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AdmiralHalsey
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10 July 2011 - 2.34pm

Ooh, how thrilling to start a whole new topic.... a-hard-days-night-george-8

 

Basically, I've (almost) seen the five main Beatles movies, and most certainly enjoyed them all... But what about these documentaries? Has anyone seen any of them? Are they good? Apparently the First U.S. Visit is one of the best ones. What do you all think?

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mr. Sun king coming together
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10 July 2011 - 2.44pm

Other than Anthology, I have only seen The Compleat Beatles (which is better then Anthology in places, with lots of interesting interviews with George Martin).

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10 July 2011 - 2.48pm

I've seen the first part of Anthology, but the dodgy DVD that I was watching kept screwing up on me... I'll have to buy it for myself someday so I can watch it in piece. 

And the Compleat Beatles? I've only so much as heard of that... When was it made, and what is it about in particular?

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10 July 2011 - 2.54pm

AdmiralHalsey said:

And the Compleat Beatles? I've only so much as heard of that... When was it made, and what is it about in particular?

1982, apparently. Basically it's just Anthology (same time frame), but it features no new info from the Fabs, but it has interviews with george-martin, their first manager Allan Williams, Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler, music writer Bill Harry, and musicians Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Preston, and Tony Sheridan. (Yes, I stole that from Wiki.)

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AdmiralHalsey
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10 July 2011 - 3.00pm

Well, sounds worth checking out... And I would have been straight on Wikipedia if my Internet wasn't so annoying at the moment. So thank you kindly, Mr. Sun!

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10 July 2011 - 3.02pm

I used to have that on VHS (video). I can't remember much about it - I don't recall it being particularly good or bad.
The Maysles brothers' documentary on the first US visit is brilliant, as is Gimme Some Truth, about the making of Imagine.

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10 July 2011 - 3.05pm

I got last Summer A Long and Winding Road. It's interesting because it has interviews with other people involved with the Beatles, the most interesting IMHO was Julia Baird's interview. (She's John Lennon's sister)

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10 July 2011 - 3.06pm

I also have some 25th anniversary "Making of Sgt. Pepper" documentary, which seemed to be culled from the Anthology interviews, with lots of George Martin. My mom (bless her) actually recorded that, as well as Anthology (the whole thing) on VHS when they came out. I love her.

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Edit: I also have this DVD of John and Paul's last interview with Larry Kane, which I need to watch.

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25 July 2011 - 9.05pm

Hard to find good ones.  The Complete Beatles is very good for a single dvd, although it is far less sanitized than Anthology. That's one of the reasons why I like Imagine: John Lennon so much — doesn't pull any punches.  Anthology is, though, an outstanding collection of concert footage. I really hope there are plans down the road to release the film Let It Be as well.

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26 July 2011 - 6.56pm

I love watching the Anthologies, but I always watch them on Youtube. The DVDs are too expensive for my part time minimum wage. a-hard-days-night-paul-1Will have to look up a few of these other ones being mentioned. 

 

(I also just tried to answer 4 + 8 with 10. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 Don't ask me how, must be getting tired.)

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26 July 2011 - 7.01pm

kelicopter said:

(I also just tried to answer 4 + 8 with 10. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 Don't ask me how, must be getting tired.)

How? It's only 7 over there.

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26 July 2011 - 7.45pm

mr. Sun king coming together said:

kelicopter said:

(I also just tried to answer 4 + 8 with 10. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 Don't ask me how, must be getting tired.)

How? It's only 7 over there.

I'm currently functioning on about two hours sleep. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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27 July 2011 - 7.49pm

AdmiralHalsey said:

Ooh, how thrilling to start a whole new topic.... a-hard-days-night-george-8

 

Basically, I've (almost) seen the five main Beatles movies, and most certainly enjoyed them all... But what about these documentaries? Has anyone seen any of them? Are they good? Apparently the First U.S. Visit is one of the best ones. What do you all think?

I really like the 'First U.S. Visit' DVD. It was interesting seeing some footage between their shows. What was really interesting is how much George was so funny and was really open in the early days. 

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24 July 2013 - 3.01am

Didn't want to start a new topic (though I can if deemed appropriate), but Hey Dullblog featured this 2008 documentary on Psychadelia in the UK:

Any of you that have been interested by my burblings on "psychedelia"—by which I mean the whole gestation, birth and decay of the flower-power movement—will be interested in a video I streamed from Netflix last night: "A Technicolor Dream." It documents the UK scene: the Albert Hall poetry reading in 1965; the Indica bookstore; IT; The London Free School; UFO; and finally the Fourteen Hour Technicolor Dream on April 30, 1967.

Lots of Beatles-related stuff in here, from McCartney's right-hand Miles, to footage of a very stoned John Lennon. Here's the trailer

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26 July 2013 - 2.38pm

Looks really interesting and cool.

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LadyBay
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28 July 2013 - 7.41am

AdmiralHalsey said
Ooh, how thrilling to start a whole new topic.... a-hard-days-night-george-8

 

Basically, I've (almost) seen the five main Beatles movies, and most certainly enjoyed them all... But what about these documentaries? Has anyone seen any of them? Are they good? Apparently the First U.S. Visit is one of the best ones. What do you all think?

To revisit this topic....... for George fans especially, there is Scorcese's "Living in the Material World"  and, one I found recently,  "Produced By George Martin" - not exclusively about The Beatles but a really interesting look at this great man.

Of all the documentaries out there, I have only those two plus Anthology , Imagine and All Together Now/Love.  I guess a lot of footage is repeated from one doco to another so.......

What are the must haves?

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28 July 2013 - 10.36am

Except Anthology, I don't think there are really any ''must-have'' docs about the Beatles as they're not made with Apple's support/help-album and therefore don't really shed any new light on anything, I've found. Scorcese's GH doc is very good though, though not about the Beatles as such. If I remember correctly, the first disc was about his childhood and the sixties, and the second about everything after that.

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28 July 2013 - 5.43pm

Pretty much that^

 

I've seen a lot of Beatles documentaries and none of them was as good as Anthology.

The First US Visit was very enjoyable too, but that's a whole different kind of documentary. If we're strictly looking at informational documentaries about the Beatles, Anthology is the best.

As for solo, the GH one is indeed very good. I haven't seen Imagine in it's entirety yet, but from what I've seen it's cool too.

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29 July 2013 - 9.05am

Thanks for that. It makes me glad that I saved all those pennies to buy Anthology - I always thought it was great so it's good to hear that it's probably the best.  

Have to try and get hold of the US Visit one as well - sounds good.

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fabfouremily
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30 July 2013 - 10.23pm

Is the one about the US visit made in America and so has an American commentator, and it's about an hour long? I didn't really like that one, if we're talking about the same one. It seemed a bit too brief, like it didn't really go into anything, instead only mentioning a few facts and showing a few videos of them packing their stuff up at the end and stuff like that.

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