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Living In The Material World - After Viewing
5 October 2011
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Ok, having seen it all i can say is that's it is so much better than i thought it would be, even after seeing the trailers. Hilarious in parts, sad in others, touching, warm, honest, loving, heartfelt and other words i cant think of.

You could see the warmth, humour and love of George the whole way thru and how each person interviewed felt the same for George. Plus you come away with a new sense of understanding of and respect for George, his interests and his music. And what a collection of music.

There was so much footage that i hadnt seen before and you just want to see more. And on top of that you have unseen footage from the Anthology reunion, something i never thought i would see.

 

Think The Beatles Anthology 10 hours skimmed down to 3 1/2 hours, you want to see more as so much is missed out.

 

One sad note was that i missed John speaking. I know he's gone but seeing Paul, George and Ringo on screen made me think of John and how he couldnt be part of it. I still dont get it, after all those years i still dont get it. And then some nutter nearly got George and Olivia as well.

 

If you have any interest in music, not just George, you need to see this movie.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
5 October 2011
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thanks for the review!! Wow!! I just can't wait to see it!!! apple01apple01

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5 October 2011
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My DVR has been set. You make me even more excited, if that's possible!

 

Edit: Is it strange that I'm not getting any captchas? 

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5 October 2011
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I had really high expectations and I definitely was not let down, it is incredible. It was so funny at times, George's humour runs throughout it. It was amazing hearing everybody's memories of George that I hadn't heard about before, and how he seemed to have such a profound effect on everybody he met. The film was just so beautifully done as well. I came out of the cinema on a high.

I agree with meanmistermustard, I wanted there to be more, and there were things that were missed out etc. But that obviously had to be the case, otherwise it would have been endless.

I feel like I know George a bit better now, I don't know how else to explain it. It was really something seeing it in a cinema, surrounded by people all with this joint admiration for such an amazing man. His personality is so present during the film, so it really felt like he was there.

EDIT: I also loved seeing Dhani's relationship with his dad, I found that so moving.

 

(CranberrySauce, Joe has removed the captchas, I'm not sure whether it's permanent or not.)

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5 October 2011
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Thanks for the reviews. I won't be able to see it until it is released on DVD yet I am smiling already. Having read articles on how much Scorsese admired George and his work, I just knew he would do a great job with this.

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5 October 2011
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I won't be able to see it until DVD release either, unless I break into someone who has HBO's house tonight and tomorrow night…I'm getting sort of desperate. Does anyone know when the DVD release will be, or if they're putting it out on iTunes?

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
5 October 2011
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The UK release date is 10th October. The US has been scheduled for Spring 2012, which sounds very far away considering its being shown just now.

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5 October 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

The UK release date is 10th October. The US has been scheduled for Spring 2012, which sounds very far away considering its being shown just now.

Thanks for the info. Would you be able to get the UK release off Amazon or something if you're American like me?

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
5 October 2011
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Yip, you can order from amazon uk. Remember that you need a dvd player that can play uk dvds as they are different regions.

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5 October 2011
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I'm looking forward to seeing it, especially because I don't know nearly enough about George's solo work. I read a review today that said it doesn't really let you in close to George, kind of like the people interviewed are respecting George's wish for privacy even after his death. Most people have said it's good, but not as great as Scorsese's Dylan biopic. Of course it wouldn't be, though, because George wasn't here to provide information like Dylan was. I still think it will be magnificent, and I can't wait for it to come out on dvd!a-hard-days-night-george-6

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5 October 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

Yip, you can order from amazon uk. Remember that you need a dvd player that can play uk dvds as they are different regions.

I don't believe the Deluxe Edition is going to be released in the US. It is a limited edition in the UK only. The standard DVD and Blu-Ray will be out in the spring. If you want all the extras that are in the special edition, I would buy it from Amazon in the UK.

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5 October 2011
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We got a copy recently and I can't wait to watch it! 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

5 October 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

Yip, you can order from amazon uk. Remember that you need a dvd player that can play uk dvds as they are different regions.

