Eight Days A Week

Eight Days A Week

The Touring Years

DVD - 2016 | 2 disc special edition
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Based on the first part of The Beatles' career the period in which they toured and captured the world's acclaim. Explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon. It explores their inner workings, how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together all the while, exploring The Beatles' extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., [2016]
Edition: 2 disc special edition
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.42166 EIG
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,all regions,rda
NTSC,rda
digital,optical,stereo,surround,Dolby,rda
2 videodiscs (approximately 106 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (64 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)

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ba_library
Jan 28, 2018

Excellent documentary about the Beatles! The DVD does an excellent job of capturing the social and cultural phenomenon that were the Beatles. I was just a child at the height of their success. I remember begging my parents to allow me to stay up late to watch the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show (I was probably 5 with two older brothers) and we LOVED the Beatles. We were too young to go to concerts or buy records, but we definitely knew who the Beatles were and we knew all of their records. The film is directed by Ron Howard (Opie!) who is probably
5 years older than me and was also a Beatles fan. They became an ingrained part of the social fabric of the era and those memories continue to exist. I remember someone (younger than me, years ago at work) asking me if I bought new shoes and I said “yes, they are my Beatle boots!” the person just looked at me with a ‘huh’ type response, but everyone who lived through the 1960s would know exactly what I talking about! Their music, their style (clothes and hairstyles) were all well-known and much copied. I dropped half a star off because the first few minutes have people talking and you don’t know who they are, but the documentary does a great job of using film footage and live performances to illustrate the evolution and evolvement of the Beatles. Clips of all the Beatles speaking about their band (Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr) as well as others affiliated with band all add nicely to the film. Worth watching if you were/are a Beatles fan and also worth watching don’t know or don’t understand the Beatles impact on popular rock music. You’ll be singing along!

The story/history of The Beatles has been exhaustively told and retold in the 45+ years since their split, so there's not much to reveal here in this new documentary. What makes this film interesting is the focus on the "live" Beatle period, basically from their start in Liverpool to their last performances in 1966. Looking at live performances from that period show how really energetic and tight the band was, with harmonies that still inspire today (what band can/could launch in to the three part harmonies of Nowhere Man as the OPENING song of their show). So don't go looking for a complete history of the band here (although Howard does tie in the resulting records Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and their last performance on top of the EMI studios building). Just sit back and watch one of the greatest bands of all time at the peak of their concert days.

The real gem in this package is the bonus disc. With deep-dive explorations of some of the story lines and folks featured in the documentary, not to mention additional live performances, it's really a complementary disc to the documentary. It's well packaged and put together to be enjoyed sequentially from start to finish rather than as bonus pieces haphazardly assembled to fill out a disc.

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mr_chocolate
Dec 13, 2017

A good look at the Beatles "touring years," from 1963 to 1966. This film did show early Caravan shows, but due to lack of footage or direction, the performances in Germany was not shown or discussed, finishing with their "final" live performance on a roof top, on January 30, 1969. It does not include other television performances or specials and doesn't go into the loss of manager, Brian Epstein in 1967.
However, even with these lapses of mention, which can be found in other documentaries, this was well worth the watch and saw some clips and interviews that I had not seen before. This film provides a nice package and an insight into what it was like to be four lads thrown into the mass public eye of Beatlemania, in which along with growing up, helped tear the band apart.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 10, 2017

GREAT double DVD early Beatles documentary. Lots of fun video and excellent clips from their early performances.

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BubbaBooks
May 21, 2017

Great for people who know absolutely nothing about The Beatles. Very disappointing for hardcore fans like myself (I watched their plane land at JFK on 7 February 1964). Howard has covered no new ground. The new interview bits from Paul, Ringo and Larry Kane were fun to hear. The thing that bothered me the most was all the colorized black & white footage. To say it looked horrible is to compliment it. The bonus disc actually has more entertainment value than the film. Again, if you are new to The Beatles, it's a good watch. Otherwise, pull out that old copy of Anthology that you have and watch it again.

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Ichigaga
Mar 13, 2017

Must see for anyone because this DVD shows the impact the Beatles had on world wide culture. Also, this band kicked ass live!
Must see for Beatles fans because of the rare footage on-stage and in the studio.
I just read "Beatles '66" which is a good book that coincides with this era.

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BeausPerson
Mar 12, 2017

Really good doc, told mainly in the words of the Fab Four, themselves. The live music is easier to hear than ever and surprisingly good.
Sadly, no second disc in the copy that I borrowed. From other reviews, I think it must be getting loaned out separately.

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bkdavis22
Feb 10, 2017

The copy I received form CALS was just the bonus disc, and did not contain the movie.

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BurgensisClaudi
Feb 04, 2017

I've seen so many documentaries about the Beatles that I didn't think I could learn anything new, but this little gem by director Ron Howard has some hidden nuggets that are worth seeing. "Eight Days a Week" focuses mainly on the time when the Beatles were constantly touring, which began when they did and ended in the summer of 1966. Because of this, the film doesn't cover their final 3 to 4 years, when, in my opinion, they made the bulk of their best music. Still, some of the concert footage is rare, and the impact they had on all things from pop culture (a well trodden path) to the desegregation of concerts in the south (a new and eye-opening revelation) make "Eight Days a Week" a must-see for fans of the Fab Four.

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d0lphin7
Jan 31, 2017

Make sure you set aside an extra couple of hours to watch the second disc with the special features - it is well worth your time!

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