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"Avenue One" can hardly offer 'old age' of the source material as an excuse for this disappointing re-issue of 'Magical Mystery Tour'. This movie was shot using professional camera's and films - and other movies from the late sixties have aged *much* better.
The movie itself is entertaining (though not great), particularly for long-time Beatle fans. (Admitted, they will swallow everything Beatle - Every Little Thing). I particular like the performances of 'I am the Walrus' and 'Fool on the hill' (Paul with the plainest face possible).
My advice: buy this if you can get this cheap. Don't let those responsible for this release earn to much from it!
For any serious Beatles fan i would say to avoid at all costs. The picture quality is truly awful.It has obviously been copied from VHS. The
film itself is a mixed bag. Very much of it's time..and the poor picture and sound on the DVD do not make for a pleasurable experience.Wait for the official release i would say. NOTE - A new restored version is coming out in October 2012. This is NOT a review of that product.
To me, the fact that for the most part, this film was not received well and is fairly unknown, makes it more interesting. Help was nowhere near as good as this (in completely different ballparks).
This was one of two films the beatles made during their 'psychedelic' period,(along with yellow submarine). The film does have quite an eerie undercurrent (the beatles dress up as annoying gay wizards). John lennons narration is good especially at the beginning of the film. Theres a scene where Ringo's fat auntie, falls asleep and starts dreaming about food. John lennon dressed up as a waiter is shovelling slop on to the table whilst she is eating it and crying her eyes out! very strange. The scene looks a lot like one from monty pythons 'the meaning of life'.
There is a funny scene with victor spinetti, he plays the babbeling army sergeant who shouts at cows and midgets. Parts of this film are boring but it makes for good viewing when Ringo shouts "I cant stand it anymore! I'm getting off."
I really liked the circus organ version of 'she loves you'. Also there are the videos for 'I am the walrus'(humourous, slightly scary) a classic, 'fool on the hill', which features paul mccartney pratting about in a field looking like something from a dr seuss book, and 'blue jay way'(quite scary) by which time, you know the trip has taken a turn for the worst (although after the song, everyone stands up and claps enthusiastically like a bunch of jolly zombies).
The film ends with John saying "I told you it was gonna be a magical mystical tour.." in his trademark bigheaded way. whilst most of ya will be thinking "What you on about mate? that wasn't magical?"
A worthwhile film in my opinion.
So of course, I bought it. Well, I had never seen the film before, and no longer have a VCR, so for the time being this is my only chance to see it.
The blurred picture quality and hissy sound betray its roots - this was copied to digital from a VHS tape. Remastered, my @rse! There is also a nasty humming sound that pervades the entire film.
OK, what about the film?
To Beatles fans such as me, this film is very enjoyable. There's no real plot to speak of - I don't even think they started out with any kind of script - it's mainly four lads having a bit of fun with a film camera. It looks like it was made up as it went along. But the humour and weirdness and creativity of these lads is still fun to watch.
But most importantly, it contains some fantastic music, as taken from the 1967 Magical Mystery Tour EP (and the compilation album of the same name, which pulled together all the singles/EPs from 1967 and was dreadfully packaged by their American label, Capitol).
As with the Help and A Hard Day's Night films, Magical Mystery Tour's song sections are forerunners to the pop video (only, much better in many cases). I Am The Walrus is an example of a fine song with an enjoyable and creative visual sequence to accompany it.
So, I would still recommend for Beatles Fans who do not have - or cannot obtain - the VHS version, to get this, if only to whet their appetites until the official DVD release comes out (who knows when).
Casual buyers should probably not bother.
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The quality isn't HD or blu-ray quality but it's fine for a 50 year old television special. You get what you pay for; what do you expect for under £5 ;) no bonus features, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Lancaster
I bought his for a family member who is a HUGE Beatles fan. I found it very much of its' time and dated now.Published 2 months ago by H. L. Radcliffe
Qualityof the dvd consumate with price so no complaints!..Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The fool, the walrus, Buster Bloodvessel, Death cab for cutie, marvellous stuff. Doesn't always want to play on my laptop but i think that's power dvd's fault, not the dvdPublished 11 months ago by C. J. Sennett