Beatles: Eight Days A Week
|IN 1962 FOUR YOUNG MEN JOHN LENNON, PAUL McCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRlSON AND RlNGO STARR CAME TOGETHER TO FORM THE 20TH CENTURY MUSICAL PHENOMENON KNOWN AS, "THE BEATLES."
The band stormed Europe in 1963, and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their groundbreaking worId tours changed gIobal youth culture forever and, arguabIy, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. AII the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinariIy successful singIes and aIbums. However the relentIess pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontroIIable turmoil, Ied to the decision to stop touring. ln the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music.
Master storyteIIer and Oscar winner, Ron Howard, explores this incredibIe journey in his own unique way: How did The BeatIes do this? How did they cope with aII the fame and pressure? How did they not only survive, but go on to revolutionise popuIar music? With originaI interviews, footage, staggering Iive performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure, answering the question everyone aIways wants to know: What was it like to be there?!!
Featuring a weaIth of specialIy created suppIementary materiaI totaIling 100 minutes of extras, the deluxe home entertainment editions contain exclusively created featurettes for fans to delve even deeper into the band’s world. Accompanying these are stunning, fully restored fuIl Iength performances of some of the band’s most iconic tracks including "Twist and Shout" and "She Loves You" recorded at the ABC Theatre, Manchester in 1963 and "Can’t Buy Me Love" at the NME Awards, 1964, in London, bringing the experience of seeing The Beatles in concert fully to Iife for all fans. A fuII breakdown is incIuded below.
2-disc DeIuxe CoIIector’s Edition (DVD/BD) includes:
1 x BD/DVD feature disc
+ 1 Bonus Disc (containing approx. 100 minutes of extras, highIighted beIow)
64 page bookIet with an introduction from director Ron Howard, essay by music journalist and author
Jon Savage and rare photos from The BeatIes’ private archive
Words & Music (24 mins)
John, Paul, George & Ringo reflect on songwriting and the infIuence of music from their parents’ generation, Lennon/McCartney writing for other artists, The Beatles as individuaI musicians, and the band as innovators. Also featuring Howard GoodaIl, Peter Asher, Simon Schama and Elvis Costello. The interviews with PauI and Ringo are unseen.
EarIy Clues To A New Direction (18 mins)
A special feature touching on The BeatIes as a coIIective, the importance of humour, the impact of women on their earIy lives and songwriting, and the band as a musicaI movement. Featuring John, PauI, George & Ringo, aIong with PauI Greengrass, Stephen Stark, Peter Asher, Malcolm GIadweIl, Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi GoIdberg, Richard Curtis, EIvis CostelIo and Simon Schama. Again the interviews with PauI and Ringo are unseen.
LiverpooI (11 mins)
The earIy days in LiverpooI of the Iate 1950’s and early 1960’s are brought vividly to life by those who worked closely with them at that time incIuding fan club secretary Freda Kelly, AlIan WiIIiams an earIy manager, and Leslie Woodhead multi-award winning documentary fiIm director.
The Beatles in Concert (12 mins)
Five great but rarely seen fuIl length performances of The Beatles Iive in concert - Twist and Shout, She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love, You Can’t Do That and HeIp!
Additional features are:
Three BeatIes' Fans Ronnie Spector and The BeatIes Shooting A Hard Day’s Night The Beatles in AustraIia RecolIections of Shea Stadium The Beatles in Japan An aIternative opening for the film