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5.0 out of 5 stars HELP! DVD Review, November 2, 2007
This review is from: Help! (DVD)
OK, I'm sure there will be 100's of reviews of the film itself, so I'll just skip to the tech review of the disc:

Video:

Full marks to the restoration team; as this is the best you're ever going to see this colourful 1965 classic. Nearly every scratch and dirt speck is gone and the colours look fantastic on DVD.

Sound:

A full 5.1 DTS remix (not much help if you still only have Dolby Digital). Very similar to the Anthology/Love mixes of their mid 60's stuff; not many flashy rear effects (just a bit of reverb to fill it out) but for the modernists - the drums are in the centre and the new mix is a beefy one.

Extras:

A Missing Scene: Just to save you the same disappointment I had - THIS SCENE IS STILL MISSING! However, we do get Wendy Richard, Richard Lester and other insiders; giving an in-depth rundown on the lost SAM AHAB scene.

The Beatles in Help!: A great documentary featuring period interviews of the Beatles with lots of behind the scenes footage interlaced with some snippets of outtakes and 8mm home movies. Very informative. Richard Lester details some of the problems of filming in the mists of Beatlemania (there's even footage of mass crowds in the Swiss Alps!). Neil Aspinell also appears; confirming the well worn stories the Beatles recreational drug use on set.

The Restoration of Help! - An in-depth look at the restoration process.

Memories of Help! - More focused on the crews experiences making the film than the 30-minute documentary. Contains behind the scenes and home movie footage.

Plus two 2 US trailers, a spanish one (with no dubbed Beatles - sadly) and hidden Radio promos.
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2011 5:32:32 PM PDT
Love to get this on BR. do you know if this will be happening in the near future?

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:21:05 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 9, 2013 7:18:19 AM PST
Great review. I am so irritated with Amazon now because I want more reviews like yours that apply to the product mentioned. I do not want to get all these Siskel and Ebert wanna-bes. I could careless whether they like the film or not. I want reviews that tell me what the quality of the disc is and I want to know if it is worth purchasing a Blu Ray over a DVD. Stuff like that. Am I not going to purchase a movie because some schmuck did not like it? Never once has a Siskel or Ebert convinced me one way or the other.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 11:56:21 AM PDT
JNagarya says:
"recreational drug use".

Alcohol is a drug, and most use it recreationally -- as did The Beatles. Why isn't that a "controversial" topic? Or a topic at least worth mentioning.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 2:41:07 PM PST
Blackie says:
Spoken like a full-fledged AA support group facilitator. Good luck in your recovery.
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