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Help [DVD] [1965]

The Beatles    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: The Beatles
  • Format: Compilation, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Parlophone Records
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VR4AB2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



After the world-wide success of A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles and director Richard Lester reunited for a follow-up film, Eight Arms to Hold You. Well, that wasn't the final title; a pleading Lennon-McCartney tune provided the catchier handle: Help! A loose semi-spoof of the globe-trotting James Bond pictures, Help! has always been considered a somewhat disorganised comedown from its predecessor; but it presents "the famous Beatles" even more clearly as the English cousins of the Marx Brothers. The plot has an Eastern religious cult declaring that the new ring on Ringo's finger is the key element in a human sacrifice; they will stop at nothing to obtain it. Meanwhile, a mad scientist (crazed Victor Spinetti, who also appeared in A Hard Day's Night and Magical Mystery Tour) believes that if he has the ring, he could--dare we say it?--rule the world. The songs, including "Ticket to Ride" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", are filmed with gleeful ingenuity, in locations such as the Bahamas, an Austrian ski resort and Salisbury Plain. The relentless nonsense becomes nearly the equivalent of a swinging-60s Alice in Wonderland: for instance, Paul shrinks to the size of a gum wrapper, John fishes a season ticket out of his soup, George wears a top hat on the ski slopes, the lads sing the "Ode to Joy" to a lion. Oh, and the film is dedicated to Elias Howe, "who in 1846 invented the sewing machine". Brilliant. --Robert Horton

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In this second feature film starring the Beatles, Ringo purchases an unusual ring which marks him as the sacrificial victim of an obscure Eastern cult. The cult members, Clang (Leo McKern) and Ahme (Eleanor Bron), attempt to capture him and the chase is on. Strings of sight gags, one-liners and musical numbers boost the storyline.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Fun!!! 6 July 2008
Despite the frivolous, not to say silly, plot, "Help!" is just plain fun; and, if one gets past the frantic antics, it is full of delightful puns and allusions (Some are very Goon Show.). The adorable four are supported by an A-1 cast, including Leo McKern, who puts as much zest into his role as the evil Clang as he does into that of Rumpole. Victor Spinetti (who was also in "A Hard Day's Night"), chews the scenery as the mad scientist, Foot, and he is ably assisted by Roy Kinnear as the dippy Algernon. Eleanor Bron is outstanding as the mysterious Ahme, who, decked out in an outrageous peacock blue turban and plumes, informs the lads that there is more to her than meets the eye. Each one of us probably has his favorite scene; mine is one in which Ringo is told not to worry about the Bengal tiger which is sharing the cellar with him; all he has to do to calm the beast is sing the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; and then all the Beatles and everyone else in the pub above the cellar belt it out in German! Goofy, but so what? It's fun! And besides, the Beatles sing a rollicking rendition of "Hey! You've got to Hide Your Love Away."

The second disk with the commentary is particularly enlightening. Not only are there the very interesting comments of the director, Richard Lester, but there is also a fascinating explanation by the technicians on the intricacies of restoring the film. Wendy Richard, who plays my favorite character, Miss Brahms, in "Are You Being Served?", talks about the thrill of playing her very first role in "Help!," only to discover at the last minute that the scene had been cut (They show bits and pieces of it, but unfortunately, the scene itself seems to be lost).

"Help!" is a film to watch on a summer night when you just want to sit back, relax, and have a good laugh.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-psychedelia pop masterpiece. 23 Jun 2006
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
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A lot of bleating goes on about the Beatles' work from Rubber Soul onwards. Their studio experimentation, massive success, refusal to conform to the boundaries of pop music and simply brilliant songwriting from the second half of 1965 onwards cannot be downplayed (outside of Magic Mystery Tour/Yellow Submarine). However, there is often a reluctance to accept the pre-Rubber Soul Beatles as being anything better than a very good pop band.

