A Beatles Film Unavailable For Decades Is Coming To Disney+ – SlashFilm


Get ready to party like it’s 1962, folks! In a rare example of a streamer actually going out of its way to preserve art history from before the 1990s (if an exclusive streaming release as opposed to physical media counts as “preserving,” of course), Disney is doing the exact opposite of (ahem) letting it be. The studio has helped restore a lost 1970 documentary that once gave fans an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look into the group’s dynamics at a particularly fraught moment in their rise to fame and glory. According to Disney, the Beatles’ Apple Corps production company approached Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production to restore the original 16mm negative of “Let It Be” for this re-release.

Original director Michael Lindsay-Hogg had this to say about the news:

“‘One month before (‘Let It Be’s) release, The Beatles officially broke up. And so the people went to see ‘Let It Be’ with sadness in their hearts, thinking, ‘I’ll never see The Beatles together again. I will never have that joy again,’ and it very much darkened the perception of the film. But, in fact, how often do you get to see artists of this stature working together to make what they hear in their heads into songs? And then you get to the roof, and you see their excitement, camaraderie, and sheer joy in playing together again as a group and know, as we do now, that it was the final time, and we view it with the full understanding of who they were and still are and a little poignancy. I was knocked out by what Peter was able to do with ‘Get Back,’ using all the footage I’d shot 50 years previously.”

This restored and remastered version of “Let It Be” debuts exclusively on Disney+ May 8, 2024.

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