Sunday, 23 October 2011

Let It Be - official Blu-ray coming?

One of the many "unofficial" DVD releases of Let It Be

"Let It Be" director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who has been making the rounds to promote his autobiography Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond spoke about The Beatles in an interview with radio station WNYC-FM. "We have been working on it pretty much every year for the last couple of years. And the plan is, at the moment, to have it come out, I think, in 2013," Lindsay-Hogg said.
He says that second disc will be filled with the film's outtakes. "When we first put 'Let It Be' out, I had to cut out a lot of stuff that I really like and wanted to stay in there. The stuff in the new DVD has a lot of the stuff that had to be cut out. So for me, it's like the egg is now complete." Lindsay-Hogg also directed the Beatles' TV show "Around The Beatles", the promotional videos for "Paperback Writer," "Hey Jude" and "Revolution," as well as The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus
A home video release of "Let It Be," featuring outtakes and additional footage highlighting the making of the 1970 documentary, would follow a planned DVD release of the band's self-directed 1967 TV special "Magical Mystery Tour" in 2012, according to Beatles Examiner.
Both films were briefly available in various now dated formats (various video cassette systems and video discs) in the early 1980s, and "Magical Mystery Tour" was also out on DVD in the USA in 1997, but is now a collector's item. Unfortunately one of the restored prints for the 1988 video cassette was overlooked when releasing the DVD and they used an inferior version of the film. Beware of an even more inferior pirate edition by the Avenue One label, which is freely available in shops.

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