Richard Lester

A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night

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.

Film Info

  • Richard Lester
  • United Kingdom
  • 1964
  • 87 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.75:1
  • English
  • Spine #711

Special 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

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

The Rock Box

The Rock Box

Blu-Ray Box Set

4 Discs

$75.96

Special 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
A Hard Day’s Night
Cast
John Lennon
John
Paul McCartney
Paul
George Harrison
George
Ringo Starr
Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell
Grandfather
Norman Rossington
Norm
John Junkin
Shake
Victor Spinetti
TV director
Richard Vernon
Man on train
Anna Quayle
Millie
Alison Seebohm
Secretary
Kenneth Haigh
Simon Marshall
Julian Holloway
Adrian
Robin Ray
TV floor manager
Lionel Blair
Choreographer
David Janson
Charley
Bob Godfrey
Bearded man in pub
John Bluthal
Car thief
Eddie Malin
Hotel waiter
Deryck Guyler
Police sergeant
Michael Trubshawe
Club manager
Patti Boyd
Blonde schoolgirl on train
Prudence Bury
Brunette schoolgirl on train
Credits
Director
Richard Lester
Producer
Walter Shenson
Writer
Alun Owen
Director of photography
Gilbert Taylor
Camera operator
Derek V. Browne
Editor
John Jympson
Musical director
George Martin
Songs
John Lennon
Songs
Paul McCartney
Associate producer
Dennis O’Dell
Assistant director
John D. Merriman
Art director
Ray Simm
Costume designer
Julie Harris
Beatles wardrobe
Dougie Millings & Son
Wardrobe master
Ernest Farrer
Set dresser
Ken Bridgeman
Hairdresser
Betty Glasow
Makeup
John O’Gorman
Sound recordists
H. L. Bird
Sound recordists
Stephen Dalby
Sound camera
M. Silverlock
Casting director
Irene Lamb

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