[quote by=The_End link=Blah.pl?b=films,m=1077380342,s=6 date=1077451088]The Beatles' "The First US Visit" DVD is amazing! If you don't have this already, I HIGHLY recommend you buy it! The excitement of this momentous achievement really shines through, with both the audience and The Beatles mutually enjoying the experience.
The ground-breaking hand-held camera, documentary style has been much copied over the years - even in The Beatles own "A Hard Day's Night" movie, which of course partly takes place on a train; as it also does in "US Visit".
One thing struck me though - what was wrong with John? He seemed so quiet and reflective all the time, while Paul, George and especially Ringo played up for the press and cameras, John seemed to just sit back, smoking and not saying much. I know he was spending the day with Cynthia during some of the segments filmed in Miami, but in most of the scenes he does appear in, he seems quite introverted.
A few of John's scenes are hilarious though - especially when he does a spoof commercial with George for Marlboro cigarettes! Another funny moment is when John sings the wrong first line to "This Boy" on the Ed Sullivan Show, which nearly causes Paul to crack up!
There is a particularly interesting scene in their hotel room, where John is playing what looks like a small flute with a tiny keyboard attached. The amazing thing is the tune he's playing...
it sounds very much like the opening chords of Strawberry Fields!! Have a listen and tell me what you think! I swear I'm not hearing things!
What you really notice is just what fantastic live performers they were - they really did put on a show! It's a shame John's Mic isn't working during their first appearance on the Ed sullivan Show - all you can hear is Paul.
We also get to see them relaxing and enjoying a night out at a club called the Peppermint Lounge (the home of the Twist!). This is also reminiscent of "A Hard Day's Night"! And afterwards, is that Paul trying to smuggle a girl under his coat back to the hotel room? Naughty boy!!
It is the first time that this footage has been officially released - it was originally shown back in the Sixties, and then re-discovered in the late Eighties and broadcast by Granada TV in England as "The Early Beatles". This DVD though contains a great deal more footage and bonus scenes.
It's so great to get a glimpse of what it was actually like to be in the eye of that hurricane. In the words of John, as they pull up oustside their hotel in a limo, surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans; "How do we get in then?"
Most of this is from the old forum, but some points are still being raised here so I thought I'd re-write some of it and post it here. Hope that's OK
[/quote]its obvious that alan is a paul fan.