Help!

Help!

DVD - 2007
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Ringo possesses a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, the Beatles are chased from London to the Austrian Alps to the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientists and the London police.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Capitol Records, Inc., c2007
Branch Call Number: MOVIE HEL
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (153 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lukasevansherman
Dec 02, 2019

Far goofier and wackier than their classic "A Hard Day's Night," "Help!" is still a lot of fun and, on blu-ray, it looks stunning. The plot is forgettable (Hindu's need Ringo's ring!), but the music is great, the boys are in good spirits, and the locations, which include the Alps and the Bahamas, are pretty. Director Richard Lester seems to be auditioning for a Bond film, which, sadly, he never made. It's not great or essential, but, hey, it's also not the "Magical Mystery Tour" show, which is maybe the worst thing the Beatles ever did (aside from break up).

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A_Unique_Artist123
Aug 28, 2019

My dad recorded this movie on VHS tape, along with "A Hard Day's Night" and "You Can't Do That" (the making of A Hard Day's Night), when it aired as a Beatles night on TV in the 90's (channel 9, KCTS), and I have probably watched it way too many times for my own good (and the tape's own good). What a joy! Every time I watch it I can't stop laughing - it's so funny, and I love how much of a clown Ringo is. However, I wouldn't recommend it for kids under age 10 or 11, because I discovered recently that the fab four had been smoking quite a bit of mj while filming it, so there may or may not be some disturbing parts in it for younger audiences. But I still think it's my favorite Beatles film, and I'm probably going to watch it so much that my dad's VHS tape might break by the end of the year :|

IndyPL_MikeP Aug 18, 2019

The Beatles in a crazy comedy where a cult wants to sacrifice Ringo since he wears the sacrificial ring, When I was a kid and saw this would be the 1:00pm movie on WTTV ch. 4 I'd tell my mom that morning I was too sick to go to school. It is funny, silly, plus a lot of great songs of course. The DVD has a lot of behind the scenes stuff and also a look at how the movie was cleaned up and restored. Plus any movie that features a curling scene is a must see in my book.

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Yavin
Apr 04, 2019

Just an all-around fun comedy featuring the Beatles in which Ringo acquires an eastern cult's sacrificial ring. It's not serious at all, with great music and just all-around silliness. Watch for the Beatles and the music, stay for the fun. Not boring like Hard Day's Night, not trippy like Yellow Submarine and not just generally weird like Magical Mystery Tour. If you like the Beatles music it's worth checking out, if you like slapstick, silly comedies you'll probably love this.

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greendevil
Aug 30, 2017

Perhaps you need to be a Beatles fan to really enjoy it but I love this movie. It is funny and the music is really good. Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti and Roy Kinnear are gems that add great bits of comedy to the film and The Beatles are... well.. The Beatles. A must for any Beatles fan (like you haven't already seen it) and for anyone who enjoys a good laugh with a great soundtrack.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 23, 2017

VERY GOOD fun whimsical 1965 film with Beatles playing themselves.
Story line is a little whack, as are some of the scenes, but I rather enjoyed see it for first time.

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mswrite
Feb 19, 2017

There are movies you need to give your full attention to; where you don't want to miss a thing. And then there are movies you can watch while you're doing other things--your taxes, household cleaning, trimming the cat's toenails. "Help!" falls into the latter category.
I want to absolutely love this movie the way I absolutely loved the joyous, groundbreaking mockumentary romp "A Hard Day's Night"--it's the Beatles in their youthful prime, you know?--but I have to throw in with those who just don't get what all the fuss is about. Frankly "Help!" hasn't aged well, especially compared to "Night."
ManMachine offers some interesting behind-the-scenes insight that probably explains a lot. I'd add that, as with the Elvis, the Beatles had become such a phenomenon that the industry Powers That Be likely concluded it hardly mattered how good or bad their "product" being was--adoring audiences would show up for it anyway.
Aw, hell. It's the Beatles. Check it out and see what you think.

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RainbowRabbit
Dec 03, 2016

It's the boys... I guess that they have become men by this time. They are still goofy, and having fun, and I did too. Soon, the world became all too serious, and people started burning their records, and internal squabbles began. But here, at this time, it was all still fun and laughter.

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booksmile
Dec 25, 2015

Good music, but not enough music to wash away the rest of it.

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ManMachine
Jan 01, 2015

Of course, because it stars The Beatles, Help! is the one film that you simply wouldn't dare give a low rating to (or, would you?), even though, aside from a few good moments, it wasn't all that funny, nor was it entertaining enough to hold my interest for very long.

In fact, a lot of the time, I found Help! to be downright stupid, its juvenile mentality specifically geared to the non-thinking, Beatle-crazed teens of that screwed-up era of Pop Music History.

Naturally, Help! was just another opportunity to showcase The Beatles and promote their latest album of #1 hit songs, which included such tunes as Ticket To Ride, You're Gonna Lose That Girl, and, of course, the film's title tune, "Help!".

The truth of the matter is - As hopelessly inferior as it was, had this film starred any other Pop group, other than the likes of The Beatles, then you can surely bet that it would've probably killed those band members' careers as musicians, like, pronto!

Besides having a really weak script that, at times, bordered on pure nonsense, I understand that a lot of Help!'s problems came directly from The Beatles, themselves.

At this early point in their music/movie careers The Fab 4 had just discovered the wonders of "marijuana". Since the boys were constantly engulfed in such a thick haze of dope smoke during filming, they couldn't remember their lines and were forever going into convulsions of uncontrollable tittering and giggling.

As you can well-imagine, the film crew came close, many times, to blowing their tops when scene after scene was botched by more fits of incessant "Beatle" laughter and another retake had to be done. Naturally, since this was "The Beatles" that we're talking about here, the crew kow-towed to every whim of Pop Music's new-found royalty, kept their mouths shut, and continued filming at a literal snail's pace.

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“A joke is a very serious thing.” -Winston Churchill

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