Excerpt: In 1965, Beatlemania was still white hot. The Beatles had a Midas touch, turning everything they were a part of into gold. So hot was the band that United Artists Records’ film division signed the group to a three-picture deal with the studio. The band enjoyed great commercial and critical success with their initial offering, the mock-documentary “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), which featured the band members playing exaggerated versions of themselves while on tour.
Conclusion: Help! is one of the great films of the 1960s. Though the term is overused, it really is a feast for the senses. This new Blu-ray certainly achieves that in the audio department though falls short in terms of the video transfer. Still, Highly Recommended. Stuart Galbraith IV is a Kyoto-based film historian whose work includes film history books, DVD and Blu-ray audio commentaries and special features . Visit Stuart's Cine Blogarama here . What Do You Think?
Excerpt: Beatles fans are famous for buying every repackaged, reissued, and remastered version of things they've bought many times before. In 2007, fans were treated to a full restoration of the Beatles' 1965 film Help! on DVD. Six long years later, the movie is finally out on Blu-ray. Following in the impressive HD footsteps of Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour , Help! (Blu-ray) looks and sounds better than ever.
Excerpt: In 1965, Beatlemania was still in full bloom across the globe and every project the Fab Four touched meant immediate popularity and success. Hot on the heels of A Hard Day’s Night , Richard Lester once again took the helm and directed the Beatles in a playful bit of Pop Art comedy. Help!
Summary: Did all those drugs The Beatles were so famously consuming in the mid-sixties somehow allow them to peer into their own futures? Is it mere coincidence that The Beatles' second feature film outing, 1965's Help! , has the band intertwined with an Eastern mystic? After all, The Beatles, especially George Harrison, would soon be regularly celebrated acolytes of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Of course Help!