LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group's concert performances, from their early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to their unprecedented world tours in packed stadiums around the globe, from New York to Melbourne to Tokyo. Available now for preorder, the acclaimed film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD, plus 2 Disc Special Edition on both formats from November 18th, courtesy of Polygram Entertainment and Capitol/UMe.
The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse Pictures' Grammy Award®-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award®-winner and Emmy® Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.'s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.
After their legendary North American television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, The Beatles transfixed the U.S. and the tremors were felt worldwide, transforming music and pop culture forever with their records and television appearances. The Beatles' extraordinary musicianship and charisma also made them one of the greatest live bands of all time. The first feature-length documentary authorized by The Beatles since the band's breakup in 1970, Eight Days A Week features rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, plus new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers. The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles' phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band members, prompting them to stop touring altogether in August 1966 and devote their prodigious musical energy to the series of ground-breaking studio recordings for which they are best known today.
Featuring a wealth of specially created supplementary material totaling 100 minutes of extras, 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. A full breakdown is included below.
Cert. 12 | Feature Running Time: 100 mins
2-disc Special Collector's Edition (DVD/BD) includes:
1 x DVD/BD 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 humor, 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
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ABOUT APPLE CORPS LIMITED
Apple Corps Ltd. was founded by The Beatles in 1968 to oversee the band's own creative and business interests. As part of its management of The Beatles' entire intellectual property canon, the London-based company has administered the legendary band's recorded catalogue, with more than 800 million physical and digital albums sold to date.
Apple Corps has also piloted innovative Beatles projects, which have become benchmarks for pioneering accomplishment, including the record-breaking, 30 million-selling album The Beatles 1, the universally acclaimed The Beatles Anthology series, and the Grammy®-winning CD, vinyl, digital and streaming release of The Beatles' 13 remastered studio albums.
In Apple Corps' first major theatrical partnership, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil® has played to nearly eight million audience members since its June 2006 opening at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The Beatles' LOVE also resulted in a double Grammy®-winning album and a Grammy®-winning feature film, All Together Now, which details the fascinating story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the creation and launch of LOVE.
The Beatles debuted for streaming worldwide on December 24, 2015 with the band's 13 U.K. studio albums and Past Masters (Volumes 1 & 2), The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970, and The Beatles 1. The Beatles' Anthology, Volumes 1-3 music collections and LOVE album followed on April 4 and June 17, respectively. Songs by The Beatles were streamed more than one billion times within the first six months.
And continuing the commitment to preserving the archives and legacy of The Beatles' catalogue, The Beatles' Help!, Yellow Submarine, and Magical Mystery Tour feature films have in recent years been painstakingly digitally restored for DVD, Blu-ray™, and iTunes release. www.thebeatles.com
ABOUT IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT
Imagine Entertainment was founded in 1986 by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to create independently produced feature films, television programs and other original programming. Imagine Entertainment has been honored with more than 60 prestigious awards including 10 Academy Awards® and 40 Emmy® awards. Past productions include the Academy Award® Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind, as well as 8 Mile, Apollo 13, American Gangster, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code, Liar, Liar, Backdraft, and Parenthood to name a few. Upcoming films include Inferno, the third instalment of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon franchise, and American Made, starring Tom Cruise. Television productions include Fox's hit show Empire, NatGeo's Breakthrough series, NBC's Parenthood, NBC's Friday Night Lights, Fox's 24 and 24: Live Another Day, Fox's and Netflix's Arrested Development, as well as HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, for which Howard and Grazer won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series. Upcoming television programs include Fox's 24: Redemption and Shots Fired, and NatGeo's Mars and Genius series. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and continue to run Imagine Entertainment together.
ABOUT WHITE HORSE PICTURES
White Horse Pictures is a production company focused on high quality, commercial content creation across various different media – Film, TV, Documentaries and Digital. Based in Los Angeles, the company is built on the foundation of Nigel Sinclair and Guy East's vast experience of producing independent movies and takes a Millennial approach to storytelling and distribution. Sinclair and East's previous partnerships at Intermedia and Exclusive Media resulted in dozens of successful films with top talent – The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe, Snitch with Dwayne Johnson, End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rush with Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth, The Ides of March with George Clooney, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Sliding Doors, The Wedding Planner, K-Pax and The Life of David Gale. White Horse Digital is a partner in online video specialists www.billiondollarboy.com.
SOURCE Polygram Entertainment and Capitol/UMe