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The Beatles
Anthology - The Director's Cut
10 DVDs
789 min

10 DVD Director's cut of the Anthology Programs:

DVD 1: July '40 to March '63

In My Life
Liverpool: The Childhood Years
Musical Influences - Discovering Rock & Roll
John, Paul & George - The Beginning of the Beatles
Twenty Flight Rock - The Girl Can't Help It
First Recordings 1958-1960
Stuart Sutcliffe
Flaming Pie - Name Origins
Early Tours
Pete Best
Growing Pains - Stuart Leaves
The Cavern
Decca Sessions
George Martin - Abbey Road Studios
Ringo Arrives
Love Me Do
Please, Please Me - We're No.1

DVD 2: March '63 to January '64

In My Life - Series Flashback
Racing Up The Ladder
Touring Britain - 1963
From Me To You
Mal Evans
She Loves You
Reflections On Sudden Fame
It Won't Be Long
Beatlemania - Sweeden 1963
Royal Variety Performance
Second Album: With The Beatles
Early Television Appearances
Olympia Theatre, Paris - 1964
I Wanna Hold Your Hand Reaches No.1 In The U.S.

DVD 3: February '63 to July '64 

In My Life - Series Flashback
Arrival In The US - February 1964
First Appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
The Coliseum Concert -Washinton D.C.
Reception at the British Embassy
Miami Beach
Second Appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
Return To England
They're Going To Put Us In The Movies!
Filming A Hard Day's Nigh
Derek Taylor Becomes Press Agent
World Tour 1964
You Can't Do That Tour Montage
World Premiere of A Hard Day's Night
Liverpool Homecoming

DVD 4: August '64 to August '65 

In My Life - Series Flashback
First Major US Tour - Summer 1964
Meeting Bob Dylan
The Pressures of Touring
Feedback I Feel Fine
Recording Beatles For Sale
Filming Help
NME Poll Winner's Concert - April 11, 965
George Talks About His Songs
Ticket To Ride
The Beatles Receive The MBE From The Queen
The '65 Tour Se List - Paris 1965
Playing Bullrings In Spain

DVD 5: August '65 to July '66

Series Flashback
Shea Stadium Concert-August 15, 1965
Meeting Elvis Presley
More Tour Pressure
New Musical Directions:Rubber Soul And Revolver
LSD-Doctor Riley
Day Tripper
We Can Work It Out
Taped TV Promo Films
Paperback Writer
Yellow Submarine
Tomorrow Never Knows
World Tour 1966-Returning To Hamburg

DVD 6: July '66 to June '67

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Trouble In The Philippines
Touring Takes It's Toll
Eleanor Rigby
The Last Concert-San Francisco, August 19, 1966
Individual Directions
The Making of Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
A Day In The Life
Sgt.Pepper's Cover Sleeve
Reaction To Sgt.Pepper's
Drugs Reflect The Times
Baby You're A Rich Man

DVD 7: June '67 to July '68

Series Flashback
Satellite Broadcast of All You Need is Love
Meeting the Maharishi
Brian Epstein's Death
Magical Mystery Tour
Reaction to Magical Mystery Tour
I Am the Walrus
Hello, Goodbye
The Apple Boutique
Rishkesh, India
Dear Prudence
Sexy Sadie
Apple Records
Lady Madonna

DVD 8: July '68 to January '69

Series Flashback
John Meets Yoko - Band Reactions
The White Album
The APlle Boutique Closes
Hey Jude
Recording at Twickenham Studios
Magic Alex
Moving to Apple
Billy Preston Sits In
The Rooftop Concert January 30, 1969
Don't Let Me Down
Get Back

DVD 9: Special Features I

Anthology Electronic Press Kit - 1995
Sneak Preview of ABC Miniseries - 1995
ABC Miniseries Electronic Press Kit - 1995
Free as a Bird Promotional Video - 1995
George Harrison on Today Tonight - November 1995
Neil Aspinall, George Martin & Derek Taylor - November 1995

DVD 10: Special Features II

Real Love Original Broacast Video - 1995
World Video Premiere of Real Love - 1996
Real Love Single Release - 1996
Anthology, Volume 2 TV Commercials - 1996
Anthology, Volume 2 Marketing Reel - 1996
Turner Home Entertainment Promo Reel - 1996
New Beatles Interviews August, 1996
Anthology Series: The Perfect Holiday Gift - 1996
Anthology, Volume 3 Promotional Spots - 1996

Story VS Performance - The 1993 Director’s Cut of Anthology focused primarily on the Beatles story, using performance footage only to enhance the story. The final version would remove much of the story and details to include as much TV and concert footage as possible. At the time this appeared to be the best approach, but in retrospect opinions may chance after hearing the uncut interviews; this was after all their one change to tell their story. Collectors have countless sources for the TV and concert footage, but only one option to hear their story as done for the Anthology series, until now that is!

