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  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: EMI Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RTE08E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,946 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Songs you’ll never forget, the film you’ve never seen and a story that’s never been heard. In 1967, in the wake of the extraordinary impact of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and the Our World satellite broadcast of All You Need Is Love, The Beatles devised, wrote and directed their third film, Magical Mystery Tour, a dreamlike story of a coach day trip to the seaside. Apple Films have fully restored the long out-of-print, classic feature film for October 8th release worldwide on DVD with a remixed soundtrack (5.1 and stereo) and special features.

The restoration of Magical Mystery Tour has been overseen by Paul Rutan Jr. of Eque Inc., the same company that handled the much acclaimed restoration of Yellow Submarine. The soundtrack work was done at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell.

The DVD/Blu-ray contains over 50 minutes of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul.

In September 1967, The Beatles loaded a film crew onto a bus along with friends, family and cast and headed west on the A30 out of London to make their third film, this time conceived and directed by The Beatles themselves.

“Paul said ‘Look I’ve got this idea’ and we said ‘great!’ and all he had was this circle and a little dot on the top – that’s where we started,” explains Ringo. “It wasn’t the kind of thing where you could say ‘ladies and gentlemen, what you are about to see is the product of our imaginations and believe me, at this point they are quite vivid,’” says Paul. The film follows a loose narrative and showcased six new songs: “Magical Mystery Tour,” “The Fool On The Hill,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Flying,” “Blue Jay Way,” and “Your Mother Should Know.”

Magical Mystery Tour features a fabulous supporting cast of character actors and performers, including Ivor Cutler, Victor Spinetti, Jessie Robins, Nat Jackley, Derek Royle, and the inimitable Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By glitterheart on 30 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Had an hour to kill, and just watched MMT. Expecting to feel like switching off after ten minutes but surprised to find I actually rather liked it. Being just an hour long was a real plus, it kept things tighter than they might have been had they had a two hour long film to make. I loved John's surreal voiceover sounding slightly speeded up (apt!) and it all hung together much better than I had expected it to. It was fun, it had some great songs in it, there were a few nice Milliganesque moments, and all in all it was all rather jolly. Time has actually been kind to it. I think we have got used to seeing in retrospect a lot of the early to mid-`60s surreal stuff Milligan, Sellers and Sykes did, and because Python came along after MMT (and it has to be said partly due to MMT) and other silly stuff like Little Britain, AbFab etc, we are more used to letting our belief be suspended and sit back while people get silly for our amusement.
My preconceptions were based on what I saw in 1967 in B & W (and what I had anticipated that Boxing Day of 1967, it has to be said!) and a few brief bits I've watched since. But put all together as a complete breezy 60 minutes of British Comic Pop Surreality of the `60s, it had some good moments...The surreal bits worked well, the funny bits were actually amusing, and the songs sounded great (remixed and remastered by Giles Martin). The things I found plain daft before, like the magicians' scenes, this time made me smile affectionately, and John's occasional bits of acting were actually very nice. He appeared less than the others, some scenes not featuring him at all, even some of the group scenes, so maybe he was off having a quick blast during some of the filming.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
You really don't need another review about the film itself - it is what it is. I saw it on Boxing Day 1967 and I've seen it a few times since - this new presentation is the first time I've sat down and really enjoyed it completely. This new boxed version is as definitive as it is ever likely to be.

So what's in the box? Well, there is no CD of the music, but you do get a near exact replica of the 7" EP package that originally contained the music from the film that was released at the time. There was no 12" album for the UK market then, but the EP pack had a book, which is reproduced here, and contains song lyrics and story cartoon.

This new package also has its own 10" book with over 50 pages of information, pictures and credits on every aspect of the Magical Mystery Tour and along with the bonus features on the disc may help you to make some sense of the whole thing!

Both the Blu-ray disc and DVD are included here and appear to have identical contents, but the DVD is in region-free NTSC format, not PAL as stated in the Product description. There is a good selection of Bonus Material included, some of which was featured in the BBC Arena programme, but also much more besides. The film itself appears to have been cropped from a 4:3 aspect ratio to fit the widescreen format although the many outtakes, and Paul's commentary version, are shown in the original 4:3. If you caught it on the BBC showing that is what you get here as the main feature on both discs.

Finally included is a ticket for the Magical Mystery Tour itself - but I suspect the bus has sadly already left! I am very pleased with this presentation and glad I pre-ordered as the price has now rocketed! I give it five stars - but only at the price I paid. If you have no means of playing vinyl, or are not really a Beatles collector, you may be better off with just the DVD or Blu-ray version of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Grant on 3 Nov. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Magical Mystery TourThis is my third version of the film, having previously bought a VHS cassette, the US DVD, which was very poor quality and now finally this wonderful Blu-Ray disc. The main action is the feature film itself. The picture is very sharp, more so than ever before. The 5:1 surround sound for the soundtrack and all brilliant tracks are obviously marvelous. Considering what Giles Martin did with the Love 5:1 "mix" album and this, I wouldn't be surprised if the next step for Apple is to release the 1968 and post albums in surround sound. That would probably be the best comparison to the mono set. Anyway back to MMT! The Director's Commentary by Paul is okay for one viewing, I won't watch it again. The same could be said for Ringo, however being a much shorter piece, I will probably watch that again one of these years! Hello Goodbye from Top of the Pops, is not what I'd thought it would be, as there were videos made for this song. This is actually a bit boring. What I did particularly enjoy was I'm Going In A Field by Ivor Cutler, wonderfully weird and an all time favourite of mine, Traffic's, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush. I had no idea of any connection between this song and MMT, but here it is in surround sound too. All in all there's plenty here and as I say, you don't have to watch all of the features continuously but the main film itself is a marvelous piece of its time, spiced up to the 21st century, with quality production values.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 2 Nov. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Finally a blu-ray release for The Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour which benefits greatly from enhanced picture quality & sound.

The movie itself is very hit & miss telling the story of the Fab Four's day out on a coach in which basically not a great deal happens.

MMT is now viewed as a piece of (very) experimental sixties movie work (although it was panned back in the day as it was shown on Boxing Day 1967 on BBC2 in black & white) but it does also show how lost they were following the death of manager Brian Epstien as he would probably have made sure this didn't see the light of day,but of course the music is fantastic and the Walrus clip is one that stays in the memory long after the rest of the film has been forgotten.

Overall though if you are a Beatles fan this version is a vast improvement (quality wise) on previous VHS & DVD releases.
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