Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Countdown to the Beatles "1" DVD/CD - What's in store, part 6 of 7: Navigating the discs

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With the release date of the "Beatles 1" and "1+" DVDs coming this Friday, this is the sixth of seven advance looks of what you'll find. (You can catch up on the rest of this series and check out all of our coverage of the new release at this link.)

Remember how the videos in the bootleg collections went one video right into another? Well, that's not the case on the "1" video disc which uses animated menus to introduce each film. For "Yellow Submarine," for example, you have a periscope instead of the "i". The best one might be "Hey Jude," which actually reads "Hey Jules," which, of course, refers to Julian Lennon, who Paul McCartney wrote the song for. 

The one thing the menus do is cause a slight delay in getting to each film. This was annoying at first, though that has dissipated since. What made them easier to take is the humor built into them. Disc 2, by the way, doesn't have them. It uses title screens with countdown clocks, though not the actual screens since even the black-and-white films have color ones. 

Two bits of news: JB Hi-Fi in Australia is showing a delayed Nov. 13 (instead of Nov. 6) delivery date on their website. And reports on the Hoffman forum say several people who have ordered from have gotten notices of possible delivery problems because of the demand. This is only affecting at this point and nowhere else as far as we know. 

You can order the DVD,CD or both, which comes out Nov. 6 around the world, at this link. Versions for the U.S., the UK, Germany, Japan and Canada can be ordered there. 

To close, the fifth restoration video is now up. And our long review of the full set is now up on