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The Beatles - Yellow Submarine [VHS] [1968]

The Beatles , Paul Angelis , George Dunning (II)    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Beatles, Paul Angelis, John Clive, Dick Emery, Geoffrey Hughes
  • Directors: George Dunning (II)
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZEQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,674 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This restored, animated valentine to the Beatles offers viewers the rare chance to see a work that's been substantially improved by its technical facelift, not just super-sized with extra footage. Recognising that its song-studded soundtrack alone makes Yellow Submarine a video annuity, United Artists has lavished a frame-by-frame refurbishment of the original feature, while replacing its original monaural audio tracks with a meticulously reconstructed stereo mix that actually refines legendary original album versions.

What emerges is a vivid time capsule of the late 1960s and a minor milestone in animation. The music represents the quartet's zenith--Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The story line, cobbled together by producer Al Brodax and a committee of writers, is a broad, feather-light allegory set in idyllic Pepperland, where the gentle citizens are threatened by the nasty, music-hating Blue Meanies and their surreal arsenal of henchmen, with the Beatles enlisted to thwart the bad guys. Visually, designer Heinz Edelmann mixes the biomorphic squiggles, day-glo palette and Beardsley-esque portraits of Peter Max with rotoscoped still photographs and film; Edelmann's animated collages also nod to Andy Warhol and Magritte in properly psychedelic fashion, which works wonderfully with such terrific songs.

High-orthodox Beatlemaniacs can still grouse that the animated Fab Four are (literally) flat archetypes, but that's missing the sheer bloom of the music or the giddy, campy fun of the visuals. Making sense of the story is second to submerging blissfully in the sights and sounds of this video treat. --Sam Sutherland

Product Description

Animated feature for the Fab Four. The Beatles - John (voiced by John Clive), Paul (Geoffrey Hughes), George (Peter Batten) and Ringo (Paul Angelis) - are shocked to be transported to a world inhabited by the evil, apple-wielding Blue Meanies. Travelling to Pepperland in their yellow submarine, the foursome attempt to halt the Meanies reign of terror by showing them that all you really need is love. The real Beatles make a cameo appearance at the end of the film.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-see for any Beatles fan 3 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
The picture has got a simple and clear plot, but all those absurd, crazy jokes and strange characters could really blow your mind if you're not accustomed to John Lennon's jokes. It all reminds me of 'Alice in Wonderland' a lot. One should accept the picture 'as is'. Though my 3-year-old daughter loves it a lot! No need to talk about music - it's outstanding! In general, it's different and a definite must-see.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Television thats fresh 40 years on 21 July 2006
Format:DVD
Watch this film, it is a classic.

The narrative involves cut out animated characters (including the Beatles, well the Lonely Hearts Club Band) in a fairy-tale struggle. Not only is it imaginative and visually articulate, you also have the pleasure of many a Beatles tune. Furthermore, it is hilarious.

If only all music television was this good. The bench mark - A seminal work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best animated film ever made 31 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is so full of originality, imagination and visual impact - it's got to be one of the best animated films ever made, and it was all done without the use of computers. Stands up very well after 35 years, as a light hearted, colourful funny, intriguing and slightly mysterious film. And SO sixties!!! The Beatles themselves are a bit boring as characters, since this was a fan film about them, and so they are portrayed as perfect. But you just have to accept that, and enjoy the rest of the film. I am also thrilled to have this nice bright copy. If you've never seen this film, get a copy and open up your mind....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable for a new generation 29 Mar 2002
Format:DVD
Although the animation is showing its age this
restored version really shines even on a small
screen, the music quality is excellent and of course the songs are outstanding. my young kids don't know who the beatles are, but they loved this film and all the music, if you have kids buy it they will love it, if you don't buy it for yourself it won't be a one play DVD.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Firstly let me say don't waste your hard-earned on overpriced new or second hand copies of this film priced at 40 or over. Buy a brand new sealed Canadian region-free copy with the brilliant soundtrack remastered into amazing 5.1 surround sound, the ability to play the isolated score and complete with booklet etc for 15 instead.

Both the new picture transfer and surround mix are brilliant, the latter being quite a rarity on old films like this. It's obvious that a lot of time and effort have been spent on both, unlike "Magical Mystery Tour" which languishes in poor quality mono with a picture to match - so full of damage and sparklies as to be near unwatchable.

