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Best of the Beatles: Pete Best - Mean, Moody and Magnificent
Best of the Beatles Pete Best - Mean Moody and Magnificent
Actor: Peter Best
Director: Geoff Wonfor
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2005     2hr 0min

We all know how The Beatles got started. John, Paul, George and Ringo playing the Cavern. Right? Wrong! In Best of the Beatles, Pete Best along with Beatle insiders tell the vivid, compelling story of the creative forces t...  more »

     
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Actor: Peter Best
Director: Geoff Wonfor
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Studio: Lightyear
Format: DVD - Color - Best of,Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/30/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Great documentary on the Beatles' early years
Kevin R. Oppendike | Midwestern US | 09/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I wondered what to expect from this DVD. I wasn't overly confident that it would be worthwhile but was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The production quality is on par with that of the Beatles Anthology discs. Pete Best and others who were there (including Astrid Kircherr, Klaus Voorman, Cynthia Lennon, & Neil Aspinal) reminisce about the early days of the Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg. Pete tells about his experiences during the early years of the band from it's formation up until the time of his firing. Best seems to have a very good memory and appears to enjoy telling stories about those early days. Best is probably the only person left to give an accurate first hand account of those formative years of the group (George and John are gone, Ringo wasn't there, and Sir Paul is known to fudge Beatles history to better suit his desired image). Best does not seem bitter at all, especially after all the years that have passed. One of the major points he (and others) apparently want to get across in this film is that he was not fired because he wasn't a good enough drummer. It seems that even now Pete doesn't really know why he was fired. He tells how it happened but apparently wasn't really ever given a reason and that does still bother him. All in all a very interesting documentary and a must have for any serious Beatles fan's DVD library. I never really gave much thought to Pete Best before watching this. Most Beatle histories tend to marginalize Best, but this DVD gives him a chance to set the record straight that he was there and he did play a definite role in the early Beatles rise to fame.
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The Missing Link
Elfinstone | San Francisco | 10/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I had seen Pete Best on tv several times over the years and he always seemed to be shy and nervous, without much spark. I didn't know whether to attribute this to his natural personality or to his sense of being beaten down by life, to have been so close and lost one of the greatest prizes of our generation - membership in The Beatles. So I didn't expect much from this documentary. Boy was I surprised. Instead of being a self-serving piece of drivel, it filled in some missing details in the early career of The Beatles, their skiffle days (represented by a poignant rendering of an old song by Ken Brown) and Hamburg. I loved the interviews with Klaus, Astrid, Cynthia, Neil and the other Liverpool regulars. They added color to what has been rehashed over and over again in books. There was a piece of footage of Pete from the old days and I was surprised to see he was not only good looking but had a sparkle in his eye. He certainly would have attracted my attention if I had been a Liverpool teenager. Yet he didn't really fit with the other three. Ringo shared the wit and the cheekiness of the other three that made the Beatles so endearing to their audiences, especially in America. Pete seems to have let go of the bitterness of what happened. This DVD is certainly worthwhile for those interested in Beatles history."
DVD Is As Great as Pete's Drumming!
Joe Vance | Pennsylvania | 09/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is an amazing review, by those in the know, of the 1960-1962 early Beatles era which McCartney, Lennon & Harrison always seemed to rush through and bow out of when asked to recount those days. Mention the name Pete Best in an interview with Richard Starkey and he gets wound up. There must have been some reason for never disclosing the true reasons for the dismissal of Pete Best as drummer of The Beatles, otherwise there might not have been offered, over the years, a host of phony stories, lies and lame excuses, which among other things, unfairly painted Pete Best as a poor drummer. This DVD also, finally, explodes the myth that Stuart Sutcliffe was useless as a bass player. Stuart, whom all hardcore Beatles fans love just for being there, was indeed holding his own in the band as told by Klaus Voorman who was inspired by Stuart to pick up a bass and learn to play himself.

It's odd that, of those who ever gave an opinion on Pete's musicianship, that virtually all of the musicians from the bands who actually heard The Beatles play, (and some of those are represented in this DVD), have given Pete an excellent rating, all except the members of Pete's own band, although today, as in his comment in "WingsSpan", McCartney admits that Pete was a great drummer... finally. And Sir Paul, if you're reading this, or if perhaps you're having one of your servants read this to you, I would say the following: When you come off your tour (which the average Macca fan, including myself, could not afford to attend), consider giving Pete a call, make an appointment to visit The Casbah, and bring your guitar.

My favorite personality, aside from Pete, on this DVD, is Horst Fascher, who, among other things, had been a bouncer at Bruno Koshmider's Kaiserkeller club in Hamburg, a man who became a good friend of Pete's and The Beatles. He tells it like it was,
relating, for example, that in 1962 he immediately suspected Brian Epstien of masterminding Pete's dismissal from the group. One can tell from his account, and from his expression, that Horst never saw Brian in a positive light, and personally, I believe Horst's recollections, all in all, shed the most light about those early years. Thank You Horst. Other interview highlights include Astrid, Klaus, Ken Brown, Rory & ROag Best,
and one of Merseybeat's foremost boosters, Mona Best filmed with her son, Pete, early 60's. And there are many others. Fantastic!

This DVD, aside from its main program being a work of art in how it is presented, and as to its wonderful quality, is PACKED with extras which will leave any viewer more than satisfied.



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The extra bonus DVD to the Beatles Anthology DVD set
P. Gabor | Hungary | 11/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great care was put into creating this DVD and it is not a low budget hack some might fear. This is a top quality documentary made by some who made the Anthology DVDs with the help of people who were actually there. With this DVD you get a better understanding of the early years all presented in the entertaining style of the Beatles Anthology. A perfect bonus DVD to be put right next to the Anthology box set.

Many 'only read about before' people, great stories, interesting facts, some never seen footage and pictures. Top release! Get it and have a wonderful 2+ hours. NOW the story is told. Thanks Pete, Roag etc..."