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When I was younger......,
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This review is from: Help! [DVD]  (DVD).....way back in 1965, the biggest grossing film in the UK that year was Help! Forty plus years later, it receives its DVD premiere. Why? I guess only Apple knows, but as anything Beatle tends to garner column inches and sales many other artists can only salivate over, the answer would probably be "the time was right". And there are two versions available, both double discs: a standard release aimed at the casual buyer and a deluxe package for the collector, complete with a copy of the original script (with Dick Lester's handwritten alterations: it's a shame most is too hard to read), a 60 page book with photos from the film, a reproduction poster, and a set of reproduction lobby cards.
The Fab Four's second feature wasn't as good as A Hard Day's Night but it still had its redeeming qualities: the music for one. Certainly not up there with their finest, the seven songs were out of sight compared to what else was on offer at the time. (In fact, very few songs have surpassed both the toe-tapping `Ticket to Ride' - the first `heavy metal' song? - and the personal `Help!' in the interim, discounting the Beatles' own, of course.) To improve the film, Help! has been digitally restored, making the picture jump out at you, and remixed into 5.1, so if you have the equipment be prepared for an aural delight. (Even without full 5.1, the music sounds as if it was recorded yesterday.) The second DVD has the usual extras: a `making of' documentary, interviews and trailers all alongside an insight into the restoration of the film as well as a deleted scene involving Wendy Richards, but none can really be classed as such. The documentary was shown on TV recently, as, indeed was Help! itself, and two of the trailers were included in the films' 1995 VHS release, as were the `hidden' radio spots. As for the deleted scene, as intriguing as it appears don't get too excited: it's not what you probably think. It's no more than Richards talking about her part in the film, along with some stills of the aforementioned scene. Disappointing? Certainly. Worth watching? Not more than once. Apple and Subafilms should have considered dispensing with the second disc, releasing a standalone version instead.
Beatle people will buy this in their droves but is it worth paying extra for the deluxe edition? For what's included within the answer has to be no. Even though the packaging is superb, I can't imagine that these, as welcome as they may be, have increased the production costs that much to justify an additional £25 or so. But, when all's said and done, only you can decide.