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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

Having the inspiration behind one of history’s greatest tales with his Moby Dick origin story In The Heart Of The Sea director Ron Howard has moved on to an even bigger beast, The Beatles.

In his new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years Howard’s focus is on the band's early years, in particular their hectic and chaotic life on the road before finally giving up touring for good in 1966 to focus on their seminal studio album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Using a mixture of archival footage and new interviews with the band's surviving members Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, Howard's film is an inside story of life on road for the world's most popular group.

It arrives in stores today and we've rounded up five reasons you’ll love it…

 

The live footage sounds incredible…

One of the key reasons that the Fab Four decided to cease touring was the sheer fact that the screams from fans were so loud that they couldn’t hear themselves and it also proved problematic when it came to capturing the band live. A great deal of time and effort has been spent cleaning up the live footage and toning down the screaming to bring through how wonderful they sounded and it really pays off.

 

The camaraderie between the four is really shown off…

The film’s live footage is incredible, but the real treat for fans is the new footage you’ll see of the four band members together. There are some wonderful moments where they’re just messing about together that will bring a big smile to your face.

 

The celebrity contributors really add something…

On the fact of it Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Curtis seem like a strange bunch of interviewees for a Beatles documentary, but their personal experiences of seeing the band and the power of the experience make for a compelling watch.

 

It’s a lengthy watch, but doesn’t drag…

Clocking in at almost two hours and 20 minutes this is a long watch, but its very well-paced and zips along nicely.

 

Everything about this movie is heartwarming...

This isn’t a hard-hitting documentary, it’s a celebration really, sure there’s plenty of light and shade and Howard doesn’t shy away from showing how the fame and years on the road took its toll on the band, but this is a warm look back at The Beatles and what they meant to people. It works very well that way too.

 

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is released into cinemas on September 15th. It will be available to pre-order on hmv.com in the coming days.

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