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The Beatles Anthology [DVD] [1995]


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  • Actors: The Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Neil Aspinall
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Portuguese Brazilian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 672 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006GEMA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,569 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All eight programmes from the epic documentary series are collected in this box set. It follows the development of the most popular band ever from the births of the band members (beginning in 1940) through to the acrimonious split in 1970. Also featured are interviews with all the influential people in the band's history and rare archive footage. This collection is almost twice as long as the version broadcast on television in 1995.

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The Beatles Anthology was initially broadcast as a TV miniseries to run alongside the series of three Anthology double-CD albums. This set of eight documentaries has the heft and scope of one of Ken Burns' expansive projects. Still, you may find yourself with more material--particularly about the Beatles' early lives as lads in Liverpool--than you'll want to watch. The documentary material is copious, including early performance films and tapes, at the point before they found their true voices. The actual Beatlemania years--beginning in 1963 and concluding in 1970--feature extensive performance films, as well as home movies and archival material. The best parts, of course, are the interviews with the Beatles themselves, who produced the entire thing. Along with reworking two previously unreleased John Lennon tracks as "new Beatles songs", the Anthology includes some unseen Lennon interview tapes so that his acerbic voice can be heard as well. This stands as a comprehensive document of that heady period, the second coming of rock & roll, as the Beatles took what Elvis had started and expanded upon it exponentially. This box set gives a solid sense of the historical context and the way these four musicians changed the world around them in the 1960s. --Marshall Fine

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A. Wong on 1 April 2003
Format: DVD
This series defines the word definitive. Alot of us have felt like the Beatles were a part of us through their music and films. The die hard fans read books and watched interviews but nowhere has so much infomation on the band been presented in such a compelling fashion and from such a reliable source (the Beatles themselves)
I've watched the first release on Laserdisc about 5 times and it's good to see that the full length episodes (longer than the 1 hour episodes screened on TV) have made it to the DVD release. Old interviews from John Lennon are spliced into newer interviews from Paul, George and Ringo and there is an overwhelming sense that what's presented is honest. Warts and all as they say. It is undoubtedly even more poignant to watch now that George has left us and it is now indisputable that the Beatles are history.
Perhaps there is a little too much bias towards the early days and there may be not enough on the time when I personally felt they were at their absolute peak (the Rubber Soul/Revolver era) but these are small criticisms.
The DVD extra material disc is also fantastic and I bought the set mainly for this as it wasn't part of the Laserdisc release. It was worth it. It was fantastic to see Paul, George and Ringo jamming together for fun and working in the studio on Free as a Bird and Real Love. Another treat was to see their own enthusiasm for listening to the original takes of songs like Tomorrow Never Knows and Golden Slumbers. My favourite bit must have been George asking which album the latter track was on!
Finally the price is incredible. At a fraction of the price of the original Laserdisc or VHS release, it is an essential purchase for anybody who has any desire to know more than just the albums and songs.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Natty on 1 April 2003
Format: DVD
This box set is a must have for any fan of the Beatles. I bought the original box set on VHS video and have no regrets about re buying the set again on DVD. The quality is superb and sharp and the music is much clearer. Each disc contains 2 episodes except for the 5th and final disc. In my opinion, this is the real gem. To view Harrison, McCartney and Starr playing together again at George's house in 1994 and having fun is a joy to watch. Songs inlude an early Lennon & McCartney original titled 'Thinkin of Linking" and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky' along with others. This comes under the title of Recollections. Other titles on this disc are, Compiling The Anthology Albums, Back at Abbey Road-May 1995, Recording Free as a Bird and Real Love, Production Team(explaining how the series was created)Making the Free as a Bird Video and Real Love Video. The set is excellent viewing and worth a place in anyone's collection.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2006
Format: DVD
This was always going to be a five star review. There's nothing to be said for The Beatles, their music or the affect they had on the world around them that hasn't already been said many times before.
The Anthology DVDs are a rich, vibrant collection of snapshots and first hand recollections of the greatest band ever known. There are some deeply personal memories from the three surviving Beatles (this was obviously recorded before George sadly passed away) and some funny moments too. George, in particular seems to have the best sense of perspective about the whole thing. He says many times that the world just used the Beatles as an excuse to go mad. He believed the band were in the "eye of the hurricane" while the rest of the world went crazy.
Each episode is roughly 75 minutes in length so you get a good total viewing time. Obviously, there's a lot more that could've been included and maybe one day we'll get an expanded version.
The price of the set alone is worth it just for the inclusion of the extras disc. It was great seeing the guys playing together again and the insight into the recording of Real Love was a treat. I, for one, thought the two "new" Beatles tracks were excellent.
Worth every penny.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct 2007
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Probably the best piece of Beatles memorabilia you could ever buy. I had originally taped the series of TV way back in the mid 90's, but the DVD is now a permanent storage that won't have Gardner's World taped on it!
With all the members of the band present (except of course for the late John) their is a real authenticity about the footage - not just what a narrator thinks. They all give great in-depth in-sights, from how they all met, to the final and emotional days of Abbey Road. Perhaps one unique thing about the band members are their personalities - rarely would a band member these days take the time to produce such a long, in depth story of one of the greatest bands we've known.
The editing is super, and sets it aside from other documentaries. No split second footage of songs, so tiny cuts people talking - its just transcends so nicely. Many songs are actually footaged in their entirety, and the moving between stories/years is so smooth.
Perhaps the most emotional part of this collection is the end. The interviews end quite bluntly, but its rather fitting, as Ringo explains, because the band never talked about 'it being the end'. They just enjoyed making Abbey Road, and went their separate ways. The editing at thr very end which plays clips of songs mixed together, with the sad but happy photo of them in the field really touches your heart, after everything they had been through for almost a decade.
It's not surprising however that, in typical Paul McCartney fashion (ie. he wants to be 'different'), we see him not just talking and giving stories in one chair. He is constantly in several places, from piloting a boat, to rather oddly having a camp-fire in a field. Hmm...
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