The Beatles' psychedelic voyage aboard that fantastic yellow submarine is once again underway after 11 years in the dry docks of MGM vaults.
The landmark animated "Yellow Submarine," which embraced the vibes of 1968, was re-released this week featuring a new digitally renovated picture, a remixed soundtrack with 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, and the never-before-released animated song sequence "Hey Bulldog."
The tale of the Blue Meanies who declared war on everything good, especially music, was heralded as very original movie-making at the time. "Yellow Submarine" lists for $19.98 and is available for the first time on DVD for $29.98. The disc includes a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "The Mod Odyssey," the original theatrical trailer, an audio commentary track by animator John Coates, and a music-only track that allows viewers to enjoy the Beatles soundtrack without dialogue or added sound effects.
The disc includes 10 songs by the Beatles, including "Nowhere Man," "When I'm Sixty-Four," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "All Together Now," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," "All You Need Is Love" and the title song.
Also debuting this week is a five-volume set of the BBC's Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Classic "Clouds of Witness," the "Masterpiece Theatre" selection that aired in the 1970s.
The adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's mystery novel starring Ian Carmichael runs for 225 minutes and lists for $59.95. Order from Acorn Media of Bethesda at 1-800-474-2277.
More than 10 million copies of Sayers's Wimsey mysteries have been sold, but this production is the first Wimsey drama to be released on video.
Carmichael, who made the role famous, has been called the most popular detective in the first 25 years of "Masterpiece Theatre."
The manner in which Carmichael developed his character has become a style in British mystery films: the aristocratic bon vivant with a passion for good books and music, carefully cultivating an air of charming ineptitude to crack baffling cases.
In "Clouds of Witness," he joins in the investigation of his brother-in-law's murder that leads to a grieving fiance with suitcase in hand and a bullet designed for Wimsey.