Video Services Corp and Broadway Video Entertainment have official announced the Blu-ray release of The Rutles Anthology, starring Eric Idle, Neil Innes, John Halsey and Ricky Fataar. The rock mockumentary collection will be available for purchase on November 19th in Canada and December 3rd in the U.S.
Distributor Synopsis: Led by a brand new high-definition restoration and sound mix of the Broadway Video classic All You Need is Cash, The Rutles Anthology gives fans a sharper look at the perfect parody of The Beatles from Monty Python founding member Eric Idle. Originally introduced by Idle in his post-Python BBC satire Rutland Weekend Television, All You Need is Cash was brought to prime time in a 1978 TV special, produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, directed by Gary Weis and featuring the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players. The Rutles are played by Idle, Innes, Halsey and Fataar. Innes sound-a-likes "I Must Be in Love," "Cheese & Onions" and "Ouch!" are so close to Lennon and McCartney that they are on the playlists of Beatle tribute bands today.
All You Need is Cash follows the epic rise and fall of the tight-trousered lads from Rutland as they hit the top of the pops and the heights of absurdity. In Can't Buy Me Lunch, celebrity artists, actors and musicians revisit and reflect on how The Rutles influenced them and the cultural landscape. Guest stars include: George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Michael Palin, Paul Simon, Gary Shandling, David Bowie, Ron Wood, Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, Salman Rushdie, Jimmy Fallon, Robin Williams and many more.
Bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include:
In college I was really into The Beatles. The first time I saw "All You Need is Cash" I was blown away by how perfect of a parody of the life of The Beatles and their music depicted in that film. The music really is topnotch. Some of them are a little corny but so where some of The Beatles tunes. Eric Idle and the other lads are really good in the film. I can't wait to watch it again.
I'm looking forward to this on Blu-ray. The story (if you can call it that) itself isn't all that funny to me, (British humor, I guess) but it's the music that endears me to this film. Neil Innes' compositions are uncannily Beatleseque, and I consider him a minor genius. It's also fun to watch for the cameos, especially (for me) George Harrison's. Three of the band actors were actual musicians, except for Eric Idle, and it shows, big time. He doesn't even try to pretend to play the bass, and it's a sad, pathetic attempt. The DVD wasn't very good as far as video quality is concerned, and with the new sound mix, I am excited to see and hear the new version.
I love "Bill Murray the K", although as I vaguely remember it, he's really doing a bit on Allen Klein, not New York DJ and self-proclaimed "fifth Beatle" Murray the K.
A perfect double feature would be this accompanied by "Spinal Tap".
For me, while the songs do have that perfect sound for each generation of the Beatles' music, it's purposely trivialized so that you still recognize the satire. But if one is not familiar with the Beatles' music, you'd think it was them.
The above summary claims that Beatles tribute bands play the Rutles music. Maybe some do, but the one that's considered by most critics to be the best, The Fab Faux (featuring Jimmy Vivino, who leads the Conan band and Will Lee, the bass player from the Letterman show and one of McCartney's favorite bassists), have never played a Rutles song and they've been doing it for something like 15 years now.