1969/70 - The End

The Beatles
1969/70 (DVD) - Front cover 1969/70 (DVD) - Rear Cover
1969/70 (DVD) - Front Cover 1969/70 (DVD) - Rear Cover

Label Rapple (A Pear Release)
Catalogue No. BFB 23
Release date 2007
Total time 1 hours 59 minutes 40 seconds
Comments : This DVD has also been issued as "The End - 1969/70".
This DVD runs just 20 seconds short of two hours, but .... is .... mediocre quality.
For most of the time the visual quality is worse than a fifth-generation VHS copy.
The sound differs from piece to piece, going up and down in volume.
Almost every piece has been taken from another source, which in every case I've ever seen has been better quality.
I think it would be fair to see that this is the second worst quality bootleg DVD I have seen beaten only by it's predecessor "1968".

The D.V.D.

Main Menu

This is on a loop of just 14 seconds and features a piece of piano and bass.
Although not mentioned on the front cover, the Menu actually says "The End 1969-70" so I guess it's a straight copy of the original issue of that title.

On the Main menu are two choices:

Play All
Takes one immediately to the start of the DVD which starts with the Apple Films ident.

Chapters Menu
The 39 chapters are split into about 7 sub-menus, each of which loops the same piece of music as the main menu.

The D.V.D.

