The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” DVD Review and Giveaway

Artist: The Beatles

Title: Yellow Submarine

Format: DVD/Blu-Ray

Rated: G

Release Date: 06/05/12

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, “Yellow Submarine,” has been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release on June 5, 2012. The film’s songtrack album CD is also being re-issued.

Currently out of print, the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

I was a young child when I first saw “Yellow Submarine.” It was in the mid-70s and I had no idea what was going in on. All of the psychodelic imagery was too much for my young brain to process. Watching this new release on release on DVD as an adult has given me a new appreciation for the movie. Although it still makes so sense, the movie is filled with splendid imagery and or course the classic Beatles music.

Yellow Submarine,” based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby, “When I’m Sixty-Four, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, “All You Need Is Love, and “It’s All Too Much. When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, “Yellow Submarine” began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

He definitely succeed in his mission. “Yellow Submarine” is a movie that is all about the visuals — colorful, wild, acid-tripping images that dazzle your senses. It’s a world filled with sea-anemone trees, flowers, patterns, giant grimacing teeth, a flying glove, time travel, stomping boots and strange puffballs with faces.

Bonus features for the “Yellow Submarine” DVD and Blu-ray include a short making-of documentary titled “Mod Odyssey (TRT: 7:30), the film’s original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, several brief interview clips with others involved with the film, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos.

This movie is great for hardcore Beatles fans and fans who are just discovering the band.

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Six String Theories’ “Win a ‘Yellow Submarine’ DVD’” Contest starts on Monday, June 5, 2012 and ends Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Six String Theories readers, subscribers, and/or fans in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this blog within the past 60 days. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced on Monday, June 11, 2012. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. All opinions are my own.