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HARD DAY'S NIGHT

Hard Day's Night

Directed by Richard Lester, Starring Richard Lester, George Harrison, Richard Vernon, Kenneth Haigh, Norman Rossington, John Lennon, Beatles, Eddie Malin, John Junkin, Ringo Starr, Anna Quayle, Victor Spinetti, Paul McCartney, Wilfred Brambell
Written by Richard Lester, George Harrison, Richard Vernon, Kenneth Haigh, Norman Rossington, John Lennon, Beatles, Eddie Malin, John Junkin, Ringo Starr, Anna Quayle, Victor Spinetti, Paul McCartney, Wilfred Brambell
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A Hard Day's Night

by Richard Lester
Have a Laugh with the Beatles

Humor has always been a vital part of the Beatles formula (Ringo's singing is proof enough). John Lennon, in particular, loved the comedy of Spike Milligan, compared the Monkees TV show favorably to the Marx Brothers, and said that once the Beatles broke up, their spirit was carried by Monty Python. So when they made their first film during the Beatlemania of 1964, they made sure they got the chance to put their silliness front and center. 'A Hard Day's Night' is famous for scenes of fans chasing the Fabs down city streets, but this is mostly finished by the first five minutes. For most of the picture, people look down on the pop group or barely know who they are at all, giving them the chance to cause schoolboy mischief in the studio setting up their TV special. Favorite moments: John puts a bottle of Coke up to his nose; George teaches his manager to shave by putting shaving cream on a mirror; and Paul's "very clean" grandfather (played by Wilfred "You Dirty Old Man" Brambell) running a fake autograph racket and convincing his minder that people are taller than him on purpose.

 
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"Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day's Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester (Help!) and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, Can t Buy Me Love, I Should Have Known Better, and If I Fell, A Hard Day's Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time."

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    • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
    • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
    • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
    • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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  • Format: DVD
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  • Publisher: Criterion Collection
  • UPC: 715515118514
  • Region: Region 1
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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