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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Fun!!!
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...
Published on 6 July 2008 by F. S. L'hoir

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing really
Watched both discs in one sitting last night.

Disc 1 is the film and beyond options for subtitles in various languages there are non extras. It's a sparklng restoration and the sound is perfect. When they're indoors in their terraced house pad for the first time you see that their suits have a light pin stripe. George is reveled as sometimes looking tired a bit...
Published on 14 Nov 2007 by Holloway, north London


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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
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F. S. L'hoir (Irvine, CA) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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John Heaton (Budapest, Hungary) - See all my reviews
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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. ’I Need You’ is a simple but effective and quite charming Harrisong (check out Tom Petty’s version on Concert For George). ’You’re Gonna Lose That Girl’ is one of those lost Lennon classics that one finds on most Beatles albums. Among the covers, ’Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ is delivered with gusto and ’Act Naturally’ is a suitable vehicle for Ringo’s country vocal (he was to do a whole album of country songs in 1970 after the split entitled ’Beaucoups Of Blues’, to great effect).
A couple of the other songs are a little ordinary but only by this band’s Everest High standards. The title track was a genuine cry for help from Lennon (or so he said later) but is actually one of their less engaging singles. Not that it’s bad or anything. On the whole this album finds The Beatles at or very near their peak. I rediscovered it recently and it was great. It is the kind of album that you forget how good it is. And surely ’Ticket To Ride’ is their most majestic single for their early-mid period.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remaster, 14 Oct 2010
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C. L. Gardom (manchester, uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Help! (Audio CD)
I believe Help to have improved the most from the Beatles Remastering process.

If you've only ever heard the 1987 CD release i wholeheartedly recommend you purchase the remaster. The sound is really full, good bass sound, the guitars ringingly crisp and clear. And of all the Beatles ALbums Help! has by far the best stereo spread - great to listen on headphones from 1st track to last.

On many tracks on Help! the Beatles continue the country tinged feel of some of its predecessor (Beatles for Sale - also a great remaster)but the highlight is Ticket to Ride which is now heavier than ever - superb, it really hits home with the droning repeated chord to the fore.

However, no amount of remastering can salvage Dizzy Miss Lizzy which provides a disappointing end to an album that is due reappraisal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternate George vocal?, 29 May 2010
This review is from: Help [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Just been revisiting the DTS soundtrack of this excellent release and noticed that George Harrison's double-tracked vocals on 'I Need You' appear to be a different take to that included on the various mono and stereo vinyl / CD issues. His phrasing isn't quite the same.

Anybody else noticed?
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing really, 14 Nov 2007
This review is from: Help [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Watched both discs in one sitting last night.

Disc 1 is the film and beyond options for subtitles in various languages there are non extras. It's a sparklng restoration and the sound is perfect. When they're indoors in their terraced house pad for the first time you see that their suits have a light pin stripe. George is reveled as sometimes looking tired a bit spotty.

But the extras disc is vexing. The missing scene is not that - it's folks talking about the missing scene with a few stills. But when you look at the three trailers included, two include another missing scene of the band drivng cars on an beach. The extra docs include some shots with clapperboards that clearly demonstrate that more footage survives - where is this footage? And the two docs about the film (not the one on the restroation) rely on a boring static talking head approach that doesn't make for gripping viewing - although seeing Neil Aspinall without a hat for the first time is quite something. Richard Lester is genial, but most of the folks who talk don't offer anything new. For example, it's said that Epstein wanted filming to take place in the Bahamas - but it is not said why. Couldn't a little extra effort have been put into these extras? It is The Beatles after all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help!, 1 Jan 2014
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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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 some interesting extras. It was the film where Lennon complained the Beatles were 'extras' in their own movie and the middle of their love affair with pot, which saw them giggling throughout and testing Director Richard Lester to the limit. However, Lester was a wise man, who had already had a great success with the documentary style "A Hard Day's Night" and he wisely knew both the Beatles talents and their limitations. With a bigger budget, colour film and a cast of actors to help carry them, he created a fun and zany romp, even if the plot was a little weak. With the Beatles providing the music, what could go wrong?

If the plot itself (an Eastern cult is unable to carry out their ritual sacrifice, as Ringo has been given the ring, leading to them being chased around various locations - you can almost hear Brian Epstein's relayed requests, "the boys have never been ski-ing" and "can we film in the Bahamas?!" - with Victor Spinetti and Roy Kinnear as a mad scientist and his assistant in hot pursuit) is not strong, the music is wonderful and Lester manages to almost invent the music video out of necessity. Ringo having shown his acting talent in their first movie is wisely given the main part and has natural, comic timing. The other Beatles, although apparently unable to learn their lines, manage to be adequate at least and the entire film has a really good feel about it.

There is a whole DVD of extras to enjoy as well, with a thirty minute documentary on "The Beatles in Help!" including interviews with Richard Lester and other members of the cast and crew, as well as a section of "Memories of Help!" which could probably have been included in the documentary. At long last, Richard Lester explains why he cut the missing scene with Frankie Howard and Wendy Richard, there is information on the restoration of the film and some original film trailers. This is a good package, with interesting extras and the film lovingly restored and it has stood the test of time well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best., 12 Jan 2013
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Replacing old and broken cd's. This is one of the best popular music albums of all time. Full stop. End of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane.., 10 Jan 2013
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Brought back a few happy memories - some brilliant tracks and enjoyed listening to it whilst driving in my car - I've got the red & blue albums, but going to collect some of the other albums now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovable, Often Neglected Gem, 29 Sep 2007
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Mr. J. A. Smith "thetoot" (Blackwell) - See all my reviews
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On Beatles For Sale, the band had made their first forays into a Dylanesque style of folk-tinged guitar pop. Songs such as I'm a Loser, I Don't Want to Spoil the Party and No Reply had hinted at an insecurity at the heart of Lennon, which was beginning to brim out more obviously than before.

However, that album was not totally in that mode. The big single Eight Days a Week was still guitar-pop, and others songs such as Rock and Roll music were as much part of the roots/rock and roll scene as before.

Help! continues this odd disparity, this strange mixture of styles. There are the straight-out guitar pop songs such as the title track, Night Before and Ticket to Ride and there are the dylanesque folkier numbers; You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, It's Only Love, I've Just Seen a Face and Yesterday. In between, there is the country Act Naturally and the country-esque Another Girl.

Overall, it is a massive leap in quality from the previous album - the singles ensure this. However, there is also something else going on with Help! that makes it such an intriguing album. It is the first of the band's middle period that takes in Rubber Soul and Revolver, a run of albums which are marked by an even quality lacking in the band's first efforts.

Indeed, there are only really a few weak tracks You Like Me Too Much, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, and possibly Act Naturally. Overall though, only Dylan could compete with such a strong selection over 14 songs.

Help! was, and is, a linchpin of the Beatles output. Some of the attention that should have been afforded it has often been deflected to the superb Rubber Soul. This is unfortunate as Rubber Soul would cast a shadow on any album with which it was compared against. Taken on its own merits, and if you look a little deeper, Help! is the first of The Beatles Folk/Rock albums (at least in part) and may be one of the band's most lovable records.

It is a shame that the cd is not available in a remastered format. As with the rest of the catalogue, this would help restore some of the warmth that can be heard on the original L.P. The mastering itself is very clear, but you may need to fiddle with your equalizer to try and give this version the depth of tone it should have.
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