I’m happy to say The Beatles “Help!” on blu-ray isn’t just another attempt to rip off Beatles fans. Though the 1965 follow up to ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ isn’t quite as good that black and white classic, it’s still entertaining. The music is timeless, and although it was completely restored for DVD release five years ago, to see it on blu-ray is a major advancement from that due to the high resolution of the format.
“Help!” contains seven of the Beatles best pop songs including two #1’s – “Help!” and “Ticket To Ride”. When the movie was released in July of 1965, it featured a mono soundtrack which was common at the time. The new blu-ray release features a stereo mix as well as a surround sound track in lossless formats which sounds like every ounce of sound was squeezed out of the original masters.
“Help!” was filmed with a budget of $1.5 million and brought in a little over $12 million at the box office, a respectable return at the time.
Extra features included on the blu-ray include:
* The Beatles in Help! – a 30 minute documentary about the making of the movie with director Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the scenes footage of The Beatles on set.
* A Missing Scene – film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard.
* The Restoration of Help! – an in-depth look at the restoration process. What they did and how they did it.
* Memories of Help! by cast and crew members.
* 1965 Theatrical trailers – two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer.
*1965 U.S. Radio Commercials hidden in the disc menus.
An open end interview is rumored to be included on the blu-ray, but I haven’t had the time to find it.
Gimme a break – I just got my disc this morning.
I recommend Help! on blu-ray without reservations.