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Yellow Submarine DVD Giveaway

| May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to our Yellow Submarine Giveaway winner, Ron Oliver. We had a lot of great responses to our prompt (What’s your favorite Beatles album and why?), and it made us realize two things: 1) our readers are incredibly passionate about The Beatles, and 2) we should probably put a word cap on our responses! Here’s Ron’s winning response:

“The controversy surrounding Abbey Road has helped define it as the most polarizing Beatles record. Although not the last album released, it was the last time the Fab Four recorded together – and it was far from pleasant for the four blokes from Liverpool. The product – what many consider the ‘happiest sounds’ of all the late-Beatles catalog – was anything but green pastures for the crew as they labored, argued, and feuded at 3 Abbey Road, throughout the recording process.

The result is a lengthy exploration through many of their sounds – a career spanning explorative less grandiose than The White Album and less experimental than Revolver, but certainly as powerful and important to The Beatles tenured, shotgun legacy. Most Abbey Road enthusiasts point to Side B and its up and down, roll-of-thunder, ‘one take’ mysticism as perhaps the best side of any album, ever. Critics point to Side A as being shallow, inconsistent, and unimaginative. It has ‘Come Together’ which is loved by millions of non-Beatles fans and loathed by millions of the opposite. The often laughed at, ‘Octupus’s Garden’ and the silly/poppy ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’

Overrated maybe, but necessary – Side A is merely the introduction to the hail storm of history that is Side B: Starting with the gorgeous, warm Harrison penned, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and the harmonious ‘Because’ we’re led into what is known as ‘The Medley.’ The piano driven ‘You Never Give Your Money’ flips from a slow lulling harmony to a bee bopping jig. It’s this song that tells the story behind one of the (many) reasons The Beatles broke up. The greedy nature of Allen Klein left Lennon feeling smitten and McCartney left out. Although not the end of the album, it was indeed the end of the band. The groove of ‘Sun King’ will remind you of a cleaner acid tinged cut from Revolver while ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’ screams White Album and could marry Bungalow Bill. ’Mr. Mustard’ then transitions into ‘Polythene Pam’ as the second best transition in music history. The first, being the one between ‘Pam’ and the highlight of Abbey Road, ‘She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.’ It’s this transition that sums up The Beatles for me – Lennon barks and chops through the oddness of ‘Polythene Pam’ and then with a fierce yelp, McCartney gives us a ‘lookout!’ like a gritty, but desperate punch in the gut.

Don’t forget the beauty of ‘Golden Slumbers’ or the epic melodrama of ‘Carry That Weight’ and ‘The End.’ A fitting ending to a collage album, ‘The End’ closes Abbey Road with the beautiful harmonies, a trade-off guitar solo and one of Ringo’s most famous drum solos. This track should alone silence all those ‘Ringo is the worst Beatle’ prophecies. And depending on what version you have, right when you’re about to press STOP, we have ‘Her Majesty.’ Whether you buy into the many rumors about this quirky McCartney ditty or not, it’s a very peculiar splice to the flawless Side B. Maybe it’s his version of a great, big ‘I don’t believe in the Beatles, I just believe in me’ The heck with you to everyone, love Paul. It may have ended ugly for the Fab Four, but it sure sounded so beautiful.”

 

Contest Details:

We’re giving away a copy of the digitally restored 1968 animated classic, Yellow Submarine, featuring music by The Beatles (as if you didn’t know). And it could be yours! All you have to do to enter is send us an email with “Yellow Submarine” in the subject line to filmmonthlycontests@gmail.com that includes the following information:

Your name
Your age
Mailing address
E-mail address
Phone number
& most importantly: Your favorite Beatles album (and why)

Contest ends June 5, 2012. We’ll choose the winner based on our favorite response and post it here after the winner’s announced.

(The fine print: One entry per person. This contest is open only to citizens of the 48 contiguous United States. Sorry!)

 

Yellow Submarine Synopsis:
Once upon a time… or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humour, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.

Yellow Submarine [DVD] Product Info
Feature film [TRT: 89:00]
Fully restored in 4K and presented in the original aspect ratio of 1:66-1

Audio options:
English 5.1 DTS
German 5.1 DTS
Italian 5.1 DTS
English Dolby Stereo
Original Mono

Audio Commentary – Heinz Edelmann (Art Director) and John Coates (Producer)

Subtitle languages (feature only):
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Finnish, Japanese

Extra features:
Mod Odyssey documentary [TRT: 7:30]
Original theatrical trailer [TRT: 3:30]

Storyboard sequences:
- Sea of Monsters (split screen footage) [TRT: 4:20]
- Battle of the Monsters [118 images]
- Pepperland [64 images]

Interviews:
- Paul Angelis (voice of Ringo and Chief Blue Meanie) [TRT: 1:39]
- John Clive (voice of John) [TRT: 2:03]
- David Livesey (key animator) [TRT: 1:11]
- Millicent McMillan (Heinz Edelmann’s assistant) [TRT: 1:12]
- Jack Stokes (animation director) [TRT: 3:42]
- Erich Segal (co-writer) [TRT: 1:38]

Original pencil drawings [29 images]
Behind-the-scenes photos [30 images]

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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