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George Harrison: Living in the Material World [DVD]

Martin Scorsese    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 216 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FPT1Q4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,039 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

• Disc 1 George Harrison - Living in the Material World: Part 1
• Disc 2 George Harrison - Living in the Material World: Part 2 plus special features

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

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216 of 227 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Dark Horse 5 Oct 2011
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 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DELUXE EDITION REVIEW 12 Oct 2011
By Chankos
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Holey 20 Dec 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Here's the Scorcese film of George H, the quiet one and at 3+ hours you'd hope that it would be the final word, the full story, the bees knees. It is, however, a curates egg.

The first half covers the years up to around 1968. If you're a Beatles fan then you'll know the tale inside out. What adds a bit more seasoning to this is the addition of previously unseen footage, not much admittedly, but enough to draw you in. I noticed some very early colour footage of the Fabs in what appearred to be their Hamburg days. Also some shots of John and George on a cliff top circa 1967 and more colour footage at Kinfauns - bet the neighbours loved that self made graffitti on the walls...

The second half is where this could deliver, but unfortunately falls down. We get some mention of George as a producer but the axis shifts to his work with the Radha Krishna Temple. That's a shame because GH produced some great albums for Billy Preston, Doris Troy and Jackie Lomax as well as adding his trade mark guitar to Day After Day by Bad Finger. Put it this way, I've got the Apple box and have never played the RKT CD but have played the others.

We get a fair bit of detail on All Things Must Pass and tracks from that glorious album are used as musical beds throughout the film. We also get the Concert for Bangladesh and some welcome shots of the ill fated 1974 Dark Horse tour. But after that, we get nothing at all on George's musical career until the Wilbury's. I spoke with someone I work with who had seen the film on TV and who likes the Beatles but has a skimpy knowledge of George. His words were, "didn't he release any records after 1974? But I remember a number one he had in 1987?".
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Published 2 months ago by pat dublin,ireland.
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving biopic
If you are a fan of George's music, or even a cursory Beatles fan, its well worth a look. At times touching, sometimes a little brief in some areas, but still of reasonable length,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Holmberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD
If you like the Beatles like I do and George Harrison in particular you will love this,
It starts at the very beginning of George's live, and goes right through to his death,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Breakell
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
I've had this incredible film for ages now but have to admit I've only just completed my viewing so am only now authorized the review it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Scorsese excels with this type of documentary
Brilliant insight into the world of the "quiet Beatle" Martin treats the subject as a fan, from the early days through to his battle with cancer at the end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Barclay
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