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Review of the 2013 Blu-ray version
on 10 July 2013
The Beatles HELP! was released on Blu-ray with very little fanfare - I only saw one commercial on TV to announce it. This is probably because there is nothing new offered here, just an HD version of the earlier DVD release - no 4K remaster or additional bonus material is to be found here. If you don't have the earlier DVD release then this Blu-ray would now be the best version get - but comparing the DVD upscaled on my Blu-ray player to this new version didn't reveal much difference on my 32" Sony TV, but the audio through my sound-bar may just have favoured the Blu-ray version a little.
The film itself hardly needs much comment from me - intended for a different audience in a different age it is now quite dated and rather non-PC, but it does still have some genuinely funny moments! What you buy HELP! for is the music - treat it like a collection of Beatles videos and you won't be disappointed! Some great, timeless music and the audio restoration is worth hearing.
Unless you are a Beatles completist you probably don't need this Blu-ray version if you already have the 2007 DVD release; if not then get this new version - if you have a Blu-ray player of course! Amazon has currently grouped reviews for different versions of HELP! with this release - any review dated before June 2013 will refer to an earlier release so check the date before assuming the review refers to this Blu-ray version! It's the Beatles- it's HELP! - so how could I give it less than five stars? Even if you only watch the whole film once - play the music often. Enjoy it!