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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World'

'George Harrison: Living in the Material World'

Blue-ray (PG-13)

MOVIE: 3 out of 4 stars

DISC: 3 out of 4 stars

It was his position as "the quiet Beatle" and the oft-ignored "middle child" of the group that makes George Harrison the ideal subject for a documentary. Like band mate Ringo Starr, Harrison's innovative skills as a musician went largely unnoticed as did his flair for songwriting, which is understandable considering he was competing with the greatest composers in the history of pop music. As with his Bob Dylan biography ("No Direction Home"), director Martin Scorsese cobbles together scads of previously released archival footage that is frequently repetitious but is ultimately saved by new interviews that paint Harrison in a different light. It's not perfect but is a must-own item for any serious Beatles fan.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.78:1), audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), subtitles: English.

Special features include:

-- Interviews with friends, family and professional collaborators

-- Unreleased studio clips(Universal Music, $24.98)