- Actors: Eric Idle, John Hasey, Neil Innes, Rikki Fataar, Michael Palin
- Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Prism
- DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
- Run Time: 72 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00006L9WX
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,877 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash [DVD]
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DVD Special Features
Brand new transfer featuring previously unavailable scenes
Further deleted scenes
Eric Idle commentary
Eric Idle introduction
First screened on BBC2 in 1978, at a time when the standing of The Beatles was at its lowest, The Rutles--All You Need is Cash is the original and (pace This is Spinal Tap) best "rockumentary" spoof. Codirector Eric Idle was then enjoying success with Rutland Weekend Television, while his script displays the same feeling for the inane non-sequitur evident in his Monty Python work. The band's progress from "penniless, untalented nobodies" to "rich, untalented somebodies" is vividly brought to life--with dialogue adapted from actual Beatles interviews and newsreels, and a roster of songs sounding uncannily close to Beatles originals thanks to "Nasty" Neil Innes' genius for pastiche. Interviews with a suitably primed Mick Jagger and Paul Simon give added realism, as do cameos from George Harrison (one-time Beach Boy Rikki Fataar plays his Rutles double Stig) and Stones guitarist Ron Wood. Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi make characterful, pre-Blues Brothers appearances.
On the DVD: The Rutles--All You Need is Cash has come up well in this DVD transfer. The fullscreen 4:3 ratio picture and mono sound wear their age well, enhanced by the extra scenes included. There's further interview material with Jagger and Simon, and a specially recorded, though wholly unfunny, DVD introduction from Idle, who also contributes a running commentary. All in all, this is an ideal way to get to know, or renew acquaintance with, a film that brings the swinging 60s back down to earth. --Richard WhitehouseSee all Product description
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- During this time, Dirk married Martini, a French actress who spoke no English and precious little French. When they married in London, the service was conducted in Spanish, Italian and Chinese, to be on the safe side.
- [Leggy's death] was not entirely unexpected. Leggy's recent behavior had been giving grounds for concern. He had been investing heavily in Spanish bullfighters and in California he had been arrested for giving the kiss of life to a rubber raft.
- Barry became a hairdresser with two fully equipped salons of his own. Stig went to work for Air India as an air hostess. Dirk with his wife Martini went on to form a punk rock group called the Punk Floyd. He sings and she doesn't.
Just rent or buy it and you will either love it or hate it but just typing this has made me laugh.
The film is a documentary style history of the Rutles. The costumes, the sets, the sixties re creations, the location shots and the fake interviews with real famous people like Mick Jagger and Paul Simon who apparently knew the Rutles, make this look realistic There is humour in the distortion of famous names, song titles and Beatles historic moments.
The best thing about this film is the music. Without a doubt this is the element that makes it all work. Because to be honest I did not find the script very funny and the fun of the visual parody of the Beatles story can struggle to maintain attention for a long period on its own. The music is original to the Rutles. I mean yes it is a parody of Beatles songs with contributions such as "hold my hand" and "Cheese and Onion", but the tunes and words are all brilliant originals by Neil Innes. There was a UK hit single from this project this was "I must be in love". This is a great example. It isn't a Beatles tune but it sounds like one, and it uses the same sort of harmonies that the Beatles used in their "Love me do"," Cant buy me love", and "she love you" era.
The Rutles film was a one off special by Eric Idle, David Battley, and Neil Innes after a successful run of the comedy series Rutland Weekend Television.Read more ›
People may think its a film trying to rubbish the Beatles, but in fact its a kind of tribute to the amazing history that The Beatles had done differently.
What I like about this film is the way humour is used to make fun of the life of The Beatles but not deminishing the legend. The supporting cast is fantastic, especially John Belushi as The shady Klein.
I really like the cast who played The Rutles, their characters fit in so well. George Harrisons character Stig is superb.
Its a laugh a minute with some brilliant music that is very clever in parodying the original Beatles songs.
Get Up And Go is a great example as is Cheese & Onions.
Its a happy fun film I often enjoy.
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Not only is the music great and a very clever take off, but cameo appearances just make it all the better.Published 8 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
Saw this years ago and had to have a copy. If you are a Beatles fan this is a must, absolutely hilarious!Published 12 months ago by Deborah Stewart