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A Hard Day’s Night

Richard Lester

 
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  • United Kingdom
  • 1964
  • 87 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.75:1
  • English
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  • Spine #711

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play cheeky comic versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Cast

JohnJohn Lennon
PaulPaul McCartney
GeorgeGeorge Harrison
RingoRingo Starr
GrandfatherWilfrid Brambell
NormNorman Rossington
ShakeJohn Junkin
TV directorVictor Spinetti
Man on trainRichard Vernon
MillieAnna Quayle
SecretaryAlison Seebohm
Simon MarshallKenneth Haigh
AdrianJulian Holloway
TV floor managerRobin Ray
ChoreographerLionel Blair
CharleyDavid Janson
Bearded man in pubBob Godfrey
Car thiefJohn Bluthal
Hotel waiterEddie Malin
Police sergeantDeryck Guyler
Club managerMichael Trubshawe
Blonde schoolgirl on trainPatti Boyd
Brunette schoolgirl on trainPrudence Bury

Credits

DirectorRichard Lester
ProducerWalter Shenson
WriterAlun Owen
Director of photographyGilbert Taylor
Camera operatorDerek V. Browne
EditorJohn Jympson
Musical directorGeorge Martin
SongsJohn Lennon and Paul McCartney
Associate producerDennis O’Dell
Assistant directorJohn D. Merriman
Art directorRay Simm
Costume designerJulie Harris
Beatles wardrobeDougie Millings & Son
Wardrobe masterErnest Farrer
Set dresserKen Bridgeman
HairdresserBetty Glasow
MakeupJohn O’Gorman
Sound recordistsH. L. Bird and Stephen Dalby
Sound cameraM. Silverlock
Casting directorIrene Lamb

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options—a monaural soundtrack as well as newly created stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios—presented in uncompressed monaural, uncompressed stereo, and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring cast and crew (dual-format only)
  • 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 1994 documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by the Beatles
  • Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen, and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (dual-format only)
  • Picturewise, a new piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director (dual-format only)
  • The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1960), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short (dual-format only)
  • Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s methods (dual-format only)
  • New interview with author Mark Lewisohn (dual-format only)
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and excerpts from a 1970 interview with Lester (dual-format only)

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

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A Hard Day’s Night: The Whole World Is Watching

By Howard Hampton June 24, 2014

In 1964, Richard Lester harnessed the Beatles’ exploding superstardom for a giddy day-in-the-life pop masterpiece. Read more »


Film Essays

A Hard Day's Night

By Bruce Eder December 11, 1989

“The Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals,” exclaimed Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice upon the release of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. The film surprised critics and filmgoers alike. Previous . . . Read more »

Interviews

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Discovering Beatlemania Rarities with Editor Martha Karsh

By Andrew Chan October 19, 2016

In this interview, editor Martha Karsh discusses the two-year process of assembling her new book of Beatles rarities. Read more »


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Film Essays

28547id_3702_t_thumbnail

A Hard Day’s Night: The Whole World Is Watching

By Howard Hampton June 24, 2014

In 1964, Richard Lester harnessed the Beatles’ exploding superstardom for a giddy day-in-the-life pop masterpiece. Read more »


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Film Essays

A Hard Day's Night

By Bruce Eder December 11, 1989

“The Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals,” exclaimed Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice upon the release of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. The film surprised critics and filmgoers alike. Previous . . . Read more »

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