I can't praise the Canadian issue of "Yellow Submarine" enough in those departments - everything is pristine as if it was a brand new film just released and of course it's in widescreen format too.

I would say that with all the psych imagery and music this one is best watched on a big screen in a darkened room with a tankard of ale and preferably something strong to smoke too (or if you're a non-smoker then bake it in little buns or make tea).

Absolutely amazing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
In my case that was 1969. That's when I saw this in a double billing with Barbarella (1968) at West Point, NY.

The music is great and it brings back a part of history. Can the Beatles save Pepperland? Remember we all live in a Yellow Submarine. Instead of just buying the soundtrack, buy the movie and you have them both. I guess I will have to buy it also to hear "Hey, Bulldog!" Of course as with most movies there will always be someone one that prefers the original and knows that it was cut that way on purpose.

And now it is time for a whole new generation to enjoy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic and Fun - a Milestone in Animation 4 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This film combines the graphic style of Peter Max and the cinematic psychedelia of "Fantastic Planet", adds the humor and musical talent of the Beatles, and manages to transform the genre of the "musical" into an entirely new flavor of music video.
The Beatles had already invented the music video with earlier filmed renditions of songs released after their Beatlemania touring days had come to an end. Those films were released as substitutes for the real Fab Four, touring the world in their absence. Yellow Submarine was an altogether new species, conceived as a whimsical but coherent story - sort of a WWII Lite, surrounding songs from the Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper albums. It somehow manages to deliver not only a series of exceptional animated "music videos", but also a funny and engaging Beatles movie, every bit as entertaining as "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help".
Yellow Submarine was produced while the Beatles were on sabbatical in India with the Maharaji, and had no input to speak of in the creation of the film. They however, along with their fans and the movie-going public, were quite pleased and impressed by the results.
This film will appeal to fans of The Beatles, fans and students of animation, and anyone who enjoys a well-made cinematic fantasy.
--- Greg A.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The songs remixed and digital at last! 29 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
A super bit of Beatles 'summer of love' style here. The Blue Meanies do not stand a chance and it's great fun throughout, though I think the kids of today will not appreciate it quite as we did. I agree that the best feature is the songs and how they are now available as a 'pre-selection' process rather than winding through the film to find the best. Crucial cuts are the undiscovered/underrated classics "Hey Bulldog" and "It's all too much" which are close to the end of the film. Both would have made brillient singles. They are real gems in the final chapter of Sgt Pepper but never quite made it to the masterpiece LP, only being relegated to the soundtrack of this film. The restored digital version and remixed songs are excellent. A splendid time guaranteed for all!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles classic
Wonderful film, full of brilliant music and a healthy dose of surreality, but beloved for it. One to keep in the library and watch on special occasions.
Published 5 months ago by Landboy
5.0 out of 5 stars MAYOR SUBMARINE EXPLOSIONS BLUE MEANIES!
"Yellow Submarine" is one of those movies that, for me, is pure nostalgia. It was my first introduction to the Beatles, and one of the first non-Disney animated movies I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What can I say ? loved this when was at cinema for first time, now have it so my grand children can enjoy the fab 4 and this great crazy movie
Published 5 months ago by Keith Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles: Yellow Submarine [DVD] [1968]
"If I spoke prose , you'd all find out , I don't know what I'm talking about!" Can watch this time and time again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. W. M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Well recommended. Great item and breand new. Great addition to anyones collection. A must for any avid fans. Worth it.
Published 7 months ago by J JEFFERY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD.
Great DVD - a birthday present for a brother in law. He loves it. He said it was great & fantastic.
Published 8 months ago by Anna Tidy
1.0 out of 5 stars Not PAL compatible
Be warned; the Amazon website describes this DVD as a UK (PAL) version but disappointingly when I tried to play it my DVD player indicated 'Not PAL'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nigel Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars yellow sumarine
sorry but the disc jumps so hard to play.but when we have been able to run it we have enjoyed it
Published 8 months ago by anthony hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A trip back to the 60's - it will have you singing along to all the songs from Sgt Pepper
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Linda Keepax
5.0 out of 5 stars For every fans of Beatles
Ive seen it 3 times and love it. Very good music. Some of the best songs the group made. A lot of great songs. Some will perhaps be disappointed because its animation.
Published 11 months ago by Odin
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