The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles

The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles

DVD - 2010
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Presents four, uncut Ed Sullivan shows that featured the Beatles, including all other performances and the original commercials.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Sofa Entertainment, 2010.
ISBN: 9786313800285
6313800281
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4572/FOUR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (250 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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bhg0010
Apr 20, 2018

This DVD shows not only the stunning TV broadcasts that introduced mainstream America to the Beatles but puts things into a broader historical context as well. Viewers get to see classic advertisements for iconic brands that are still huge today, including lovingly detailed Pillsbury baking products (enough to start making one hungry) and sweetly-flavored Lipton teas (same thing for thirst). The actual performances by the band get sandwiched in between a variety of acts ranging from the banal to the fascinating.

Comic actor Frank Gorshin (best known as being Batman's foe 'the Riddler' on TV) does impressions of the likes of Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, and Frank Sinatra. A young group of stage performers go through a spirited pair of songs from 'Oliver!' as well, with a pre-Monkees Davy Jones proudly singing. The best non-Beatles performer, in my view, was fellow British pop sensation Cilla Black, her talent earning her the kind of thrilled audience enthusiasm that the Fab Four also played to. The only flaw in this DVD is that the audio and visual quality simply isn't that good, which is somewhat understandable enough given the technology back then. Still, it's a shame when the historical event wound up meaning so much.

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Derringer
Nov 13, 2017

Yes. Indeed. On that monumental night of Feb. 9, 1964 - Millions upon millions of TV sets (all across the Canadian & American landscape) were tuned into The Ed Sullivan Show.

This, of course, was the unforgettable evening when the Beatles (aka, The Fab 4) made their much-anticipated American television debut.

As 100s of hysterically screaming fans in the audience adoringly cheered the Beatles on - This one event, understandably, became a true pop culture phenomenon like no other before.

And, now - Today - 50+ years later - You, as a viewer, get a chance to relive the non-stop fan-adulation of the Beatles in the total comfort of your own home.

*Note* - Bonus extras on this 2-disc set also includes original TV commercials, as well as a clip of Ed Sullivan chatting with the Beatles prior to their appearance on stage.

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RainbowRabbit
Jun 11, 2012

You can find the Beatle songs on Youtube, but the accompanying acts and commercials, as well as Old Stoneface himself, provide context. The images are not all that clear, and the mixing is very rough. Sometimes there are set and lighting problems, but the man who first put rock 'n' Roll on national TV is herein introducing what he called the most phenomenal new act in entertainment in two decades (if I remember his words). Note the Beatles arrived in America before colour TV, so it is fitting that their 'Hard Day's Night' was in B&W. The songs of course are great, and it is great to see the musicians play their instruments, and watch them harmonize.

LMOH Jan 06, 2011

Four live shows from 1964 to 1965, complete with commercial breaks!

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