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Review: 'A Hard Day's Night' sound makes it

By Steve Daly
(Entertainment Weekly)

"A Hard Day's Night" is availiable on DVD starting Tuesday.

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(Entertainment Weekly) -- No matter how well you know the smart, funny ''A Hard Day's Night,'' a new DVD special edition makes you feel like a virgin.

Dig the fab 5.1 surround sound on ''Can't Buy Me Love,'' shot through with an airiness as exhilarating as that primal midsong scream.

''A Hard Day's Night'' is all low-budget hustle, but the Beatles' prodigious musicality makes it hang together far better than, say, the cancan frenzies of ''Moulin Rouge.''

Alas, these days no ''special'' DVD is complete without a second disc's worth of testimonials, and that's where this title hits a flat note.

The list of interviewees gets desperate (neither Paul McCartney nor Ringo Starr piped up).

Do we really need an extended chat with the son of the Beatles' tailor, who holds up the boys' original suit patterns like the inseam-fixated guy from The Rutles?

If only the DVD editors had cut to a clip of George Harrison, shocking a marketing executive in ''A Hard Day's Night'' with his remedy for tiresome TV programs: ''Turn the sound down...and say rude things.''

Grade: A

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