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The Beatles - The Ed Sullivan Shows (DVD)

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Scan submitted/created by [mlucifersam]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Mirror Spock
Reference :
Date :2005
Made In :USA
Quality :Stereo
Booklet & packaging :Full colour inserts & printed disc
Total duration:

Comments
"Geez, I don't want to sound like a broken record, but just how the holy heck does that rascal Mirror Spock keep topping his previous masterpiece? I mean, I gotta tell ya true, the Spockster has sho nuf done it again with his own tricked up Beatles Ed Sullivan performances, circa 1964-5.

This DVD contains just the Fabs performances on the really beeg shew, complete in "stereo," for the first time. (We could debate the point of "stereo" for TV tapes that were definately recorded and broadcast only in mono, but hey, what the hell.) Now the pointy eared devil MS did send me a long tech report on how he achieved a goodly improvement of video quality of these 40 year old tapes, as well as a very involved explanation of how the audio was restored. But all you really care about is how it looks, and sounds.

So suffice to say, if your home theatre system is equipped with Dolby Pro Logic II (DPLII), then you will be in an other galaxy when you cue up this baby, and hear the Fabs in some really good faux 5.1.
It seems to me that the final 1964 show, and the 1965 appearance, may sound a bit better than the first two shows, but you should decide for yourself as every system is different.

Two things come to mind when I watch this DVD.
1/ How really kinda silly the Lads looked in that first show with their collar-less jackets, that I always thought were so kool. And what a dork Ed was.

2/ Just how great the music and charisma of Fabs was, and continues to be.
I love the final show, when John Lennon absolutely butchers the second verse of Help, but still carries on and finishes strong.

Plus, if you just don't bother to designate a specific show on your DVD menu guide, instrumental Beatles music plays-live, stripped of vocals and outtake material, some of which I have never heard before- which is way cool, too. So, my overall recommendation to you Fabs fans out there, is to beam yourself up to where ever it is that Mirror Spock hangs out in the solar system, and get him to transpond you one of the DVDs, and get ready to feel like a kid again. And may God bless MS's pointy eared little head." -- Terry Ott

"When I first heard of Mirror Spock remastering the Beatles performances on the Ed Sullivan shows, I thought to myself why? I know some other collectors did too. What else needed to be done that the legit DVD collection didn’t already offer in terms of sound and visual presentation? I already had a clue as to the visual upgrade I could expect by noticing on the back cover of the DVD keepcase, that the screen captures taken from each show, looked extrodinarily clearer than I’ve ever seen. This intrigued me. The disc does not have a paste job on it, rather it appears to be silk screened. Another clue for me as to the work and quality involved. The disc opens up with a beautiful menu that you can access any show, play all, or go to chapters. Works better than most legit pressed DVDs! We are given two choices for the audio: A remastered mono and a stereo presentation.

First I choose the mono option and compared it to the legit DVDs. First off, the Mirror Spock plays louder and has more punch to it and is preferable to the legit DVDs mono. The stereo image he created works well enough to sense instrument and vocal seperation. Yes, it works. It’s like quasi stereo probablly, but it does bring out the performances to a different level hearing it sonically this way. It improves your enjoyment ten-fold.

Now in regards to the visual quality, I did always think the legit DVD’s looked fuzzy and not clear for something that was supposed to come from the master video tapes. It always disappointed me. As soon as you start viewing Mirror Spock’s—-the jump in clarity stunned me! To me it looks as if he had access to the actual video masters and the legit DVDs now look as if they are old bootleg VHS quality. Sections where there was smear and ghostliness are basically cleaned up. The contrast from camera shot to camera shot is now consistant and scratches and distortions are fixed so that stretched aspect ratios are adjusted. In those cases you have what seems to be a smaller image on the screen with slight black lines on edges. But that’s ok as those shots are now normal ratio. Mirror Spock did cut out the supporting acts and commercials and only Beatles content is left intact; some crossfades are needed to help with the transitions. I can live without the supporting acts and commercials as I have those on the legit DVDs. What’s great about this is that it’s just the Beatles performances. They look clearer and cleaner than anything I’ve ever viewed before from these shows, and the sound is improved and just as good remastered in mono as well as in Mirror Spock stereo.

Definitely search this one out. You won’t be disappointed and you will find it(like I do)to be an essential addition to your Beatles bootleg DVD collection and the one Ed Sullivan DVD you'll ever
need to enjoy those classic performances!" -- Beatle Bob

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
(Medley)(unknown)
Medley title
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(date unknown)
 
All My Loving(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209b.01
The Beatles
 
Till There Was You(Willson)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209b.02
The Beatles
 
She Loves You(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209b.03
The Beatles
 
I Saw Her Standing There(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209b.04
The Beatles
 
I Want To Hold Your Hand(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209b.05
The Beatles
2.
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(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
She Loves You(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
16 Feb 1964
TV640216b.01
The Beatles
 
This Boy(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
16 Feb 1964
TV640216b.02
The Beatles
 
All My Loving(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
16 Feb 1964
TV640216b.03
The Beatles
 
I Saw Her Standing There(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
16 Feb 1964
TV640216b.04
The Beatles
 
From Me To You(Lennon/McCartney)
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
16 Feb 1964
TV640216b.05
The Beatles
 
I Want To Hold Your Hand(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
16 Feb 1964
TV640216b.06
The Beatles
3.
(Medley)(unknown)
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Twist And Shout(Russell/Medley)
Song
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Version details available
TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209a.01
The Beatles
The Third Ed Sullivan Show- appearance which was actually filmed before the first one, in the afternoon hours of 9 February 1964, in New York. But it was broadcast on 23 February 1964 between 8:00-9:00 pm EST, when the Beatles were already back in England.
 
