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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Beatles No. 1" )

directed by Richard Lester
UK 1964

In 1964, the Beatles had just recently exploded onto the American scene with their debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The group's first feature, the Academy Award-nominated "A Hard Day's Night," offered fans their first peek into a day in the life of the Beatles and served to establish the Fab Four on the silver screen, as well as to inspire the music video format. Songs: I'll Cry Instead, A Hard Day's Night, I Should've Known Better, Can't Buy Me Love, If I Fell, And I Love Her, I'm Happy Just to Dance with You, Ringo's Theme (This Boy), Tell Me Why, Don't Bother Me, I Wanna Be Your Man, All My Lovin', She Loves You.

 

The strikingly original classic captures all the fun, excitement, and unforgettable music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo at the height of Beatlemania. It's a wildly irreverent day in the life of the world's great rock 'n' roll band. As they prepare for a big TV appearance, the Beatles perform their songs, look for adventure ... and try in vain to keep Paul's mischief-making grandfather out of trouble ... all while avoiding hordes of screaming fans. Packed with all-time Beatle favorites including "A Hard Day's Night," "All My Loving," "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Should've Known Better," "She Loves You," and "Tell Me Why," director Richard Lester's groundbreaking motion picture collaboration with the "Fab Four" is itself a treasured piece of rock history that remains influential to this day.

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Theatrical Release: July 6, 1964

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Runtime 1:27:41.464        
Video

1.75:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 64,116,584,325 bytes

Feature: 62,020,927,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 73.46 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

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Bitrate 4K Ultra HD:

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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3985 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3985 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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Edition Details:

4K Ultra HD disc

• Audio commentary featuring cast and crew

 

Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

• Audio commentary featuring cast and crew
• In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining 1964 interviews with the Beatles with behind-the-scenes footage and photos (18:02)
• “You Can’t Do That”: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by the Beatles (1:02:10)
• Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen, and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (36:17)
• Picturewise, a new piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director (27:13)
• The Running Jumping & Standing-Still Film (1960), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short (11:11)
• Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s methods (17:07)
• New interview with author Mark Lewisohn (27:14)

• 2000 Re-Release Trailer (2:00)

• Re-Release Trailer (1:39)
• PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and excerpts from a 1970 interview with Lester


4K Ultra HD Release Date:
January 18th, 2022
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NOTE: The below Blu-ray and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective discs.

NOTE: The package has been temporarily pulled from shelves because of two editing errors ("1:23:14 John singing different song, and 1:24:43 a 6 second shot of the video control room as The Beatles are going to the Helicopter.") in the 4K version! Criterion has indicated that they will replace the defective 4K discs (email orders@criterion.com) (thanks Leszek Pawlowicz!)

ADDITION: Criterion 4K UHD (February 2022): Criterion have released Richard Lester's "A Hard Day's Night" to 4K UHD. Like the original BD it is advertised as a "New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Richard Lester". Like many 3840 X 2160 transfers we see a wider range of contrast with more pure whites and richer black levels. This package has one 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. It is the exact same 2014 Criterion Blu-ray disc. So, the presentation can be can have parts of the image that look darker and others brighter than the previous digital editions. It looks magnificent with beautifully rendered grain. Hopefully the captures below will give you a good idea. I found it to be a very notable improvement over even Criterion's own 8-year old 1080P.

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

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We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: The Piano (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Great Escape (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Red Shoes (software uniformly simulated HDR), Citizen Kane (software uniformly simulated HDR), Unbreakable (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mulholland Dr. (software uniformly simulated HDR), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Hills Have Eyes (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Servant (software uniformly simulated HDR), Anatomy of a Murder (software uniformly simulated HDR), Taxi Driver  (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Wolf Man (1941) (software uniformly simulated HDR), Frankenstein (1931) (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Deep Red (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Misery (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Silence of the Lambs (software uniformly simulated HDR), John Carpenter's "The Thing" (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Cat' o'Nine Tails (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (software uniformly simulated HDR), Perdita Durango (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Django (software uniformly simulated HDR) Fanny Lye Deliver'd (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, (NO HDR applied to disc),  Rollerball (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Chernobyl  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Daughters of Darkness (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vigilante (software uniformly simulated HDR), Tremors (software uniformly simulated HDR), Cinema Paradiso (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bourne Legacy (software uniformly simulated HDR), Full Metal Jacket (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Psycho (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Birds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rear Window (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vertigo (software uniformly simulated HDR) Spartacus (software uniformly simulated HDR), Jaws (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Invisible Man, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucio Fulci's 1979 Zombie  (software uniformly simulated HDR),, 2004's Van Helsing (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Shallows (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bridge on the River Kwai (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Deer Hunter (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Elephant Man (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Quiet Place (software uniformly simulated HDR), Easy Rider (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspiria (software uniformly simulated HDR), Pan's Labyrinth (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Wizard of Oz, (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shining, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Batman Returns (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Killed Killed and then The Bigfoot  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bram Stoker's Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

