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If anyone should ever doubt the Beatles greatness, this will NOT be the film to change their mind. It is a silly film. In fact, it is a very silly, very amateurish trifle. In fact it is downright bad. So why do I give it five big ones? Because it's The Beatles, of course. The Beatles were cranking it out for only seven years. There's a limited quantity of Beatles' product and that makes every bit of it precious!
Nevertheless, the casual viewer will probably be quite bewildered by this goofy curio of psychedelia. It has no script, no plot, and no acting to speak of. So, if you've never seen it, go in with LOW expectations. First off, understand that this is not a Beatles feature film. It was originally presented as a one-hour Beatles TV special, nothing more. The first viewing is apt to disappoint; but repeat viewing are apt to be rewarded. It is not a "good" film (in fact it is a "bad" film). But it is imaginative and energetic, it has its moments and it's Beatles!
For Beatles fans this lavish-attention release of MMT is way more than welcome! For the first time, we'll be able to see it in better than "bootleg" quality, much better! Just to hear the songs in remastered/remixed uncompressed (!) surround sound is reason enough to celebrate. Then there are the many extras and intriguing aspects (extra scenes? Songs "re-edited"?). I can't wait!!
Addendum: Having now experienced the blu ray, I like Magical Mystery Tour even more than before. It has a hip quality. It moves fast. The songs, of course, are great; and the accompanying videos are equal to anything M-TV would produce. The greatly improved picture and sound lift the film up a notch or two. Now that it sounds good, even the incidental music contributes. Everything comes off better than before.
The Beatle music itself sounds particularly fantastic! It's been noted that the songs sound even better here than they do off the 2009 CD re-masters. I think that's true. And I think there are at least two good reasons: 1) This is what happens when you take your sound directly from the original multi-track source recordings and remix from scratch. 2)This is what you get when you refrain from adding compression in an effort to make the music sound "louder" (so it will sell in today's CD and mp3 markets).
I just wish ALL the Beatles' archive of music, films, and concerts were available in an equally superb presentation.
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Initial post: Aug 30, 2012 5:20:31 AM PDT
I'm looking forward to it, but where's the original mono soundtrack? Those mixes are significantly DIFFERENT, and deserve to be preserved. At least as an audio option along with the stereo.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 6:43:34 PM PDT
Are you sure? The MPI version is stereo (isn't it?) and it preserves the original sound of the original audio mix. Or am I wrong?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 7:01:41 PM PDT
It could be that the 5.1 mix they're touting is a remixed version of the original soundtrack. However, the original soundtrack was mono, with different song mixes. For instance, there are fewer backing vocals on "Blue Jay Way".
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 8:51:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2012 8:52:56 PM PDT
Well, of course, it makes sense that the original (broadcast on TV) would have been mono and it makes sense that they would have chosen the original mono mixes of the songs (as presented in the double EP). Is that what you mean?
Then I agree with you. The original mono mix should be an option.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012 7:59:03 AM PDT
That's exactly what I mean. BTW, the video I own (which I think is MPI, but I'm not certain) has the mono soundtrack, with the mono mixes.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 7:11:01 PM PDT
Well, of course the original mono mix should be preserved. But, apparently, it is not going to be. So I suppose the only hope, with regard to this issue, is that the new stereo and stereo surround mixes, as much as possible, closely duplicate the original mono mix (including fewer background vocals on Blue Jay Way, and so on).
Posted on Sep 29, 2012 11:19:03 AM PDT
A customer says:
Great review. Only problem I have with the review is the Beatles were active for 11 years, not 7. They formed in 1960. They did not become active at the moment they first performed in the USA.
Posted on Oct 2, 2012 10:48:06 PM PDT
The Peripatetic Reader says:
I literally can't wait for the release. I agree with you that the movie is silly, its out there, far, far away, but, yes, its the Beatles and it was their music that mattered. THeir video spot of I am the Walrus is alone worth the price of the DVD.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2012 1:19:51 PM PDT
You're right, poor choice of words on my part.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2012 1:23:38 PM PDT
I know! Anything Beatles has my full attention. I wonder if the "re-edited" songs will include a re-edit of Walrus with the extra reps at the very beginning and the extra note after "cryyyying"?