This 2-DVD set (with included facsimile ticket to the first show!) is a fantastic reminder of how good The Beatles really were. Four shows in their entirety, including hilarious adverts, really put their appearances in context, both historically and in comparison to other entertainers at the time. The excitement of their appearances is almost tangible to the modern viewer and gives a real flavour of the times.
There are several things to marvel at - the abilities of The Beatles as live musicians, the absurd amount of sponsorship and commercialism involved in US television (I nearly wet myself at 'Liptons'), the insanity of the audience, the surprising amount of British acts on the shows (Morcambe & Wise, Cilla Black etc), the constant emphasis by the masterful Ed Sullivan on how clean-living and respectable The Beatles are (hindsight being a wonderful thing), and, finally, the humour and togetherness of the Beatles themselves. This was a 'group' in every sense of the word.
The DVDs come with a few extras, which are brief but worthwhile, and you also have the option to just select The Beatles performances, if you so desire, but that would be missing the point. The only minor gripe is the lack of a booklet describing the background to the shows. This would have made the package stunning. However, there is no better way to spend 9 quid. Apart from food....and water...and warmth... well, you get the idea.
This DVD brings you as close as you can get today to the looming heights of Beatlemania. Cherish every second of it.