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*NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« on: September 18, 2005, 11:32:18 PM »

I found this on the excellent 'Beatles Source' website:



Chazz has this to say:

"All you fans of The Savage Young Beatles will be pleased to know that the Best Of The Beatles DVD has finally been released. This release promises to be a must-have for any fan of The Beatles with Pete Best. I would say this is the best documentary of the 'savage young Beatles' era that I've seen. That's not to say it's great but it's very interesting. Regrettably, no actual Beatles music is featured. Some of the music is from the "Backbeat" soundtrack but much is rather generic. Bits of the Tony Sheridan recordings are included, too.

It's not as exciting as say "Anthology" but, based on my research, it's very detailed and accurate. Additional commentary includes Billy Harry, Alan Williams, Ken Brown, Klause Voormann, Cynthia Lennon, Neil Aspinall, Jurgen Vollmer, Gerry Marsden, Pauline Sutcliffe, Mike Smith (the Decca guy), Horst Fascher, Ray McFall, Rory Best, Tony Sheridan, Chas Newby, Andy White, Ken Townshend, Norman Smith among many others but my favorite is extensive commentary from Astrid Kirchherr. The bonus material even features an extensive conversation between Pete and Astrid inside The Kaiserkeller. Pete's commentary is quite frank, friendly and interesting.

You also get a nice dose of Pete's pre and post Beatles history, many film clips inside The Casbah and other very good location shots in Liverpool and Hamburg. You also get Pete's appearance on the old TV show, "What's My Line" in 1964.

The highlight of the documentary is the inclusion of the February 1962 Floral Hall film.

The documentary runs two hours with an hour of bonus material.
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The DVD can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000A8AWVE/qid=1125632068/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-7727619-8431168?v=glance&s=dvd

If you haven't visited The Source before, you are missing a real treat - it is THE best site on the early Beatles! Here's the link: http://www.beatlesource.com/savage/main.html
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2005, 01:36:13 AM »

cool, seems like a must-have :)
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2005, 11:45:55 AM »

Sure does - I've just ordered my copy!!! ;D
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2005, 11:29:55 PM »

I'll be getting this. thanks for the heads up Al.

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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2005, 10:38:16 AM »

the floral hall film is the earliest vid of the beatles..and it lasts about 20 seconds.they are in leather and there is no sound....its a tragic thing that noone got something worthwhile,back then.....i may pass this one by how many times can they redo the beginning?i have the floral tape and so do you tk.....i am almost positive i will not buy this new snake oil version....

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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2005, 11:49:16 AM »

Yeah the Floral Hall and 'What's My Line' clips are nothing new (to some!) - but there is a ton of stuff there that hasn't been shown before. The list of interviewees is certainly impressive - Neil Aspinall, Pete Best and Astrid in the Kaiserkeller(!!), Mike Smith, Andy White!!! You don't see many interviews with them, do ya!!

This is really Pete Best's documentary and it takes you right up to date to Pete's legenday appearance at the Cavern last year... and I was there!!!  

No, I think this definitely IS going to be something a bit special - but I'll tell you all about it when it arrives!
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2005, 12:41:07 AM »

Yeah, let us know Al, but like you, the interviews are what interests me. (especially Andy White although he probably wont have much to say)

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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2005, 01:09:01 AM »

What has the 'Decca Guy' got to say? It must be like that scene in the Rutles where Dan Ackroyd is playing the same guy, wheezing on a cigarette, and finally Eric Idol as the interview asks him "How does it feel to be such an a**hole?"
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2005, 07:22:03 AM »

thanks for the link T.E tells when you get your copy! i might get one as well ;D
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2005, 10:38:55 AM »

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What has the 'Decca Guy' got to say? It must be like that scene in the Rutles where Dan Ackroyd is playing the same guy, wheezing on a cigarette, and finally Eric Idol as the interview asks him "How does it feel to be such an a**hole?"

LOL!!!!! :D

i wouldnt mind getting it, but to be honest im not that interested :-/ seems quite cool though

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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2005, 04:43:38 PM »

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i wouldnt mind getting it, but to be honest im not that interested :-/ seems quite cool though


Ah, so it's decided then!! ;)
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2005, 11:57:49 PM »

Just got this today and have spent the past 2 hours watching it!

This is extremely enjoyable and a magnificent accompanyment to the Anthology series as it's shot and edited in a very similar style.

My only critism is that there is not enough music - I can't understand why the Beatles tracks that feature Pete are not allowed to be used - blame Apple? Without music, the interviews and recollections, whilst very fascinating, do seem overly long. But that's just a small criticism.

Watch it in hour-long bursts and you'll enjoy it more!

Haven't watched the extras yet though - that's another hour long!

Buy it! :)
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2005, 01:00:53 AM »

i only got one question al..........do you like the little bit of pork in pork and beans????????
i will probally watch somebodys

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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2005, 10:48:40 AM »

What was the 'never before seen Beatles footage'?
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2005, 11:43:32 AM »

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What was the 'never before seen Beatles footage'?

Yeah, I wondered about that too - it was a bit mis-leading as it was The Beatles at the Floral Hall footage. Although I don't think this has ever been officially released, it's hardly new.

I'm surprised PC is so cynical given his love of the early years. If this is the little bit of pork in the beans pass me a cocktail stick - I'm hungry for more! :)

By the way, yes, the interview with the Decca guy was quite like The Rutles' version of events!! He was quite funny actually!
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2005, 10:30:56 AM »

it's just that the area has been combed thru over and over....i need something earth shattering...the tony sheridan dvd has interviews also did they use the same footage???
i want to here from the musicians of the day.gerry marsden,billy fury,cliff richards,tommy sands,or some others....

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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2005, 11:30:37 AM »

This might be what you're looking for! From what I can tell, these are mostly new interviews! Great stuff from Ken Brown (ex Quarrymen and Applejacks), Gerry Marsden, Tony Sheridan, Pete Best (of course!), the lead singer from Swinging Blue Jeans (can't remember his name though) plus loads of stuff about the Casbah club and Hamburg. No Cliff Richard though, thankfully!!

Pete tells a great story about the night he and John mugged a sailor!!! (Ignore the stupid sound effects though!).
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2005, 02:05:48 PM »

saw it yesterday and it was great. Like Alan said it would have been perfect it they had real Beatles songs during the interviews and stuff
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Re: *NEW* Best Of The Beatles DVD!
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2005, 03:48:04 PM »

I taped it last night off of pbs but I haven't had time to watch it yet.
I only saw a couple of minutes of it.

My husband who doesn't know anything about Best said he seemed pompous.
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« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2005, 06:47:24 PM »

Nah, not pompous - nervous! :)
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