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The Beatles Anthology

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 5 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): C-9DY-92975

  • Critic 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..."
    USA Today

    "...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..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A]s candid as you'll get..."

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