HELP!: The Beatles followed up their debut film, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, with this fanciful spy spoof. When Ringo adds a new ring to his collection, he's unaware of how important and dangerous this piece of jewelry is. On one hand, a religious cult considers it a sacred object and the wearer must become a sacrifice to their gods. On the other hand, the ring has magical abilities that hold the key to supreme power. Soon the boys from Liverpool are engaged in a slapstick and madcap chase round the world, as a crazed scientist, a pack of crooks, and several religious fanatics set out to capture the band. Watch for the English Channel swimmer who seems to be perpetually lost and appears in nearly every location. Includes Beatles' hits including "Help!" "Ticket To Ride" "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and many more. Originally had the working title Eight Arms To Hold You but the band changed the title after failing to produce material relating to the title.
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: A typically Beatlesque film (i.e. atypical) originally produced for television, this short film was intended to be an off-the-wall road movie with the Beatles and three dozen or so friends on a psychedelic bus. Shot with only a vague script and only bare outlines of scenes, the movie was meant to document a trip to the seaside resort town of Blackpool, England. Made in September of 1967, The Beatles' brilliant rock album is transformed into colorful and energetic images. The film also contains the only live version of John Lennon's "I Am the Walrus." Third of the Beatles films to include Victor Spinetti, famous for his mohair sweater wearing role as the television director in A Hard Day's Night and as the determined scientist with the laser in Help! The movie was originally shown on BBC TV on December 26, 1967 inexplicably in black and white.
THE FIRST U.S. VISIT: A day-by-day look at The Beatles first tour in the USA, beginning with their arrival on February 7, 1964. Featured are off-stage looks at all four individually as they sample America, clowning on the road and in the hotel room. Included is never-before-seen footage of their activities in New York, Washington D.C. and Miami, shot by the Maysles Brothers, and their three unforgettable performances on the Ed Sullivan Show - preserved intact, as well as their first American concert in Washington, D.C.
YOU CAN'T DO THAT: THE MAKING OF "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT": A 30th anniversary retrospective of the movie that launched the Beatles to stardom on the silver screen. Hosted by Phil Collins (who appeared as an extra in the movie), this reminiscence includes interviews with the film's writer, producer, and director, as well as Roger Ebert, Micky Dolenz and others.