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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music and animation, a fantasy Beatles delight!, April 3, 2012
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This review is from: Yellow Submarine (DVD)
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. All the work 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 original Yellow Submarine theatrical trailer, audio commentary with producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, some brief interview clips with other people associated with the film, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings plus 30 behind-the-scenes photos. Both Digipak sets 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).
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2012 5:36:39 AM PDT
Groucho M says:
Fairly accurate, except that Peter Max had nothing to do with the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:09:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2012 9:20:51 AM PDT
Valnastar says:
True, but he's the best known artist of that style from the time.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 6:47:46 PM PDT
Why are you reviewing this when this hasn't even come out?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 7:52:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 14, 2012 8:22:58 PM PDT
Valnastar says:
It may not be out yet but Amazon is looking for orders for it already aren't they and the information in the review is useful to people thinking of purchasing it. I've listed the extra features content that will be on this particular DVD and what I think of the movie itself, which I've seen many, many times. I've not mentioned anything about the DVD that I can't know yet, I've only provided information on what is known at this time and on the actual film. It should be easy to see that many people find that kind of information helpful when deciding whether or not to advance order it. It's especially helpful where Amazon is sometimes a bit short on information on DVD content.

At the time of this writing there are two other reviews here for this DVD, yet I don't see that comment posted on those other reviews. This is not like reviewing a novel that no one's read yet. Many people have seen this roughly 40-year-old film already. For those who haven't, but are thinking of buying it, advance reviews are helpful.

On a broader note, virtually EVERY DVD released has reviews of it here on Amazon before its release date. People list episodes for TV DVD show releases, extra features, whether they liked the show or movie, and other helpful content notes. For those who haven't noticed this fact you haven't been paying attention. And if you can't see where content lists and viewer opinions are helpful to others I don't think anyone can explain that, one either "gets it" or one doesn't.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:59:56 AM PDT
Moreover, Max was employed by Milton Glaser who was originally offered the position that was taken by Heinz Edelmann who created the look for the film. Max ripped off Glaser's style and has enjoyed this underserved credit and influence lo these many years. Peter Max copied Glaser and Submarine not the other way around!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:06:05 AM PDT
Reviewing a movie in order to offer info on format and content before release is completely valid or are you advocating that buyers should make blind purchases completely ignorant of content?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 1:42:48 PM PDT
F. Maxwell says:
You reviewed the movie without having actually seen, or heard, it. So how did you arrive at a five star rating? What if all of that (widely available) publicity info that you re-posted here turns out to be nothing more than hype, the movie audio and video restoration is sub-par? And people still see your 5-star rating and order it only to be disappointed.

You seem to believe that it's okay to assign 5-star ratings because:
1. Other people do it.
2. You think that what you have re-posted has value.

When it comes to ethics, I don't think you "get it."

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 3:49:20 PM PDT
Uncle Dave says:
You know, if you guys have a beef against plugging a dvd or blu-ray, before it is actually released, you should be blaming Amazon's review software for allowing it, not blaming a fan of the movie for his or her up-front enthusiasm! The Beatles professed LOVE, here.....In fact, the entire theme of the movie was LOVE! So stop spreading negativity and HATE, like a bunch of blue-meanies! Thanks for the preview, Valnastar...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 6:25:53 PM PDT
F. Maxwell says:
And it's really my motorcycle manufacturer's fault that I got a speeding ticket, because they didn't prevent my motorcycle from exceeding 70mph. Sorry, but I'm a personal responsibility kind of guy: If you have not seen/used a product, then don't give it high ratings, because people are making purchase decisions based on the 'number of stars' that products have.

P.S. I have a huge amount of enthusiasm about this release, but this re-release is not out yet, so I can't rate it. But I have pre-ordered it.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 11:15:20 AM PDT
You're all nuts...it is a good movie before after blu ray.
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