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Old Sep 05, 2007, 02:24 AM   #21
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Old Sep 05, 2007, 11:16 AM   #22
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This is great. It will be a nice birthday or christmas present. I never saw the film Help (i just know AHDN) and I lokk forward to seeing it in December.

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Old Sep 05, 2007, 08:59 PM   #23
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I can't believe how much the box set is going for... Is anyone else gonna buy it after seeing the price or just go for the regular edition?
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Old Sep 06, 2007, 09:42 AM   #24
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I've been watching an Import of Help! since last Christmas that I purchased on Amazon but probably will want to get the "restored" copy when it comes out. This is truly good news for Beatles and Dick Lester fans!
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Old Sep 06, 2007, 09:54 AM   #25
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Richard Lester has become one of my favorite directors over the past several years. It took me a second viewing of How I Won The War to appreciate it because the first time through, well admittedly, I was waiting just to see John Lennon. However, once I got into the film I realized it stood on its own as a great anti-war movie. Also, the movies, The Knack & Petulia are now two personal favorites. I'd recommend those movies to anyone that like Mr. Lester's work with our Lads. Here's some stuff I found out about him on wikipedia.

A short film Lester made with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers — The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film — was a favourite of The Beatles, and in particular John Lennon. When the band were contracted to make a film in 1964, they chose Lester from a list of possible directors. A Hard Day's Night showed an exaggerated and simplified version of The Beatles' characters, and proved to be an incredibly effective marketing tool. Many of its stylistic innovations survive today as the conventions of music videos, in particular the multi-angle filming of a live performance.

Lester directed the second Beatles film Help! in 1965. He then went on to direct several quintessential 'swinging' films, including the sex comedy The Knack...And How to Get It (1965), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Petulia (1968) (both with scores by John Barry), as well as the 1967 darkly surreal anti-war movie How I Won the War co-starring John Lennon, which he referred to as an "anti-anti-war movie"; Lester noted that anti-war movies still took the concept of war seriously, contrasting "bad" war crimes with wars fought for "good" causes like the liberation from Nazism or, at that time, Communism, whereas he set out to deconstruct it to show war as fundamentally opposed to humanity. Although set in World War II, the movie is indeed an oblique reference to the Vietnam War and at one point, breaking the fourth wall, references this directly.

In the 1970s, Lester directed a wide variety of films, including the disaster film Juggernaut (1974), Robin and Marian (1976), starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn and the period romance Cuba (1979), also starring Connery. However his biggest commercial successes in this period were The Three Musketeers (1973) and its sequel The Four Musketeers (1974). The films were somewhat controversial at the time because the producers, Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind, decided to split the film into two after principal photography was completed. Many of the cast sued the Salkinds as a result, stating that they were only contracted to make one film.[citation needed]


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In 1978, the Salkinds brought him in as an uncredited producer for Superman: The Movie and Superman II[2], which was being shot simultaneously (on purpose this time). Ostensibly, he was to serve as a buffer between the producers and the director, Richard Donner. As the release of Superman neared, production on II was halted to concentrate on getting the first movie completed. After the first Superman film was released in late 1978, the Salkinds went back into production on II without informing Donner and placing Lester behind the camera for the completion of the film. Although Donner had shot approximately 75% of the film, Lester jettisoned or reshot much of the original footage, resulting in Lester receiving sole credit for directing II. Gene Hackman, who played Lex Luthor, did not return, and Lester instead used a stunt double and an impersonator to loop Luthor's lines into footage of Hackman shot during Donner's tenure on II. The footage filmed by Donner was later integrated into television versions of the film with Lester's footage. In November 2006, Donner's footage was reedited into Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, using mostly Donner footage, with the only Lester footage being that which is necessary to cover scenes not shot during Donner's principal photography. Donner revealed on the new DVD of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut that he has never heard from Lester since his firing after the completion of the first film.

Lester also directed Superman III in 1983.


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In 1988, Lester reunited the entire Musketeers cast to film another sequel, The Return of the Musketeers. However, during filming in Spain, the actor Roy Kinnear, a close friend of Lester's, was killed after falling from a horse. Lester finished the film, then retired from directing, only returning to direct a music video for friend Paul McCartney in 1991, Get Back.

In 1993, he presented Hollywood UK, a five-part series on British cinema in the 1960s for the BBC.

In recent years, director Steven Soderbergh has been one of many calling for a reappraisal of Lester's work and influence. Soderbergh wrote a 1999 book, Getting Away With It which consists largely of interviews with Lester.
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I can't believe how much the box set is going for... Is anyone else gonna buy it after seeing the price or just go for the regular edition?
How much $$? I haven't seen the prices anywhere yet.
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Old Sep 06, 2007, 09:27 PM   #28
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This will be on my Christmas list for sure!
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Old Sep 07, 2007, 12:33 AM   #29
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I can't believe how much the box set is going for... Is anyone else gonna buy it after seeing the price or just go for the regular edition?
How much is it? Can't find the price anywhere. I want it though!
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On amazon the box set is....$94.99!!!
If it truly is that expensive I'll be going for the regular version.
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On amazon the box set is....$94.99!!!
If it truly is that expensive I'll be going for the regular version.
You can say that again...
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Old Sep 07, 2007, 10:05 AM   #32
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You can say that again...
If it truly is that expensive I'll be going for the regular version
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Old Sep 07, 2007, 10:10 AM   #33
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Hurrah!!!!
It's already on my christmas list and I haven't written it up yet! I already have the DVD (the shortlived copy from around 97-98) but it's my favorite movie so I might have to lean on the crazy side and get both.
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On amazon the box set is....$94.99!!!
....and she don't care
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Here's a picture of the the deluxe set, and it looks like the book is about Anthology size, so the book is taking up most of that cost

But, uless the price drops at least $30, I'm not even thinking about it.
Besides (I can't believe that I'm actually saying this, but it is $70 less) I'm actually will be more than happy with this:
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Beatlefest says they dont have the prices for it yet (which is weird since amazon clearly does). I really want the deluxe edition but I cant spend nearly $100 for that...
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