DVD Reviews - The Rutles: All You Need is Cash

      Date posted: March 29, 2004

Rhino Home Video
Directors: Gary Weis & Eric Idle; Dolby Digital 5.1 English: 70 Minutes

All you need is cash

      This obvious satire of the Beatles is quite affectionate, this moptop group notable for their tight trousers, which attract the attention record executive Leggy Mountbatten, resulting in a lifetime recording contract. They go through many parallel musical and personal changes that are all very amusing, the hand of Eric Idle (Monty Python) always evident. At the height of the mania they appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, and do a monster concert where mostly screams are heard at Ch� Stadium in New York. Soon, they are working on their first concept album, Sgt. Rutter’s Only Darts Club Band. All the Beatles movies are deftly parodied. I won’t reveal any more of the hilarity, except to say that it is consistently funny throughout.

      The transfer from 16mm is exceptional, well-aged BW footage for the early scenes, the soundtrack has been enhanced to surround, and some of the music may have been re-recorded. All the tunes can be heard in their entirety in one of the many special features. These include director’s commentary, with an introduction by Eric Idle, who conceived the whole project, Photo Gallery, and the ubiquitous Deleted Scenes. Highly recommended, and unlikely to offend Beatles fans; you’ll get more of the inside jokes.

Andrew Marshall

Share This on Your Favourite Social Networking Site:
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
email the author

Related Reviews:

No related posts

Comment On this Post

  Outside the Speakers

    Random Thoughts on the Music Mask
    NPR on Whether Audiophiles Still Exist
    Audiophile Grade Mics?
    CDs Sales Die, LP Sales Fly
    Some High End 'Phones from CES

Got a tip?
  AIG Reviews
Loudspeakers | HT Loudspeakers | Power Amplifiers | Preamplifiers | Integrated Amplifiers | Receivers | Surround Processors | Digital Sources | CD Players | DVD Players | Network Music Players | SACD Players | Analog | Cables | Subwoofers | Portable Audio | Pro Audio | Headphones | Systems | Tuners | Video | Vintage Gear | HD Video | Blu-Ray | Online Archives

Complete List of Online Reviews

     Audio Ideas (Andrew Marshall)
     Ox Box (Bob Oxley)
     Hy End (Hy Sarick)
     Bain's Blog (John Edward Bain)

Interested in Writing about Hi-Fi and Home Theater for AIG? Click to Email a Writing Sample

  Most Popular Today
  1. The Marantz PMD430: The Best Tape Deck Ever Made?
  2. Quad 22L Loudspeaker
  3. SuperSounds: IsoMike in Surround SACD from Kimber Kable
  4. Tascam HD-P2 Portable Stereo Recorder
  5. Audio Ideas: The Noo Radio Tiew - Amateur Radio, Paid For By You!
  6. AIG Tweaks: Imagers and Cleanjack
  7. Audio Ideas, December 2011 - Recent SACDs, CDs, Blu-rays, & Other Confections (Or Not)!
  8. Audio Ideas: CBC Radio Two - Intelligent Music Selection Becomes A Sausage Factory
  9. Bain's Blog, April 2010
  10. A Tale of Two Headphones from Canada by NAD VISO & Paradigm!
  Most Popular Overall
  • Recent Comments: