|Finally announced by Criterion. New cover by Rodrigo Corral|
Finally, the official word on this. Criterion just announced this title for June 24th, along with the cover depicted above.
"Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time."
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
Black and White
So, looks like they messed up the aspect ratio after all...
- New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with two audio options—a monaural soundtrack and a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records—presented in uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray (dual-format only)
- Audio commentary featuring various members of the film’s cast and crew (dual-format only)
- In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
- You Can’t Do That: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson
- Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen, cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, and others (dual-format only)
- New piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director (dual-format only)
- The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film (1959), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan (dual-format only)
- Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s approach to editing (dual-format only)
- New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years—Volume One (dual-format only)
- Deleted scene (dual-format only)
- PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton
"Deleted scene" is intriguing, could it be "You Can't Do That" or something completely different? Paul's solo scene?
Criterion's official page is here.