The latest Beatles documentary looks at a very specific time, from right before they invaded America until they stopped touring (and a little beyond, actually). While familiar, it does cover some new ground. Concentrating on the spiraling media circus surrounding the Beatles phenomenon, it does a good job of showing how it became less fun over time, starting out great and turning first into a chore and then a dangerous situation.
Technically, film and video was gathered from all over the world for this documentary and it is an impressive achievement, aged media looking and sounding good in the Blu Ray age. This story has been told before but not this concise, and hearing from people outside the Beatles camp - reporters, spectators, and even roadies - was perhaps the best part.
The two disc version has some really nice special features on the second disc for a change. The original documentary must have been longer in scope, because there is a lot of material about the early Liverpool days of the band not covered in the main film. Besides five complete song performances there are a few other expanded short documentaries that were very nice, and the total time of the documentary is nearly double.
Overall, a worthy purchase, but really aimed at the older nostalgia age group or casual Beatle fan.