Help me if you can! I’ve never wanted a Blu-ray before, but on hearing the news that “Help!” the second feature film from The Beatles (and their first in colour) was being released in this format, I’m beating a path to my local retailer’s door!
The film, memorable for the wonderful songs and the Fab Four’s comedic timing (particularly Ringo’s), is considered by many to be a forerunner to modern music videos and rock musicals. It focuses on their zany exploits while trying to escape the clutches of a cult, a mad scientist, and the London police - all because Ringo has unwittingly come into possession of a sacrifical ring…which he can’t remove…it’s all been a hard day’s night really…wait! That’s a different film!
Previously released as a DVD boxed set in 2007, which in itself was described by critics as looking like “several coats of dust have been cleaned off an old master’s painting,” the Blu-ray will take the experience to a higher level. The soundtrack has been newly remastered with 5.1 sound, and contains an hour of extra features, including a 30 minute documentary on how the film was made, a look at how it was restored, a previously unreleased scene featuring Wendy Richard, and original theatre trailers and radio interviews.
Additionally the Blu-ray disc booklet includes an appreciation my Martin Scorsese.
The film is due for release in Australia on June 21, followed by Europe on June 24, and North America the following day.