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DVD Review: Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament Of George Harrison

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Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament Of George Harrisonwas a waste of 95 minutes of my life, which is time that can never be recovered. I kept waiting for someone to pop up and tell me this was all an April Fools joke even though we are nowhere near April First.

The DVD centers on the old McCartney is dead rumors except here they are not rumors. During the summer of 2005 a package was delivered to the Hollywood offices of Highway 61 Entertainment from London with no return address. The package contained two cassettes dated December 30, 1999 with the label, The Last Testament Of George Harrison. A voice purporting to be George Harrison tells the story of the death of Paul McCartney and the decade’s long cover-up. The cassettes narration is overlaid against a montage of Beatles clips and stories which are used to support the McCartney is dead theory.

After McCartney was killed in a car accident during November of 1966, British Intelligence forced the remaining Beatles to cover up his death to prevent mass suicides among his fans. (Please note that they are serious.) The Beatles of course tried to inform their fans on albums and in some of their songs. They hint that John Lennon’s death was connected to the hoax as he wanted to come clean. Of course Harrison’s revelation put his life in danger as well. (Please note that they are still serious.)

I guess if you want a trip through the Paul is dead legend then you can give this DVD a try. There is some nice archival footage but that does not save the film. The George Harrison voice does not really sound like him.

It can’t get much worse or can it? The bonus feature is “Bob Dylan meets The Beatles.” It begins with a Bob Dylan non-look-a-like.

If I could get them back, what could I have done with those 95 minutes of my life?

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  • David, just throw it into the fireplace and be done with it.

    I’ve heard all sorts of theories, and the especially ridiculous one about the bug parked on the side of the road on the Abbey Road cover. The license plate says, “28 IF.”

    I think the Beatles were having fun and enjoying the inside joke. Sadly, it sounds like this had no humor in it at all.

  • Mike

    Though I haven’t seen this dvd (and don’t plan to anyway), having seen the same producer’s previous dvd about Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review tour I think I can imagine what this one is like.

    But at least the low budget Bobby D. doc had two very informative interviews, with David Mansfield and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, while the rest was dull as the dishwater that was obviously used to clean the camera lens.

    This faux documentary (to put it kindly) sounds like nothing more than tawdry exploitation, and why anyone would think it’s a good thing to exploit the memory of one of the greatest and most likeable rock ‘n rollers is beyond me.

  • The greater a lie is, the more likely people will believe it. What added to the power of the lie is the real animosity between Paul and the other Beatles. That being said there is no way that even MI5 could transform someone into Paul McCartney.

  • ms. royal

    I don’t know how old you guys are but I remember when the news was leeked that Paul was dead and the Beatles got still. Then all of a sudden it was said that it was a joke. Is the real Paul dead, did President Kennedy die at the hospital as reported the day of his shotting when the video clearly shows the truth.