There’s so much that can be (and has been) said about A Hard Day’s Night that I could never add anything substantial to a further discussion, but I can tell you that the new Criterion release/restoration of the film is a must-have, whether you’re a Beatles fan, a film lover, or just someone who enjoys important events in pop culture.
A Hard Days’ Night, however, goes far beyond just being an entry in the history of pop culture. It came at just the right time - just weeks after the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, turning what was already a phenomenon into something that’s still going strong 50 years later and shows no signs of stopping.
If you want to read just a few essays about the film, there’s no better place to start than Roger Ebert’s blog, where you can read at least four substantial posts. Then read the review of the release at Blu-ray.com. All of the supplements are excellent. And since this is still a dual format package, you’re getting both the Blu-ray and two DVDs (one for the film, one for the supplements) for one price.
And if this doesn’t scratch your Beatles itch, I’ve got another item for you: Mark Lewisohn’s Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years Volume 1, which so far (I’m 200 pages in) is superb. The book is painstakingly researched and detailed and just a lot of fun to read. Yes, it’s 944 pages AND it’s only the first of three projected volumes, so pace yourself.