Beatlemania is alive and well. On January 30, 1969, The Beatles held their last live performance on the roof of the Apple Corps building in London’s Savile Row. To commemorate the occasion, Disney and IMAX debuted a special theatrical version of Peter Jackson’s documentary The Beatles: Come Back. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the film has sold out to nearly sold-out crowds in nearly 70 IMAX theaters in North America and at the BFI IMAX Theater in London. IMAX has sold out shows in big cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Charlotte, St. Paul, Pittsburg, San Antonio and Cleveland, who earned about $ 500,000.
This theatrical performance was combined into a 60-minute performance, which included the 45-minute concert in its entirety. The footage was followed by a live V&A with Jackson and BBC broadcaster Matt Everitt shown along with the concert. Footage of the Get back documentary series were used to compile the movie, with the footage digitally re-mastered using proprietary IMAX technology. The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Performance will play at select IMAX venues over the weekend of February 11-13.
“Peter Jackson edited it together so you can see the concert in all its glory, ”said Megan Colligan, president of IMAX Entertainment. “And the turnout shows the power of coming together in a theater, even on Disney +.”
“I am delighted that the roof concert of The Beatles: Come Back going to be experienced in IMAX, on that big screen. “This is The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it,” Jackson said in an earlier release statement.
Colligan added, “Ever since Peter Jackson’s beautiful and enlightening documentary series debuted, we’ve been constantly hearing from fans who want to experience his memorable rooftop show at IMAX. We’re so excited to bring Disney together. Get back to a whole new stage and gives Beatles fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch and hear their heroes in the unmatched image and sound of IMAX.
The Beatles: Get Back is widely praised
The Beatles: Get Back offers a very raw look at the legendary band that came together to make the 1970 album Let It Be, which originally had the working title of Get Back. It is filled with never-before-seen footage of John, Paul, George and Ringo, giving fans more of a sincere look into their entire lives at that time than ever before. Critics praised the documentary series widely, as did fans of the group.
Peter Jackson also fought back against Disney’s requests for him to censor certain elements to keep the documentary series more in line with other shows on Disney +. This includes the use of foul language along with footage of the group members smoking cigarettes. Jackson insisted on keeping the raw footage as it was to best show what it was actually like to walk into the recording room with the world’s most famous group.
You can watch The Beatles: Come Back at Disney +. The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Performance will return to theaters for the February 11-13 weekend while the home video release of Get back comes on 8 Feb.
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