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5.0 out of 5 stars A Collector's treasure., October 6, 2012
This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour Deluxe Box Set (Blu-ray/DVD/double-vinyl EP) (Blu-ray)
This Review is for the box set edition of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour 2012 release. I have used the basic content in order as listed in the press release and on the box itself and will elaborate on it based on my viewing of both the Blu Ray and DVD set which I was lucky enough to receive on October 5th.
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour is basically their 1967 home movie which bewildered audiences at the time.
Today it allows us to look back at a time when the Summer of Love seemed endless and possibilities were limitless.
This box set contains the DVD & Blu-Ray, as well as a very nice softcover 60 page book with background information, photographs and production notes.The book also contains period reviews of the film,which were not so kind.and also includes a faithful reproduction of the mono double 7" vinyl EP of the films six Beatles songs.The discs are pressed in the USA on reproduction Parlophone labels.,and mirror the original British issue which accompanied the films 1967 TV premiere.The EP is remastered,possibly from the 2009 Mono Masters set,but I'm not sure.

Special Features include:

Director's Commentary - by Paul McCartney. Very anecdotal,with several interesting McCartneyesque quips,and some sharp barbs at BBC censors.

The Making of Magical Mystery Tour (19m 05s) - Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.Very enjoyable,and adds some much needed background to the proceedings

Ringo the actor (2m 30s) - Ringo describes his role in the film and mentions his other acting experiences.

Meet The Supporting Cast (11m 27s) - Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle are profiled.Again,not essential,but adds a little to the depth of the filmby way of additional outtake footage.

`Your Mother Should Know' (2m 35s)
`Blue Jay Way' (3m 53s)
`The Fool On The Hill' (3m 05s)
- These three songs are presented in previously unseen edited editions. These alternate versions will especially be interesting to Beatle collectors,as they have not been released officially or bootlegged.They are,however,not quite as crisp visually as the remastered film itself.

`Hello Goodbye' (3m 24s), as featured in Top of the Pops 1967
- The Beatles had the BBC film them in the editing process when they were working on Magical Mystery Tour. the resulting film was edited to create a promo which was subsequently broadcast on Top of the Pops. Done in Black and white,this is a great addition to any Beatles collection and it also makes its DVD debut here.

Nat's Dream (2m 50s) - This deleted scene from the original film was directed by John Lennon and features Nat Jackley.
Of interest to Beatle collectors is the music soundtrack to this deleted scene,"Shirley's Wild Accordion",a Lennon-McCartney instrumental composition,recorded at Abbey Road during the Blue Jay Way sessions on October 12,1967. and produced By John Lennon. This features Shirley Evans on accordion,Paul McCartney on maraca,with some incidental background yelling,and Ringo Starr on drums.Never released until now.

Ivor Cutler - `I'm Going In A Field' (2m 35s) - Cutler is featured performing on a keyboard `I'm Going In A Field', and it is the weakest of all the bonus material,.This deleted scene features no other cast members.

Traffic - `Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush' (1m 53s) -Traffic's excellent `Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush',is slightly reminiscent of the Strawberry fields forever Beatles promo. It was commissioned by The Beatles who at one point planned to include it in the film.It survives today as an outtake.

All in all this box set is a beautifully packaged commemorative edition,with the book containing a diary of events as they unfolded.
The DVDs are in a laminated folder and individually enclosed in laminated mini sleeves for protection.
The vinyl mono EP is also a faithful reproduction,but the sleeves seem a little too snug for the enclosed discs.The remastered film is beautifully reproduced ,both visually and musically.I will have listen more closely to note sonic differences between the Blue Ray and the regular DVD.At present,to my ear The Blue Ray 5.1 stereo is about as good as it gets.
As far as the film itself,It should be looked at for what it is,53 minutes of the Beatles being themselves.That should be good enough for anyone.
As far as the price,I hedged a bit at first,but such a quality package makes it an essential purchase for the avid Beatle collector.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2012 8:19:37 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2012 8:47:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2012 10:35:40 PM PDT
You have misunderstood my statement.I Do own this set..I have watched it in its entirety.but used some content listing from the press release and elaborated on it,so it somewhat resembled the Amazon contents list.
.For example, you would have to watch the special features to know that Shirley's Wild Accordion is the soundtrack to an outtake.I also supplied the session data.that That has never been mentioned in any press release or review. By that fact alone It should be obvious by my extensive comments throughout the review,such as the tight fitting EP jackets on the vinyl,that my review was legitimate.Please re-read my review,I have edited my original review to clarify the points you misunderstood,And I hope that the information I give,based on my viewng of all elements of the box is useful to you. Please let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 1:11:22 PM PDT
Dale Waldrop says:
Very informative. I have mine ordered. Thanks, Chris.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 2:59:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2012 3:20:41 PM PDT
You're welcome,Dale
I hope you enjoy it as much as I am enjoying it.
Capitol/Apple did a great job.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 12:46:46 PM PDT
Excellent review, Chris. Did you find the Easter Eggs?

Also, did Apple include a mono option with the original soundtrack, or is it only the 5.1 mix? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 6:14:52 PM PDT
Hi Chris. Thanks for your kind words .I didn't find any Easter eggs,but I did find a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour ticket in the box that i had forgotten to mention in my review..
Unfortunately,there was no mono soundtrack to this DVD.
I was also hoping for the original film as broadcast in black and white as an option,but no luck.I have heard that the mono mix for some of the incidental music in the black and white mono version of the original broadcast is much different than in the subsequent stereo versions,but I can't confirm this,as I have never seen or heard it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 5:52:42 AM PDT
The original, mono soundtrack is indeed different. I'm sorry they didn't include it. Still, I'm looking forward to my copy.

I've been informed by those who know that there ARE Easter Eggs. Look and you shall find. :-) (Some additional unreleased film clips, apparently!)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 8:13:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2012 8:25:43 AM PDT
Wow Thanks so much Chris,you're right,they're in the round half circles to the left and right of the main menu bar,and the small stars on the left and right. just above the half circles .I would have never known.

They are as follows:

"Fish and Chips Shop",where the bus disembarks at a fish and chips shop and they stand in line to eat.
"Jessies Blues"-A bus song filmed at night
"Magic Alex Sings walls of Jericho,"- another bus song, a sing a long filmed at night
"Missing Dining Room Scene"-,an almost Chaplinesque bit that ends with a group version of "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow".
Are you aware of any release of the mono soundtrack? Thanks for confiming that it is indeed different from the stereo one.
That's something I sure would like to see and hear.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 9:20:17 AM PDT

This is the BBC documentary - can you tell me if the DVD making of has similar scenes or is this documentary an addendum to the set.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 12:19:43 PM PDT
Hi David,
Thanks so much for the link to the BBC Documentary.
It is fantastic and is a great companion piece to the DVD.
The "Making Of" segment on the DVD is much different than the BBC Documentary.Much shorter,there is some overlapping of material,but not all that much.You really do need to see both to get the big picture,as each documentary has scenes that are unique to it.
The "Ringo the Actor" and "Supporting Cast' special features on the DVD also have outtake or deleted footage which do not appear elsewhere.
I hope this answers your question.Thanks again.I really enjoyed the program.
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