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Old 01-30-19, 03:55 PM
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Let It Be (1970) - The Beatles -- coming to Disney+

Just heard over the radio it is being worked on with over 100 hours of audio & video
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Was this originally shot on 16mm or 35mm film?
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The Daily Beatle: The new Let It Be film

According to this timeline it was shot 16mm and blown up to 35mm.
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Re: The Beatles "Let it Be" & Rooftop Concert finally getting a release

Big Beatles fan but I never really have bought any of their concerts or films (actually the only one I have is a VHS release of A Hard Day's Night). I probably will get this one though.
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Peter Jackson is doing this apparently. I've been waiting since the advent of DVD to see Let It Be.
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“Let It Be” Sessions Were Nothing To Shout About
In the wake of They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson‘s next found-footage project will be about the Beatles and their somewhat acrimonious
Let It Be
sessions in 1969. Jackson will find a way to make something out of 55 hours of unused footage, shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969 and later manifested in the 1970 Let It Be doc.

The Jackson-Beatles story was broken by Variety‘s Chris Willman.

Jackson: “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us ensure this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about. It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”
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Excuse me, but that’s just bullshit. The Beatles were in a shitty, dysfunctional place when the footage was shot, and the music on the Let It Be album wasn’t in the least bit “great” — it felt tired, sluggish, retro-lazy, downish, uninspired. “Let It Be Naked” has value, but the remixed Phil Spector version is arguably the worst album the Beatles ever issued.

And the tracks themselves are mostly a drag, like a version of the Beatles basement tapes: “One After 909, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Dig a Pony”, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, “Get Back”, “Let It Be”, “I Me Mine,” “Two of Us”, “Maggie Mae”, “Dig It”, “The Long and Winding Road”…God! The only tracks I can stand are “For You Blue” and the original “Across the Universe.”

Wiki excerpt: “The rehearsals and recording sessions for the album did not run smoothly. The acrimony that began during the recording of the White Album resumed soon after the rehearsals began. The Beatles weren’t getting along, and Lennon and McCartney weren’t working together as before.

“McCartney assumed the role of the leader, while a detached Lennon was more interested in spending time and making music with his soon-to-be wife Yoko Ono, who was present in the studio with him at all times. Lennon was in a fragile emotional state, with Ono having suffered a miscarriage of their child just six weeks before the start of the sessions, following a drug bust the month before.

“All of these factors led to friction within the band. At one point, Harrison quit the group after several arguments with McCartney and a falling out with Lennon, due to the former’s perfectionism and the latter’s disengagement. Harrison was coaxed back a few days later.

“The film version is famous for showcasing a number of conflicts between the group members and has frequently been referred to as a documentary that was intended to show the making of an album butinstead showsthe breakup of a band.'”

Jackson again: “After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama, but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating. It’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate. I’m thrilled and honored to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage. Making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

Bullshit artist!
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Re: The Beatles "Let it Be" & Rooftop Concert finally getting a release

Great, now my laserdisc will be worthless.
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Re: The Beatles "Let it Be" & Rooftop Concert finally getting a release

Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
Great, now my laserdisc will be worthless.
Jackson isn't re-doing the existing documentary, he's making a brand-new one with footage that wasn't used in the 1970 documentary. Your laserdisc will be just fine...although I suspect the 1970 version may get re-issued when Jackson's movie comes out.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
Jackson isn't re-doing the existing documentary, he's making a brand-new one with footage that wasn't used in the 1970 documentary. Your laserdisc will be just fine...although I suspect the 1970 version may get re-issued when Jackson's movie comes out.
From the Variety article:

A restored version of director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s theatrical release is set to finally get its belated digital release, “following the release of this new film,” according to Apple’s announcement.
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I doubt there's any chance the new documentary, fully approved by all the remaining Beatles' interests, delves into the more contentious fights between the members. Many people thought this would never be released because the Beatles' management wanted the acrimony white-washed from history.
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Originally Posted by BobO'Link
From the Variety article:
A restored version of director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s theatrical release is set to finally get its belated digital release, “following the release of this new film,” according to Apple’s announcement.
Right, but I don't think Jackson is involved with that.
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Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
I doubt there's any chance the new documentary, fully approved by all the remaining Beatles' interests, delves into the more contentious fights between the members. Many people thought this would never be released because the Beatles' management wanted the acrimony white-washed from history.
Yeah, but some people make this out to be more than it is. Four guys just got tired of dealing with each other and wanted to explore careers on their own - it's not like there was all this bad blood where they didn't talk to each other for years and/or hated each other. No group of talented people work together that closely without egos clashing. It was just business, as Don Corleone would say.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
Right, but I don't think Jackson is involved with that.
No, he is not. What I've read is it's already done but just hasn't been released. There's a chance it might be in a "super duper" release with Jackson's film but I've not found anything conclusive. There's also nothing I've found that even says the original will be released on physical media. It's kind of implied but never said directly.
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Knowing the Beatles, I'm sure everything will be available in a super-lavish box for $200.
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Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
I doubt there's any chance the new documentary, fully approved by all the remaining Beatles' interests, delves into the more contentious fights between the members. Many people thought this would never be released because the Beatles' management wanted the acrimony white-washed from history.
Who cares about the fights? I want restored footage of the rooftop concert & the music from the Twickenham & Apple Studios in HD.
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Let It Be (1970) - The Beatles -- coming to Disney+




BURBANK, Calif. (April 16) – Today, Disney+ announced that “Let It Be,” director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s original 1970 film about The Beatles, will launch exclusively on Disney+ May 8, 2024. This is the first time the film is available in over 50 years.

