Two new Beatles DVDs are on the horizon. The first is Destination Hamburg. From the formation of the Quarrymen in 1957, and The Beatles early years in Hamburg, this 60 minute music documentary uses contemporary film, and recently rediscovered and restored footage to tell the definitive story of The Beatles, their rise to international stardom and their crowning as one of the most successful bands of all time. Containing rare and exclusive interviews from those who knew them best and featuring the musical recordings of Tony Sheridan, an early collaborator of The Beatles, Destination Hamburg is the ultimate Beatles DVD! Bonus Materials: Kenny Everett Radio Interviews with Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
SRP: $19.95; RUN TIME: 60mins; LABEL: WIENERWORLD; STREET DATE: 02/19/2008
The second is Composing The Beatles Songbook: Lennon And McCarntey 1957-1965. This independent documentary film reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers. From the day they met in 1957 until the release of the Rubber Soul album at the end of 1965, the film dissects and contrasts, reassesses and ultimately provides one of the finest films made about the band during this period. Drawing on rare footage, classic performances and penetrating revelations from friends of the pair, Beatles academics and musicologists, this program discovers the true story of how those classic songs were written. It features contributions from: friends Barry Miles, Klaus Voorman and Maureen Cleaves; musicians Alan Moore and Chris Ingham; journalists Robert Christgau [Village Voice] and Anthony De Curtis [Rolling Stone]; authors Johnny Rogan, Pete Doggett, Steve Turner and Nigel Williamson and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini. Bonus Materials: Extended Interviews, Biographies, Beyond DVD section
SRP: $19.95; RUN TIME: 79mins; LABEL: CHROME DREAMS; STREET DATE: 03/18/2008
Both are distributed by MVD Video.