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Beatles 50th anniversary: A Hard Day’s Night in theaters

Happy 4th, Beatles fans!!

July 6, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of A Hard Day’s Night!

A special 50th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray edition is being released by the Criterion Collection for the 50th anniversary of the film. This latest release features new 4K restoration from the original camera negative and a new 5.1 surround sound mix produced by Giles Martin.


The film is also being shown in select theaters this Fourth of July weekend.

See if the film is playing in your area:



Sunday July 6 –
Pattie Boyd to recount meeting The Beatles at ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ screening

Monday July 7 –
Join former Beatle Ringo Starr in Hollywood to celebrate his birthday




Ringo Starr ‘Peace and Love’ concert special to air on AXS TV (July 3, 2014)

1964 The Tribute recreates The Beatles’ touring magic (May 1, 2014) –

Liv Warfield’s ‘Blackbird’ calls out Paul McCartney in defiance to Beatles’ song (April 6, 2014) –

John Lennon drawing recalls frightening Palm Springs tram ride (March 23, 2014)

Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s UFO drawing and other sketches up for auction (March 20, 2013) –

Paul McCartney’s website is giving away free tickets to his North American shows

Listen to the full mystery ‘train song’ from A Hard Day’s Night – Is it The Beatles?


Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein honored with Blue Plaque in London

Photos: Indian temple abandoned since the Beatles visited in 1968 is now a shrine to The Fab Four

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New release in July: The Beatles Japanese Box Set: 5 albums plus memorabilia –

Newly restored: The Beatles movie, A Hard Day’s Night, released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 24 –

New book: The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four [massive 2 volume set, over 1000 pages] by Ken Womack –

New Beatles book: The Dead Straight Guide to The Beatles –

New photography book: Guitar With Wings by Laurence Juber –

Graphic novel: Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band –

New book: Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles Solo Careers –

Interesting book concept: “Rock Trees: The Beatles: Volume 1: The Paul McCartney Tree” –

John Lennon & Yoko Ono historic interviews by Village Voice journalist, Howard Smith, now on 8-CD set –

George Harrison interview by Village Voice journalist, Howard Smith, now available on CD –

Book: The Guitar’s All right as a Hobby, John by Kathy Burns –

Book: The Beatles “Speaking Words of Wisdom” –

Book: The Beatles and their Revolutionary Bass Player –

Book: Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s –

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The long and winding road of Yellow Submarine, now newly restored

Thirteen years after its first DVD release, The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine, was re-released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5. Yellow Submarine captures the heart and spirit of The Beatles and has become a classic animation film. The current restoration of the film allows viewers to see the most vibrant colors intended to evoke the mood of the psychedelic 60s. The film was restored by hand, frame by frame, because of the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork.

Hard to believe that a film which is so beloved by so many had such a rocky road to completion. Back in 1967 before his death, The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, convinced The Beatles to go along with the project to fulfill their film contract with United Artists. The Beatles hesitantly agreed even though they were fearful that the film may turn out like The Beatles ABC-TV cartoon series which they were not a fan of.

But as Production Executive John Coates describes in the bonus audio commentary, as the film began to take shape, The Beatles became more and more interested in the project. The Beatles’ suspicions that the filmmakers would “Disney-fy” them were put to rest when they attended advance screenings throughout the production process.

The film was completed under an ultra-tight schedule of 11 months. Designers and animators had to constantly work around the clock to complete the film in time for the July 1968 premiere date in London. Time was so precious that students from London art schools had to be brought in night after night to help with the coloring of the hand-drawn cells. Coates estimates that there were anywhere between 100,000 to 200,000 animation cells that were used to create the film.

The film became an instant classic upon its release receiving rave reviews like this one from the Daily News: “Thunderous applause! I doubt that the Beatles themselves can top their ‘Yellow Submarine’!” The film even received a special honor in 1968 from The NY Film Critics Circle Awards.

The new DVD/Blu-ray release includes a 7-minute bonus behind-the-scenes documentary called the “Mod Odyssey” from 1968. Additional bonus features include the film’s original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, several brief interview clips with others involved with the film, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos.  Both Digipak packages include reproductions of animation cels from the film, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet.

Along with the DVD releases, the Yellow Submarine songtrack has also been re-issued, as well as the Yellow Submarine children’s book.

–Trina Yannicos

Editor’s note: Daytrippin’ issue #8 features a special behind-the-scenes look at Yellow Submarine

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