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The Beatles / A Hard Days Night / Restored European Blu-ray with 5.1

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We announced back in March about the Criterion Collection’s superb new blu-ray edition of The Beatles’ 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night. This forthcoming release boasted a brand new 4k restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, as well as newly created 5.1 surround and stereo mixes supervised by Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.

The only issue with the Criterion set is that it is region-locked to region ‘A’ – the Americas and East Asia. Those in Europe would not be able to play on standard blu-ray equipment.

Thankfully, there is now a separate UK edition from Second Sight which is region ‘B’ coded (Europe, Africa, Middle East, New Zealand and Australia). This version mirrors all the key features in the Criterion Edition (although it appears as if a Richard Lester short has gone AWOL) and is easily identifiable by the use of a completely different cover. The Criterion cover is actually much classier, but them’s the breaks.

This new region B coded blu-ray edition of  A Hard Day’s Night is released a few weeks later than its American counterpart, on 21 July 2014. It will also be available on DVD.



RELEASE DETAILS

  • New 4k restoration approved by director Richard Lester
  • Mono soundtrack as well as newly created 5.1 surround and stereo mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.
  • Audio presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, uncompressed Stereo and Mono

BONUS FEATURES:

  • In Their Own Voices – a new piece combining 1964 interviews with The Beatles with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
  • You Can t Do That: The Making of A Hard Day s Night
  • a documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by The Beatles
  • Things They Said Today – featuring director Richard Lester music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor
  • Picturewise – a new piece about Richard Lester s early work featuring a new audio interview with the director
  • Anatomy of a Style – a new piece on Richard Lester s methods
  • New interview with author Mark Lewisohn
  • Audio commentary with cast and crew
  • New 50th Anniversary Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired

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16 responses to The Beatles / A Hard Days Night / Restored European Blu-ray with 5.1

  1. Paul Kent says:

    Good God, that cover’s awful!!!

  2. Paul Rymer says:

    Terrible cover, what the hell happened to George and Ringo? I’m not even completely sure which is which!

  3. Joe says:

    The cover is awful, but the important thing is that the extras are pretty much the same. Mark Lewisohn’s recent book had a terrible cover, and turned out the be the finest book on The Beatles I’ve ever (started) to read…

  4. Steve Bates says:

    They cover does not please please me,but it’s all about the content and for me the audio mixes and it looks will definetly be upgrading my previous copy.

  5. Steve Bates says:

    That cover does not please please me,but it’s all about the content and for me the audio mixes and it looks will definetly be upgrading my previous copy.

  6. Steve Bates says:

    That cover does not please please me,but it’s all about the content and for me the audio mixes i will definetly be upgrading my previous copy.

  7. Steve Bates says:

    Sorry my post seems to have repeated itself.

  8. Andy says:

    The cover appears to show Paul, Paul, Paul, and Dave Clark.

  9. Chris says:

    I thought it was Stu Francis, Davina McCall, Michael Parkinson and the bottom left certainly Anne Robinson in her Weakest Link days.

  10. Ben Williams says:

    Nice news! However, that is the worst film cover artwork EVER!!!

    Ringo looks like Jimmy Hill…

  11. Ludek Macura says:

    Cheap cover, please no !

  12. Simon F says:

    Rubbish cover and apparently we don’t get the Dick Lester short ‘The Running, Jumping And Standing Still Film’ which is what led to the Fabs getting Lester to direct AHDN. Grrrrrr!!!!!!!

  13. steve says:

    I agree 100% the new cover is truly awful. Just use The Beatles photographs from A Hard Day’s Night instead, Criterion !

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