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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A Hard Day's Night - UK edition Blu-ray

The UK edition has a different cover to the USA release.
Thanks to our reader, Helter Skelter, who alerted us to the fact that the UK edition of the new "A Hard Day's Night" Blu-ray is now being advertised on Amazon UK as A Hard Day's Night: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray]. No listing for the DVD edition yet.

As well as having a completely different cover than the Criterion Collection release, the bonus material is also not the same.
Second Sight approached award-winning design studio La Boca to illustrate a new poster for the release of the film’s new restoration. Second Sight’s Managing Director Chris Holden said:
‘We love La Boca’s work and knew they would be the people to create something special for this iconic film’

The quad poster. © Copyright: Second Sight Films
Currently advertised for July 21st at £19.83, Amazon lists the bonus contents as follows:
  • In Their Own Voices - a new piece combining 1964 interviews with The Beatles with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
  • You Can't Do That: The Making of A Hard Day s Night
  • a documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by The Beatles
  • Things They Said Today - featuring director Richard Lester music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor
  • Picturewise - a new piece about Richard Lester s early work featuring a new audio interview with the director
  • Anatomy of a Style - a new piece on Richard Lester s methods
  • New interview with author Mark Lewisohn
  • Audio commentary with cast and crew
  • New 50th Anniversary Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired
This is in line with the second edition of the press release we told you about earlier. Still, it seems we Europeans are missing out on some of the bonus features from the Criterion Collection release in USA. We hope the film will be available in various European countries with local subtitles as well, but no official word on that yet. The region code for the single disc release is B/2, which means it can be played in Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand


NP said...

It might have been nice if someone at La Boca knew what The Beatles looked like.

Mike Bastoli said...

Totally. That's not Ringo!

Mark M said...

Oh dear, that's a dreadful cover!

S e as garotas que erraram said...

So anyone could tell if portuguese or brazilian portuguese subtitles are featured on any of these bluray releases? I've asked 2 or 3 times on this blog, but no one could help.


Gabor Peterdi said...

Frighteningly BAD design! How can someone say yes to this cover? Looks like a horror movie to me.

LetEmOut said...

I can't understand this cover design...
The US cover looks brilliant - contemporary, but still holding onto the original magic of the film.
The UK cover looks like a novelty Christmas Bauble.

wogew said...

As for subtitles: There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
As for this cover design: I don't like it, and I'm not to keen on the US cover, either. They call the film iconic, but there's nothing iconic about these cover designs, imho.

Mark said...

I was not thrilled with the US cover either, when I first saw it. But, the UK cover is so terrible, it's baffling! This has to be a situation where the wrong person is making the packaging decisions. If they wanted an artist's drawing of The Beatles, Shannon should have been called upon for the job. Hopefully there is still enough time for Second Sight to reconsider this ugly cover and find something better, which shouldn't be very hard..

Neil Cumming said...

There has been a change made to the UK cover. Essentially just a switch from colour to black & white, but a step in the right direction. Perhaps Second Sight are taking note of the grumbling.