Eight Days A Week

Eight Days A Week

The Touring Years

DVD - 2016
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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. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr formed their band in 1962, stormed Europe in 1963, and in 1964 they conquered America. Their groundbreaking world tours changed global youth culture forever, and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinary successful singles and albums. However, the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years the Beatles focused on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music. Ron Howard explores how the four came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon. Explores their inner workings--how they made decisions, created their music, and built their collective career together--all while exploring the Beatles' extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Capitol, ©2016.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (210 min.) :,sound, color with black and white sequences ;,12 cm +,1 book (60 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
video file, DVD video, all regions, rda
NTSC, rda
digital, optical, surround, DTS 5.1, Dolby 5.1, rda


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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.

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.

Jul 10, 2017

Nice beginning to the movie but once they covered up to the White Album there was little to no information about the White Album, Abbey Road or Let It Be other than the rooftop concert. Felt like an incomplete movie.....my wife felt the same about it.

Jun 10, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

Feb 10, 2017

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

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.

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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