Uncensored Version- comparisons between the two versions of Anthology clearly show heavy editing. An entire sequence regarding Yoko Ono and her effects on the band has been cut-down to almost nothing; only on the 1993 version will you hear unedited and sometimes unflattering comments. Many interviews did not even make it to the Anthology book. One example is George commenting on the positive experiences he had with drugs, including the famous dentist real name! The 1993 director’s cut also includes the original extended sequence on George’s songwriting later trimmed at George’s request. It becomes obvious by program 1 what you are seeing is what the director and production team assembled and presented to the band before they made numerous change request.

Program Beginnings- Each program begins with an unused animated sequence in place of the Help! Introduction.

In My Life Opening Montage- Programs 1-4 use this song montage with the commercial version using it only to start program 1. The early montage contains different shots from the final version including Allen Klein.

Flashback Montage- An early idea was to begin each program (beginning with program 2) with a flashback montage covering important material seen in the previous program, this worked well for the first few programs, but unfortunately took too much time, Beginning with program 4, the flashbacks only went as far back as the previous program

While My Guitar Gently Weeps Montage- Ideas about the montage were changing by program 5, and no song montage was used for this program. For program 6, a different approach/song was used, and for the first time it was flash forward montage, using much footage not seen elsewhere in the program. Programs 7-8 drop the montage idea entirely

Quality Of Archival Footage- At this early stage, Apple had to use what footage it had available with quality varying from poor to ex. Some of early TV appearances and newsreels are obviously taken from VHS screening tapes, and many include time-code. Some scenes contain the text “Temporary Picture” All of the new interviews and Apple owned material, including footage taken directly from the original cut of “The Long And Winding Road” look great and contains no time code. It is quite interesting to see what Apple’s film archives looked like in 1993. In 1995 Anthology producer Chips Chipperfield hinted at what this early version might look like when asked why they could not just use the original 10-hour version for the home video release “We can but that’s off-line. Off-line is a rough cut. It’s cut from whatever archive sources we have so a lot of it is VHS

Unused McCartney Interview- Programs 1&2 include an unused interview with Paul. This was the first interview shot and used before finally being replaced with a re-recorded Paul in black turtleneck With this first interview being re-shot, the stories vary from the final release

Partially Unused Harrison Interview- For most of Programs 1&2, the only Harrison interview used is the control room interview with George sporting a moustache. More than ½ of this interview was later removed and replaced with a re-recorded clean-shaven George. With much of this first interview going unused, the stories vary from the final version

Unused Neil Aspinall Interviews- For most of the first two programs, we see Neil’s first interview sessions wearing no hat, the stories heard vary from the commercial version.

Derek Taylor- Derek has a larger role in the early version of Anthology, and is featured in numerous unseen interviews

Program Endings- An early idea was to end each program with a sequence showing the progression the band was making. Examples would be an overhead view showing the move from Liverpool to London, or the move from London to the US.

Audio Outtakes- It is important to note that the 1993 Anthology uses very little studio outtake recordings. There are no created studio sequences of audio outtakes. We don’t hear any real audio outtakes until the 68 studio sessions, as the audio outtakes were still being examined at this early stage of production and were not made available to the production team just yet. But… we do get to hear the unused “Hums” ending for “A Day In The Life” along with part of take 4!

Early/Abandoned Ideas- The 1993 Anthology uses many ideas later modified or dropped entirely. The recreations of fans rooms differ greatly; TV and tour montages were created then later dropped. An early idea was to show the move from Liverpool to Abbey Road studios, done by filming an entire trip-sequence taking you from Liverpool and ending at George Martin’s door in Abbey Road Studios. Other early ideas put Paul in the film “The Girl Can’t Help It” Various other unused segments appear throughout the entire eight programs

No Closing Credits- At this early stage, none of the eight programs contain closing credits

1993 Ending- At this early stage, the documentary ends with the “Let It Be” sessions and rooftop concert. Program 8 part 1 dates from December 1993. 1994 would alter the Documentary considerably, with the three remaining Beatles reforming to record new music and joint interviews. It was at this point; the 1993 version was heavily re-edited leaving only a hint of what it had originally looked like.

Anthology - The Director's Cut

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