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Birth of the Beatles (1979). Is this ever coming to DVD?

Old 11-17-07, 01:21 PM
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Birth of the Beatles (1979). Is this ever coming to DVD?

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British director Richard Marquand graduated from BBC documentaries to dramatized features with 1979's Birth of the Beatles. This chronicle of the Fab Four begins when the group consisted of five musicians: John Lennon (Stephen MacKenna), Paul McCartney (Rod Culbertson), George Harrison (John Altman), Stu Sutcliffe (David Wilkinson), and Pete Best (Ryan Michael). The group begins its career in the dregs of a Hamburg, Germany nightclub (most of the film was made on location). Under the tutelage of manager Brian Epstein (Brian Jameson), the group sheds its rough-hewn image in favor of choirboy haircuts and Eton collars; along the way, Sutcliffe dies and drummer Best is replaced by Richard Starkey, (aka Ringo Starr, played here by Ray Ashcroft). First aired in the U.S. on November 23, 1979, Birth of the Beatles is significant as the only Beatle biopic made while John Lennon was still alive. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Complete Cast:
Stephen MacKenna - John Lennon
Ray Ashcroft - Ringo Starr
David Wilkinson - Stuarl Sutcliffe
Gary Bleasdale - Boy in NEMS
Gareth Forwood - Alden
Colette Hiller - Reporter
Matt Zimmerman - Reporter
Brigitte Kahn - German Waitress
Alyson Spiro - Astrid
Harry Ditson - Reporter
Richard Marner - Club Boss
Wendy Morgan - Cynthia Lennon
Gary Olsen - Rory Storm
Rod Culbertson - Paul McCatiney
Ryan Michael - Pete Best
Perry Benson - Page Boy
Claire Davenport - Nude
Nigel Havers - George Martin
Paula Jacobs - Mrs. Flemming
John Altman - George Harrison
Michael Howarth - Philip
Tony Mathews - As It Man
Brian Jameson - Brian Epstein
Bunny May - Sound Engineer
Christopher Muncke - Reporter
Pat Starr - Reporter

Director(s):Richard Marquand
Writer(s):Jacob Eskendar
Producer(s):Tony Bishop, Tony Bishop
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Old 11-17-07, 01:47 PM
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Wow, this one takes me back...I think it was originally on ABC.

"We're we goin', fellas?"
"To the top!"
"What top?"

Yeah, I'd like to see it again on DVD.
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Old 11-17-07, 10:26 PM
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I remember this crap. It was a Dick Clark production. It was televised again in 1981 on ABC to capitalize on Lennon's death.
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Old 11-18-07, 11:38 AM
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I'll just watch Anthology, thanks.
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