No. Chapter Title Detail Time
1 Festival di Sanremo 1st February 1969 - Mary Hopkin sings her release of "Lontano Dagli Occhi" in Italian 2:59
2 Goodbye Released 28th March 1969 - This is a Mary Hopkin performance.
Seems to be from "Beat Club News" and is a promo featuring Paul.
Tony Bramwell of Apple attended the recording session and filmed some of it on 16mm film to be used as as a promo. This is it, showing Paul and Mary talking and working - not miming.
Although it is in black-and-white, the bits with Paul are repeated briefly in colour at the end.
It was never shown on British T.V.
3 Goodbye 25th May 1969 - Mary Hopkin on the Ed Sullivan Show (Colour) 2:41
4 George Gets Busted Silent Newsreel Footage - Extremely brief !
12th March 1969 - George and Patti arrived late at Paul's wedding reception because the notorious Sergeant Pilcher chose Paul's wedding day to raid George's house for drugs, bringing a large piece of hashish with them (in case they didn't find anything) which they then "found" on the floor. They were taken to Esher Police Station and formally charged with possession of cannabis resin.
Pilcher was found guilty of police corruption in October 1972 and jailed for 6 years.
5 Paul Marries Linda Newsreel Footage - Different sources spliced together. Some are silent, some in colour, some the same but with different language voice-overs. A Mess.
12th March 1969 - Paul and Linda were married at Marylebone Register Office, with his brother Michael and roadie Mal Evans as witnesses. Afterwards they went to St John's Wood Church where their marriage was blessed by the Rev. Noel Perry-Gore. There was a luncheon reception afterwards at the Ritz Hotel attended by Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.
None of the other Beatles attended the wedding.
6 Paul at London Airport Interview with Paul and Linda
167th March 1969 - Paul and Linda with Heather flew to New York to spend three weeks with her family.
7 John Marries Yoko Newsreel Footage
20th March 1969 - John and Yoko, still in Paris, had tried to get married on the cross-channel ferry but were refused permission to board The Dragon at Southampton because of "inconsistencies in their passports". Peter Brown at Apple found that they could get married on the British-governed island of Gibraltar. John, Yoko, Peter Brown and official photographer David Nutter flew to Gibraltar by private jet. They arrived at 8.30am and were at the British Consulate when it opened at 9am. There, registrar Cecil Wheeler married them with Peter Brown and David Nutter as their witnesses. They remained in Gibraltar for just 70 minutes before flying straight back to Paris and their luxury suite.
8 John in Amsterdam Newsreel Footage
25th March 1969 - John and Yoko flew to Amsterdam to begin a seven-day peace bed-in in room 902 of the Hilton Hotel.
9 George After Court Newsreel Footage - Silent and extremely brief
31st March 1969 - George and Patti were found guilty of possession of cannabis at Esher and Walton Magistrates' Court and were each fined 250 with ten guineas costs.
10 John at London Airport   John and Yoko - Newsreel Footage, initially silent, then some interview
1st April 1969 - John and Yoko returned to London and gave a press conference at Heathrow.
11 Get Back Promo No.1 - Rooftop performance 2:53
12 Don't Let Me Down Promo (seated in studio, plus rooftop performance) 3:19
13 Get Back Promo No.2 (Excerpt from Let It Be) 3:10
14 Ballad Of John And Yoko Promo 3:06
15 Ringo in Southampton Ringo with Peter Sellers - Newsreel Footage
16th May 1969 - Ringo and Maureen, Peter Sellers and his wife, director Joe McGrath and producer Denis O'Dell and their wives were given a free trip to New York on the newly launched Queen Elizabeth II by Commonwealth United, the backers of The Magic Christian, as a reward for bringing in the film on time and under budget.
In this clip Ringo and Sellers are seen dancing, then a brief interview
16 John in Freeport John and Yoko in Freeport - Brief clip.
25th May 1969 - Freeport is a city on the island of Grand Bahama. John and Yoko intended to hold another bed-in for peace at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel but found it too hot there to stay in bed and wanted to go elsewhere. In this clip John is told that Air Canada will fly them and he breaks into song.
17 John in Toronto Newsreel Footage (Silent)
26th May 1969 - They were held at the airport for two and a half hours by the immigration authorities but were eventually allowed to enter the country where they spent the night of 25th May in a Toronto motel, before flying out the next day.
18 John in Montreal Rare Interview Footage
29th May 1969 - Footage from the eight-day bed-in for peace in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
19 Here Comes The Sun Home movie footage filmed at Esher 2:57
20 Come Together Home movie footage filmed at Abbey Road 3:37
21 Isle of Wight Newsreel Footage (Silent !)
31st August 1969 - John, George and Ringo saw Bob Dylan & The Band headline at the Isle of Wight rock festival.
In this brief clip John and Ringo are seen in the audience while Dylan is on stage.
22 John at Apple Interview Footage
15th September 1969
23 The Music Scene 22nd September 1969
Music Scene report which goes into the promo for Ballad Of John and Yoko
(after the clip there is 15 seconds of dead screen with 19/5/2000 on it)
24 Is Paul Dead ? Newsreel Footage
22nd and 24th October 1969
25 Paul in Campbeltown Newsreel Footage (colour)
24th October 1969 - Paul was interviewed on his Scottish farm by BBC journalist Chris Drake who was determined to put an end to the absurd "Paul is dead" rumours coming from the States.
This clip though, just shows Paul wandering around with Martha.
26 Something Promo 2:59
27 John in Paris 26th January 1970
Trapped by fog, John is interviewed at the Hilton and reveals his new short haircut
28 John at Black Centre Interview Footage
4th February 1970
29 Ringo on Laugh-In 23rd February 1970 - In colour
Not the whole Rowan & Martin's show, but edited down to all the relevant Ringo parts
30 Magic Christian Trailer Trailer for Ringo's movie 1:49
31 Let It Be Ed Sullivan Show
1st March 1970
32 Two Of Us Ed Sullivan presents the Beatles Songbook, followed by the full promo's with the Apple Ident.
Fades with Hey Jude.
33 Let It Be 6:24
34 The Beatles Break-up Derek Taylor talking in Italy
10th April 1970 - Paul publicly announced the break-up of The Beatles
35 The Break-up 12th April 1970
Newsreel footage outside Apple
36 Let It Be Trailer for the film. 1:04
37 For You Blue Film Excerpt with Apple ident 3:06
38 The Break-up Interview December 1970 - I don't recognise the face ? 2:12
39 Paul at the High Court Newsreel footage - Silent and very brief - blink and you miss it.
19th February 1971 - This is day one of The Beatles High Court Case

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