One of the coolest evolutions in YouTube history was the removal of the oppressive 10 minute time limit for video clips. Such advancements have led to the wonder of allowing the Beatles movie “Help!” to be seen and shared in its entirety, for free! Now “Help!” is probably the least essential Beatle movie, even more so then “Magical Mystery Tour,” (also available for complete viewing on this site.) Why? Probably because it was their least creative, and most commercial effort. “Help!” came out in 1965 at the tail end of the original Beatlemania ultra craze. In this era, the Beatles were already evolving from happy go lucky rock stars into more introspective individuals, but “Help!” still captures them as inseparable best friends who all dress the same and do everything together. During the filming, the Beatles were incredibly uninterested in its production, and were notorious for sneaking marijuana before takes constantly. The effect is noticeable in their tired and bleary eyes and giggly unfocused performances. Their stoned indifference really does nothing to film, already a slight and silly story about a magical ring that Ringo can’t seem to get off his finger. Like all Beatle movies, the music, and the musical interludes are timeless. The title song is one of John Lennon’s greatest singles, and the rest of the soundtrack hints at the creative explosion of psychedelic folk music the Beatles would explore later that year on “Rubber Soul.” Some of my favorites include “Another Girl,” and “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl.” Its also worth noting that George Harrison’s burgeoning obsession with the sitar began on the set of “Help!” when he started fiddling around with one played by the Indian musicians in the restaurant scene. The video encoded below is fully remastered in beautiful HD, and it really is worth watching, especially for Beatles fans that have never seen it. If you don’t have a lot of time, I’d recommend just skipping to any random point in the film and watching for ten minutes. Its impossible for the film to make less sense then it already does, and you’ll likely land on a beautiful and priceless Beatle performance. Enjoy.