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Product details

  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Martin Scorsese, Olivia Harrison, Nigel Sinclair
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FPT2E0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,378 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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. Containing a wealth of previously unreleased material, this Deluxe Edition contains 2 DVDs, a Blu-ray, a CD of never-before-heard tracks (available exclusively in this edition) and a 96-page book to accompany the film--all beautifully packaged within a collectable picture-frame box.

In Living in the Material World, 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:
  • George plays the Uke*
  • Here Comes The Sun 
  • Dispute and Violence
  • Deep Blue*
  • Paul McCartney interview
  • Jeff Lynne interview
  • Damon Hill interview
  • Growing Up in Liverpool interview*
  • Neil Aspinall interview*
  • The Inner Light interview*
  • Gordon Murray interview*
* Exclusive to the Deluxe Edition.

Exclusive CD Tracklist:


1. My Sweet Lord (demo) 3:33
2. Run Of The Mill (demo) 1:56
3. I'd Have You Any Time (early take) 3:06
4. Mama You've Been On My Mind (demo) 3:04
5. Let It Be Me (demo) 2:56
6. Woman Don't You Cry For Me (early take) 2:44
7. Awaiting On You All (early take) 2:40
8. Behind That Locked Door (demo) 3:29
9. All Things Must Pass (demo) 4:38
10. The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) 2:23

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

222 of 233 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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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Smith on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Those coming to 'Living in a Material World' for a Rockumentary will be disappointed. This is not that film.

Neither is it a straight-forward chronology in the style of The Beatles Anthology. It does not necessarily include all of George's best songs, it does not particularly show how his musical career progressed.

But it is a film about contradictions, dualities and spirituality. There are two parts to this film, and two separate worlds fighting against each other. In the first half we have George's upbringing, a well-painted picture of where George was from and his movement towards material success and wealth. It finishes at a pivot, where George discovers a path of spirituality which points the way towards the person he would like to become, that he has choice over creating.

Part 2 begins here, and follows George's path as he strips away his past life until, as Olivia puts it he is 'preparing himself for death'.

It is as if, at each end of this film, there are two opposing worlds which merge in the centre, and which become clearer the closer you are to them. How Scorsese does this is quite masterful but I think may go over the heads of many viewers who may be disappointed that the film is not what they expected.

I haven't seen anything like this before that I can remember, something which, so unashamedly conveys a spiritual journey through this sort of talking heads format, but the effect is profound. The claustrophobia and feeling of negation which is created in the Beatles section is particularly well done, as is the pacing of the second half which feels like a slow removal from 'life' and towards something personal, and individual.
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