The Beatles: 50th Anniversary Celebration [8 Discs] [DVD]

This set compiles a number of documentaries about The Beatles in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band. Included are the non-fiction films Beatles Liverpool, Beatles London, John Lennon's New York, Beatles Merseyside, and Beatles Hamburg & the Hamburg Sound.
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The Beatles Merseyside
This program constitutes one in a series of epic-length releases that lead viewers through on-camera tours of musicians' favorite haunts. This particular installment journeys to both banks of the Mersey River in Liverpool, England, for visits to locales that John, Paul, George and Ringo frequented in their youth - including Bootle, New Brighton and Southport. It all culminates with an iconic ferry journey across the Mersey. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

The Beatles Liverpool: A Magical History Tour
The new epic documentary The Beatles Liverpool: A Magical History Tour acts as a companion piece to such illuminating glimpses into the lives of the Fab Four as The Compleat Beatles and The Beatles: From the Beginning...to the End. But unlike those prior films, this effort approaches its subject from an unusual angle. It explores the Beatles via the famous borough of their childhoods. This program tours the Beatles' old haunts in Liverpool, including the legendary Cavern Club, the Strawberry Field orphanage, Penny Lane, and the houses in which the members of the Fab Four were raised. This five-and-a-half-hour film is jam-packed with interviews with those who knew and associated with John, Paul, George, and Ringo in the early years, such as the Mersey Beat founder, Bill Harry, initial manager Alan Williams, and their contemporary rock & roll musician Kingsize Taylor of the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

John Lennon's New York: A Magical History Tour
The documentary John Lennon's New York offers a wealth of information about how the former Beatle spent the final years of his life in The Big Apple. In addition to a walking tour that showcases many historic sites, the program offers interviews with another of people who knew Lennon during this time in his life. Among those who offer their remembrances of the legend are David Peel, Mark St. Germain, and photographer Allan Tannenbaum. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

The Beatles London: A Magical History Tour
The epic documentary Beatles London etches out a portrait of the most popular band in modern history, the Fab Four, with a particularly strong emphasis on John, Paul, George and Ringo's experiences in 'The Old Smoke.' As hosted by Beatles authority Richard Porter (who established the London Beatles Fan Club and authored the tome Guide to the Beatles' London), the film carries viewers to such city locales as the EMI recording studio, the Abbey Road crosswalk, the group members' individual London homes and the Decca studio where the band received one of its first rejections. At each stop, Porter explains the personal significance of that particular milieu within Beatles history and lore. The full program clocks in at an astonishing four hours; an abbreviated, 90-minute version is available in the release The Concise Beatles London. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

The Beatles: Hamburg and the Hamburg Sound
Liverpool DJ Spencer Leigh visits the Hamburg locations that played a vital roll in shaping the early career of The Beatles while highlighting "The Hamburg Sound" exhibition and speaking with the friends and collaborators who all witnessed the band's stratospheric ascent to the top of the charts. A celebration of the artistic environment that helped to produce one of the most popular musical acts ever, this documentary is sure to appeal to music archivists and anyone interested in our rock and roll heritage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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