Magical Mystery Tour Deluxe Box Set (Blu-ray/DVD/double-vinyl EP)
DVD + Blu-ray + DVD Audio
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Packaged in a 10" square deluxe box
Original Film restored Running time 53 minutes
60 page booklet Soft back book containing an introductory essay by Paul McCartney, notes on the film s development, numerous previously unseen and rare photos and memorabilia.
A reproduction of the 1967 UK double vinyl 6 track EP:
A1. Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles (2.48)
A2. Your Mother Should Know - The Beatles (2.33)
B1. I Am The Walrus - The Beatles (4.35)
C1. The Fool On The Hill - The Beatles (3.00)
C2. Flying - The Beatles (2.16)
D1. Blue Jay Way - The Beatles (3.50)
Blu-Ray and DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Director's Commentary by Paul McCartney
The Making of Magical Mystery Tour (19:05)
- Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.
Ringo the actor (2:30)
- Ringo reflecting on his role in the film.
Meet The Supporting Cast (11:27)
- A feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.
'Your Mother Should Know' (2:35)
'Blue Jay Way' (3:53)
'The Fool On The Hill' (3:05)
- Three new edits of these performances all featuring footage not seen in the original film.
'Hello Goodbye' (3:24), as featured in Top of the Pops 1967
- The Beatles allowed the BBC to film them in the edit suite where they were working on Magical Mystery Tour. This was then turned into a promo by the BBC, who shot their own additional footage. It was then broadcast on Top of the Pops to mark the 'Hello Goodbye' single going to No 1 in December 1967.
Nat's Dream (2:50)
- A scene directed by John featuring Nat Jackley. Not included in the original film.
Ivor Cutler 'I'm Going In A Field' (2:35)
- Ivor performs 'I'm Going In A Field', in a field. Not included in the original film.
Traffic 'Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush' (1:53)
- The filming of Traffic acting out their 1967 hit single 'Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush' was commissioned by The Beatles for possible inclusion in Magical Mystery Tour but was not used in the final edit.
Aspect ratio - 1.33:1
Frame rate - 1080i 59.94
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1
PCM stereo for Blu-Ray
Dolby Digital for DVD
Subtitle language options for feature, extras and commentary:
About the Actor
In September 1967 The Beatles embarked on making their third film, this time conceived and directed by themselves.
Based on a loose unscripted narrative, in the spirit of the experimental mood of the time, and directed by The Beatles themselves, the film became the vehicle to present 6 new songs - Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool On The Hill, Flying, I Am The Walrus, Blue Jay Way and Your Mother Should Know.
Now, 45 years on, the virtually forgotten film has been fully restored and is being presented properly for the first time.
The restoration of Magical Mystery Tour has been overseen by Paul Rutan Jr. of Eque Inc., the same company that handled the much acclaimed restoration of Yellow Submarine. The soundtrack work was done at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell.
All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film's cast and crew, as well as a director's audio commentary recorded by Paul.
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In America, both ABC and NBC withdrew their bids for a network broadcast of MMT; the film made its U.S. debut at New York's Fillmore East a few months later as part of a fundraising concert. Over the years, Apple rented the film to colleges and indie movie theaters. The film did not appear on American TV until it was syndicated in 1985, which was where I saw it for the first time. A few poor-quality VHS tapes appeared in the early-to-mid-1980s, but the first proper video release was in 1988, when Apple and MPI Home Video released an official VHS tape, with a restored soundtrack by George Martin.
In 1997, MPI released the film on DVD; I own The Beatles DVD Collector's Set that was released in 2000, which contains the original MPI DVD versions of MMT, HELP, THE FIRST U.S. VISIT (both of which have since been restored and re-released by Apple), and the Phil Collins documentary The Making of A Hard Day's Night, which was upgraded in 2014 (see below). MMT has been out of print for years, although it has been bootlegged, but has just been re-released by Apple in DVD and Blu-ray format, as well as the Deluxe Collector's Edition, which I purchased.
To be honest, the film is no CITIZEN KANE or even A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. But it is a good piece of entertainment, and contains seven terrific Beatles songs: the title track, "The Fool On The Hill," the instrumental "Flying," George Harrison's "Blue Jay Way," the classic "I Am The Walrus," which appears in full stereo all the way through, and Paul's "Your Mother Should Know," which is the film's closing production number. "Hello Goodbye" plays over the closing credits. The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's rendition of "Death Cab For Cutie" (featuring future Monty Python member and Rutle Neil Innes) is also an hilarious classic. One of the outtake scenes, Nat Jackley's romp around the pool with pretty girls, directed by John Lennon, features an unreleased Lennon-McCartney instrumental called "Shirley's Wild Accordion," played by accordionist Shirley Jackson. The stereo and 5.1 surround-sound soundtrack is excellent, and the picture restoration is good too, although some of the colors have faded over time. There are also four deleted scenes that are hidden on the main menu in the form of "Easter eggs"; two of them can be accessed by going to the "Play Film" option and clicking on the up-arrow or left-arrow key on your remote; the other two can be accessed by going to the "Audio Options" option and using either the up-arrow or right-arrow key. Sir Paul McCartney's Director's Commentary can either be listened to, viewed with subtitles if you don't want to override the film soundtrack, or both. There are two sets of subtitles; one for the main film, the other for Paul's commentary (11 languages in all). The subtitles also apply to the special features.
See Amazon's product description for more on the special features on the DVD and Blu-ray. The Deluxe Edition is worth having for the additional 60-page book, including essays by Sir Paul McCartney and Barry Miles, and an "itinerary" of the scenes shot in the film. There is also a reproduction of the original mono vinyl double-EP that was issued in the UK in 1967. This brings my MMT collection full circle; I purchased the stereo EP years ago as an import; I have three versions of the vinyl album - the original 1967 Capitol LP (with three fake stereo Duophonic songs), the all-stereo German issue from 1971 (with the pink cover) that was the template for the later CD release, and the 1976 UK Parlophone pressing that is identical to Capitol's. I also have the original CD from 1987, the stereo/mono CD version of the EP, issued in 1992 as part of the Compact Disc EP Collection, and the remastered mono and stereo CDs from 2009.
While it's not the best film, it's worth having, especially if you're a Beatle fan. Stripped of the dialogue, it would make an excellent long-form music video (unfortunately, there is no "songs-only" option). 4 stars for content; 5 stars for packaging and quality.
Hopefully, if director Michael Lindsay-Hogg is right, the elusive LET IT BE will finally be out in 2013, and that a newly-restored 50th Anniversary edition of A HARD DAY'S NIGHT will be released in 2014 (the 2002 Miramax version sucks; until 2014, I watched the older MPI DVD). UPDATE: Still no LET IT BE, but the updated A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD) was finally issued in 2014, and includes an upgraded version of The Making of A Hard Day's Night.
Included in this release are a commentary by Paul McCartney, deleted scenes, "remixes" of some songs, information about the supporting cast, and an interesting "making of" documentary. (Did you know those aerial scenes from "Flying" were leftover footage from "Dr. Strangelove"?) The film is, in turns, funny, touching and bizarre, but always entertaining. And let's face it, the music is fabulous. I highly recommend this, the greatest home movie of all!
Thanks to all of the Beatles who changed our world and our music!