Here is how
the producers of this set explained the differences between the
1993 Directors Cut and the 1995 Beatles approved version.
The approved version was released on laser disc and VHS videotape
in 1996. A DVD version with some extras appeared in April 2003:
packaged deluxe 10-DVD box set includes detailed liner quotes, full
color brochures, high-quality video transfer, special features and
a custom storage box complete with new Anthology artwork. This is
an extremely limited edition pressing.
and Alternative Segments Include:
Performance - The 1993 Directors Cut of Anthology focused
primarily on the Beatles story, using performance
footage only to enhance the story. The final version would remove
much of the story and details to include as much TV and concert
footage as possible. At the time this appeared to be the best approach,
but in retrospect opinions may change after hearing the uncut
interviews; this was after all their one chance to tell their story.
Collectors have countless sources for the TV and concert footage,
but only one option to hear their story as done for the Anthology
series, until now that is!
final version would remove much of the
story and details to include as much TV
and concert footage as possible.
Version - Comparisons between the two
versions of Anthology clearly show heavy editing. An entire sequence
regarding Yoko Ono and her effects on the band has been cut-down
to almost nothing; only on the 1993 version will you hear unedited
and sometimes unflattering comments. Many interviews did not even
make it to the Anthology book. One example is George commenting
on the positive experiences he had with drugs, including the famous
dentists real name! The 1993 directors cut also includes
the original extended sequence on Georges songwriting later
trimmed at Georges request. It becomes obvious by program
1 what you are seeing is what the director and production team assembled
and presented to the band before the Beatles made numerous change
entire sequence regarding Yoko Ono
and her effects on the band has been
cut-down to almost nothing...
The 1993 directors cut also includes the
original extended sequence
on Georges songwriting later trimmed
at Georges request.
Beginnings - Each program begins with an unused animated sequence
in place of the Help! Introduction.
In My Life
Opening Montage - Programs 1-4 use this song montage with the
commercial version using it only to start program 1. The early montage
contains different shots from the final version including Allen
Montage - An early idea was to begin each program (beginning
with program 2) with a flashback montage covering important material
seen in the previous program, this worked well for the first few
programs, but unfortunately took too much time, Beginning with program
4, the flashbacks only went as far back as the previous program
Guitar Gently Weeps Montage - Ideas about this montage were
changing by program 5, and no song montage was used for this program.
For program 6, a different approach/song was used, and for the first
time it was flash forward montage, using much footage not seen elsewhere
in the program. Programs 7-8 dropped the montage idea entirely.
Of Archival Footage - At this early stage, Apple had to use
what footage it had available with quality varying from poor to
ex. Some of early TV appearances and newsreels are obviously taken
from VHS screening tapes, and many include time-codes. Some scenes
contain the text "Temporary Picture". All of the new interviews
and Apple owned material, including footage taken directly from
the original cut of "The Long And Winding Road" look great
and contains no time code. It is quite interesting to see what Apples
film archives looked like in 1993. In 1995, Anthology producer Chips
Chipperfield hinted at what this early version might look like when
asked why they could not just use the original 10-hour version for
the home video release "We can but thats off-line. Off-line
is a rough cut. Its cut from whatever archive sources we have
so a lot of it is VHS."
Interview - Programs 1 and 2 include an unused interview with
Paul. This was the first interview shot and used before finally
being replaced with a re-recorded Paul in black turtleneck. With
this first interview being re-shot, the stories vary from the final
Unused Harrison Interview - For most of Programs 1 and 2, the
only Harrison interview used is the control room interview with
George sporting a moustache. More than half of this interview was
later removed and replaced with a re-recorded clean-shaven George.
With much of this first interview going unused, the stories vary
from the final version
Aspinall Interviews - For most of the first two programs, we
see Neils first interview sessions with him not wearing a
hat, the stories heard vary from the commercial version.
- Derek has a larger role in the early version of Anthology,
and is featured in numerous unseen interviews.
