Yellow Submarine


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Yellow Submarine is an animated meandering journey filled with puns and dry British humor, where psychedelic music videos take precedent over any linear story. What little there is of a plot, however, concerns a vibrantly colored place called Pepperland that resembles the album cover for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band come to life. The swirling animation is a mixture of pop-culture images and modern artistic styles brought loosely together with a naïve antiwar message and some clever political commentary. The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music, firing anti-music missiles, bonking people with green apples, and turning the inhabitants to stone by way of the pointed finger of a giant white glove. As the only survivor, the Lord Admiral escapes in the yellow submarine and goes to London to enlist the help of the Beatles (voiced by actors). The charming and innocent boys travel through strange worlds and meet bizarre characters, including the tagalong Nowhere Man. Several blissed-filled musical sequences and drug references later, the Beatles drive out the Blue Meanies and restore Pepperland to tranquility armed with only music, love, and witty remarks. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


Review Text The merits of Yellow Submarine as an animated movie may be variable, even though its visual style is fascinating (to say the least) by dint of being such an explosion of approaches. The songs are the songs, of course, as good as ever, while George Martin's underscore is quite acceptable. Of more interest here is the effort put into this DVD release of the film. While the restoration was made available also in a videocassette version, the DVD really shines -- the brash color scheme of the film all but shines, and the multiplane work never looked better. The restored soundtrack is crisp and clear, with dialogue, effects and music well separated. The extras really help to make this disc an impressive effort. The restored film comes equipped with two alternate soundtracks, one providing the director's commentary (which turns out to be interesting and insightful, covering everything from deal-making to vanishing voice actors) and the other providing an isolated music track, so anyone who misses the old Yellow Submarine soundtrack album with its quota of George Martin music can scratch that itch. A documentary, The Beatles Mod Odyssey, is included (time has not treated this well), along with the theatrical trailer, interviews with animators and voice cast, storyboarded sequences, nifty animated menus, and more. While not really something for a casual viewer, it does provide literally hours of entertainment. ~ Steven McDonald

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Release Date
MPAA Rating
G -- General audience
1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • Featurette "Mod Odyssey"
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Three Storyboard sequences - including two not used in the final film
  • Original pencil drawings
  • Behind-the-Scenes photos
  • Interviews with the crew and vocaal talents
  • Collectible booklet that dives behind-the-scenes of this landmark animated adventure
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