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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic on The Dewsbury Road, 9 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour (Box Set) [Blu-ray & DVD] [2012] (Blu-ray)
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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