Endings - An early idea was to end each program with a sequence
showing the progression the band was making. Examples would be an
overhead view showing the move from Liverpool to London, or the
move from London to the US.
- It is important to note that the 1993 Anthology uses very
little studio outtake recordings. There are no created studio sequences
of audio outtakes. We dont hear any real audio outtakes until
the 1968 studio sessions, as the audio outtakes were still being
examined at this early stage of production and were not made available
to the production team just yet. But we do get to hear the unused
"Hums" ending for "A Day In The Life" along
with part of Take 4!
Ideas - The 1993 Anthology uses many ideas later modified or
dropped entirely. The recreations of fans rooms differ greatly;
TV and tour montages were created then later dropped. An early idea
was to show the move from Liverpool to Abbey Road studios, done
by filming an entire trip-sequence taking you from Liverpool and
ending at George Martins door in Abbey Road Studios. Other
early ideas put Paul in the film "The Girl Cant Help
It". Various other unused segments appear throughout the entire
Credits - At this early stage, none of the eight programs contain
- At this early stage, the documentary ends with the "Let
It Be" sessions and rooftop concert. Program 8 part 1 dates
from December 1993. 1994 would alter the documentary considerably,
with the three remaining Beatles reforming to record new music and
joint interviews. It was at this point; the 1993 version was heavily
re-edited leaving only a hint of what it had originally looked like.
differences found on
Anthology Directors Cut 1993
take on naming the group I give it 50% Lennon 50% Sutcliffe
to Mal Evans includes short "Maxwells Silver Hammer"
edit of 1960 home recordings, does not have tape spool run
details on Pete Best and his staying out all night with strippers
German tour montage, uses alternate footage and includes "Sheila"
in the medley
details on changing over to suits
photo with Paul, George and Neil. A Neil photo is used in
segment with "Twenty Flight Rock", song is longer
and Paul is made to look part of the movie
details on Georges black eye
details on "Love Me Do" single
on the Harrison/Martin "Dont like your tie"
edit of the 8mm van footage
sequence creating the move from Liverpool to the recording
studios at Abbey Road
details on the their early influences
details on early tours, John Gentle, Discoveries etc
segments regarding the "From Me To You" and "She
Loves You" singles
1963 TV show montage, showing the comedy of the Beatles
comments on the rattle your jewelry Royal Command performance
Love You" TV performance from Royal Command Performance
footage with John and Helen Shapiro
edit of color 8mm films set to "It Wont Be Long"
on the harmonica sound
segment on getting singles released in the US
details on the move to London
segment on meeting the Stones
of the Sweden 1963 tour
segment on Murray the K
segment on meeting cripples on tour, George "John was
allergic to cripples"
comments on the 1964 tour and police, Ringo "The police
were very good to us, they used to steal pills from the kids
and give em to us"
on Derek, Paul "It was very hectic being the Beatles
publicist, Derek became a raving alcoholic"
details on why Derek left in 1964
shots used during the 1964 tour montage
re-creation of fans room. Different camera panning and differences
between color and b&w.
montage for "Ill Follow The Sun" more color
photos, no 8mm yet
photos/edit used to illustrate Ringos crashing of yacht
on sound settings for Ed Sullivan show
insert shots used for "All My Loving" from first
Ed Sullivan performance
details on 1964 Holland/Aussie Tour. George, "How many
Beatles does it take to change a light bulb?"
edits for A Hard Days Night segments, uses opening chord
over and over
comments from George about "Cant Buy Me Love"
bedroom scene used as intro for "Cant Buy Me Love"
from A Hard Days Night movie
montage for "You Cant Do That" from Australia
edits of tour footage in Holland, Hong Kong, Australia
details on the Hollywood Bowl recordings; George "It
must have been crap"
interview with Jimmy Nichols and The Beatles upon arrival
edit of February 1964 return to England interview, using US
photo inserts between questions, an idea later dropped
intro to "Kansas City" from Shindig! Footage does
not project on wall
comments on smoking reefer before meeting the Queen.