Please Please Me(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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Version details available
TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209a.02
The Beatles
The Third Ed Sullivan Show appearance, which was actually filmed in New York before the first one, in the afternoon hours of 9 February 1964. But it was broadcast on 23 February 1964 between 8:00-9:00 pm EST, when the Beatles were already back in England.
 
I Want To Hold Your Hand(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Version validated
Version details available
TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
9 Feb 1964
TV640209a.03
The Beatles
The Third Ed Sullivan Show appearance, which was actually filmed before the first one, in the afternoon hours of 9 February 1964, in New York. But it was broadcast on 23 February 1964 between 8:00-9:00 pm EST, when the Beatles were already back in England.
4.
(Medley)(unknown)
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
I Feel Fine(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
14 Aug 1965
TV650814.01
The Beatles
Fifth Ed Sullivan Show appearance, filmed on 14 August 1965 at studio 50 in New York between 8:30-9:00 PM EST, broadcast on 12 September 1965, 8:00-9:00 PM EST.
 
I'm Down(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
14 Aug 1965
TV650814.02
The Beatles
 
Act Naturally(Russell/Morrison)
Song
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CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
14 Aug 1965
TV650814.03
The Beatles
 
Ticket To Ride(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
14 Aug 1965
TV650814.04
The Beatles
 
Yesterday(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
14 Aug 1965
TV650814.05
The Beatles
 
Help!(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
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TV
CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show
14 Aug 1965
TV650814.06
The Beatles
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
Other type of track Other


Reviews

Review by: mlucifersamOn 15 Mar 2006 at 15:56 CEST
I have just watched this DVD and I'm gobsmacked. Not only are they BETTER quality visually than the official release somehow the songs are all in STEREO. The picture and sound quality are, quite simply, STUNNING. I dunno how this stereo has been acheived, I'm presuming it's some 'fake-stereo' but I had 'Help!' on quite loud through my surround sound speakers and Paul and George's backing vocals were DEFINITELY coming from the LEFT hand side of the room!

Hunt it down, it's definitlely worth getting
Review by: grandegiOn 24 May 2006 at 12:59 CEST
Astonishing. Grab it if you can.
Review by: ChappoOn 29 Jun 2006 at 19:06 CEST
Stunning,Awesome and Amazing!!!! If you've seen and heard the Sullivan shows before via official sources or otherwise then be prepared for this Mirror Spock remaster to blow you away both musically and visually.

It is far and away better than any other version I've seen of this footage.

The Stereo track that Mirror Spock created sounds FANTASTIC and this along with the upgraded visuals makes this DVD a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It's brought a whole new lease of life to these performances that always seemed a little flat to me due to the existing audio/video presentations.

Breathtaking and essential...can't say much more than that!

Somebody show EMI/Apple how to do this stuff please!

Review by: hamrhed65On 08 Aug 2006 at 18:56 CEST
Let me start my review by saying that I saw a third generation VHS copy of these shows directly from the CBS masters back in the late 80's. At the time it was the best I had ever seen until now. I don't know how the George Martin of the underground, Mirror Spock does it, but he does and better than anyone else. The stereo seperation sounds authentic and the video quality is superior to the legit release. I have been collecting for decades and this is without a doubt the best version. The interactive menus let you pick individual songs, full shows and mono or stereo. One day EMI might let the fans drop ideas into their suggestion box, until that happens, guys like Mirror Spock will have to deliver. Outstanding job!!
Review by: Web_KrawlerOn 15 Aug 2006 at 00:16 CEST
'Tis the BEST I've EVER seen AND heard!!!!
Review by: jsdOn 13 Jul 2007 at 00:24 CEST
Could'nt agree with chappo more. This is without doubt an essential piece of kit for any collector of the beatles, or indeed casual fans. If the mirror spock guy ever reads these reviews I have a request: Please could you do your stuff to the beatles promo films ? I know the chronologies are good - but they could be improved on to include the let it be naked promos and the "tomorrow never knows/ within you without you" promo for example. To answer chappo - Apple/EMI will probably never do anything like this as they are only interested in the bottom line, and lining the pockets of lawyers !!. Thank god for guys like Mirror spock and of course the legend that is Dr Ebbetts...
Review by: fillapillowgOn 14 Jul 2007 at 05:23 CEST
Let me join in by saying what everyone else has said:
This is a great addition to my collection of Beatles films!
The quality is dynamic and sharp, and the package is a joy
to look at! I have no idea who these mystery guys are or how they obtained these, what seem to be "master copies" to dub, but I want to know if they can release another dvd of "THE BEATLES WITH JIMMY NICOL - DENMARK SHOWS AND PRESS CONFERENCE 1964". This release has been way overdue and I know it exists. I've seen snippets of interview and performance with John and Paul singing into DOUBLE THIN MICROPHONES!
Review by: CalicoSkiesNCOn 20 Jan 2008 at 03:18 CEST
This is beautiful. I totally agree with all the other comments. Its magical to see them frozen in time, and it just looks and sounds gorgeous. I treasure this dvd.


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Filename: edsullivandvd
Originally filled by: Madmanrick
Date of creation: 25 Sep 2005 05:57:46
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 27 Jul 2011 20:44:49
Online on : 27 Jul 2011
Type of media: Bootleg DVD


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