THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (DVD)

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THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (DVD)

What can you say about this classic, funny, cynical and joyous movie other than that every home should have a copy.

It is the gateway DVD into the Beatles for most teenagers who might wonder what all the fuss was about but can easily be swept up in the excitement of the opening scenes, or the smart ones picking up on Lennon in the train carriage sniffing the Coke bottle, a joke that went past just about everyone at the time.

Great songs, rapid editing, digs at the British class system, puckish set pieces, snappy dialogue and energy to burn.

It set the mood and style for Gerry and the Pacemakers' lesser Ferry Across the Mersey, Dave Clark Five's Catch Us If You Can and of course the Monkees television show.

Overnight it rendered Cliff Richards' Young Ones and Summer Holiday films redundant and showed up Elvis' endless and predicatable Hollywood potboilers for the vacuous vehicles they were.

123820611Yes, every home should have a copy of A Hard Day's Night (which is much less innocent than some might remember) and you can, very cheaply.

A Hard Day's Night on DVD is available at JB Hi-Fi stores here for just $19. And while you are there picking it up check out the 27-song CD/DVD package of the Beatles 1 greatest hits for just $40.

The DVD of their television appearances and (pre-video) clips is excellent. It goes from Twist and Shout to Free As a Bird and Real Love, but the best stuff is around the middle with Day Tripper, We Can Work It Out, Rain (two versions) and Strawberry Fields.

JB_logoSome very funny moments here too. (Stoned, were you lads?)

Beatles at bargain prices.

For more on A Hard Day's Night see here, more detail on the 1 collection go here

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