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Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2012
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. His little scene with Nichola on the bus with the balloon was really cute, John had a lovely way about him and one could see why people were fond of him for all his faults.

And the one thing I expected to be appalling, the editing, was rather good and tight too. Scenes moved from and into each other very smoothly. And in a 1967 psychedelic kind of way, it all even made sense. I feel quite elated actually. I was expecting a trudge up Boredom hill, and found I was inhabiting Jollity Farm instead. And yes, Death Cab For Cutie is fab.

My `67 Rating: 2 out of 5
My 2012 Rating: 4 out of 5
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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
on 3 November 2012
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
on 2 November 2012
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2012
As with everything that has been re-released by Apple, the packaging is fabulous. The content of the DVD/Blu-Ray is also faultless. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the double-vinyl EP booklet replica. It is not a replica, though for anyone who has not owned/seen the original, I daresay they are very pleased with it. A few years back I obtained the Beatles in Mono CD album collection - these reproduced the original albums right down to the very last detail, including inserts, original labels and inner sleeves - everything! They are superb. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the aforementioned Magical Mystery Tour EP release. I think production-wise corners have been cut, and I just don't think this would have been allowed to happen had Neil Aspinall still been at the helm of Apple. The irritating differences from the original are as follows:
The size of the square package has been reduced by a centimetre all round.
The EP pouches on the inside of the front and back covers have been replaced by plain open ends, like a regular double album sleeve.
The Parlophone record labels are smaller, they are grey rather than black, and wording including publishers and publishing dates, cataloguing numbers and manufacturing details have been updated.
The booklet is glued rather than stapled, and most irritatingly the inner strip measuring 2 centimetres of the back page is glued down to the equivalent inside edge of the back cover.
Lastly, and unbelievably, also on the inner back cover, the original wording 'THE BEATLES in Songs and Music from a Colour Television Film called 'MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR' has the word Colour spelt the American way 'Color'. Pretty ironic considering this package was not released in the USA!
Maybe this is nit-picking, but we have come to expect flawless (if expensive!) product from Apple in their re-packaged releases and this is not, as advertised, a true replica - it is an approximation, and therefore not of the faultless high quality that Aspinall was so passionate and insistant on maintaining.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2012
I've read those reviews about that edition and nobody talks about the hidden tracks... "Fish and Ship Shop", "Missing Dining Room Scene", "Magic Alex sings Walls of Jericho" and "Jessie's Blues". I know that they are hidden but you can find them by clicking on the pink star, on the left side of "play film", on the green star and on the right side of "audio options", all on the main menu!!! I'm not a Beatles fan but I love that box set!!! Each euro that I spent...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2012
As a serious Beatles collector for over twenty-five years, I've been waiting for a vinyl re-issue of the Magical Mystery Tour 7" vinyl EP set for a very long time. It is has finally been re-issued as part of this deluxe collector's box set. However, it has lost its wrap-around flaps where the disks were slid in from the top. The new EP re-issue has open ends where the disks are inserted from the sides (like a double lp). Having said that, everything in this set oozes quality. It really is a beautiful item... Well worth £29.99!! It is worth buying this boxed set just to get the EP set just like I did. The picture quality on the blu ray is stunning. The large book is also an amazing!! Magical Mystery Tour (Box Set) [Blu-ray & DVD] [2012]
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2012
Amazon, you need to do something about the reviews which refer to an earlier (bootleg?) release of this film as they have no relevance to this sumptuous box set.
It's beautifully packaged in a large, 10" square box with the original UK EP artwork glossily reproduced on it's front. Inside, a ribbon marker holds in the double 7" vinyl repro, a card holder with both blu-ray and DVD versions inside. Plus a nice slightly larger glossy book and what looks like a bookmark or cinema ticket. The mono EP sounds great and is a foretaste for the vinyl remasters coming this year and next. It comes in the same package as the 1967 vinyl complete with book and blue lyric sheet. Each DVD has a different aspect ration but the same content and extras. Picture quality on both is outstanding, and Paul's commentary, is amusing. Some of the extras - Traffic, Ivor Cutler's song - would have worked well within the film I feel. The rest are all historically interesting for Fab's devotees.
And the film itself? It divides opinions. For me, it's a precursor not only of Python, but of the likes of Reeves and Mortimer years later. You also can see the trajectory towards other unfairly maligned surreal rock epics such as future "Richard Starkey, MBE" vehicle 200 Motels, or The Monkees' Head. You can also see the influence of underground film makers such as Kenneth Anger (there's even an obscure Aleister Crowley reference [again] in the Magicians scene, whch Anger would appreciate). And then there's the music! As Paul says on his commentary, MMT has the only performance of Walrus on film. If you love The Beatles, this is a wonderful trip...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2012
Why this has not been remastered and rereleased before is a mystery in itself. I bought the Magical Mystery Tour (Box Set) [Blu-ray & DVD] [2012] version and I am really happy that I did. I remember seeing this on our gainy black & white TV when it was originally broadcast (boxing day 1967 when I was nine years old) and really enjoying it, despite the obvious lack of colour but because it seemed to be a bit chaotic and weird.

There was never any question as to the quality of the songs but the received wisdom at the time was that the film was a dreadful mistake, which only goes to show what idiots critics are.

In the late 1970's Magical Mystery Tour was shown as part of a run of Beatles films at christmas time I think. This was one of the turning points where I began to stop listening to my older friends for guidance on what was cool and what was not. They all agreed pompously, that this film was terrible because it was the uncool Paul McCartney who was mostly behind it. I knew then that they were just being carried along on a wave of sycophancy and were jsut too lazy to really watch it.

I am so pleased that this movie is being reappraised on its rerelease. It is wonderful to have the double 7" EP again, it takes me back puting them on the turntable. I note the issue in a previous review about the different construction of the cover, it no longer has the flaps over the disc spaces.

The additional documentary footage about the making of the movie is brilliant, giving a real insight into a very strange, but of its time, movie.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2012
I also watched this on BBC2 yesterday. I knew Apple were restoring it but I hadn't realised that it was complete, but it was soon apparent just how vastly improved the picture and sound were, compared to the cruddy, horrible DVD version that's been around for years.

I guess I am somewhat biased because I grew up in the Beatles era and saw this when it was first broadcast on Boxing Day 1967, when it was broadcast in black and white, even though, I think, BBC2 had colour back then and it could have been shown there. But I guess not that many people had colour anyway. So a lot of it didn't make sense in black and white because of the many colour effects in the film.

I still love it after all these years, yes it is weird and to many nonsensical but it always seemed to me to be a natural progression from Sgt. Pepper, musically at least and is a fitting end to what was a remarkable year. It's hard for those not of that generation to appreciate it in the context of the era it belongs to, but I would recommend it to all, as it does grow on you.

Of all the music tracks, I especially love "I Am The Walrus" and "Your Mother Should Know". but all the tracks are good I think. I am looking forward to seeing all the extras when I get the boxed set, as I once read that the 55 minute film was pared down from over 100 hours of Super8!
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