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New Beatles DVD to be released.

I know most Beatle bootleg collectors will simply shrug their shoulders at this little DVD set that came out in 2005, but it seems to hold a little bit of weight.  This set is being released again this August, as a DVD-bundle pack. It does, as one reviewer state, fill in those cracks that the official Beatles Anthology, and other video projects have left unsurveyed.  My general rule of thumb with non-Apple, non-Beatle, sanctioned videos is not expect too much from them.  This set seems to fit in nicely in the pantheon of non-official video sets, and lingers just slightly around a high-quality bootleg DVD collection.  That may sound horrible, but the bootleg archive collectors really do things right at times, and go above and beyond many commercial sets.  Just look at the recently released bootleg “Shea Loves You” DVD set put out by our friends over at Darth Disc.  It blows away many official Beatle releases.

Well, anyway I digress.  Takes this Beatle DVD release for what it’s worth.  It doesn’t look horrible at least. 

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about it.

Much of “From Liverpool to San Francisco” is solely for the Beatles fans who enjoy the idea of filling in the blanks between the footage seen in all of the official, band-authorized documentaries. The main feature is held together with a nice framing device: pages of a daily planner, with events from the days of the various weeks appearing on the screen. Unfortunately, there are too many occasions where seemingly huge moments in the band’s career are seen in the planner but not mentioned in the narration by one Alan Ravenscroft. For instance, one page references how footage of the band appeared on “The Jack Paar Show” in the US, which actually preceded the infamous “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance; in another case, there’s a reference to the band meeting President Lyndon Johnson – something that this writer, a diehard Beatles fan, had been utterly unaware of – but the narration opts to focus instead on how the guys met up with Cassius Clay a.k.a. Muhammad Ali later that week. Additionally, although there are interviews with John, Paul, George, and Ringo from throughout their early career, predominantly from various BBC appearances or theatrical newsreels of the day, the program weighs far too heavily on narration over top of footage; less than a third of the program involves actual interviews with the band.

The back of the disc asks the following questions: “What was so special about (the Beatles) that they could fill concert halls and airports from Tokyo to New York with thousands of fans? Why did the dream die and what have ‘The Fab Four’ left behind? In short, who were the Beatles and how did they conquer the world?” In no way are any of these questions definitively answered via this disc, although, insofar as what was so special about the group, their charisma comes shining through whenever they speak. There’s just not enough of that conversation to be found here.

What makes this disc worth investigating, however, is the bonus feature: “Beatles Across America,” a 1966 documentary that examines the effects of John Lennon’s comments against Christianity on their popularity in the United States, particularly in the South. (The quote, which Lennon always swore was taken out of context, was as follows: “Christianity will go – it will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We are more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”) The only appearance by the Beatles in the documentary comes courtesy of the famous clip of Lennon semi-backpedaling about his comments, plus a brief Q&A with them at the end about their reaction to America’s reaction…but what’s fascinating is the interviews with teenagers where they comment on John’s statement.

Here’s what we’ve read.

A new DVD about the Beatles will the story of how they rose from anonymity to world-wide fame using rare footage from the 1960s.

Using footage from the archives of ITN, Reuters and Pathe, The Beatles: From Liverpool To San Francisco includes a rare 1963 interview with the Beatles and Ken Dodd.

The documentary analyses The Beatles meteoric rise in popularity, why the dream died and the legacy left behind.

The package also contains the documentary Beatles Across America which charts how the Beatles conquered the US but also sparked major controversy following John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” quote.

The Beatles: From Liverpool To San Francisco will be released on August 20.

Source: Bolton News


One Response

  1. i really hope that this set will be also available in Europe!i wouldn’t missing an occasion like this!in my opinion,i don’t care too much about bootlegs or original versions about the Beatles albums,DVDs etc!for me,if this kind of material is very good,interesting,well done,useful and not so usual and it’s not always the same thing,why we couldn’t buy it?why not?(i’m really boring about listening always the same things!,because everytime i searching some rarities,everytime i found the same story that i know very very well!)so,reading this article,i thought that in this set something is already known,but something else not really.but what i really mostly hope is that the Beatles will “talking”about what they experienced in their group,by some old interviews etc,because i really hate,and i can’t stand if someone else(even people haven’t got nothing to do with it!)talking about them with that exuberant way like:”we know better than you the Beatles”!no,i really hope that this time this set will be better than others!

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