An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.
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1996   1995  
Top Rated TV #27 | Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Paul McCartney ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 1995-1996
George Harrison ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 1995-1996
Ringo Starr ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 1995-1996
George Martin ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 1995-1996
Neil Aspinall ...  Self / ... 6 episodes, 1995-1996
Derek Taylor Derek Taylor ...  Self 6 episodes, 1995-1996
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This series is a documentary on the life and times of the Beatles. It features clips from many of their songs as well as in-depth descriptions of their songs, tours, and lives. Written by Marc A. Frigon

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Documentary | Music

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The two new songs, "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love", were originally John Lennon demos. The three surviving Beatles added instrumentation to the demos and released the songs as singles in conjunction with the release of the special. In addition, John hadn't filled in the middle eight section of the demo for "Free As A Bird", so the surviving Beatles wrote a new section for that, which, according to Paul, was one of the reasons for choosing the song. It allowed them some input. See more »

Quotes

George Harrison: Which album is this?
George Martin: This is... Abbey Road.
Paul McCartney: George Harrison... foremost Beatles expert!
Ringo Starr: You're George, this is Paul...
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Alternate Versions

The performance of "All You Need Is Love" from the TV special Our World was originally in black and white but was colorized for the purpose of this documentary. Some other bits of black and white footage have been colorized, all of which use photos from the period as a reference for the colorization. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother Nature's Son
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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Still the best
20 October 2005 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Someone had to make this mini-series, and who would be better than the Beatles themselves ? For instance, who could tell with more believability that George didn't like the album Sgt. Pepper that much than George himself ? In this sense this anthology is very important, because all the information comes directly from the Beatles themselves. This DVD set contains additional comments by Niel Aspenall, and George Martin that's never been seen elsewhere which reveals the back stories about the production of Beatles' music, their earlier days on the road etc. Watch this anthology with video "The Compleat Beatles", "Making of A Hard Days Night" and "The making of Sgt. Pepper" (broadcasted, but unreleased in video) you should get pretty much the whole picture of the Beatles.

If I had one complaint about this DVD set, it's that the music is recorded so much louder than the voice track, and is difficult to find the right volume level to listen to. But of all the Beatles documentary videos that are out there, this one still is the best.


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UK

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English | French

Release Date:

11 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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The Beatles Anthology See more »

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