72: Ron Howard’s Beatles – Eight Days A Week

September 24, 2016

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In this expanded edition, Richard and Robert examine the new film on The Beatles’ performing years, in theaters and on Hulu; as well as the restored Shea Stadium concert film. Joining us are two guests who contributed to the project: renowned archivist Erik Taros and author (Some Fun Tonight”) Chuck Gunderson, explaining the process from the inside. Their insights offer a glimpse into the project’s evolution and how we got to where we ended up. 

Songs include “Act Naturally” and “Long Tall Sally.”

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    27 Responses to “72: Ron Howard’s Beatles – Eight Days A Week”

    1. Cesar Rodriquez Says:

      Saw the Documentary last night..Four Lads against the world. The Greatest Band of all Times..was lucky to see them at candlestick park in 1966

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    2. Martin Says:

      Pete Best not mentioned once in EDAW, shameful!

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      • Peter Says:

        The film was about the Beatles touring years and covers 1963-1966, with a nod to what followed. Pete Best, whom I saw at a Randall’s Island concert, was an early member, and he seemed to have moved on and acknowledged that was long ago. Not a word about the wives either. Is that shameful too?

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        • Martin Says:

          Pete was key during formative years playing live in Hamburg, and hosting the band at his family’s club, The Casbah in Liverpool.

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    3. Paul T Says:

      A great listen as ever – I haven’t seen it yet – with such a massive wealth of source material you are going to be hard pushed to get even 10 people to agree on every thing that was included and omitted – some of it is common sense and some personal taste. Although I did agree with everything you guys said (as normal) I had to laugh when you kept saying “and what about THIS” that they omitted – the thing would have been longer than Resan (The Journey) at 873 mins the longest cinematic film ever released lol!

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    4. Ann Woolston Says:

      Love your show, and look forward to it every week. Always interested, and respect what you have to say. You know more than I do about all different Beatle movies, quotes, pictures, dates etc. And I have been a die-hard Beatle since. 1964.

      I was interested in what you had to say about the “documentary”, expected you to love it. Surprised you didn’t! I saw it the night it was released. The theater was packed. People applauded at the end, and when the credits rolled up with EIGHT DAYS A WEEK playing, everyone sang along. Have a friend who went back to the theater the next night. After I saw in theater, I signed up for Hula.

      So it seems there was a lot that could have been done or put in the film, but everyone I know was not disappointed. Witness it’s expanding to 200 theaters and being held over in current theaters. And Shea, hadn’t a clue it wasn’t the real performance.

      Again, really respect what you say, but this time…although all those famous people talking (and some you didn’t recognize) about their experience was dumb. Read Ron Howard wants to do another part 2 Beatle ‘documentary”, maybe you should talk to him!

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    5. Ann Woolston Says:

      Love your show, and look forward to it every week. Always interested, and respect what you have to say. You know more than I do about all different Beatle movies, quotes, pictures, dates etc. And I have been a die-hard Beatle since. 1964.

      I was interested in what you had to say about the “documentary”, expected you to love it. Surprised you didn’t! I saw it the night it was released. The theater was packed. People applauded at the end, and when the credits rolled up with EIGHT DAYS A WEEK playing, everyone sang along. Have a friend who went back to the theater the next night. After I saw in theater, I signed up for Hula.

      So it seems there was a lot that could have been done or put in the film, but everyone I know was not disappointed. Witness it’s expanding to 200 theaters and being held over in current theaters. And Shea, hadn’t a clue it wasn’t the real performance.

      Again, respect what you say, but this time…although all those famous people talking (and some you didn’t recognize) about their experience was dumb. Read Ron Howard wants to do another part 2 Beatle ‘documentary”, maybe you should talk to him!

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    6. riddell Thomas Says:

      Why don’t you guys do a film. All the info and people you know. You could do the film the fans might want or expect.

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    7. Alan Chrisman Says:

      Yes, it was disappointing in some ways. Little Liverpool input and all those Hollywood stars, etc. Actually,I expected it to be worse, so wrote my “Impressions” review, partly with relief. And for what it was: https://beatlely.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/eight-days-a-week-impressions-of-ron-howards-beatles-film/

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    8. James King Says:

      I love you’re conversations guys. Richard ,that Aussie doc was fantastic. The commentary from Eric is awesome. One of your best gentlemen.

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    9. David M Says:

      Love the show. But you spent almost 2 hrs listing stuff that you thought should have been in there. How long would that movie be? Stuff that’s covered in the Anthology can still be found there, it hasn’t been erased from history!

      I enjoyed it for what it intends to be, an enjoyable telling of an extraordinary tale. It’s not about what footage should be included or whether all the sound is genuine or not. It’s about the story and wonderful music. Great!

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    10. BW Says:

      Okay… and not ONCE did you guys mention Richie’s older bother Chuck who vanished after Season 1 of Happy Days. And you guys call yourselves experts!
      😉

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    11. Thorsten Says:

      hi – great one. The top Ten footage does not exist – it was listed in the book just by hearsaw and the so called owner would not show the footage to the authors.
      I would have never included such “information” in my books.

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      • Us Says:

        But just when you thought that was the case….something totally unexpected emerges.

        As a direct result of this show, there in fact MAY be something substantiated after all, prompted by a listener who knew somebody who knows somebody else.

        Watch this space!

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    12. Elliott Marx Says:

      This conversation brings to light the need of an updated, upgraded Anthology DVD and CD Boxset. So much new (and cleaned up) audio exists and since so much video has been cleaned, Anthology can be better than ever.

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    13. Pablo Ramon Says:

      Another interesting show. I was able to enjoy the film for what it was – not having so much intimate knowledge of what good live footage is out there I did get some enjoyment without dwelling too much on the omissions. However, the “flown in” audio really screamed out to me while watching – it just didn’t match the visuals and I would MUCH prefer to hear a unique and otherwise unreleased performance even if the audio would be imperfect.

      I was slightly bothered by the short shrift given to the pre-US years but I suppose they had to start somewhere to keep the thing at a digestible length. On the other hand, I felt the film couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to be. A documentary on the Beatles on tour? Well, no, it contained way too much that was extraneous to that topic. So was it a documentary about the Beatles’ career? If so it fails by its many omissions, especially those after 1966.

      Even so, the film has value – my son is just getting into the Beatles and hasn’t got the attention span for Anthology, but this will work for him and is far more interesting than listening to me drone on and on with Beatles anecdotes. I did find it entertaining and some of the footage was new to me and fun to see – George flicking his ash on John’s head, etc. I also made sure to watch it on my own before showing it to my son – I assumed, incorrectly, that some of the “Satyricon on Tour” anecdotes would HAVE to surface here. Alas, the film shies away from anything really uncomfortable. I will have to check out “When the Beatles Drove Us Wild,” which does appear to be available online.

      In any event, thanks for the great work as usual, guys.

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    14. aTomTen Says:

      You question Eddy Izzard’s connection to the Beatles. He played Mr. Kite in the 2007 musical / film “Across the Universe.” More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Across_the_Universe_(film)

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      • DC Dan Says:

        Yeah, yeah, yeah, aTomTen!

        And it’s too bad George Burns isn’t still alive to be interviewed on his expertise on the Beatles’ touring years. After all he played Mr. Kite too, years earlier in the 1978 musical / film Sgt. Pepper’s.

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    15. WingsJer Says:

      Yeah wow, good show. The bits from Taros and Gunderson were great to hear. This movie changed focus and for the die hards most are disappointed. I enjoyed it as a “night out” at the movies and did not learn much new, but it was fun and yes I will get the 2 Blu-ray version in 2 months. As you guys discussed a lot of things missing. The “rooftop” medley at the end was great other than the credits running over it. Also must say that as a 60’s girl, Sigourney was cute and it was a moment in my theater when people were like “oh my God, that is her as a kid”. Shea looked amazing and like you guys said needs to be a part of a “Beatles Live Blu-ray box set” maybe next year?

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    16. Vincent Vigil Says:

      Congratulations on an EXCELLENT show!!

      Erick Taros, is fascinating, and should write a book.

      A true companion piece to the ‘Eight Days A Week’ flick.

      A MUST HEAR!

      VV

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    17. Rock Singer Says:

      I saw it here in Japan where I’m currently living ~ I was surprised the volume in the theater was low I was hoping for a different experience. Looked around at the Japanese people who came to see the movie and really didn’t see any young people all, the people there were mostly in there 60’s ~ The movie was as lame as Ron Howard’s Tv series Happy Day I kept on wishing John Lennon were alive to help reconstruct Paul McCartney’s memory, I don’t think Ringo would seriously disagree with Paul ~ Paul and now Ron Howard turn what should have been a good premise for a movie into an episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color I really agree with Richard & Robert’s review here about the Marco’s and also where were the groupies come on are we supose to forget about Eppie handing out rubbers to the boys so they didn’t get in trouble ~ I heard from Wog Blog that here in Japan they were going to run the video The Beatles live in Tokyo (The only live color video tape of them) but they showed Shea instead ~ It’s no wonder they show a live concert after the film because all the live video in the film was butchered to death ~ My only hope is that they make up for all this by giving the extras in the DVD package more concert film ~ OMT ~ I don’t think this film is worth paying extra for the BluRay nothing transferred will give you a better experience.

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    18. Maia Says:

      I’m a diehard Beatles fan and I loved the film. I think it captured the joy and energy of the early Beatles. The mixed-age audience felt it, too. It got me as close as I’m going to get to being at a 60s Beatles concert. I don’t feel at all nitpicky about what the film didn’t include or should have included.

      Also, I really appreciate that the film was not just about Paul and John, as too many books and documentaries seem to be. Lots of George in the film–always a good thing!

      I plan to see it again in the theater–I relish the communal joy.

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    19. Mark Says:

      Of course it was great to see “the boys” on the big screen and while very enjoyable it was a disapointment. It didn’t tell the story, and as your show points out, the story didn’t start in 1964 in the US. Of course we all know that Beatlemania started in in the UK and that their ability as a touring band was forged way before that. I do find the total exclusion of Pete Best’s existence rather sad and underlines that this was a long way from being a documentary. The complete exclusion of the seminal Kircherr photographs is illustrative of the laziness of the film maker. Both the film and the so called soundtrack emphasise the quality of Ringo. The truth is the best document of the Beatles during this time is the Maysles bother’s film “The US Visit” which really gives a sense of the interaction between the 4 Beatles, subtly suggests that girls may have been around and again highlights the strength of Ringo’s personality and charisma. So Eight Days a Week while not bad is a missed opportunity. Such a pity.

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      • Martin Says:

        I got the Deluxe BD for an Xmas gift. Pete is mentioned, albeit briefly, on disc 2 where their days in Hamburg are discussed, and also by the TV producer who filmed them at the Cavern.

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    20. Jenny Says:

      Great show, as always!

      What version of Eight Days A Week is played at the end of this episode? Where can I find a recording of it?

      Thanks!

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