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The Beatles Anthology
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Overview - A deluxe, multi-volume chronicle of the complete history of the Beatles, THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY is the definitive documentary, featuring 10 hours of footage culled from interviews, live concerts, studio sessions, feature films, home movies and more.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A deluxe, multi-volume chronicle of the complete history of the Beatles, THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY is the definitive documentary, featuring 10 hours of footage culled from interviews, live concerts, studio sessions, feature films, home movies and more. Twenty-five years after the Beatles' breakup, Paul, George, and Ringo reunited to offer new perspectives on their lives and their bitter 1970 separation. ANTHOLOGY traces the roots of the group with striking archival footage and photographs. The collection offers a wealth of unreleased early Beatles material, some of it long presumed lost and some previously available only on bootlegs--from pre-Ringo practice sessions to early-'60s tracks with fabbed-up versions of pop standards like "Ain't She Sweet" and "Besame Mucho." The live side of the band is well represented too, by such unforgettable items as Ringo tearing through "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Boys" at a 1964 TV taping, and John ripping into "Twist & Shout" at the band's 1963 Royal Command Performance.

Cast List

Brian Epstein - Beatles' Manager
Geoff Wonfor - TV Director/"Beatles..."
Ed Sullivan - American TV Host
Jimi Hendrix - Rock guitarist/performer
Eric Morecambe - British Comedian, part of the team Morecambe & Wise
Bob Dylan - Folksinger/Songwriter
Robert Zimmerman - Folksinger/Songwriter
George Martin - Music Producer/Arranger
Yoko Ono - Artist/Singer/Songwriter
Linda McCartney - Musician/Singer/Photographer, Wings
Ernie Wise - British Comedian, part of the team Morecambe & Wise
Bob Smeaton - Director, THE BAND (1997)
Billy Preston - Singer/Composer/Keyboards
Paul McCartney - Rock Singer/Songwriter/Composer, the Beatles, Wings
James Paul McCartney - Rock Singer/Songwriter/Composer, the Beatles, Wings
Sir Paul McCartney - Rock Singer/Songwriter/Composer, the Beatles, Wings
David Frost - British Producer, Interviewer, Host of several TV shows
The Beatles - British rock group, nicknamed "The Fab Four"
John Lennon - British Songwriter/Musician
Neil Aspinall - Producer/Beatles Associate
George Harrison - Former Beatle/Film Producer
Ringo Starr - British Musician/Actor, HELP!(1965), BORN TO BOOGIE (1972)
Richard Starkey - British Musician/Actor, HELP!(1965), BORN TO BOOGIE (1972)
Richard Starkey (aka Ringo) - British Musician/Actor, HELP!(1965), BORN TO BOOGIE (1972)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 600
  • Color Format: B&W and Color
  • UPC: 724349297593
  • Genre: Music Video - Pop/Rock
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: April 2003

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Movies > Pop Music
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Notes:
Broadcast over the ABC Television Network November 19, 22, & 23, 1995. wo new songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, "Free As a Bird" and "Real Love", debut in this documentary. The compact disc went on sale in the USA at midnight, November 21, 1995. The CD is a collection of rare and unreleased Beatles recordings. Among the rare materials on the first CD volume are recordings by The Quarry Men (a band featuring a teenaged John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison); five songs from The Beatles' unsuccessful audition for Decca Records on January 1, 1962; live tracks from various television appearances; and alternate versions of several early Beatles songs. "The Beatles Anthology" was nominated for the following Emmy Awards: Best Documentary Series; Outstanding Informational Series; Outstanding Picture Editing; and Outstanding Sound Editing Writer Bob Smeaton was also the series director. The DVD release contains a bonus disc featuring a further 80 minutes of rare and previously unseen material. Extra footage includes a 46-minute performance by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, filmed when the three briefly reconvened in the Summer or 1994. The material they perform reverts back to songs originating from their early club days in Liverpool and Hamburg, including "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Ain't She Sweet," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and many more. Archival material for the production was obtained from the following sources: Estate of John Lennon and Yoko Ono Lennon MPL Communications, Ltd.; Apple Corp. Ltd.; Archive Films; BBC Sound Archive; BBC Television; Jerry H. Bishop; British Movietonews Ltd.; British Pathe News Ltd.; CBC; CBS News Archive; The Daily Mirror; Dennis Elsas; The Evening Standard (Solo Syndication Ltd.); Flower Films; Granada Television Ltd.; Huntley Film Archives, Ltd.; ITN; Larry Kane; KCNC-TV 1994 NBC Subsidiary; KLOS-LA; KRON TV; Las Vegas News Bureau; Mark Lewisohn; Lumiere Pictures Ltd.; The Manila Chronicle; Brian Matthew; MGM Inc.; Elliot Mintz; NBC Inc.; Reuters Television Library; David Sheff; Sherman Grinberg Film Libraries, Inc.; Sony Music; Subafilms Ltd.; Tyne Tees Television; Walter Shenson Films Ltd.; WCPO-TV Cincinnati; Scripps Howard Broadcasting; Jann S. Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine; WGN-TV; WISH-TV; WNEW FM; Worldwide Television News Corp.; WPLJ FM; WTMJ; and Footage from the 1968 Comeback Special courtesy of Lightyear Entertainment and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Reviews:
"...This Fab Four collection is a permanently valuable bookshelf reference trove and a rapturous docu-musical entertainment. It's also the video event of the year..." - 09/06/1996 USA Today, p.3D


"...The aptly named ANTHOLOGY remains the definitive Beatleography....The doc puts all its stock in the insights from the only men who really knew what it meant to be a Beatle..." - 04/11/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.61


"[A]s candid as you'll get..." - 12/01/2004 Mojo, p.64

 
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