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Title:
A Hard day's night
Author:
Lennon, John, 1940-1980.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2002]

©1964
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (approximately 92 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A lively, good-natured spoof of "Beatlemania" portraying a frantic 36 hours in the lives of the rock group.
General Note:
Disc two, "Supplemental material": "Their production will be second to none" (interviews with the filmmakers); "With the Beatles" (cast); "Working like a dog" (the production crew); "Busy working overtime" (post production crew); "Listen to the music playing in your head" (George Martin); "Such a clean old man!" (memories of Wilfrid Brambell); "I've lost my little girl" (Isla Blair interview); "Taking testimonial pictures" (Robert Freeman interview); "Dressed to the hilt" (Gordon Millings interview); "Dealing with 'The men from the press'" (Tony Barrow interview); "They and I have memories" (Klaus Voorman interview); "Hitting the big time in the USA" (Sid Bernstein interview).

DVD-ROM features include: screeplay viewer; "Remember all the little things"; roundtable discussions; access to the DVD Destination Site; award-winning "A hard day's night" website archive.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Corporate Subject:
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ISBN:
9780788818318
UPC:
717951004864
Format :
DVD

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During the first worldwide flush of Beatlemania in 1964, United Artists wanted to ship out a movie with The Beatles before their vogue was over. Working within a tight $500,000 budget, director Richard Lester turned out A Hard Day's Night in a fast 6 1/2 weeks; the picture was in the theatres three months after shooting commenced. Using a variety of techniques cribbed from Hollywood slapstick comedies, the French "new wave" movement, and his own experiences as a TV-commercial director, Lester, with screenwriter Alun Owen, fashioned an exhilarating study of a "typical" 36 hours in the lives of the Fab Four. Onto a plot about getting to the Big Show on time are hung a series of instant-reaction gags, character vignettes, and musical setpieces. Much of the humor arises from Paul McCartney's efforts to keep his grandfather (Wilfred Brambell), a "clean old man," from getting into mischief. Also good for several laughs is the hookey-playing Ringo Starr, whose mistimed declaration of independence lands him in jail. We are also treated to a war of nerves between the unflappable John Lennon and an uptight TV director (Victor Spinelli), who worries that, should the Beatles not show up at broadcast time, he'll be demoted to "News In Welsh." George Harrison stars in a sequence in which he is mistaken for an auditionee by the producer (Kenneth Haigh) of a superficially trendy, teen-oriented TV weekly. Then there's Norman Rossington and John Junkin as The Beatles' managers, who carry on a battle royale simply because one man is taller than the other. The supporting cast includes comedienne Anna Quayle, cartoonist Bob Godfrey, TV host Robin Ray, dancer Lionel Blair, Harrison's future wife Patti Boyd, and director Lester himself. The songs include "I Should Have Known Better," "And I Love Her," "Tell Me Why," "If I Fell," "Can't Buy Me Love," and the title song. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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