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Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray]

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Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray]

Content:

Original Film restored Running time 53 minutes

8 page booklet

Packaged in an amaray case

+ SPECIAL FEATURES

Director’s Commentary by Paul McCartney

The Making of Magical Mystery Tour (19:05)

– Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.

Ringo the actor (2:30)

– Ringo reflecting on his role in the film.

Meet The Supporting Cast (11:27)

– A feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.

‘Your Mother Should Know’ (2:35)

‘Blue Jay Way’ (3:53)

‘The Fool On The Hill’ (3:05)

– Three new edits of these performances all featuring footage not seen in the original film.

‘Hello Goodbye’ (3:24), as featured in Top of the Pops 1967

– The Beatles allowed the BBC to film them in the edit suite where they were working on Magical Mystery Tour. This was then turned into a promo by the BBC, who shot their own additional footage. It was then broadcast on Top of the Pops to mark the ‘Hello Goodbye’ single going to No 1 in December 1967.

Nat’s Dream (2:50)

– A scene directed by John featuring Nat Jackley. Not included in the original film.

Ivor Cutler ‘I’m Going In A Field’ (2:35)

– Ivor performs ‘I’m Going In A Field’, in a field. Not included in the original film.

Traffic ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’ (1:53)

– The filming of Traffic acting out their 1967 hit single ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’ was commissioned by The Beatles for possible inclusion in Magical Mystery Tour but was not used in the final edit.

TECHNICAL SPEC

Aspect ratio – 1.33:1

Frame rate – 1080i 59.94

Audio Options:

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Dolby Digital 5.1

PCM stereo for Blu-Ray

Subtitle language options for feature, extras and commentary:

English

Français

Deutsch

Español

Italiano

Português

Nederlande

Svenska

Norsk

Dansk

Suomi

History

In September 1967 The Beatles embarked on making their third film, this time conceived and directed by themselves.
Based on a loose unscripted narrative, in the spirit of the experimental mood of the time, and directed by The Beatles themselves, the film became the vehicle to present 6 new songs – Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool On The Hill, Flying, I Am The Walrus, Blue Jay Way and Your Mother Should Know.

Now, 45 years on, the virtually forgotten film has been fully restored and is being presented properly for the first time.

The restoration of Magical Mystery Tour has been overseen by Paul Rutan Jr. of Eque Inc., the same company that handled the much acclaimed restoration of Yellow Submarine. The soundtrack work was done at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell.

All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul.


Comments

T. A. Goldich says:

Finally! If anyone should ever doubt the Beatles greatness, this film will NOT be the one to change their mind. It is a silly film. In fact, it is a very silly, very amateurish trifle. In fact it is downright bad. So why do I give it five big ones? Because it’s The Beatles, of course. The Beatles were active for only seven years. There’s a limited quantity of Beatles’ product and that makes every bit of it precious!Nevertheless, the casual viewer will probably be quite bewildered by this goofy curio of psychedelia. It has no script, no plot, and no acting to speak of. So, if you’ve never seen it, go in with LOW expectations. First off, understand that this is not a Beatles feature film. It was originally presented as a one-hour Beatles TV special, nothing more. It is not a “good” film (in fact it is a “bad” film). But it is imaginative and energetic and it has its moments and it is Beatles!For Beatles fans this lavish-attention release of MMT is way more than welcome! For the first time, we’ll be able to see it in better than “bootleg” quality, much better! Just to hear the songs in remastered/remixed uncompressed (!) surround sound is reason enough to celebrate. Then there are the many extras and intriguing aspects (extra scenes? Songs “re-edited”?). I can’t wait!!

John Frame "There Is No Substitute For Equality" says:

MMT is an eccentric delightful gem deserving of the best quality video and audio I’ve immediately placed a pre-order for the Blu-ray of Magical Mystery Tour – confident that the Capitol label and McCartney’s personal involvement guarantee that this will be a genuinely fine high definition experience. 16mm film is capable of looking very impressive on Blu-ray (for example “Peter Gabriel – Secret World Live”).I love this film not just because of the Beatles music, but also because it features my favourite Scottish artist, Ivor Cutler (as main character “Buster Bloodvessel”) – I’m very happy to see that he performs in one of the bonus features. MMT also includes my clear favourite comedy music group, The Bonzo Dog Band singing “Death Cab For Cutie”.The only 2 DVD versions that were previously available were transfers from very noisy film (with the out of print “MPI” release being vastly superior to the “Avenue One” atrocity). MMT is a wonderful diversion – an eccentric delight which I’ve enjoyed 100 or more times over the years. I’m looking forward to seeing a clean image for the first time (which will be properly in sync at last) and to hearing the new stereo and 5.1 high definition soundtracks. The icing on the cake will be all of the extras, and hearing Paul’s commentary.


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