After the massive success of their big-screen debut A Hard Day's Night, in 1965 the Beatles rejoined forces with director Richard Lester for Help!. Where their first film offered a spoofy slice of the band's life, setting the stage for music mockumentaries like This is Spinal Tap, Help! combined their comic and pop stylings with a more developed, but equally outrageous, plot. There's a sacred ring, a religious cult, a mad scientist, and plenty of colorful international excursions. Combined with a soundtrack offering classics like "Ticket to Ride" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", it's an action-packed, but never too serious, romp that continues to influence rock musicals today.
And now, following Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour, the Beatles' Help! has been digitally restored and is now available via the iTunes store and on Blu-ray. The Blu-Ray edition is packed with extras, like short documentaries about the making of the film and its restoration, plus theatrical trailers and radio spots, and a previously unreleased film outtake. If you're reading this and thinking "I need you", now's your chance to win a copy of Help! on Blu-ray!
Simply "like" AllMusic on Facebook and share AllMusic's Facebook status, or follow @AllMusic on Twitter and retweet AllMusic's Twitter post. You may also enter by mail by sending a letter or postcard with your contact info (email address, Twitter handle, or phone number) and address to AllMusic HQ by Tuesday, July 9:
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On Tuesday, July 9 we'll draw the winner at random from our Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and mail-in entrants who shared, retweeted and posted.
Details about this giveaway:
• Giveaway begins Tuesday, June 25. Winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, July 9.
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• If no response is received from the winner within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn from the pool of candidates.
Get some Help! right now with this extended trailer: