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Beatles cult classic delivers,but not without criticism,
This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Most of the people getting the DVD have seen it before, and wanted to get this and "Yellow Submarine" on Blu-Ray. There's nothing much to say about the actual film itself- they tried to do an Electric Kool Aid Acid Test meets the Blackpool Lights. It does make one wish Terry Gilliam or Richard Lester to make it more cohesive, but as a long form video, the meat and bones of the film are the songs put to film.
I can't imagine what the audience who saw this on Boxing Day made from this movie. They weren't the four lovable moptops people loved in "Help" and "A Hard Days Night", that's for sure. The vibe was "we're the Beatles, we can do anything we want, and people will love it". Not when this came out! The bloom was off the rose, and it would be less than a year when John and Yoko would put "Two Virgins" out.
I think for the fan club secretaries who are in the "making of" and played extras, it was a great time for them because when else would they have had access to the band?
I do find it interesting that none of them had their wives and girlfriends in it, even though they filmed it close to home. Maybe not Cynthia or Maureen, but I figured at least Patti Boyd & Jane Asher would've made some sort of appearance in it because people were familiar with them.
I think the scene with John shoveling food has all sorts of things going in it, kind of disturbing, but knowing his dad did menial work (Paul mentions John looking like his father in the commentary), John's weight issues, and a little bit of the tone of "In His Own Write", is not so surreal.
The restoration looks as good as we're going to get.I'm got a DVD copy from the library just to compare picture quality, but I didn't see much of a difference, but listening to it was worth getting it. I am enjoying hearing the Beatles on Blu Ray though!!
The commentary by Paul - some of it's familiar stuff, but still interesting to hear him talk about.
The bonus about the actors was interesting and the outtakes were really cool to see.
As far as Ringo goes, it's not like he ever made great movies, but he did get to work with great actors and the most natural in front of a camera.
Paul as a filmmaker - you would've thought this would've let him stick to just making music and videos, but no, he did "Give My Regard To Broad Street". His animation DVD is great and his music video compilations are awesome, but as a filmmaker? I think when George became a producer for Monty Python and other films, he should have done something with Ringo and Paul.
Why the promos weren't included, makes no sense unless there's plans for a video collection, but to not include "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Penny Lane", and the two other versions of "Hello Goodbye", but was pretty cool seeing the promo on the DVD. One of the best things to see is the footage of Traffic.
The question will always be whether or not they should've made a film around "Sgt Pepper".
Summary: the DVD & Blu Ray visual quality doesn't make much of a difference but look good, the bonuses are good, and commentary by McCartney make it worth getting.
Unrelated - DO watch the great "Magic Trips" documentary about the real Merry Pranksters.
MMT is more the "merry because they're high, but not all that Fab...but at least the music's great".