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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Eight Arms to Hold You

Posted by: Jambo / 11:50 PM

Well it's about time! Why is this only yesterday coming out on DVD? I have been looking for a way to replace my worn out VHS for years and have never gotten an answer as to why this was not available. I still don't have an answer but at least I will soon have the disc.


I don't know why, but I've never seen it. The conventional wisdom is that it's not as good as A Hard Day's Night. I'm curious to hear Jambo's opinion.

It has Leo McKern and "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," though, so it's gotta be pretty good.

By Blogger Joseph Thvedt, at 8:57 AM  

It was good, but conventional wisdom is right: It wasn't as good as "A Hard Day's Night." H appeared more scripted, and AHDN was much more spontaneous - and the fact that it was B&W made it more engaging somehow. I graduated from High School in 1964, and it was a magical time.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:46 AM  

Oh yeah, I don't know that anyone feels "Help!" is as good a movie as "Hard Days Night". But you still need to see it. It is great silly fun with a handful of great musical performances. Ticket to Ride in the Alps is a favorite of mine. Both movies are equally scripted but "Hard Days Night" is basically a scripted version of the Beatles being themselves which is pretty tough to beat. Help! is the story (loosely) of the boys trying to escape a bunch of guys from an odd Eastern religion who feel that they need to sacrifice Ringo because he has ended up wearing a ceremonial ring of theirs, sent to him by "some eastern bird." Less of their real personality comes thru in this one and if anything it is a precursor to the kind of wacky, sort of non-sequitur humor of something like "Airplane!" I've always figured the Monkees TV show was directly inspired by Help! And come on Joseph, as one of only two "real" Beatles you have gone too long without seeing it. Tho to make my own confession, I have never seen "Let It Be" or "Magical Mystery Tour" which is painful for me to admit. Tho I hear "Tour" is pretty bad. But I'm surprised all of these, with the exception of HDN, are so hard to find. I would have thought they would have been released years ago.

I was born in 1964 and always regret missing the '60s. Seems it would have been quite a trip. If a bit sad and scary at times, as well.

By Blogger Jambo, at 3:11 PM  

Here's 8 limbs to hold you...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:59 AM  

I'm more interested in the Who's "Amazing Journey" DVD that was released this week.

By Blogger Jerjo/Carjo, at 5:42 PM  

The Who? I'm familiar with their work.

By Blogger Jambo, at 9:52 PM  

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