A package arrived the other day with the reissued versions of the Beatles’ 1968 animated story of Pepperland, the Blue Meanies and reasonable facsimiles of the Beatles themselves (We hear their singing voices; their speaking voices were supplied by actors.)
I’d first seen the film on a Sunday afternoon on the CBC eons ago in its original faded mono glory. But now, after a frame-by-frame restoration, we have these new editions: brighters, clearer and in full 5.1 sounds. It’s outstanding. I’d forgotten how clever and funny the film is. Oh, and the music is pretty good, too.
If you’ve never seen Yellow Submarine before, get your hands on a copy of one of these new editions. The kids will love it and there’s plenty here for adults. And once you watch the feature, make sure you check out the bonus features and the booklets.