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Stop Worrying... Help! is on the Way on Blu-ray!

May 15, 2013


"Absurd, delightful and exuberantly messy, Help! is a pure pleasure to watch." - The New York Times

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Beatles' second feature film, 1965's Help!, is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help! makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film's director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray's booklet.

Help!'s Blu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles' digitally restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour feature films on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes with extensive extras. Help!'s restoration for its 2007 DVD debut wowed viewers, earning five-times platinum sales in the U.S. and praise from a broad range of top media outlets around the world, including USA Today heralding the DVD as "a grand re-release," The Guardian's appreciation of the film's director, Richard Lester, saying "Lester matches The Beatles' 'star' power with smart, colourful visuals and casual surrealism," The Los Angeles Times' restoration rave: "With dynamic compression that was standard in the 1960s lifted for the digital age, the full range of the group's musicality comes through - it's like several coats of dust have been cleaned off an old master's painting," and four-star reviews from Rolling Stone and MOJO with the latter saying, "They really don't make them like this anymore."

Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band's debut feature film, 1964's A Hard Day's Night, Help! follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police.

In addition to starring The Beatles, Help! boasts a witty script, a great cast of British character actors, and classic Beatles songs "Help!," "You're Going To Lose That Girl," "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," "Ticket To Ride," "I Need You," "The Night Before," and "Another Girl."

Help!'s Blu-ray package pairs the digitally restored original film with these extra features:

-- "The Beatles in Help!" - a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set. -- "A Missing Scene" - a film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard -- "The Restoration of Help!" - an in-depth look at the restoration process -- "Memories of Help!" - the cast and crew reminisce -- 1965 Theatrical Trailers - two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer -- 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus)

CAST The Beatles: John John Lennon Paul Paul McCartney George George Harrison Ringo Ringo Starr Clang Leo McKern Ahme Eleanor Bron Foot Victor Spinetti Algernon Roy Kinnear Superintendent Patrick Cargill Bhuta John Bluthal Jeweller Peter Copley Doorman Alfie Bass Abdul Warren Mitchell Lawnmower Bruce Lacey Cross channel swimmer Mal Evans Women in street Dandy Nichols and Gretchen Franklin PRODUCTION Director Richard Lester Producer Walter Shenson Screenplay Marc Behm and Charles Wood Story by Marc Behm Director of Photography David Watkin Production Manager John Pellatt Art Director Raymond Simm Colour Consultant and Titles Robert Freeman Costume Designer Julie Harris Musical Director Ken Thorne Songs composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and by George Harrison Songs performed by The Beatles Songs produced by George Martin

To view and download the trailer and images, visit the media site: Username: press Password: algernon1

US Media Contacts Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) Jennifer Ballantyne, 310-865-2350 or Sujata Murthy, 310-865-7812 or UK Media Contact MBC PR Moira Bellas, 0 20 7483 9205

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