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5 October 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Will be interesting to read your thoughts Sun King. Was that a concious decision to not see it (wait till it gets a new release), never wanted to, or never had the chance?

 

The Times article reads "Magical Mystery Tour - born out of tragedy, messy, derided, the Beatles' most controversial move, and, says Daniel Finklestein, really rather good"

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6 October 2012
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Saw it Tuesday on the big screen in San Francisco. Though I was a bit disappointed in the video, the remastered sound was amazing!

Not sure what I expected with the video as I understand that one cannot really improve a non-perfect master too much, but it was still a little too grainy. I do not understand why the psychedelically colored animated pieces weren't perfect. That should have been easy to fix. The "Flying" segment looked the best with its tinted hue filters distracting my eyes and mind away from the usually less than clear picture.

Even so, Giles Martin did a great job switching between true stereo and 5.1 surround sound throughout the film. I especially loved the part of "Fool on the Hill" when the sound seemed to whip around the theater. Also, I've never heard the vocals on "Flying" so clearly and sounding so lovely.

Though the movie still deserves to be considered THE BEATLES one non-successful venture, the newly remixed version is certainly worth many more "listens", but really only one or two more "viewings".

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6 October 2012
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meanmistermustard said

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Will be interesting to read your thoughts Sun King. Was that a concious decision to not see it (wait till it gets a new release), never wanted to, or never had the chance?

It was a mix of all 3 - I consciously decided never to watch in on YouTube, but it mostly came down to never having an opportunity to acquire it at a reasonable price. And from what I've read about MMT, well, I wasn't going to overspend.

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7 October 2012
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Thought MMT Revisited was a fantastic documentary that helped put the film into its '67 context and the changing times and scenes in London, the UK and the US. The unused footage was great to see and the scenes with Ringo and Jessie (his aunt) were hilarious. Plus we got to see Ringo sing Yesterday on the bus.

(And does anyone else get more joy hearing from Ringo than Paul in interviews?)

 

Maybe its just the frame of mind i was in but also enjoyed MMT a lot more than previously. 

Surprised to see George run in the marathon scene, knew he was in the mini but never realised he was also on foot (George was actually in it more than i remembered tho not vocally and he looked like he was enjoying himself most of the time). 

John was great, looking very scary as the waiter, and again like he was having fun. 

Jessie was very funny.

Paul wasnt in it as much as i thought.

Ringo was Ringo and wonderful.

And the music worked with the scenes. Not a massive fan of BJW but its better when there is footage of the 4 beatles in the garden (Ringo's?) messing about.

 

It is a strange film, i still dont get a lot of whats going on, but maybe it has gotten better with time. Or maybe its just that i havent seen it for 2 - 3 years, was like watching it new, or the documentary helped.

 

Oh and it looks and sounds great.

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8 October 2012
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I was in the kitchen and when I heard 'Flying' I ran into the lounge to see the scenery out of the window in restored colour, it was much better than the color that is on the dvd that I have. Both the sound and the picture quality was very good, made the film more enjoyable.

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9 October 2012
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10 October 2012
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My life is now so sad and so busy, that I have my new bluray player, my Yellow Submarine bluray sitting on it, and no sign of getting Magical Myster Tour bluray special edition.

 

I need more Beatles in my life. a-hard-days-night-ringo-12a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

 

And I have my Paul MMT vest and the movie is not going to be released in my city!! Daaaaaamn!! paul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartney

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Or maybe if the sadistic programmers of the damn disc would just put all the content the damn menu in the first place, you wouldn't have had to waste Any Time At All worrying about it! I really can't tell you how much I despise the very idea of those things. If I spend money on a new car, I don't want the dealer to tell me that the car's actually parked across town *somewhere* and I have to spend hours and days searching for it! All in the name of "fun". Grr!

But enough of my ranting. I was happy to find the DVD at my local HMV for $15.99 last night! :) I couldn't wait; had to watch immediately. I can see why it was panned - so random and pointless - and it's not something I'll return to again & again, but it's enjoyable enough. Some really nice photography, and I loved Victor Spinetti's gibberish-spouting sergeant. The magician sequences really annoyed me (those campy voices!) but at least they gave Mal a line, which was nice to see. Needless to say, musical sequences are great for the most part, although I've never liked "Death Cab For Cutie" much at all. (There are at least 20 Bonzo Dog Band numbers I'd rather hear than that one.)

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11 October 2012
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The New York Daily News review is actually quite favorable:

http://www.nydailynews.com/ent.....-1.1177588

Catchy opening sentence: "Any work of art that everyone thinks stinks must have something going for it."
The reviewer finds charming moments and signs of the times.
I suppose that the passage of time makes you hate things less if for no other reason that some "hateful" things take you back to a time and place you generally liked.

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15 October 2012
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I really enjoyed watching this movie. To me, it was like a cartoon with real people. The central premise of Yellow Submarine was The Beatles on an adventure, during which they encountered very strange people, beings and situations. This was no different. While watching it, I couldn’t help thinking that if this were an animated film, the reviews would have been less harsh. Victor Spinetti’s scene as the Army Sargent was hilarious IMO.

After watching the deleted scenes that came with the Special Features and the one on YouTube (the fish and chips scene), I was left scratching my head over the inclusion of the scene with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Still, I enjoyed the movie and was bummed when it was over. I do look forward to watching it again.

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