This atrocious DVD equivalent to a National Enquirer article is so bad as to be actually laughable for much of its 71 minutes. Featuring a host of second-string Beatles hangers-on (with the possible exception of May Pang), the alleged secrets this made for British television "documentary" reveals (they did drugs? gasp!; they had sex with groupies? shocking!!) are so completely absurd that one is left wondering what the focus of the piece is intended to be.
The piece does feature some nice archival images, both still and film, of The Beatles, which is the only reason my rating rises above zero. The Beatles' wise decision (pre-Michael Jackson, anyway) to control their catalog prevents any actual Beatles music from being used in the film, so instead we are treated (if that's the right word) to four or five clanging rock riffs from that classic group, The Prellies (if you're not laughing by now, you probably never will be). There are two or three very brief newsreel snippets featuring actual Beatles speaking; most of the rest of the footage is silent.
The 1.78:1 image is enhanced for widescreen televisions, meaning of course that most of the archival newsreels are blown up and missing part of their original source material. The contemporary interviews have a crisp look, and the archival material is serviceable.
A standard stereo track is the only available audio option, which, considering there is no Beatles music in this piece, is fine.
Absolutely no extras on this bargain-basement DVD. Why not include the complete interviews from some of the more (relatively speaking) noteworthy interview subjects?
If you're a diehard Beatles fan and want a little compilation of some nice archival (mostly silent) footage, this may be worth a rental. Otherwise, skip it.
"G-d made stars galore" & "Hey, what kind of a crappy fortune is this?" ZMK, modern prophet