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The marketing might of a quartet that broke up more than 25 years ago will be tested next month when Capitol Records and Turner Home Entertainment release the 10-hour, $159 "The Beatles Anthology" on videocassette.

Turner and Capitol are trying to take two slow-selling home-video categories, music and long-form documentaries, and create a mega-seller.

To do that, they're relying on a $12 million-to-$15 million TV and radio campaign themed, "Their Music. Their Story. Their Video."

The campaign breaks during ABC's repeat of the 6-hour "Beatles Anthology," beginning Aug. 31. Ads will emphasize that the videos feature 5 hours of "previously unseen footage," said Capitol Exec VP Bruce Kirkland.


The promotion has been divided into three parts: the Sept. 5 video launch, backed by spots on network, cable and spot TV; a radio campaign in October to push the third "Beatles Anthology" CD; and a holiday TV campaign touting the video as a gift. Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Los Angeles, handles media.

Apple Records, which licensed the rights to Capitol, has decided to use virtually no promotion partners for the video release. "We had a number of great tie-in ideas," said one executive close to the project, "but Apple nixed them all."

The only tie-in Apple Records may allow, insiders said, is one with IBM involving a promotional site on the World Wide Web.

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