The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years Reviewed By Jon E Clist


The Premise
A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

The Review
What a triumph! The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years so beautifully captures one of the biggest periods on the timeline of music history. I have loved the music and here I got to see a little more of what made The Beatles tick. Brilliantly thought through and wonderfully edited. I guess this comes down to the wonderful vision and abilities of Ron Howard. Howard has already shown us his incredible talents as a director throughout his already illustrious cinematic career, however to pull off a documentary about arguably the greatest band of all time, now that is something rather special.

The restoration of this collection of interviews, performances and behind the scenes footage is something really special. It gives wonderful insight into these four young guys and the impact they had on them music world and of course just how the whole experience impacted on them. You can’t experience that level of fame without it creating scars.

Then of course there are the multitudes of cameo interviews and inside commentary that injects real life into this crazy world. One of my favourites is hearing Whoopi Goldberg talk about here experience as a kid of the Beatles.

One of my highlights was the audio during the credits as the band talk to their fans with kind of Christmas greetings. Very funny and certainly added to the whole feel of the film. Plus, there was a half hour set from the fully restored Shea Stadium. Getting to see more of a start to finished kind of set helped to experience them in action and understand just how awesome they were.

The Verdict
This is not just for the Beatles fans; this is for any music lovers at all. A wonderfully crafted inside look at the biggest band of all time. Simply marvelous.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 16th September 2016
Rating: PG – Contains offensive language and drug references
Duration: 138 minutes 
Genre:  Music Documentary
Starring: Georg, Paul, Ringo and John
Director: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)

The Extras
Ringo often had to watch the other three's hips sway, and feet tap to know where they were in the song. He couldn't hear over the crowd screaming!

Before Ringo the Beatles had another drummer named Pete Best.