As previously revealed on this blog, The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour film is coming Blu-ray (and DVD) on 8 October (worldwide) and 9 October in North America – the news is now official.
Even better news is that as well as standard releases on DVD and Blu-ray, a special, boxed deluxe edition will also be available with the following contents:
- • Set housed in a 10″x10″ box
- • Both DVD and Blu-ray included
- • 60-page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production,
- • A faithful reproduction of the mono double 7″ vinyl EP of the film’s six new Beatles songs, originally issued in the UK to complement the film’s 1967 release!
This sounds superb, and the set is currently retailing for £59.99 on Apple’s online store.
Pre-order Deluxe Box from amazon.com here (US)
The film has been fully restored by Paul Rutan Jr. of Eque Inc., the same company that handled the much acclaimed restoration of Yellow Submarine. The soundtrack has been remixed into 5.1 surround! This work was done at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. This means DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 for the Blu-ray!
All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul.
Director’s Commentary – by Paul McCartney
The Making of Magical Mystery Tour (19m 05s)
– Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.
Ringo the actor (2m 30s)
– Ringo reflecting on his role in the film.
Meet The Supporting Cast (11m 27s)
– A feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.
“Your Mother Should Know” (2m 35s)
“Blue Jay Way” (3m 53s)
“The Fool On The Hill” (3m 05s)
– Three new edits of these performances all featuring footage not seen in the original film.
“Hello Goodbye” (3m 24s), as featured in Top of the Pops 1967
– The Beatles allowed the BBC to film them in the edit suite where they were working on Magical Mystery Tour. This was then turned into a promo by the BBC, who shot their own additional footage. It was then broadcast on Top of the Pops to mark the “Hello Goodbye” single going to No 1 in December 1967.
Nat’s Dream (2m 50s)
– A scene directed by John featuring Nat Jackley and not included in the original film.
Ivor Cutler – “I’m Going In A Field” (2m 35s)
– Ivor performs “I’m Going In A Field”, in a field. This scene was not included in the original film.
Traffic – “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush” (1m 53s)
– The filming of Traffic acting out their 1967 hit single “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush” was commissioned by The Beatles for possible inclusion in Magical Mystery Tour but was not used in the final edit.