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- 30 minutes of bonus stories
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The bonus features ad much to the fun as there are 30 minutes of "bonus interviews" for folks not featured in the theatrical version. And there is a nearly-25-minute extended interview with Norman "Hurricane" Smith, the Beatles first recording engineer.
The project to film all these interviews (and get access to the interviewees - many recorded backstage at performances - took nearly seven years. I can't even imagine Swirsky's travel expenses! But, I think we should all be glad he did it. These stories are now "on record" (no pun intended) and available for future generations/
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful!
The worst part of the DVD is that it ends.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Director Seth Swirsky wanted to capture as many stories about Beatle encounters as possible. Most of the interviews collected in the 85 minute movie last for only a few minutes before moving onto the next story. It results in a lot of variety. Some of the stories have been told before, but most of them will be unfamiliar to even the most devoted Beatlemaniacs. Some of the people he talked to (George Martin, Norman Smith - Beatles engineer, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Denny Laine of Wings) had professional associations with the Beatles or an ex-Beatle. But others - like The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, who happened to bump into Ringo at a party - tell starstruck stories of chance encounters.
If you watch the whole movie and still want more, the DVD has you covered - 30 minutes of extra interviews. Swirsky reveals his methods on the director's commentary. He's a successful songwriter himself, having written songs for the likes of Taylor Dayne and Smokey Robinson (who appears in the documentary). This is his first film and it's admittedly a little rough around the edges, but ultimately an emotionally engrossing trip for Beatles fans.
Swirsky started filming the people as they told their Beatles stories and he started to solicit interviews from The Beatles contemporaries and a lot of them responded and were interviewed. Swirsky's "Beatles Stories" captures the stories of Beatles assistant's, fans, neighbors, business associates, former girlfriends and some of the more famous who had encounters with The Beatles. Some of the more famous interviewee's include Henry Winkler, Jon Voight, Brian Wilson (who had a grand rivalry with The Beatles), George Martin, just to name a few.
A lot of the stories are very personal stories and are quite heartfelt accounts of encounters with The Beatles, it's especially interesting to see the celebrities interviewed who become fans in the telling of their meeting with The Beatles, some of the cooler ones are Henry Winkler, and Susanna Hoffs (who still seems to get starstruck at the telling of the story).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For all you Beatles lovers, I highly recommend Beatles Stories! Seth Swirsky, a musician, Grammy award-winning songwriter and probably the biggest Beatles fan of us all, traveled... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JLW
I loved this documentary.
Seth does a magnificent job of interviewing those who have had interactions with The Beatles; to my knowledge, these stories have not been documented... Read more
A librarian at our town library told me that she had a dvd about the Beatles which was out with someone, but she put me on the list to get it next when it was returned. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Briano
This is a very interesting view of the Beatles from people in the entertainment industry who rubbed shoulders with them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tex Caledonia
I was really impressed by this film! It has been made with such passion for The Beatles, it just shines through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Viv Jones
It's nice to hear stories about the Beatles it was very fun to watch.Published 6 months ago by Bookworm
I have just finished watching the DVD and rushed to tell you all that this is something I must recommend to you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Black Hole Gang
I checked this DVD out of my local library. It's interesting, fun in places, etc. But it seems that the people who produced it, were obsessed with John Lennon. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wayne Engle