|Red frame: MPI DVD (1997) Blue frame: Miramax DVD (2000)|
The Miramax release was used to make a Canadian Blu-ray in 2009, that version is also out of print now. Here's a page which compares the two DVD releases and the Blu-ray.
|The French DVD release|
Of course, we are not going to pretend that the American DVDs are the only ones of this film. The best presentation of the film in my collection, package-wise, is the French version. It has been released several times in France since 2003. It also features some different bonus material than the US edition:
Booklet written by Gilles Verlant booklet (12 pages)
Film Presentation by Gilles Verlant (5 minutes)
Documentary: "Things They Said Today" (38 minutes)
George Martin about the songs from the film (12 minutes)
- Richard Lester (17 minutes)
- Walter Shenson, producer (5 minutes)
- Alun Owen, writer (10 minutes)
- the press Beatles (18 minutes)
- Klaus Voorman, musician and friend of the Beatles (8 minutes)
Robert Freeman about his book with photos of The Beatles (15 minutes)
A cryptic pencil drawing from Criterion is dropping hints that they will be releasing a Beatles title this year. It could be "Let It Be", but more realistically, it's "A Hard Day's Night". Hopefully, a release by Criterion will address and repair the shortcomings of the earlier DVD releases of the film.
Picturewise, they could get rid of the slight speckle and dirt imperfections on the previous release and restore the full image.
Audiowise, a few of the songs have always played a bit slower than on their corresponding records due to the filming of TV camera monitors in the film, which in the digital age can now easily be corrected. A choice between the original mono or a new and improved stereo soundtrack would be nice.