Friday, 15 May 2015

Is 'Let It Be' Finally Coming to DVD & Blu-Ray?

Let It Be: The Film was given a cinematic release in 1970 but has since been largely buried.

It might be a forlorn hope but today, the Beatles official YouTube account released a series of clips from the film. The film, sources say, has been remastered and cleaned up, could it be finally time for it to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray?

Why won't Apple release it? Well, various reasons have been given over the years as to why the film has never seen an official video release but the one major factor is that the Beatles themselves weren't/aren't too fond of the film anyway due to it not being a particularly happy time and the film caught that unhappiness for posterity. When the film was released, none of the band attended the premieres around the world. Also, some of the stuff in the out-takes is still considered controversial and still had the potential to raise old issues that are long forgotten in the Beatle camp.

The film was originally conceived of as a sort of "The Beatles 'Get Back' to their roots" project by Paul McCartney after the recording sessions for the White Album didn't go smoothly and resulted in some friction. Paul had an idea of shooting a TV Documentary of the band rehearsing and then giving a live performance of the new songs that would be recorded for album release. A pretty straightforward idea and a good one but John, George and even Ringo's hearts weren't in it.


                       


The TV broadcast idea was dropped and the project became a feature film with the Beatles rehearsing at Twickenham Studios on a sound stage with Paul coming up with ideas as they went along: A tour was brought up by Paul which the others torpedoed swiftly, even Ringo put his foot down saying he wasn't going abroad. Then, with the original idea for a concert still in effect, Paul floated ideas for a venue for it. Locations such as the Roundhouse in London were suggested and then more unusual ones like a disused flour mill and a cruise ship were discussed.

                   
                       
 
With filming and discussions becoming disjointed, the Beatles started squabbling again, resulting in George abruptly announcing he was leaving the band and he would see them round the clubs. Filming quickly relocated to 3 Savile Row, Apple HQ, where George was coaxed back. The film took a turn for the better with the Beatles appearing to get along better and an idea was had to end the film with a concert on the roof of 3 Savile Row.

           

The Rooftop Concert marked the last time the Beatles performed live as a group and has gone down in history better than the film did. The film itself, as Paul notes in the Anthology, actually showed how the break-up of a group works and that's what ended up happening on film. A sad time for the Beatles and their fans which understandably neither Paul nor Ringo probably want to re-live with a release of the film, no matter how much of the arguments and bitterness are edited out.

But for fans like me, and maybe you too, it's history. The fall of the Roman Empire, the break-up of the Beatles. It's history and extremely interesting history at that so hopefully Apple will Let It Be and release the film!

                          


15 comments:

  1. A few years back, LIB's director mentioned having hours of cool stuff that never made it in the film's final cut. Therefore surely any negative moments could easily be snipped away, mainly the worst exchange wherein George gets fed up and tells Paul to just tell him exactly what he wants him to play, and he'll play it.

    That type of comment was hardly considered to be a violent confrontation in the 1970s, and is even less of one these days.

    To replace such negative comments, just add in some of those "hours of cool stuff" that didn't make it in the first cut. Seems like a no brainer, and everyone would be happy.

    I think Paul and Ringo owe it to the memory of George and John not to keep this fine film under wraps forever, due to any mere egotistical "image" concerns they might have.

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    1. Exactly Ed! I wish they would just release everything! I would LOVE to see it all!

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    2. I have mixed feelings. Releasing a version with the restored film from the cutting room floor would be very interesting and probably sad to watch - but it is the Beatles history. The question is how much of that is owned by the fans/public and how much is owned by the Beatles themselves? This was their darkest hour they should have rights to protect that privacy. I do think that a compromise would be to re-release Let it Be in its original form but cleaned up visual and sound - and include for bonus the entire rooftop concert.

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  2. I hope they do this is classic,I have been waiting for this for many years.

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  3. I hope they do this is classic,I have been waiting for this for many years.

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  4. A cleaned up & remastered version would be good to see at long last. And just as they issued some bonus tracks with the 'Naked' cd,bonus footage could be included with the film reissue.There are many interesting tracks out there that have come from the film reels,so to see previously unreleased performances would be great. Doug Sulpy & Ray Schweighardt's excellent book 'Get Back-the unauthorized chronicle of The Beatles Let it Be disaster' is well worth a read, & very revealing on the songs covered .

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  5. Like most of the musical movie released now, the people can watxh the songs, and skipped the comments, and they will except old fans like me with grey hairs..my kds and grand-kids will play the music and dance,sing or whatever...c'mon Sir Paul, why let Korea invades the market with BOOTLEGS instead?

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    1. Angie Fifis June 22nd 2016

      I really hope ‘Let it Be’ is re- released in whatever form- be it 'cleaned up', extra bonus tracks, extended rooftop concert performance. I have really missed this movie. For any 'negative' scene showing dissention, there were so many positive moments where the group showed their humour and professionalism. The exchange between Paul and George wasn't that bad! Ultimately what really broke them up was business dealings - Their innovation in music was always what made them the greatest band of all time. The only sad aspect of watching this documentary film would be that John and George are gone. I believe it would be appreciated by younger fans today. Please bring it back.

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    2. C'mon Paul and Ringo !!! The whole world wants to see "Let it Be".
      O.K. you don't want to release it. So please give Apple Corps permission to release the film when you are both dead. It would'nt matter then...

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  6. these performance is good enough to attract many generations. with that talent, It is not impossible. I believe that is true.

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  7. Paul: Think of the money you'll make by releasing the film.

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  8. Big Fan of him.Just love the video!Finally it is releasing in DVD.
    Keep sharing such more info.
    Thank you.
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  9. Love him and his DVD so much. Hope to see more post from your site next time. Thanks.

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  10. these performance is good enough to attract many generations.

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