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Wonderwall Collector's Edition DVD Box Set

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Rhino HandMade simultaneously issues their first DVD and 45 rpm 7" single in this deluxe packaging of Joe Massot's 1968 pseudo art film, Wonderwall. While a similar edition is available in Europe, caveat emptor as it contains a DVD coded only for region two in the U.K. and other parts of Europe -- so, many North American DVD machines may not be able to play the disc. While the meat of the collection is the new overhauled film, the package also houses a CD and 7" 45-rpm vinyl disc both containing two distinct mixes of "In the First Place" -- a track uncovered by Massot and remixed by George Harrison. In addition, this set gathers various paper-goods memorabilia associated with the film. Chief among these is Wonderwall: The Book, a 120-page recollection of how the film came together and its association with Harrison, as well as a 50 by 66 centimeter full-color reproduction of the theatrical one-sheet poster as used to originally promote the film. Finally, are the 66-page motion picture screenplay and four full-color psychedelic stickers. The entire contents are bound within a laminated cardboard box designed with various images and motifs from the motion picture. Sonic as well as visually, the DVD is immeasurably better than its former VHS incarnation. The music is mixed with more sensitivity to the action on the screen and the brief occurrences of actual dialogue are no longer overpowered by the incidental music. The CD and 45-rpm record contain the exact same music. The vinyl sounds particularly clean with the emotional and sentimental value far outweighing the disc's utility. As with all titles on Rhino HandMade, the Wonderwall Collector's Edition DVD Box Set is of limited availability. Those wanting to purchase only the book, DVD, or the CD and vinyl singles, they are available separately.

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