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The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit

The First U.S. Visit
Previously unseen footage highlights the EMI/Apple DVD release "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit."

The intimate scenes, shot by pioneering film-makers Albert and David Maysles, formed part of a black and white 40-minute film shown in the US and on UK television in 1964. The footage has now been upgraded and extended to 80 minutes using the unseen footage.

The original documentary was considered a benchmark in behind-the-scenes rock & roll documentation and inspired the look and feel of the film "A Hard Day's Night."

The DVD also includes a 50-minute "making of" with further unused scenes.

"The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit" also includes footage of the band's first full-sized U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum and their three historic Ed Sullivan performances.

The Maysles brothers - who would later go on to make such films as "Gimme Shelter" and "Salesman" - had all-areas access to the Beatles from the time their jet touched down in New York in February 1964 through their two-week tour of the country. They filmed behind-the-scenes moments in dressing rooms, hotels and nightclubs, at press conferences, in limos and on trains.