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George Harrison - Living in the Material World [Blu-ray]

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  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Martin Scorsese, Olivia Harrison, Nigel Sinclair
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FPFRH6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,760 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Directed by Martin Scorsese, George Harrison – Living in the Material World is a stunning double-feature-length film tribute to one of music’s greatest icons.

Scorsese uses never-before-seen footage from George Harrison’s childhood, throughout his years with The Beatles, through the ups and downs of his solo career, and through the joys and pain of his private life, to trace the arc of George’s journey from his birth in 1943 to his passing in 2001. Living in the Material World features private home videos, photos and never before heard tracks to chronicle the incredible story of the extraordinary man.

Despite its epic reach, the film is deeply personal. Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, among many others, talk openly about George’s many gifts and contradictions and reveal the lives they shared together. In every aspect of his professional, personal and spiritual life, until his final hours, George blazed his own path.

As his friend John Lennon once said: "George himself is no mystery. But the mystery inside George is immense. It’s watching him uncover it all little by little that’s so damn interesting."

Special Features:
  • Paul McCartney interview
  • Here Comes The Sun 
  • Jeff Lynne interview
  • Damon Hill interview
  • Dispute and Violence

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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218 of 229 people found the following review helpful By Matt Blick on 5 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
A documentary on a music celebrity can be measured by content (what footage did they access and who was willing to contribute?) and insight (what new light did it shed on the subject?). On the first point Martin Scorsese knocks the ball out of the park. Though I didn't feel I knew George any better than before by the end, I was treated to nearly four hours of dazzling and emotionally moving entertainment.

I watched both parts of the film at UK preview and at no point did my attention or enthusiasm flag. In fact I would have happily sat through any outtakes! This beautifully crafted film is packed with concert footage, home movies, press conferences, interviews, photos and documents that I've never seen before, even though I've been researching the Beatles quite heavily for several years for Beatles Songwriting Academy. There are interviews with (or at least footage of) everyone you would hope to see. Beatles, wives, brothers, son, Pythons and peers. Everyone from Eric Clapton to Eric Idle.

The documentary is constructed entirely from interviews and clips without explanation or analysis. The closest we get to a voiceover is Dhani Harrison reading excerpts from his father's diary and letters to his mum. Though the film is visually stunning it's strange watching the practically square picture forced upon us by the source material. Equally quirky is the sound editing. Scorsese doesn't know the meaning of 'fade'. All the music cuts brutally, sometimes after a few seconds. Sometimes this is cool. Mostly it's odd. The film is largely chronological and there are some great juxtapositions of sound and visuals like All Things Must Pass accompanies footage of the WW2 bombers that plagued the Liverpool of Harrison's birth. The first part covers George's life up to the White Album.
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75 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Chankos on 12 Oct 2011
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As almost every review here concentrates on the film, I've decided to limit mine to the Deluxe Edition itself...

In a word: Incredible! Living In The Material World draws from every recording medium of the last 60 years, from super 8 to 35mm, VHS to HD video, all of which is rendered beautifully across this 1080p disc. The filmmakers have clearly gone to great lengths to source the very best picture elements available. The film footage is transferred so beautifully it is almost akin to watching a cinema projection. The interviews from The Beatles' Anthology are a revelation, banishing the pixellated DVD edition into oblivion. The countless stills are so pin sharp and sumptuous they almost feel 3-Dimensional. An absolutely gorgeous HD transfer.

Somewhat bizarrely, the 2.0 PCM soundtrack seems to be in mono. This is more than made up for by the fantastic DTS HD Master Audio track. These songs would sound wonderful on a beat-up transistor radio, but listening to Harrison and The Beatles in master quality isn't entirely unwelcome.

A huge disappointment. I was expecting more extensive versions of the interviews featured in the film. Unfortunately, the entire selection only amounts to a measly 23 minutes. Paul McCartney and Neil Aspinall's interviews clock in at only 2:23 & 3:31 respectively. Such a missed opportunity considering the huge amount of material the filmmakers must have amassed. The extras exclusive to this deluxe edition are equally "blink and you'll miss it", offering nothing of worth compared to the standard release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Millar on 3 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
When it comes to the Beatles or ex-Beatles products, no-one can please everybody, whether it's on CD, in print or on film.

Unless this DVD were 10 hours long and featured the entire interviews with all the key people, thoroughly covered all aspects of his unique life and included all available unreleased film, it couldn't hope to please everyone. Indeed, for some people who are merely interested but not fanatics, it might even be seen as too long.

If you've read most Beatles related books, have all the albums and own `Anthology', there won't be that much fresh stuff in the film. There are some new interviews, such as those with Klaus Voormann and Olivia, which shed some new light on George the person, but overall, most of it's been heard or seen before. You'll probably find more interesting material on Youtube.

The film reminds me of the 1973 `Film About Jimi Hendrix' in that it's a collection of film and music clips, interviews and photos which provide a good `rockumentary' rather than a satisfying film experience; and, sadly, its subject is no longer with us.

Reviewing this DVD presents somewhat of a challenge:

* assuming purchasers are George Harrison fans, is there sufficient quality and quality of footage to present the story of his life (no). For example, far too much of the film is devoted to George Beatle;
* as a film, does it hang together and flow (no).
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