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Soundtrack, Blu-ray review of The Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine'

The Beatles’ sole animated film, “Yellow Submarine,” was out of print for a long time, until it recently was reissued in new packaging and on Blu-ray.

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"Yellow Submarine" and "Yellow Submarine Soundtrack"

By Gillian G. Gaar

For all its popularity, The Beatles’ sole animated film, “Yellow Submarine,” has been out of print recently. But it’s now been reissued in new packaging, as well as on Blu-ray for the first time.

The main difference is that the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time — by hand, frame by frame — which gives the film a cleaner, clearer look overall.
“Hey Bulldog,” added to the 1999 reissue of the film is still in place (it had been cut from the initial U.S. release). The bonus features are also the same as the 1999 reissue; the 1999 DVD did feature a music-only option; however, that’s missing on the new release.
The new version also has superior packaging, in a nice slipcase with a more informative booklet, and, at least in initial packages, a set of stickers and film cels. It makes the new edition worth the upgrade, though if you like the music-only track on the 1999 release, you might want to hang on to it.

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When the “Yellow Submarine Songtrack” was first released in 1999, it gave everyone a tantalizing taste of what The Beatles’ catalogue would be like when remixed, but fans would have to wait another 10 years for the full catalogue to come out. This CD features the exact same songs, and mixes, as featured on the 1999 CD; the only difference is in new packaging; the new version is in a digipak instead of a jewel case.