While things continue to pick up at The Projector with The Singapore Palestinian Film Festival next month (which also is next year), limited screenings like Tsukiji Wonderland and Miss Saigon have us checking back ever so oft. Here’s an intimate look at The Beatles through the eyes of Ron Howard, the director of one of my favorite but most haunting films (hey it was showing when I was 8) titled A Beautiful Mind.
Would jump on this, as soon as screening times are up on The Projector’s site:
Released in September this year, Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles in this first feature-length documentary authorized by The Beatles since the band’s breakup in 1970.
“We were normal, the rest of the world was crazy.”
A not-to-missed story of The Beatles’ exceptional touring years featuring music, interviews, and stories of 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966 – an intimate portrait of the band, and a behind-the-scenes look at The Beatles on tour. Exploring the effect it had on their relationships, as well as their musical evolution, and looking at how they transformed the world of music, the film features interviews, unheard music and exclusive concert footage from the biggest band of all time.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years – is out on Blu-Ray, DVD, 2 disc special edition & digital download from November 18th.
The special edition features 100 mins of extras, including unseen interviews with Paul and Ringo, five rarely seen full length performances of The Beatles live in concert and a 64-page booklet with rare photos.
The deluxe home entertainment editions contain exclusively created featurettes for fans to delve even deeper into the band’s world. Accompanying these are stunning, fully restored full length performances of some of the band’s most iconic tracks including “Twist and Shout” and “She Loves You” recorded at the ABC Theatre, Manchester in 1963 and “Can’t Buy Me Love” at the NME Awards, 1964, in London, bringing the experience of seeing The Beatles in concert fully to life for all fans.
2-disc Deluxe Collector’s Edition (DVD/BD) includes:
1 x BD/DVD feature disc + 1 Bonus Disc (containing approx. 100 minutes of extras, highlighted below)
64 page booklet with an introduction from director Ron Howard, essay by music journalist and author Jon Savage and rare photos from The Beatles’ private archive
Words & Music (24 mins)
John, Paul, George & Ringo reflect on songwriting and the influence of music from their parents’ generation, Lennon/McCartney writing for other artists, The Beatles as individual musicians, and the band as innovators. Also featuring Howard Goodall, Peter Asher, Simon Schama and Elvis Costello. The interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen.
Early Clues To A New Direction (18 mins)
A special feature touching on The Beatles as a collective, the importance of humour, the impact of women on their early lives and songwriting, and the band as a musical movement. Featuring John, Paul, George & Ringo, along with Paul Greengrass, Stephen Stark, Peter Asher, Malcolm Gladwell, Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Curtis, Elvis Costello and Simon Schama. Again the interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen.
Liverpool (11 mins)
The early days in Liverpool of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s are brought vividly to life by those who worked closely with them at that time including fan club secretary Freda Kelly, Allan Williams an early manager, and Leslie Woodhead multi-award winning documentary film director.
The Beatles in Concert (12 mins)
Five great but rarely seen full length performances of The Beatles live in concert – Twist and Shout, She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love, You Can’t Do That and Help!
Additional features are:
• Three Beatles’ Fans
• Ronnie Spector and The Beatles
• Shooting A Hard Day’s Night
• The Beatles in Australia
• Recollections of Shea Stadium
• The Beatles in Japan
• An alternative opening for the film
And if you’re curious, the trailer for Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind: