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Magical Mystery Tour Memories DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This is a rather intriguing documentary. The video focuses on the filming of “The Magical Mystery Tour” and how the invasion of the Beatles changed the whole area where the group were working. Certainly this will be of interest to Beatles fanatics. It gives a look at the proceedings that isn’t available anywhere else. So, how about the rest of us?

Well, I’ve seen the actual movie only once and don’t really remember it a lot. The truth is, though, I really enjoyed this documentary. It has an interesting texture because the interviews contained within are with “normal” every day people who were caught up in the whole extravaganza that was the Beatles. This gives a really “everyman” feel to it. Something about that appeals a lot to me. It brings a more human down to Earth nature to something that was larger than life.

For the reasons above I’d definitely tell any Beatles fans to hurry out and pick this up right away. For the more casual fans, I’d also recommend the video. Why? Because it seems to bring a different understanding and perspective on the phenomenon that was The Beatles.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 6 at

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