comments on the selection of the 1965 set list and an unused
montage is shown
section about playing in Spain, and the details surrounding
concert footage from Madrid.
details on meeting Bob Dylan and his influence
interviews/segments on Help! film. George "We smoked
reefer on the plane to the Bahamas, we used Mals cigar
smoke to cover it"
details on the Rubber Soul cover, George stating it was his
favorite and loving how their faces went long
on Georges songwriting with Paul explaining why they
did not include George in the song-writing partnership. George
"They wrote all their crap songs early"
sound mix on Shea footage, inserts vary from commercial version.
Down" from Shea cross fades at end to 1965 Ed Sullivan
montage of 1965-tour footage set to "Run For Your Life"
Tripper", "We Can Work It Out" promos are full
Bedroom/BBC Radio sequence before "We Can Work It Out"
comments on meeting Elvis
footage of John used for his voice over about meeting Elvis
Photomontage for the "Rubber Soul" LP including
"If I Needed Someone" Photo selections differ
"Eleanor Rigby" sequence. Pauls performance
is in color and runs longer.
details on Dr. Robert and the LSD experiences
segment on the 1966 German tour and return visit to Hamburg
concert clips for the Tokyo concerts
explains how the second Japan show was better than first.
Ringo "It was?"
intro for "Paperback Writer" promo
intro for "Rain" promo
interviews from Paul about George and "Taxman"
segment about salaries with George telling stories of Brians
details on "Tomorrow Never Knows" and its recording
montage for Revolver LP cover
"they never practiced their Revolver songs for tour"
details on the origins of "Yellow Submarine"
Submarine" animation over the 1966 8mm films
story of Peter Brown bringing box of chocolates filled with
marijuana to John in Spain, and them spilling out onto the
unused segment with George Martin on the construction of "A
Day In The Life" using take 4 and take 6, not the rehearsal
take. The original Hums ending is also played
montage for "Sgt Peppers" using b&w film footage
not photos to represent people on the cover.
segment on how the cover was designed and who was selected
footage/edit on Bangor trip, unused comments
segment on Haight Ashbury, and Georges experience there
segments and comments regarding Brians death.
shots used in "Hide Your Love Away" montage, uses
commercial version of song
segments and longer interview from George Martin about Johns
drug trip in the studio
details on the Greece Island trip, and about Magic Alexs
involvement. Different edit of home movie footage. No voice
over from Ringo on end of film
Fields" promo has no home movies inserted
You Need Is Love" is original b&w video
comments on the satellite broadcast
Martin comments on why no one Beatle could become leader of
details/comments on "Magical Mystery Tour".
story from Ringo on his Aunt Jessie and her body odor
am the Walrus" segment is shorter and cross fades into
Ed Sullivan performance
Goodbye" promo goes to color sooner
on the origins of "Strawberry Fields Forever"
unused segments on Yokos effect on the band, George
"Yoko saw us as a wedge between her and John." Paul
"We were like her courtiers"
segment on the merits of the White LP
repeats the common story of why Ringo quit
comments from Neil, Paul and Ringo on Yoko
take 1 is used with a few new inserts, later this take was
replaced. No voice-over
Jude" Different edits during second half of song, no
comments on how Paul came up with the Apple name, and origins
of the image used
coverage of the India experience
segment devoted to the story of "Sexy Sadie" with
the song set to home movie footage
on developing the "Two Virgins" photos
on meeting Yoko and kissing her on the head
from Paul, George and Ringo on the music of "Two Virgins"
comments on the burying of egg shells in India
tells story about "Hey Jude" being written for Julian
segment from Paul on writing "Hey Jude"
Back." Unused montage from Apple studios is used to illustrate
the problems they were having with George Martin.
details on the Get Back/Let It Be sessions
ambience on rooftop performance
details on the Paul/George riff