Stop Worrying... Help! is on the Way on Blu-ray!

“Absurd, delightful and exuberantly messy, Help! is a pure pleasure to watch.”
The New York Times

LONDON--()--The Beatles’ second feature film, 1965’s Help!, is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help! makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray’s booklet.

Help!’s Blu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour feature films on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes with extensive extras. Help!’s restoration for its 2007 DVD debut wowed viewers, earning five-times platinum sales in the U.S. and praise from a broad range of top media outlets around the world, including USA Today heralding the DVD as “a grand re-release,” The Guardian’s appreciation of the film’s director, Richard Lester, saying “Lester matches The Beatles’ ‘star’ power with smart, colourful visuals and casual surrealism,” The Los Angeles Times’ restoration rave: “With dynamic compression that was standard in the 1960s lifted for the digital age, the full range of the group’s musicality comes through – it’s like several coats of dust have been cleaned off an old master’s painting,” and four-star reviews from Rolling Stone and MOJO with the latter saying, “They really don't make them like this anymore.”

Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band’s debut feature film, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night, Help! follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police.

In addition to starring The Beatles, Help! boasts a witty script, a great cast of British character actors, and classic Beatles songs “Help!,” “You're Going To Lose That Girl,” “You've Got To Hide Your Love Away,” “Ticket To Ride,” “I Need You,” “The Night Before,” and “Another Girl.”

Help!’s Blu-ray package pairs the digitally restored original film with these extra features:

  • “The Beatles in Help!” – a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set.
  • “A Missing Scene” – a film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard
  • “The Restoration of Help!” – an in-depth look at the restoration process
  • “Memories of Help!” – the cast and crew reminisce
  • 1965 Theatrical Trailers – two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer
  • 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus)

www.thebeatles.com

       

CAST

The Beatles:
John

John Lennon

Paul

Paul McCartney

George

George Harrison

Ringo

Ringo Starr

Clang

Leo McKern

Ahme

Eleanor Bron

Foot

Victor Spinetti

Algernon

Roy Kinnear

Superintendent

Patrick Cargill

Bhuta

John Bluthal

Jeweller

Peter Copley

Doorman

Alfie Bass

Abdul

Warren Mitchell

Lawnmower

Bruce Lacey

Cross channel swimmer

Mal Evans

Women in street

Dandy Nichols and Gretchen Franklin

 

PRODUCTION

Director

Richard Lester

Producer

Walter Shenson

Screenplay

Marc Behm and Charles Wood

Story by

Marc Behm

Director of Photography

David Watkin

Production Manager

John Pellatt

Art Director

Raymond Simm

Colour Consultant and Titles

Robert Freeman

Costume Designer

Julie Harris

Musical Director

Ken Thorne

Songs composed by

John Lennon and Paul McCartney and by George Harrison

Songs performed by

The Beatles

Songs produced by

George Martin

To view and download the trailer and images, visit the media site: http://help.thebeatles.com
Username: press
Password: algernon1

Contacts

US Media Contacts
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe)
Jennifer Ballantyne, 310-865-2350
jennifer.ballantyne@umusic.com
or
Sujata Murthy, 310-865-7812
sujata.murthy@umusic.com
or
UK Media Contact
MBC PR
Moira Bellas, 0 20 7483 9205
moira@mbcpr.com

Release Summary

The Beatles’ second feature film, 1965’s 'Help!,' is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 25, the digitally restored film makes its Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package with an hour of extra features.

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Contacts

US Media Contacts
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe)
Jennifer Ballantyne, 310-865-2350
jennifer.ballantyne@umusic.com
or
Sujata Murthy, 310-865-7812
sujata.murthy@umusic.com
or
UK Media Contact
MBC PR
Moira Bellas, 0 20 7483 9205
moira@mbcpr.com