Save Big On Open-Box & Preowned: Buy "Yellow Submarine” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 43% off the $29.98 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Preowned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
What emerges is a vivid time capsule of the late '60s and a minor milestone in animation. The music represents the quartet's zenith--Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The story line, cobbled together by producer Al Brodax and a committee of writers, is a broad, feather-light allegory set in idyllic Pepperland, where the gentle citizens are threatened by the nasty, music-hating Blue Meanies and their surreal arsenal of henchmen, with the Beatles enlisted to thwart the bad guys. Visually, designer Heinz Edelmann mixes the biomorphic squiggles, day-glo palette, and Beardsley-esque portraits of Peter Max with rotoscoped still photographs and film; Edelmann's animated collages also nod to Andy Warhol and Magritte in properly psychedelic fashion, which works wonderfully with such terrific songs.
High orthodox Beatlemaniacs can still grouse that the animated Fab Four are (literally) flat archetypes, but that's missing the sheer bloom of the music or the giddy, campy fun of the visuals. Making sense of the story is second to submerging blissfully in the sights and sounds of this video treat. --Sam Sutherland
- Behind The Scenes Featurette, Interviews
- Original Pencil Drawings
- Photo Gallery
- Isolated Music Track
- Included Trivia Booklet
Top Customer Reviews
The color saturation is sumptuous. There are some imperfections, but on the whole this is a first class restoration. If you want appreciate the restoration, look at the original theatrical trailer or the "making of" documentary extras.
The re-mastered audio brings new complexity and detail to familiar Beatle material (even on my strictly middlebrow home entertainment system). The opening a cappella chorus of "Nowhere Man" sounded like it was recorded yesterday.
For a generation that has not seen this film, Yellow Submarine is a perfect time capsule for 60's psychedelic era. The film begins in under the sea in Pepperland, an idyllic musical community, which is attacked by the music-hating Blue Meanies. "Young Fred" manages to escape the attack in the Yellow Submarine, which takes him to England. He recruits the Beatles to return with him to Pepperland to join the battle between the forces of order (the Blue Meanies) and the forces of creativity and love. The plot is pretty much as hokey as it sounds, but it is merely a vehicle for the music, humor, surrealism, artistic and social sensibilities of the psychedelic 60's. And it is there that the movie emphatically succeeds.
The animation is certainly not as sophisticated as some more modern efforts, but it stands up remarkably well. There was a lot of revolutionary (for the 60's) integration of animation and live action. The colors are gorgeous. Visually, this is still a very entertaining film.
If you don't like the Beatles music, or are bored by animation, stay away. If you are on the fence about getting this DVD, buy it. You won't be disappointed. And if you love the Beatles, this DVD should move to the top of your list.
Having only seen this movie (well, and MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, which you probably haven't seen, and there's a reason for that....) of The Beatles I cannot compare it to the other 3 (HARD DAY'S NIGHT, HELP!, and LET IT BE). So I can only operate in this sphere of knowledge.
YELLOW SUBMARINE, simply put, is one weird movie. They take elements of The Beatles mythology and throw it all together and end up with a place called Pepperland which, for some strange reason (I don't think the film says why, though I may be wrong) is being invaded by Blue Meanies. Oh yes...... The Blue Meanies want to make everything blue. It has the very hippy or 1960s message of love and music will save the day, which is what happens. Through the way we get several visually dynamic (and altogether strange) music video segments. The Beatles were ahead of their times, let me tell you. I AM THE WALRUS is one of the first music videos.
Anyway, its campy fun, though when watching the film it seems a lot longer than it actually is. The animation portrays a convoluted world, full of unique beings found only in a drug-induced cosmos. Throw that in with the fact its mainly about The Beatles, and we have a very trippy and fun movie. Jeremy is the most memorable character.
And no, The Beatles do not play themselves. In that respect, this isn't really a Beatles movie at all, its just a film produced by their company about them, and they did a little afterword (you see them for like a minute or 2). It also put in the excised "Hey Bulldog" sequence from the American version. They advertised that there was a lost Beatles song that would be included with the new release of Yellow Submarine. It wasn't a song at all, just the lost footage. Liars. No, I'm not bitter at all!
Opening narration: "Once upon a time... or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland. 80,000 leagues beneath the sea, it lay, or lies... I'm not too sure."
Well, that unearthly paradise comes under the attack of the Blue Meanies, masked, gold-toothed, blue-furred creatures who with their tall apple-bearing bonkers, missile firing clowns, Snapping Turks, anti-music missile, and the dreadful flying glove, lay waste to Pepperland, turning it from a colourful paradise to a black-and-white wasteland, and draining the life force of its citizenry. Young Fred goes for help in the title craft moments after the string-quartet loving Lord Mayor is bonked.
There's another wasteland--Liverpool, at least as perceived by Ringo. Nothing exciting ever happens to him, and he feels like a splintered drumstick. That is, until Fred knocks on the Beatles' door with a cry for help: "H is for Hurry, E is for urgent, L is for Love me, and P for Please!" All the Beatles, well realized down to their voices, end up helping Fred, climb aboard the submarine, and away they go!
The scene of the hall of doors made me wonder if it's a reflection of the subconscious.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great movie, yes, but be careful, as the copy I received was not formatted for widescreen TVs. Should've sprung for the blu-ray!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love this film. It's a glorious overview of the iconic illustration styles of the 1960s, along with wonderful music and a whimsical plot. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Aisling D.
Such an acid trip movie! I love the Beatles! Watch out for those newer, bluer meanies!Published 2 months ago by SassyPants
This is my grandson's favorite movie and we only had it on VHS. I ordered it on DVD for him and his Grandpa and they loved having their own copies of the movie.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|New YS dvd||
I agree. Does anyone know if there are even any new extra features planned for this edition? Regardless, instead of remastering and rereleasing Yellow Submarine for the nth time over, what should happen is for Apple to do a proper rerelease of Magical Mystery Tour, as it seems very difficult to... Read More
Apr 1, 2012 by John M. Kertis | See all 3 posts
|Not sure why the selling price is so high from the indy sellers.||
WHY was this taken out of print? "Help!" just came out on DVD (finally) last year, A Hard Day's Night remains in print, and still no sign of Let It Be. For crying out loud, you can get Magical Mystery Tour on DVD but not the masterpiece that is Yellow Submarine? What gives?
Sep 8, 2009 by Shaun Navis | See all 3 posts
|How can I tell if it's a genuine DVD?||
I bought a DVD off of one of the sellers, and it was a rip-off. It was obviously a VHS burned to DVD, and even though it had the right packaging it was a bootleg. Be very aware that if you buy one from a seller, it will most likely be a bootleg copy.
Oct 6, 2010 by Boise Mark | See all 2 posts
|Subtitles||Be the first to reply|
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > 10-12 Years
- Movies & TV > Animation
- Movies & TV > Cult Movies
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Fantasy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Kids & Family
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Music Videos & Concerts
- Movies & TV > MGM Home Entertainment > All MGM Titles
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Music Artists > The Beatles > Feature Films
- Movies & TV > Music Artists > The Beatles > George Harrison
- Movies & TV > Music Artists > The Beatles > Ringo Starr
- Movies & TV > Musicals & Performing Arts > Musicals
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Animation
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > MGM Home Entertainment > All MGM Titles