I figure people can put their reviews and opinions here. I'm reluctant to call my post a review, as I'm not a great writer, but none the less I'm going to express my thoughts on the ANTHOLOGY dvd set.
As far as the price is concerned, I paid 69.99 (74.89 with tax) at COCONUTS. However COCONUTS is owned by Trans World Music (who own FYE as well), and Trans World is offering a $20 mail in rebate that must be post marked by April 5th - so I'll really have paid 54.88. I was in a hurry to get this, so I didn't go crazy comparing prices at different stores. Wal-mart has it for around 69 dollars plus tax, but without a rebate offer. Seeing that the old VHS box of 8 tapes went for around $120 back in 1996, this is indeed a reasonable price. Maybe I could have done better on line somewhere, but I hate waiting for things!
Like most of us did and will, I went straight for the SPECIAL FEATURES disc. It was great to see Paul, George and Ringo hanging out together having a good time looking back - as well as jamming. I also very much enjoyed the part where you can see Paul, George, Ringo and George Martin at the mixing console listening to various session tapes. They have a friendly debate over who played the bass on GOLDEN SLUMBERS as they played an early take with just piano, vocal, bass and drums. Paul thought he had overdubbed it, but George Martin explained that the take was "live / no overdubs" at that point. Funnily Harrison asks "What album is that from?" and Paul picks on George for his lack of Beatles' expertise.
This disc also includes a peek into the recording sessions for the two "new" Beatles tracks as well as the making of the FREE AS A BIRD video - and finally we get the REAL LOVE video which was not included on the VHS version of ANTHOLOGY.
The section that supposedly explains how the ANTHOLOGY cd's were compiled is not as detailed as I was hoping for, but it's still another essential addition to this set.
I'm still skipping around on the other discs. I haven't seen this in at least 5 years. My VHS version sort of "vanished" during my marriage to an idiot. I must say that I'm quickly reminded how ANTHOLOGY simply blows all other Beatles documentaries out of the water. I thought the COMPLEAT BEATLES was one of the better ones, but ANTHOLOGY is an impressive work. You'll probably never see as much rarely seen footage and commonly seen footage of The Beatles together in one place in chronological sequence as you get in ANTHOLOGY. The way they used John, Paul, George and Ringo's own words to tell the story is the result of a brilliant editing job. This set is a MUST for a fan of The Beatles - even the most casual fan.
I'm interested to hear about the 5.1 surround sound from someone who has a decent surround sound system. In the regular stereo I get over my boom back hooked up to the DVD player, the stereo recordings sound quite nice!
So, when's LET IT BE coming out??????[:p]