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The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows feat. The Beatles (2 Discs) [DVD] [2010]

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Beatles
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese Brazilian
  • Dubbed: Italian, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: UMC
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TJ4YU6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

This digitally remastered two disc edition runs to over four hours, complete with all 15 songs performed by the band over the four appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, including: "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Help" and "Yesterday" and available to view with a brand new 5.1 surround soundtrack and carefully restored video. This special new package also includes an exclusive original Ed Sullivan Show ticket replica from The Beatles 1st appearance and approximately 13 minutes of additional footage. The added material, rare Beatles-related gems from other Sullivan shows, is placed at the end of each disc. Among them is a brief London interview with The Beatles by Sullivan which has not been seen since the day it originally aired on May 24th 1964; a 1966 black-and-white commercial for Beatles dolls introduced by Sullivan in colour; and the host reading a 1967 telegram from The Beatles congratulating him on the renaming of the studio to “The Ed Sullivan Theatre”.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By SV
Format:DVD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must buy! 8 July 2011
By David
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've literally been a Beatles fan all of my life, love the 60's in general indeed! And these four classic Beatles shows just goes to show how great the Beatles music really was, the fab four at their finest in this great DVD package. You get all their great early performances with other acts inbetween, I wasn't too fussed about seeing the other performers really, I just bought it to watch the fab four in the comfort of me own home :) So if you're a huge 60's fan and love the Beatles music as much as I do, then this product is a must buy guys, it sincerly is, oh and the service delivery wise was top notch 10/10 all round then!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pop history 30 April 2013
By terry s
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
these discs show what the BEATLES were like in the sixties.
though they tried there best the audience always made more noise than they did
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like it was yesterday 16 April 2012
By srdjan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect of this DVD but I was very pleased with its content. The Beatles performance was the reason for buying it, but the rest of Ed Sullivan four episodes are great. Piece of pop culture history. Wish to be able to buy more of such documents from BBC and other big studios from those days
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the sixties!! 11 Mar 2013
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This DVD was quite entertaining but the best bit was the Beatles performing, what a band!! Some of the other stuff was good but a bit old fashioned compared to todays entertainment but hey that was fifty years ago!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for the collector 18 April 2012
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This will take you back to the 60's alright!
The Beatles performances are definitely worth it but the rest of the acts mean that this DVD is really for completists.
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