This Criterion 4K UHD has three audio options - a monaural soundtrack as well as stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios - presented in uncompressed monaural (linear PCM), uncompressed stereo, and DTS-HD Master (5.1) audio. The Beatles songs sound incredible; A Hard Day's Night, I Should Have Known Better, I Wanna Be Your Man, Don't Bother Me, All My Loving, If I Fell, Can't Buy Me Love, I'm Happy Just to Dance with You, This Boy (Ringo's Theme), Tell Me Why, and She Loves You. The guitars in, for example, "And I Love Her" are so beautifully crisp and deep. There are young girl screams that are exported with some separations. Subtitle options offer English (SDH) and as with all 4K UHD discs, this Criterion is Region 'Free', however the included Blu-ray of the 1080P feature extras is Region 'A'-locked.

The 4K UHD has the commentary featuring cast and crew, created from material produced by Martin Lewis in 2002. It has actors John Junkin, David Janson, and Jeremy Lloyd; cinematographer Gilbert Taylor; associate producer Denis O'Dell; second assistant director Barrie Melrose; assistant editors Pamela Tomling and Roy Benson; and others The Criterion Blu-ray is the exact previously released one as evidenced by the M2TS file dates from April 2014:

Criterion include that same audio commentary on their second disc Blu-ray. In Their Own Voices, a new, 18-minute piece combining 1964, American Tour, interviews with the Beatles with behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film, and photos and audiio recordings of the Beatles detailing their views on their first movie. ďYou Canít Do ThatĒ: The Making of ďA Hard Dayís Night,Ē a 1994 documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by the Beatles. It runs over an hour and is hosted by musician Phil Collins, and was made to mark the thirtieth anniversary of A Hard Day's Night and features an outtake performance. Things They Said Today, is a, 36-minute, 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen, and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor and other members of the film's cast and crew. Picturewise runs 27-minutes and is a new piece about Lesterís early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director. It is narrated by Rita Tushingham, and looks at the influence on and impact of the early work of the director. The Running Jumping & Standing-Still Film was made in 1960 and runs 11-minutes. It is Lesterís Oscar-nominated (best live-action short) piece and features Lester, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Graham Stark and Bruce Lacey. Anatomy of a Style is another a new piece, focusing on Lesterís methods with story editor and screenwriter Bobbuie O'Steen and music editor Suzana Peric who deconstruct five of the revolutionary music sequences from A Hard Day's Night. There is also a new 27-minute interview with author Mark Lewisohn (author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years.) He discusses The Beatles' career up to A Hard Day's Night. Lastly are both 2000 and 2014 re-release Trailers and the package contains a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic Howard Hampton and excerpts from a 1970 interview with Lester.

Criterion's
4K UHD release of "A Hard Day's Night" provides a magnificent a/v presentation - without question, the best yet. The film never loses its fun - the music is iconic. The film's tone encapsulates The Beatles US visit with the lads infectious lack of seriousness and amusing conversations;

George: "That's not your grandfather!"
Paul: "It is, you know."
George: "But I've seen your grandfather! He lives in your house!"
Paul: "Oh, that's my other grandfather, but he's my grandfather, as well."
John: "How do you reckon that one out?"
Paul: "Well, everyone's entitled to two, aren't they?
."

I especially love the time with reporters and Harrison in the modeling agency. I think the 2020's need a good dose of the 60's Beatles joy right about now. "A Hard Day's Night" is extremely rewatchable, and this stellar 4K UHD package is absolutely recommended to Beatles fans and beyond!

Gary Tooze

 


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