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Peter Jackson’s Let It Be restoration will be called ‘The Beatles: Get Back’

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Peter Jackson’s much anticipated reworking of The Beatles‘ 1970 film Let It Be will be released theatrically in September after worldwide distribution rights were secured by Disney.

The film will be called The Beatles: Get Back, which of course not only references the group’s 1969 single (with Billy Preston) but is also a nod to the working title of the Let It Be album itself.

As well as never-before-seen footage of the Let It Be recording session, we now know that the film will include the entire 42 minute rooftop concert, “fully restored”. Peter Jackson has been through over 55 hours of unseen footage, filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the ‘Let It Be’ album sessions.

Peter Jackson says, “Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces. I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”

The Walt Disney Studios are releasing it in the US and Canada on 4 September 2020, with additional details and dates for the film’s global release “to follow”. A fully restored version of the original Let It Be film will be made available “at a later date”.

While all this is very exciting, what we still have no idea about is what the expected Let It Be 50th anniversary edition will look like. Surely it will be a combination of remastered album, outtakes, 5.1/Dolby Atmos mix and both versions of the film. We’ll have to wait and see. I’m pretty sure a box set/reissue will follow the theatrical release of The Beatles: Get Back, probably in October time. Indeed, Callaway Arts & Entertainment have a book out called The Beatles: Get Back which is scheduled for mid-October. Rumours suggest this is an ‘official companion’ to Peter Jackson’s film and it will include exclusive photographs, transcripts of the recording and an essay by Hanif Kureishi. It can be pre-ordered below.

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96 responses to Peter Jackson’s Let It Be restoration will be called ‘The Beatles: Get Back’

  1. Pete says:

    It’s all gone very quiet on the box set release date although am I right in saying it’s never been officially confirmed as happening?

    Desperate for news and to complete the quartet!

  2. Kaos says:

    here’s my take:

    Disc 1: Remixed Spector album

    Disc 2: Remastered Spector

    Disc 3: Remixed Glyn Johns

    Disc 4: Original Glyn Johns

    Disc 5: Remastered Glyn Johns

    Disc 6: Remixed McCartney (LIBN)

    Disc 7: Remastered McCartney (LIBN)

    Disc 8: Outtakes Disc A

    Disc 9: Outtakes Disc B

    Disc 10: Outtakes Disc C

    Disc 11/12/13: Twickenham Sessions (Complete)

    Disc 14/15/16: Savile Row, Apple Sessions (complete)

    Blu-Ray/DVD mix of ALL OF IT

    Vinyl Mix

    Cassette Tape mix

    (for a limited time) Lindsay-Hogg film, Jackson Film

    All of it in a large 8″X10″X4″ box

    (Like the signature box)

  3. feverpitch96 says:

    Give us a reprint of the 160-page booklet from the 1970 Let It Be box set as part of the above and we’ll all be happy!

  4. bruce s kelso says:

    with the virus impacting all that moves and shakes I see a much later release date for theater viewing.

  5. Norman says:

    Those jokers at the BBC should hire Peter Jackson to restore the originally colour episodes of Steptoe & Son from 1970 that now only survive in below standard black and white…

  6. Michael says:

    I was around when the “Let It Be” movie first came out at the cinema in 1970, and loved seeing the Beatles on the screen! Actually went to see the movie twice the same day. I was a child then, and a huge Beatles fan, but even now as an adult, I could care less about the bits of friction between the band mates during the filming. As I see it, The Beatles were still able rise above and again create some of the greatest, most memorable pop music.

    Seeing the re-release of the “Let It Be” movies with the inclusion of the full rooftop concert footage, will be a fabulous and nostalgic treat. Looking forward to the LIB super deluxe box set when it comes out, however it’s configured!

  7. Iain says:

    Seeing the ‘Complete’ rooftop concert will be good.

    • John McCann says:

      Iv got the touring years and 1 Blu-rays,both have rooftop songs,does the complete concert add any more or have theas two discs covered it,cheers

      • AMERICANA says:

        It doesn’t begin to cover it. Some songs were performed twice and they were up there for a while before it was shut down, so there’s LOADS of unreleased footage.

  8. Tom D says:

    I’m expecting there to be a “Let It Be” boxed set that does not include either movie, but perhaps more audio than usual, since there’s so much to choose from. I do wonder if it will include “Let It Be…Naked” and the “Fly On The Wall” bonus disc from 2003. Maybe this box will come out in May, and then a boxed set of the old and new movie in, say, November?

  9. bruce kelso says:

    the beatles at this time are awfull. it was to close after the final mixes of the white album to be stuck in the huge twicken ham film studio trying to get it together. not that being in abbey road studios would of been better. when they did reunite in the spring they were rejuvenated and ready record. a few songs like dig a pony and I gotta feeling would of been nice as stand alone 45 but recorded in a studio . this period in jan 69 was the lowest ebb for them. i don’t see what all the fuss is about. let it be. you can polish a turd but it is still a turd.

    • AMERICANA says:

      They weren’t awful at all. How can you describe songwriting such as ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘Two Of Us’, ‘Get Back’, ‘Across The Universe’ and others as awful? – Maybe you’re referring to their live performance ability? BUT WAIT!! – They’re super-tight, rockin’ and rollin’ on the rooftop, with Billy Preston givin’ that extra sauce on keys.

