reviewers note, we don't get any footage of The Beatles performing their songs with the sound of them singing--we get just a few video only clips here and there. Much of the sound is from a modern day band imitating The Beatles for a quick buck.

On the other hand, there are redeeming features about this documentary. I enjoyed the interview with Ray McFall, the man who owned The Cavern Club at the time that The Beatles performed there. McFall remarks that their energy was singularly strong and remarkable even when recalled decades later. McFall clearly admired the band and he makes a good person to interview.

In addition, we get interviews with people like Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry and others who give both insight and their own personal memories about the group. We hear stories of the good times when The Beatles could do no wrong; and we see footage of The Beatles having a tough time in concerts when the fans were so loud Ringo was actually playing one song while the other three played another--and none of the band members were aware of this until a chance comment happened to expose it after the show was over. In addition, the movie touches somewhat briefly on Apple, the company founded by The Beatles about the same time that their manager Brian Epstein died.

While the documentary is strong on interviews with people who both knew and knew of The Beatles, it is woefully lacking in terms of much input from the remaining members of the band.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This Story Of The Beatles Is Very Good!This Gives You Inside Details On And About The Legendary Beatles!I Highly Recomend That If Your A Big Beatle Fan To Get This Movie!!!!!
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