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Destination Hamburg
Destination Hamburg
Actors: Kenny Everett, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2008     0hr 45min

From the formation of the Quarrymen in 1957, and The Beatles early years in Hamburg, this 60 minute music documentary uses contemporary film, and recently rediscovered and restored footage to tell the definitive story of T...  more »


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Actors: Kenny Everett, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Ringo Starr, Documentary
Studio: Wienerworld UK
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 02/26/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 0hr 45min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

For Beatles Completists Only - And Tony Sheridan Fans
Steven I. Ramm | Phila, PA USA | 06/15/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"For Beatles Completists Only - And Tony Sheridan Fans

Obviously news media were not jumping all over the four members of the Beatles before they hit it big in 1963. If they were, their fame would have started in 1957 when, as the Quarrymen, they were playing clubs in both Liverpool, England and Hamburg, Germany. Their first "recording break" came when they backed up vocalist Tony Sheridan, who at least had a recording contract!

Using some rare - but VERY WORN - footage of the various Beatles members from the Hamburg days, along with some very out of focus and worn footage of Hamburg locations (there must be some better "stock" footage the director could have found, this 45 minute "documentary" tries to provide a time line for how the group formed. There is lots of "newer" (I can't tell how recent it really is) interview footage of Sheridan who is filmed at a very strange camera angle from below.

Of course there is no actual "Beatles" music as it wasn't licensed. We do hear Sheridan sing songs not owned by the Fab Four such as My Bonnie, Johnny B. Goode but with "The Beat Brothers" as his backing group.

Completists will want to at least see this film. But for the generalist, there are better DVDs (including others from MVD) out there.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"