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A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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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.
If you want to hear more, please keep reading, otherwise press the "Add to Cart" button and order this thing right now.Read more ›
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)
If there is such a thing as High Def black & white, this is it!
And, no longer does the audio sound like it's coming through a tin can.
Criterion did it right! The audio is from the original master film.
The music is done perfectly. You have the choice of mono, stereo, and a 5.1 mix done by Giles Martin.
The blu-ray was officially approved by Richard Lester himself! I'm watching it (again) as I'm writing this. It's stunning, and will in all likelihood be THE top standard for this film for years to come.
I remember a number of years back that there was a DVD release with 5.1 sound. That still had the tinny audio and when the 5.1 came on, it seemed twice as loud as the rest of the movie. It was a disappointment.
THIS, however, is perfect! Not only is the picture amazingly crisp, but when set to 5.1, Giles made sure that the volume of the songs matched the volume of the dialogue.. The result is amazing! Please do not buy another version of the blu-ray that is being sold. This was *just* released on June 24th, 2014, and all of the latest technology (4k digital technology) is used to bring this film to new heights!
I pre-ordered this back in April. It arrived at my door the morning of its release! It also includes a 2 DVD set that I'll use if I'm ever over at someone's place who doesn't have a blu-ray player, those DVDs are enhanced, as well.Read more ›
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I had tremendous fun watching the young Beatles as they were 50 odd years ago. This snap shot of the foursome comes before they were more popular than Jesus. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Andy McKinney
What can I say? It's the Beatles first album and I will watch it until I'm way past 64!Published 17 days ago by katyrose
This is the film that I saw when I was in my mid-teens that made me want to play music. The sheer joy and exuberance of Paul, John, George, and Ringo in this film make it a must... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Glen A. Garcia
I am 62 years old and have been a Beatles' fan since practically the beginning. Lester's film truly belongs in the Criterion Collection.Published 2 months ago by R. Garrett
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