A story posted Monday on Rolling Stone.com spotlighted an admission by Ringo Starr that he can’t find many of the pictures he took during his time with the Beatles, but also contained a very grabbing teaser at the end.
The promo, about more to be posted from the interview later this week, included this – “his thoughts on releasing the Let It Be movie on DVD.”
On a list of things Beatle fans want released, “Let It Be” is among the most wanted. Bootleggers have been reaping the benefits of a non-legitimate release for years. The usual source is a now long out-of-print Magnetic Video release that first came out on videotape and later on laserdisc.
The Beatles are certainly aware of getting it to DVD. In an interview last year, archivist Ron Furmanek told us it has been restored and the film looks great.
“When I restored it, I sat down with (Neil Aspinall) and Derek (Taylor) up in the screening room where we were editing ‘Anthology’. And they sat and watched the entire film. They were blown away. They couldn’t believe the difference,” he told us.
“It’s not dark, it’s not poor quality like the VHS or laserdisc that was released. It was shot in 16mm Kodachrome and Ektachrome and it’s gorgeous.”
Michael Lindsay-Hogg, director of the film, told Beatles Examiner in an interview “Let It Be” was intended as a document of the Beatles “as nature intended,” as film promos termed it, in the studio.
“When the film first came out in 1970, that’s actually when the Beatles broke up. The fans, the audience, were heartbroken and angry that the Beatles had broken up. And so therefore they thought the film was a downer because that’s the period it was documenting in the Beatles.
“But it was never intended to be an upper or a downer. It was intended to be what it is.”
Lindsay-Hogg said the rooftop concert on top of the Apple building at the end of the film made a great ending for “Let It Be.”
“And so then we decided to go up on the roof and do a concert. That’s a very very up experience because they didn’t know it and we didn’t know it. It’s the last time they ever played together for any kind of audience.”
Lindsay-Hogg says the Beatles plan to release the DVD in 2013. They are re-releasing “Yellow Submarine,” which had been out-of-print for several years. But “Let It Be” has never been available legitimately on DVD.
We’ll be interested to see what Ringo Starr has to say.
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