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Yellow Submarine (1968)

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  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: German (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (DTS 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Finnish, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English, German, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079J28NC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yellow Submarine" on IMDb

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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.



DVD Packaging:

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



DVD 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]



Interviews:

- 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]


Customer Reviews

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles on Blu-Ray! 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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89 of 110 people found the following review helpful
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Submarine [Blu-ray] review 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles
I've now owned the VHS, DVD and now the Blu-ray. Not a Beatles fan, but I love this animated movie.
Published 10 days ago by Tim Quinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great edition
Love the beatles, love the movie, love, love, love, love is all you need in a land of sub-marines... Great phsyco movie
Published 29 days ago by ALFONSO RUIZPALACIOS Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Thanks for making this delightful movie available in dvd. I bought it for my grandgirl and it could be that her parents and I enjoy it even more!
Published 1 month ago by Susan Seymour
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Too oung For a 5 Year Old ...
The Blue Meanies were too mean - but I think she's still a Beatles fan!
"Why are people so mean???"
Published 1 month ago by Florence Boyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv, luv, luv
just a classic. What is there not to luv. It will be one of the last things I give away before I die. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James C. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This DVD of Yellow Submarine is perfect. Just what the doctor ordered. The sound is better that the original. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Summerville
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Submarine DVD
My 11 year old grandson loves this movie, as does his 10 year old brother.... another way to open up doors to quality music, rather than the crapola being produced.
Published 1 month ago by RJ Massullo
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
as stated in other beatles reviews have always been a fan and this is great. Beatles gave minimal input in regards to filming but gave us great songs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Leonard
1.0 out of 5 stars The "reissued" version of the Yellow Submarine movie is an...
The "reissued" version of the Yellow Submarine movie is an abomination. The original film was a masterpiece. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grant Devitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie - great for kids!
This charming and amazing film is packed with innovative and creative graphic stylings, and great Beatles songs. One of the truly mindblowing films of the 20th century.
Published 2 months ago by Das Kickerboot
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It's been given a new 4K restoration, so it will certainly be better than the previous release.

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