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HELP!

HELP! ($25) is The Beatles’ follow-up to their wonderfully funny debut film, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT. In HELP!, Ringo becomes the target of an oriental cult, when their sacrificial ring becomes stuck on his finger. The amusing plot takes The Fab Four trotting around the globe trying to avoid falling into the clutches of the obsessed cult. Director Richard Lester keeps the proceedings filled with numerous bits of slapstick humor in between the songs. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr supply HELP! with a Marx Brothers-like level of clowning. Special kudos go to Leo McKern, who is an absolute delight as Clang, the cult’s leader. The cast of HELP! also features Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti and Roy Kinnear.

Like A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, MPI Home Video presents HELP! in a mildly cropped transfer. For the most part the presentation does not hurt HELP! too badly, but a Letterboxed, anamorphic enhanced transfer would have been preferable. The transfer itself looks respectable, with pretty good color reproduction and image detail. Digital compression artifacts were never really bothersome.

The Dolby Digital soundtrack is pleasantly monaural for the film’s dialogue passages, but expands to stereo for the songs. Other soundtrack options include French and Spanish language tracks. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

The interactive menus offer access to a theatrical trailer, newsreels, stills, posters, biographies and radio interviews.

 
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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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