The Beatles Story (1996)
|Year Of Production||1996|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
With a combination of some reasonably recent footage and also plenty of archival black and white footage from the sixties, the quality of the video is at times pretty good and at others pretty appalling - though not at all surprising for the latter footage.
The transfer is presented in a Full Frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced.
Sharpness is all over the place due to the mixture of quality and age of the source material, though the newer interview footage is pretty good. The archival footage shows every flaw possible although this is only to be expected.
Almost all of the archival footage is in black and white, and so colours are not that important. The colours in the newer interview segments and external shots are suitably rendered whilst not being startling vivid. There are no oversaturation or bleeding problems.
I noticed no MPEG artefacts. The new footage is relatively clean of artefacts, though the old black and white archival footage contains vast quantities of almost every artefact known to man, far too many to note down individually.
There are no subtitles present.
There is only one audio track present, this being a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track. It's fairly uninspiring.
Dialogue is a bit of a mixed bag. With much of the dialogue being delivered with a heavy Liverpool brogue, you can often find yourself grappling to understand what is being said. The older archival footage shows more evidence of this. There are thankfully no audio sync issues.
As mentioned in the plot outline, there is no original Beatles music present here at all. The background music is provided by a band called The Liverpool Echoes and despite having a bit of a sixties Beatles feel to it, is mostly unremarkable.
There was no surround or subwoofer use.
|Surround Channel Use|
Sort of a diary that chronicles The Beatles history from the first moment that Lennon and McCartney met in 1957 through to April 1970 when the band officially split up.You can probably get just as concise and a much quicker history of The Beatles from this extra than is offered in the main documentary. The actual songs and albums are also mentioned here, as are the positions that many of them rose to on the charts, which is an added bonus not contained in the main feature.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Doesn't look like this title is available in Region 1 yet. It is available in Region 2 and seems to be specified exactly the same as our release.
Whilst offering some footage of the Fab Four that I had not previously seen, there is not much to spark much interest for either the die-hard fan or even those with only a passing interest. The video is average, though this is not surprising considering the age of much of the source material. The audio is pretty uninspiring and the lack of original music from the lads is a real disappointment and lends a cheap feel to much of the documentary. The are virtually no extras.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10|