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In The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years
Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances, from their early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to their unprecedented world tours in packed stadiums around the globe, from New York to Melbourne to Tokyo. Available now, the acclaimed film is out now on Digital Download, Blu-Ray and DVD, plus 2 Disc Special Edition on both formats.
With Complete Cooperation From The Band
The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse Pictures’ Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award-winner and Emmy Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.
The Beatles’ Extraordinary Musicianship And Charisma
After their legendary North American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, The Beatles transfixed the U.S. and the tremors were felt worldwide, transforming music and pop culture forever with their records and television appearances. The Beatles’ extraordinary musicianship and charisma also made them one of the greatest live bands of all time.
The first feature-length documentary authorized by The Beatles since the band’s breakup in 1970, Eight Days A Week features rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, plus new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers.
The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band members, prompting them to stop touring altogether in August 1966 and devote their prodigious musical energy to the series of ground-breaking studio recordings for which they are best known today.
Featuring A Wealth Of Specially Created Supplementary Material
Totalling 100 minutes of extras, the deluxe home entertainment editions contain exclusively created featurettes for fans to delve even deeper into the band’s world. Accompanying these are stunning, fully restored full length performances of some of the band’s most iconic tracks including 'Twist and Shout' and 'She Loves You' recorded at the ABC Theatre, Manchester in 1963 and 'Can’t Buy Me Love' at the NME Awards, 1964, in London, bringing the experience of seeing The Beatles in concert fully to life for all fans.
Academy Award-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It explores their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film focus’s on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
Featuring rare and exclusive footage, the film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Produced by White Horse Pictures & Imagine Entertainment.
Executive produced by Apple Corps Ltd., Whitehorse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS
Disc One Running Time: Approx. 106 mins
Disc Two running time: Approx. 100 mins
DISC TWO – Special Features
Over 100 minutes of special features covering all aspects of The Beatles early career right up to 1966.
Includes five rarely seen full length performances.
Two disc set packaged in digipak in a slipcase plus 64 page booklet with an introduction from director Ron Howard, essay by music journalist and author Jon Savage and rare photos from The Beatles’ private archive.
- HD Standard 1080p
- Feature Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- BD Region All
- Dolby Stereo
- Master Audio 5.1
- Dolby 5.1
Subtitles: English HOH, French, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and Russian
NR – Not Rated
About the Director
Produced by White Horse Pictures & Imagine Entertainment. Executive produced by Apple Corps Ltd., Whitehorse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
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Top Customer Reviews
Superb job on this film....A MUST BUY for all hardcore Beatles fans !
At the end of the film, along with a special segment showing the entire Shea Stadium concert - - all of us gray hairs stood up and applauded ! Even a few of the younger folks in the audience joined in !! So much fun.....BUY THIS ! :)
Couple of comments: this documentary is directed by none other than Ron Howard, with the full cooperation of Paul, Ringo and the Lennon and Harrison estates. Howard and his team must have roamed the earth to come up with all of the fantastic footage, and make some pointed comments along the way (the Beatles had a contractual provision prohibiting segregated shows in the South, a remarkable stand considering the circumstances). The sound quality has been painstakingly remastered as best as possible. As a lifelong Beatles fan who was too young to have seen them in person or fully appreciate what all took place half a century ago, this movie is sheer delight from start to finish. The theater version came with a 30 min. bonus feature immediately after the end titles, namely "The Beatles At Shea Stadium", their set from August 15, 1965. It absolutely blows the mind what happened there. Watching the crowd is as much fun as it is watching the guys. Here again, the old footage has been restored and remastered.
"Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" opened this weekend on a single screen for all of Greater Cincinnati, at my local art-house theater. I couldn't wait to see it. The Saturday matinee screening where I saw this at was PACKED to the rafters, to my surprise and delight. On my way out of the theater, there was already a long line waiting for the next screening. It seems this movie is hitting a nerve, and this has the looks to be a solid success on the art-house theater circuit. If you love the Beatles, you do not want to miss this. "Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
In this documentary, Pete Best is shown in some of the still pictures of the band in their early years, and Jimmy Nicol in June 1964 tour footage, but neither are mentioned at all during the course of the film. Yet there are a lot of on-screen appearances in this movie by celebrities who had no association whatsoever with the Beatles during the 1960s, film time which could have been better spent showing more complete Beatles performances. Whoopi Goldberg? I liked what she said, but why would Ron Howard go to some of these celebrities to interview them? Edited performances, and voice-overs during many performances continue to be annoying. Colorization of performances at a couple venues, such as Washington, D.C. in 1964, is a mixed bag. The Ed Sullivan Show footage isn't sharp and looks like it was sourced from a second generation copy. There are a number of other edited clips of performances that are quite poor video quality and nonessential to the storyline. There is some film footage that isn't synced properly with the music. There is footage of the final concert in Candlestick Park it is silent, instead of hearing the music we hear complaints about how the Beatles had to ride out in a security truck. The film is predictable in many ways, including the often-repeated information about how overworked the Beatles were and the tough road they had touring in the hostile and racist United States, while they were at the same time raking in millions of dollars here. Marijuana use beginning in 1965 is mentioned, and then never mentioned further. All of this has been told and retold before from the viewpoint of the Beatles. This is by no means an "independent" film despite being "A Ron Howard Film".
Almost every Fall around November there is another reissue of Beatles material just in time for Christmas shopping, perfect timing to maximize sales of this DVD and the "Hollywood Bowl" CD. Everything of value has been issued and reissued repeatedly, except for material that first-generation fans have wanted for years and still have not been given, such as the complete Shea Stadium professionally-filmed concert, the "Let It Be" movie, and complete, unedited and uninterrupted concert performances. Even the new "Hollywood Bowl" CD mixed two different shows instead of presenting the two completely recorded shows from 1964 and 1965 in their original running order. It would be nice to see the Beatles organization finally acknowledge Best and Nicol's history with the band too - I remember when "Anthology" was released 21 years ago some fans questioned why Pete Best was not interviewed about his membership in the Beatles and included in the film. I can't imagine the Beatles without Ringo, but there were two other drummers who also played with them during the "Touring Years" and had vital roles at the time, and their contributions continue to be ignored or snubbed.
What we have been receiving for quite some time now on the "new" or further remastered releases has seemed repetitive and derivative, which is definitely the case with this Ron Howard documentary film. I wish I'd not bought this DVD, because already owning many of the prior films and especially the superior "Anthology", there's very little here worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The bonus concert footage was excellent.