Besides the draw of the music, I didn't really get much out of the movie. It reminded me a bit of Monty Python with no apparent meaning except to be silly. If you're a huge fan of The Beatles or psychedelic rock, this movie is probably something you'll enjoy. For anyone else, I would probably pass.
The movie is 53 minutes long. The picture restoration and the improved, remastered soundtrack are really fantastic and do not show their age at all. The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour features DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and PCM stereo. There are many special features, and it is loaded with unseen footage which will appeal to fans of the Beatles. Special features (53 minutes) include:
- A Director’s Commentary by Paul McCartney
- “The Making of Magical Mystery Tour” features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. It also includes unseen footage.
- “Ringo the Actor” features Ringo Starr reflecting on his role in the film.
- “Meet the Supporting Cast” is a feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.
- Three new edits of the performances of “Your Mother Should Know,” “ Blue Jay Way,” and “The Fool On The Hill” are included, all featuring footage not seen in the original film.
- “Hello Goodbye,” is shown as featured on “Top of the Pops” in 1967. The Beatles allowed the BBC to film them in the edit suite where they were working on Magical Mystery Tour. This was then turned into a promo by the BBC, who shot their own additional footage. It was then broadcast on “Top of the Pops” to mark the “Hello Goodbye” single going to No. 1 in December 1967.
- “Nat’s Dream” is a scene directed by John featuring Nat Jackley and not included in the original film.
- Ivor Cutler performs “I’m Going In A Field,” in a field. This scene was not included in the original film. I particularly enjoyed the haunting sounds of his piano performance in this feature.
- The filming of Traffic acting out their 1967 hit single “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush” was commissioned by The Beatles for possible inclusion in Magical Mystery Tour, but was not included in the final edit.