Thursday, 23 August 2012

Magical Mystery Tour on the big screen

Apple & EMI have partnered with Omniverse Vision, the leading distributor of music events to cinemas worldwide, to bring exclusive showings of Magical Mystery Tour to the big screen.
Screenings will take place in selected cinemas from 27th September in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Japan, and other countries worldwide. Once confirmed, full listings will be available at www.thebeatles.com

Of course, Magical Mystery Tour enjoyed a limited run at cinemas/movie theaters in the late sixties/early seventies, often organised by film clubs. The above poster was made in the seventies for such a screening, and copies are readily available on ebay. Occasionally, even originals appear.

Back in the seventies, before the video age, people could buy super 8 and 16mm copies of Magical Mystery Tour to show at home, using a film projector.
MMT as two reels of 16mm films, including a Beatles banner.

Of course, shortly after the video players became available on the mass market, the illegal video cassettes started to appear.
Unauthorized video cassette, ca 1980
..the legal one came after another decade.

Due out October 8th (9th in the USA), the deluxe edition of Magical Mystery Tour.


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