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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash [DVD]

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  • 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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DVD Special Features
Brand new transfer featuring previously unavailable scenes
Further deleted scenes
Eric Idle commentary
Eric Idle introduction

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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 Whitehouse

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Long before Spinal Tap came The Rutles, who unfortunately seem to have been forgotten in the annals of rock 'mockumentaries' - or satire, as we used to call it. Considering that All You Need Is Cash was made in the mid 1970s, it's aged very well - in fact I'd go so far as to say it's even better for keeping - or maybe I was just too young first time round to appreciate some of the subtleties. The better you know the story of The Beatles, the more you'll appreciate The Rutles - especially the wonderful - and affectionate - musical parodies of the talented and very under-rated Neil Innes. Let it Rut.
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A great favourite of mine, in spite of some lame guest appearances
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Great fun
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I have watched this film more times than I care to remember and never fail to laugh. Where do I begin? The characters - Barry Wom, Leggy Mountbatten and Stig Nasty? Or the songs 'All you need is cash', 'Ouch!' and 'I am the waitress'. Or the amazing cameos from George Harrison, Mick Jagger, etc. So many highlights but the outstanding ones for me are John Belushi as Ron Decline, Dirk admitting to 'taking' tea and Nasty & Chastity sitting in a shower for peace. Favourite lines?
- 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.
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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2011
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The Rutles is a parody of The Beatles. It is a one off film that is not hysterically funny but is an entertaining bit of fun. The Fictional Rutles tells the Beatles story in such a way that it is believable and true. You can ask yourself the question why bother re telling the Beatles story but with different names and songs? Well it's simply the fun of making a convincingly fake Beatles story with a humorous distortion of the true story.
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.
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By J Kilby VINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2007
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I remember hearing about The Rutles from a friend (a disgrunted Beatles fan). So obviously I had to see it! I can see why this upset a few of the Fab Four's fans, but maybe they missed the point - this is an extremely affectionate parody of the world's greatest band, set to a perfect pastiche score by Neil Innes. It's not without problems - stretching the joke to cover the entire Rutles career makes it a tad too long and contrived, and there's a couple of forgettable scenes with Saturday Night Live alumni along for the ride who add nothing - but this is still comic genius and very funny. Highly recommended!
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Neil Innes & Eric Idle produced a film that retains the humour and charm of the Beatles with some great music that also maintains a close similarity in music style as what The Beatles produced from 1962 to 1970.
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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