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The Beatles' classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release. The film's songtrack album CD is also being re-issued.

Currently out of print, the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film's restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Bonus features for the Yellow Submarine DVD and Blu-ray include a short making-of documentary titled Mod Odyssey" (TRT: 7:30), the film's original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, several brief interview clips with others involved with the film, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos. Both Digipak packages will include reproductions of animation cels from the film, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet with a new essay by Yellow Submarine aficionado John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios).

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC's animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including Eleanor Rigby," When I'm Sixty-Four," Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," All You Need Is Love," and It's All Too Much." When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Blu-Ray Packaging:

Digi Blu-Ray to include 16 page booklet, reproductions of film cells of each of the four Beatles characters + stickers.

Blu-Ray Tracklisting

Feature film [TRT: 89:00]

Fully restored in 4K and presented in the original aspect ratio of 1:66-1

Audio options:

English 5.1 DTS

German 5.1 DTS

Italian 5.1 DTS

English Dolby Stereo

Original Mono

Audio Commentary Heinz Edelmann (Art Director) and John Coates (Producer)

Subtitle languages (feature only):

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Finnish, Japanese

Extra features:

Mod Odyssey documentary [TRT: 7:30]

Original theatrical trailer [TRT: 3:30]

Storyboard sequences:

- Sea of Monsters (split screen footage) [TRT: 4:20]

- Battle of the Monsters [118 images]

- Pepperland [64 images]


- Paul Angelis (voice of Ringo and Chief Blue Meanie) [TRT: 1:39]

- John Clive (voice of John) [TRT: 2:03]

- David Livesey (key animator) [TRT: 1:11]

- Millicent McMillan (Heinz Edelmann's assistant) [TRT: 1:12]

- Jack Stokes (animation director) [TRT: 3:42]

- Erich Segal (co-writer) [TRT: 1:38]

Original pencil drawings [29 images]

Behind-the-scenes photos [30 images]

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: The Beatles
  • Directors: George Dunning
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), German (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Stereo), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Finnish
  • Dubbed: English, German, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Capitol
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079J28NW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yellow Submarine [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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"Yellow Submarine" surfaces with a sharp, colorful presentation for Blu-ray. The 4K restoration for the film looks brilliant and is a huge upgrade when compared to the original 1999 DVD. I haven't seen the DVD remastered edition of this put out at the same time but I would imagine it uses the same high def source. The painstaking restoration for the film is evident in just about every frame which is brimming with more a sharper, more detailed image and colors that positively pop.

The Beatles (none of the band provided their own voices) are recruited to help overthrow the Blue Meanies when they take over Pepperland by Fred who is going to transport the Fab Four in his Yellow Submarine. Things go awry along the way as Ringo gets launched out of the sub, they meet Jeremy a Nowhere Man who finds helps them free Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from being kept captive by the music hating Blue Meanies. A truly surreal adventure as Jon Lassiter points out in his introduction in the booklet, "Yellow Submarine" truly was revolutionary in its day and still looks dazzling.

Image quality is top notch with a painstakingly restored image filled with sharper images than previously seen. The film probably has never looked this good even when it was shown in 1968 as film development and projection techniques weren't quite as good back in 1968. In fact restoration efforts can often reveal flaws in a film as the resolution is so much better than before. The aspect ratio returns the film to its original 1.66:1 presentation (vs. 1.68:1 for the previous DVD and 1.33:1 for the VHS as I recall).

The lossless audio is marvelous sounding.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Don Strawser on June 7, 2012
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This is an excellent transfer of the film. I've owned the VHS version, the DVD, and now the Blu-ray. Without question the Blu-ray with its remastered video is a revelation. Colors are better, the picture is the sharpest its ever been and the music is well, still the Beatles which means if you're a fan it's a no-brainer. This is the same version as the DVD which means it includes "Hey Bulldog" and a few other minor changes from the VHS release. The audio is available in both a new HD surround track or the original film version.

The movie itself is very simple but wonderfully weird as it involves freeing Pepperland from the clutches of the "Blue Meanies", with numerous Beatles songs along the way. If you like the Beatles, psychedelic animation, or cultural artifacts from the 1960's this is a great buy.
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93 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Valnastar VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
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This new 2012 DVD release of Yellow Submarine is advertised as having been lovingly restored frame by frame to ensure the best picture quality since it was first shown in theaters so many years ago. As for the movie itself, if you're a Beatles or animation fan (or hopefully both) and have never seen this film then you owe it to yourself to do so. The Peter Max-esque artwork is spectacular fantasy fun, the script is highly amusing, and the Beatles music chosen for the film sounds as good today as when it was new. Though the Beatles had little to do directly with the film and their voices are impersonated till the live footage of them singing recorded for the end of the film their sensibilities are all over this project and they did compose three new (at the time) songs for the film, all of them terrific. I can't recommend this movie enough and it's very "family friendly" if you are looking for something fantastic to enthrall your children and introduce them to the music of the Beatles. I saw it in the theater when I was a small child and jumped on buying it on VHS when it was first released. That VHS copy of Yellow Submarine was the most watched movie in our house when our son was very young and I never got tired of it no matter how many times he wanted to watch it. A good thing since he watched it countless times. Now I'm looking forward to this newly restored version on DVD.

According to announcements on The Beatles' official website the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Since the hand-drawn original artwork is quite delicate they have used no automated software in the digital clean-up of the film's restored photochemical elements.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas R. Ferrara on June 12, 2012
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This is a review of the 2012 Blu-Ray release of Yellow Submarine, not a movie review (you can find those elsewhere all over the web). This is the complete movie, as was the 1999 release. Just to compare; this release was visually at least as much of an improvement over the 1999 release as that release was over all of it's predecessors, if not more. Not surprising since the entire film was cleaned and repaired manually cell by cell.

MOVIE VIDEO: The picture is so nice it is hard to believe. Having only seen the movie on the various home video releases over the last 25 or so years, I have never seen this movie look this good. I know how bright the colors in various stills and even the 1968 comic book were, but I had no idea that the movie colors actually matched or even surpassed that vividness. All of the animation looked perfect. The only flaws I could find (specifically looking for flaws, that is) were a very few occasional wobbles in some standing images and the only light pixilation on the entire disk was during the gradient fade up from black during sunrise in Liverpool leading into Eleanor Rigby. To me, that is absolutely acceptable. The actual Beatle footage at he end was still a bit grainy, but I consider that to be very acceptable as well. There is only so much that can be done with poor quality filmstock of live action, at least at this time, and this portion still looks just fantastic compared to any other release of Yellow Submarine.

MOVIE AUDIO: The 5.1 and mono mixes themselves sound exactly the same as the 1999 release, but both are now lossless audio. I don't know if they did any new tweaking or reworking for this release or not, but it sounds as grand as you would expect a Beatles product to sound, and both sound very clean and crisp.
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dts is lossless. Who needs dts sound on a Blu-Ray?
Seems to be some confusion here. LOSSY audio (for example, Dolby Digital or standard DTS) would not be desirable on this release, but LOSSLESS (high resolution) audio would be. And lossless is what you get on this disc. (I have the disc and can confirm it has lossless audio).

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Jun 7, 2012 by James Remsen Jr. |  See all 6 posts
B/2 region?
I want to know as well, I won't get this until I know I can play it on my American Blu-Ray player, until then I'll be ignoring this product.
Jul 8, 2012 by Alan McAnelly |  See all 4 posts
Combo pack?
Looks like separate releases, therefore no combo pack
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