First released in May 1970 amidst the swirl of The Beatles’ breakup, “Let It Be” now takes its rightful place in the band’s history. Once viewed through a darker lens, the film is now brought to light through its restoration and in the context of revelations brought forth in Peter Jackson’s multiple Emmy Award®-winning docuseries, “The Beatles: Get Back.” Released on Disney+ in 2021, the docuseries showcases the iconic foursome’s warmth and camaraderie, capturing a pivotal moment in music history.

“Let It Be” contains footage not featured in the “Get Back” docuseries, bringing viewers into the studio and onto Apple Corps’ London rooftop in January 1969 as The Beatles, joined by Billy Preston, write and record their GRAMMY Award®-winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award®-winning title song, and perform live for the final time as a group. With the release of “The Beatles: Get Back,” fan clamour for the original “Let It Be” film reached a fever pitch. With Lindsay-Hogg’s full support, Apple Corps asked Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production to dive into a meticulous restoration of the film from the original 16mm negative, which included lovingly remastering the sound using the same MAL de-mix technology that was applied to the “Get Back” docuseries.



Michael Lindsay-Hogg says, “’Let It Be’ was ready to go in October/November 1969, but it didn’t come out until April 1970. One month before its 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 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.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Michael’s movie, ‘Let It Be,’ has been restored and is finally being re-released after being unavailable for decades,” says Peter Jackson. "I was so lucky to have access to Michael’s outtakes for 'Get Back,’ and I’ve always thought that ‘Let It Be’ is needed to complete the ‘Get Back’ story. Over three parts, we showed Michael and The Beatles filming a groundbreaking new documentary, and ‘Let It Be’ is that documentary – the movie they released in 1970. I now think of it all as one epic story, finally completed after five decades. The two projects support and enhance each other: ‘Let It Be’ is the climax of ‘Get Back,’ while ‘Get Back’ provides a vital missing context for ‘Let It Be.’ Michael Lindsay-Hogg was unfailingly helpful and gracious while I made ‘Get Back,’ and it’s only right that his original movie has the last word...looking and sounding far better than it did in 1970.”

“Let It Be,” directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, with a special appearance by Billy Preston. The film was produced by Neil Aspinall with The Beatles acting as executive producers. The director of photography was Anthony B Richmond.

“Let It Be” will debut exclusively on Disney+ May 8, 2024.
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Re: Let It Be (1970) - The Beatles -- coming to Disney+

Cool!

I enjoyed Get Back but because I’ve never seen Let It Be I wasn’t able to fully understand how they really connect. I’m looking forward to watching this and then maybe revisited Get Back.
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Cool, I can finally ditch my crappy boot of the film taken from a laserdisc, it really does look horrible.
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Didn’t really enjoy Get Back much but still looking forward to this. Through a combo of it being hard to find, the quality of the copies that were available, and people’s general opinion of it never managed to see it
despite being a huge fan of the band.
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Re: Let It Be (1970) - The Beatles -- coming to Disney+

I know it's outrageous to even get my hopes up a little, but I hope the Let it Be restoration isn't subjected to the same AI scrubbing that Get Back got. I didn't have a problem with Get Back because that was a new thing and its look was its look, but Let it Be should be preserved as it was. Again, I'm not optimistic, but I felt like it needed to be said.
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I saw the film in the theater in May 1970 and enjoyed it enough that I purchased the album, which had also just been released. That was the first album I ever purchased. I've seen the film twice since then, both times on youtube in the past couple of years. I'm thrilled that they're finally releasing a remastered version of the film though it's unlikely to be a "day one" purchase (Apple always puts too high a price on Beatles product at release) but won't be too long after that...
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I know it's outrageous to even get my hopes up a little, but I hope the Let it Be restoration isn't subjected to the same AI scrubbing that Get Back got. I didn't have a problem with Get Back because that was a new thing and its look was its look, but Let it Be should be preserved as it was. Again, I'm not optimistic, but I felt like it needed to be said.
I didn’t have a problem with the look in Get Back but I thought everything in They Shall Not Grow Old looked off. Like it had a rubbery look to it. Hopefully the restoration on Let It Be will look more natural. I realize there is a 50 year difference from TSNGO to Let It Be but still.
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I hope it gets released on dvd later in the year, Hopefully in time for Christmas!
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This is up on Disney+ now.
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