A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection)
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Beatlemania is sweeping the Criterion Collection! This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ beloved musical comedy A Hard Day’s Night,and to commemorate it we’re releasing a jam-packed special edition of the film, featuring a new 4K digital restoration, a newly remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack, and hours of incredible supplements. We’re also pleased to present two other gems of sixties cool: Georges Franju’s Judex, an inventive and elegant French kidnapping caper that’s ripe for rediscovery, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s quintessential modern-age romance L’eclisse, with the gorgeous duo of Monica Vitti and Alain Delon. Then go back to the fifties for Douglas Sirk’s stunning Technicolor tearjerker All That Heaven Allows,newly restored, and ahead to the seventies for Peter Davis’s Oscar-winning documentary about the Vietnam War, Hearts and Minds, and Australian auteur Peter Weir’s mysterious breakthrough masterpiece, Picnic at Hanging Rock. These are all essential and unforgettable works of cinema.
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You may also see a listing of A Hard Day's Night Blu-Ray that was released in Canada around 2010. This is a different version that has a 5.1-channel track "created from" the restored mono audio. It was mush and very tough to listen to. Please don't get fooled with this version.
The new 2014 version has the music audio taken directly from the multitrack master elements as well as the dialog from the restored audio. This should be the definitive version from a long time to come.
Looking forward to hearing this version.
For most of the world, 'A Hard Days Night' was their very first up close look at The Beatles, an entertainment, cultural and musical phenomenon that is still going strong more than 50 years later. For a small segment of fans, this was the blueprint for every garage band that followed.
There is no way I can even come close to explaining how important this film is to so many around the world and to myself personally. If you love music, this is required viewing. For me, it is mandatory viewing at least twice a year. With that in mind, this review will focus on the video and audio quality of this superb Criterion release and not the film itself.
For those that don't wish to read a long review, I will cut to the chase right now: The Video is so close to perfect that it isn't worth mentioning anything minor that could have been improved. It just isn't necessary. The audio is beyond belief! Choose between Mono, Stereo or 5.1. All in beautifully restored and uncompressed full fidelity formats. Special features are plentiful and the included (and rather thick) booklet is totally great.
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From the first day it was announced that Criterion was going to work their magic with 'A Hard Days Night' , I was in an ecstatic state of anticipation. Owning all previous versions on VHS, Laser-disc and various DVD's, plus the Canadian Blu ray, I knew exactly what I expected out of THIS release. AND I GOT IT!
The included booklet breaks down the restoration process. When you read that this have been given a 4K scan from the original camera negative, you can believe it. Easily one of the best Black and White scans I have in my rather large collection. Contrast levels are beautifully balanced. Blooming just isn't there. Artifacts of any kind are nowhere to be found. Sharpness and fine detail is abundant, motion is rendered perfectly. No detectable signs of digital manipulation.
Aspect ratio is as per Richard Lester's instructions. It's all good!
This is as close to perfect as you can get folks! Plenty of depth can be seen and at times the image was so realistic it gave me goosebumps.
Ok, so the video is as good as it gets. How about the audio?
AGAIN, this truly IS as good as you could possible imagine. Multiple pieces of source materials were used to find the BEST and the MOST authentic takes of every bit of audio, from the dialogue and effects, to the great George Martin underscore and of course for all the Beatles tunes in the movie. I own the Beatles 24 bit USB stick and these cuts even blow those away handily. Rest assured, you have NEVER heard the Beatles sounding this good in your life.
Having viewed all my previous versions of this film multiple times over the last 25 years or so, it is readily apparent that the audio has been lovingly and fully restored in every single way imaginable.
AND FOR ME, the biggest thrill initially was hearing those screaming fans once again during the title number. Those screams had been missing for ages and now they are back where they belong, perfectly mixed among the title track with a perfect fade/segue at the end instead of the previous version's abrupt end of the tune followed by screams out of nowhere. Giles Martin and his co-workers are to be commended on a job very well done.
Yes, the "Slow" and "Low Pitch" versions of the TV Set songs are still screwy, but everyone by now knows that is due to the Pal/25 frame incompatibility with 24fps film and would be extremely difficult if not impossible to reverse engineer at this point. No biggie. This was the way the film played in theaters and it is fine by me. Everything else is so close to perfect that I just can't worry about it.
As for extras, you get tons of them. 3 discs with one for the DVD copy, and another full of extras in addition to the Blu ray disc. There is really no need to list them all. Trust me, everything but new interviews with the surviving Beatles are included here. It is a great package. The included booklet is very useful and well thought out. The entire package is top quality, everything from the disc media itself to the materials used. Ok, so some do not care much for the over art. That's fine. I don't watch or listen to the cover art. But overall, the entire package seems quite professional and worthy of this great film.
Fans have waited a very long time for this release. 'A Hard Days Night' has never looked or sounded better. It sounds better now than it EVER did in the theater back in 1964. This is an amazing restoration and as such, I give it Marty G's most highest recommendation.
Easily a 10 STAR RATING! YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!
I just reveled in the fun and the great music. But those who want to know where it came from will appreciate the little book that comes with the DVD. There's commentary about the place of this film in pop culture, its influences, its role in a class society, and how the documentary flavor was achieved. The director's creative vision is contrasted with his exuberant, deliberate lack of planning. For serious film buffs, there are factoids about cameras and film type used, techniques of shooting and editing, and the behind- the-scenes lowdown on specific scenes.
The production values of this DVD are stellar. Current technology was used to great effect to clean up the quality of aging video and audio.
This 3 Disc Box Set includes:
* Audio commentary featuring various members of the film’s cast and crew (dual-format only)
* In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
* You Can’t Do That: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson
* Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen & cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (dual-format only)
* New piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director (dual-format only)
* The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film (1959), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers & Spike Milligan (dual-format only)
* Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s approach to editing (dual-format only)
* New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years (dual-format only)
* Deleted scene (dual-format only)
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