A Hard Day's Night (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Beatles, starring in their first full-length, hilarious, action-packed film!
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 24, 2014
- Originally Released: 2014
- Label: Criterion
- Blu-ray/DVD Features:
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options - a monaural soundtrack as well as newly created stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios - presented in uncompressed monaural, uncompressed stereo, and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring cast and crew
- In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining 1964 interviews with the Beatles with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
- "You Can't Do That": The Making of "A Hard Day's Night," a 1994 documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by the Beatles
- Things They said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen, and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor
- Picturewise, a new piece about Lester's early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director
- The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1960), Lester's Oscar-nominated short
- Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester's methods
- New interview with Mark Lewisohn
- One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
- PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton and excerpts from a 1970 interview with Lester
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.75
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfred Brambell, Norman Rossington, Victor Spinetti, John Junkin, Anna Quayle, Kenneth Haigh, Richard Vernon & Eddie Malin|
|Directed by||Richard Lester|
|Edited by||John Jympson|
|Screenplay by||Alun Owen|
|Produced by||Walter Shenson|
|Director of Photography:||Gilbert Taylor|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Are you a mod or a rocker'"--Reporter to Ringo
"Um, no. I'm a mocker."
"Um, no. I'm a mocker."
- Ringo (Ringo Starr)
"What would you call that hairstyle you're wearing'"--Reporter to George
- George (George Harrison) to Reporter
Victor Spinetti has a terrific time as the temperamental TV director who dreads being exiled to doing the news in Welsh. Full Review
The results remain pop perfection.
Wall Street Journal
...Fabness itself....They look prettier than Audrey Hepburn, talk funnier than the Marx Brothers and strut sassier than Brando...
Sometimes reminds one of silent slapstick and sometimes of the Marx brothers. There have been many efforts to recapture the spirit of those old comedies, but Mr. Lester's is the first I've seen that gets beyond self-conscious pastiche. Full Review
...It was smart, it was irreverent, it didn't take itself seriously, and it was shot and edited by Richard Lester in an electrifying back-and-white, semi-documentary style...
Rating: 5/5 -- A Hard Day's Night is a chance to experience to the joyous, early days of pop - while at the same time noting how the pressures of re-energising national life were beginning to close in on the enchanting innocence of youth. Full Review
...The film is mad, mad and crazy....Imaginative...
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT presents a fictionalized day in the life of the Beatles as they give a performance on a live television show. Filmed just a month after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, this film--the Beatles' first--introduces us to the unique personalities of each member of the band. The film opens with the Fab Four boarding a train mobbed with adoring young fans (mostly women) as they attempt to travel to the television studio in London. The antics of the band during rehearsals and makeup application provide a large part of the comic material in this feature, though there are other moments of pure hilarity. The unscripted vignette featuring a hangover-suffering Ringo is especially funny, particularly when he is arrested and risks having to miss the broadcast. None of this goes unnoticed by the director of the show, played by Victor Spinetti, who went on to become a recurring cast member in Beatles movies. As the clock ticks away dramatically, our heroes manage to free Ringo from jail and sneak onto the stage in the nick of time, delighted in the knowledge that they have nearly driven the director mad in the process. Arguably the first music video ever made, this faux documentary and its shooting style have been a tremendous influence on nearly every rock and roll feature since.
Adventure | Classic | Music Video | Rock And Roll | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Beatles | Essential Cinema | Live Performances | Television Shows
- Theatrical release: July 6, 1964.
- A HARD DAY'S NIGHT was filmed and produced in only 7 weeks, at a budget of 180,000 pounds, or $500,000.
- The opening scene, where the Beatles are mobbed by fans while getting onto a train, is actual documentary footage. A leak from the production department made the filming locations known to fans, so that when the Beatles showed up to film this first scene, there were hundreds of crazed, rowdy fans already there.
- Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, gave the rights to the accompanying album to United Artists before the film was released. The album's advance sales more than covered the film's budget.
- The Beatles were big fans of the comedy of Peter Sellers and Spike Mulligan. Director Richard Lester was chosen in large part because he helmed comedy series starring both men.
- John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote six new songs for the film.
- Richard Lester makes a cameo appearance during the live performance scene, and a very young Phil Collins briefly appears as an audience member during the television performance scene.
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