Thanks. Hope I have one of those…

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
5 October 2011
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Scorsese and Olivia H were at the NY showing last night. Both spoke well.

Loved the whole thing though I thought Part 2 could have been edited down a bit and the documentary could have closed on a stronger song.

Harrison, Starr, and Macca were all funny. I forgot how funny Harrison was (not quiet!).

The most unintentionally funny part was seeing Phil Spector looking like an old woman. The whole theater burst out laughing when he first came on.

Dhani and Clapton were quite captivating – as was Spector if you closed your eyes.

[on a minor Lennon note, the Beatles are seen performing an early song (I Saw Her Standing There, I think). Paul's mic isn't working well, so you mainly hear Lennon singing the harmony. Not common, since their voices blended so well.]

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5 October 2011
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The audience in the cinema in Glasgow also burst into laughter when Spector first appeared (should add there wasnt 1 spare seat in the house for the screening).

I would disagree about Long Long Long not being strong enough song to end on as its all about Georges desire and longing to find and be with God, something that was a very important and consuming part of his life/being (tho i love the song so am biased).

Typing of music i was surprised to hear snippets of the 1960 demos and the Hamburg 1962 recordings, even more so that they sounded better than ever before.

 

I thought Olivia's secret of a good marriage was one of the funniest moments. And Ringo in tears when talking about the last time he was with George and then making a joke downplaying his emotions.

Everywhere you turn you hear and read so much about how they didnt get on but then you see footage and hear interviews and realise/remember that even after the split they really did love and miss each other.heart

 

Regarding I Saw Her Standing There, on a lot/all of the tours someones mic didnt work at some point so you can get John dominating ISHST, instrumental versions of Boys, and She's A Woman,  a John only I Feel Fine. There is also a live performance of Things We Said Today with a far louder John vocal, so much so you can hardly hear Paul at times. Thats what happens when the set up is so primitive and at times badly assembled. However there was no chance of them being heard so it didnt matter at the time.

In the movie (its also on youtube but not in such great quality) there is very clear footage of a guy getting on stage and shaking Johns hand!!!! And the security people wait till he's gone before they do anything!!!

 

And to everyone watching tonight i hope you enjoy it. Let us know what you thought of it.

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5 October 2011
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"Into the Sky with Diamonds" said:

The most unintentionally funny part was seeing Phil Spector looking like an old woman. The whole theater burst out laughing when he first came on.

SO true! 

Have fun watching Part 1 tonight, all you Americans! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. heart

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5 October 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

I thought Olivia's secret of a good marriage was one of the funniest moments. And Ringo in tears when talking about the last time he was with George and then making a joke downplaying his emotions.

Everywhere you turn you hear and read so much about how they didnt get on but then you see footage and hear interviews and realise/remember that even after the split they really did love and miss each other.heart

Olivia really made me laugh at that point too. Then Ringo and Olivia's final comments were just beautiful. I think my favourite part was the comment George made to Paul when they hugged at the Anthology reunion thing. (I'm not sure whether that was footage that has been released before or not, so I won't say what it was until you've all seen it.)

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5 October 2011
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Oh Spoilers!! I'm not reading this until I watch it!!

 

I hope that's tomorrow!

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6 October 2011
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Agree completely with the Olivia comment about marriage and the comment George makes to Paul during their Anthology reunion; also Ringo's quip during his tearful remembrance.

I don't recall the documentary ending with Long, Long, Long.  I thought it ended with an Indian chant – unless that Indian chant is part of LLL…

 

Another favorite section was Astrid Kirchherr's photographs and her recollection of the events surrounding them.

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6 October 2011
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I'll say again – thanks for the reviews.

What I am really thankful for is that you are all mentioning parts of the film we (who won't see it until it is on DVD in the US) can all look forward to without giving too many details. You guys are very considerate in that regard and I love you for it. Thanks for not spoiling it.

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