I beg to differ. I think that the Help album, while in posession of a duff track or two, is a simply magnificent, life-affirming 35 minutes of wonderfully written pop. Pop, yes, but - at the risk of becoming Bones McCoy - not as we know it. This is the catchiest, most well written pop with a great attention to detail.

One thing that has to be pointed out is that the 'classic' standout songs from this album - 'Yesterday' the most covered song ever, 'Help!', the most confessional of John's earlier songs - as good as they are, are not necessarily any better than the lesser known moments here. Both of George Harrison's contributions, while ignored by the man himself in his book I Me Mine, are great. Paul McCartney's 'Another Girl' sets a slightly vicious lyric to a quirky tune, preluding his dumping of Jane Asher for Linda Eastman by three years. 'Dizzy Miss Lizzie,' while being a shameless attempt to emulate their early cover of 'Twist And Shout', is underrated. While the guitar riff is somewhat meek, the constant crashing cymbal and Lennon's throat-shredding vocal make it a wonderful closer.

The only slack moment is Ringo's vocal turn on 'Act Naturally,' a cover of an artist the name of which escapes me, but even that is perfectly listenable when in the right mood.

This is a perfectly tuned album of pop genius. Avoiding this based on the later quality would be a big mistake.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless Class 27 Feb 2006
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For some reason this album has quite often attracted less than flattering reviews complaining that The Beatles were tired and such like. Yeah right. I wouldn’t mind being tired if it meant I could churn out tracks like ’Ticket To Ride’, ’Yesterday’, ’I’ve Just Seen A Face’ and ’You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away.’ Perhaps it was because from their next album ’Rubber Soul’, released just a few months after this one in 1965, the music The Beatles produced was taken to such heights that it was virtually beyond criticism. So this was the poor relation after the exuberance of ’A Hard Day’s Night’ and before the psychadelia of the mid 60s output? Well that would be a pretty ridiculous conclusion. This album’s songwriting was for the most part far superior to that on ’Beatles For Sale’ from the previous year and only marginally less consistent than ’Rubber Soul’.
When discussing a weaker link amongst Beatles albums, one does not think of Anne Robinson. And this album was way above what most bands were producing at the time and still sounds remarkably fresh and vibrant 40 years later. If you can I would avoid purchasing Beatles compilations. Their original albums are so much more rewarding. They each give a snapshot of where they were at the time. But blink and you’ve missed a few beats as the next album was always different. Other artists have successfully reinvented themselves it is true. David Bowie, Dylan, even The Stones on occasions. The Beatles did it with practically every album.
Other tracks worthy of note here are ’The Night Before’ from Paul, a fast catchy number with great backing vocals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Semaphore
Why don't their arms spell 'Help?' Another fine and underrated album as they draw breath before making the era defining 'Rubber Soul' later in the year. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Mr. CSCollard
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Beatles!
Great, of course! Very funny storyline and bubbly innovative tracks that will be remembered forever, interspersed with the occasional lyric which is packed full of meaning and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by David Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to get
Replacing my old LP's and sounds better remastered on CD. Brings back memories of the 60's which were great times.
Published 21 days ago by Noddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous buy.
It arrived quickly and was as described.A fantastic trip down memory lane.I love it. Would recommend to all Beatles fans.
Published 1 month ago by Judith Rowbottom
2.0 out of 5 stars HELP!
Published 2 months ago by STAVROS K
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB
Fantastic film and brilliant songs, It's great to own this at last, I like the extras too, tons of interesting facts.
Published 2 months ago by P. Munday
5.0 out of 5 stars Top band. Top album.
You cannot go far wrong in buying such a timeless classic. Listen to the Beatles as much as you can.
Published 3 months ago by Al
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Okay for a Beatles fan but not exactly a good film. Lovely to see them as they were when they were young.
Published 3 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant film. The Beatles at eir best. Great fun and lovely to go back to my youth when I went it pictures to watch is.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. P. E. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Help!
Although I had this film many years ago on video, I had never seemed to replace it with a DVD copy. I am so glad I did, as not only is the film great fun, but this 2 DVD set has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S Riaz
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