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Considering it’s the most famous band in the world, there are surprisingly few live recordings of the Beatles. In 1965, Capitol Records tried recording the Beatles’ sold-out Hollywood Bowl appearance, but the screaming throng made hearing the boys nearly impossible. Fifty years on, advanced technology and ace engineer Giles Martin (son of George Martin) have made it possible to filter out the screams, and what remains is the moptops sounding energetic, engaged, and on top of the pop world. The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl is now available – with 50 percent less screaming!
The documentary Presenting Princess Shaw is about an improbable pairing that ultimately seems ineffably right. Nurse Samantha Montgomery uploads videos of herself singing her original compositions to YouTube. Ophir Kutiel, also known as Kutiman, creates split-screen mash-ups of amateur performances on YouTube, and he gives her a newfound platform for her talent. The movie is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
In Maggie’s Plan, Maggie (Greta Gerwig) dreams of motherhood and gets to know married professor and novelist John (Ethan Hawke). A twist involving Maggie and John’s wife, Georgette (Julianne Moore), is anything but predictable yet seems entirely believable. Moore shows her astonishing versatility in the film, which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.