John, Paul, George and Ringo will be available in their purest digital forms yet, with MPI Home Video’s announced plans to enter the DVD marketplace with three Beatles DVDs: “Help!,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Magical Mystery Tour.”
Also available in MPI’s Nov. 14 wave of DVD releases will be “The Very Best of the Bee Gees, Live.”
The DVD edition of the Beatles’ first feature, the 1964 “A Hard Day’s Night,” comes from a restored print of the Oscar-nominated film, made from the original negative. Included will be rare additional footage, newsreels, the theatrical trailer for the 1982 re-release, an interview with director Richard Lester, Lester’s experimental film “Running, Jumping & Standing Still” and bios of the filmmakers and supporting cast.
Lester’s 1965 “Help!,” copied from a restored color negative, also contains extra footage and content, including radio interviews and a comprehensive chapter search function detailing scenes and songs.
“Magical Mystery Tour,” produced and directed by the Beatles, is a psychedelic bus trip around the English countryside, originally released in 1967.
“The Very Best of the Bee Gees, Live,” drawn from the band’s “One for All” tour, marks the brothers’ live reunion after a 10-year absence from the stage. The disc features 27 Bee Gees songs, spanning more than 20 years of the band’s career, with a discography and timeline.
All of the MPI DVDs will provide viewers with a number of playback options, such as multiple-language dubs and subtitles, as well as interactive onscreen menus and chapter searches. Many of the titles offer bonus footage and biographical information about the musicians. All are recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo.
The four DVDs will carry a suggested retail price of $24.98, except for “Magical Mystery Tour,” to be tagged at $19.98.