      It may not be your favourite album, but it is a great period nevertheless. Everything The Beatles touched was gold, let’s face it.

      • Arthur O'Brien says:

        Hear, hear. So tired of the the blatherings of people who’ve listened to decades of propaganda, some of it perpetrated by the Beatles themselves, telling the story that these sessions were a month-long hate session. This was far from true.

        Having listened to the complete Nagra tapes and hearing the Beatles interact, the moments of trouble were few and far between. The main problem seemed to be that they started the sessions without a clear plan, everything else was just typical family squabbles that were always resolved with everyone happy to work on the songs at hand. The disorganized way they recorded without proper takes, etc. is the main reason this never became an L.P. – too hard to go through and find the good takes without proper marking of tape boxes or other documentation.

        Contrary to the propaganda, it turns out they continued working on songs past the rooftop session all the way through what became Abbey Road. So tired of the naysayers.

      • Dan says:

        “Everything The Beatles touched was gold, let’s face it”

        Only if you like The Beatles.

        And not all of us do.

  10. The Golden Age Of The Phonograph says:

    Paul I understand your views on Phil Spector. Then you bring that pervert Gary Glitter into your comment. However you extol anything put out by Michael Jackson. Why is this?

  11. Keith Brittain says:

    Hi Paul,

    What ever happenned to the Yoko Ono (second) reissue project. Why were “Seasons of Glass,’ It’s Alright” and “Starpeace” never released.

    Keith Brittain

  12. mark browne says:

    Really looking forward to this, pre ordered the book to start with just in case..it’s possible there won’t be an a complete boxset of music and movies…I think apple may just release a superdeluxe of music and a superdeluxe of the movies..then smaller packages…since the Beatles are my No1 band…I have to have everything…

  13. Albert says:

    I wonder if George’s walk out and ‘Jamming With Yoko’ will be in the film?
    Not likely, if everyone’s got their nice faces on and it’s Disney…. Ah well…

    • Tony says:

      You have to remember that unlike this period when it could become 3 vs 1, anything released by The Beatles now has to be approved by all four (ie Yoko for John and Olivia for George). In other words each one has a veto. If anyone doesn’t like something it doesn’t get released.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        That was always the case – a ‘reverse democracy’ – if one member didn’t want to do something, they didn’t do it. At least that’s the theory that Paul peddles, although seems implausible. I read that George was very against the idea of the rooftop concert at Saville Row and Paul/John’s force of personality made it happen.

  14. Albert says:

    There could be trouble years down the line with this one. Disney are notorious for putting out films on home media and then pulling them, sometimes they become unavailable for years at a time. Fantasia was but one film that suffered this fate. The Beatles and Apple had problems with Yellow Submarine for a good while and also the other films they did (why Hard Day’s Night footage or the ‘dartless’ Help! isn’t on the 1+ DVD). In a good few years I can see a possible Apple vs Disney ding dong over this film at some point. Mickey’s mob aren’t the nicest people to do business with (so I’ve heard). That said though, it’s great we are getting this stuff. As a Stones fan, I am disgusted how the band and ABKCO still haven’t come to an agreement about the Stones’ 60s legacy in visual form. So, good on you, Beatles.

    • CJ Feeney says:

      Disney always had a policy of “cycling” their classic movies even before the advent of home media. when I was a child there was a seven year cycle of repeat cinema releases of films like Snow White and Pinnochio, and an extreme reluctance to allow TV broadcast that lasted until the advent of pay-per-view. They carried this over to having a seven year cycle of DVD releases. It is a deliberate marketing strategy to make the films more desirable during the window of availability and served them well for 50-60 years.

      I doubt that all the franchises they have absorbed will have agreed to those terms – Star Wars, Marvel and The Beatles would have too much clout in agreeing their release schedule and availability.

  15. Gootsy says:

    “A later date” for the original LIB movie, which means never or at least never during Mcca lifetime. It pictures him as a complete jerk. (And I’m a macca fanatic)

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I disagree. It pictures him as someone trying to keep a band together while those around him just come across as a bit lethargic and resent his input and him trying to control and create things. That one argument with George doesn’t make Paul a jerk. I agree with his instruction for George not to play guitar along the vocal phrasing of Hey Jude, that apparently pissed George off. It’s Paul’s song, so he has the right to say how he wants it arranged. Paul is many things but he’s a bit of a genius in terms of being creative with arrangements for songs and for other people’s songs. He always gave his best, I think. That piano intro at the beginning of While My Guitar Gently Weeps being a case in point.

      • kook says:

        I think McCartney’s bass playing on ‘Something’ is… well, quite something.

      • Blakey says:

        Not forgetting his work on Something, Taxman, Here Comes The Sun…
        It’s amazing the stick Macca gets when at least he was genuinely bothered. John was strung out on horse, belittled George much more than Paul did, refused to talk at band meetings and he caused an atmosphere by bringing Yoko and then Klein in. Yet Paul is seen as the jerk?!

        Nah!

      • Uncle Meat says:

        Well said, Paul. Agreed!

      • Rowly75 says:

        I thought Georges argument and subsequent walkout on the 10th was with Lennon not Paul though nothing has ever surfaced on this I believe? Definitely won’t be in the Disney edit even if it did exist!

  16. Ralph says:

    I don’t suppose they will reproduce the box set and book from the original release? I always wanted that but it was way beyond my pocket money at the time

  17. P Spector says:

    If there’s going to be some kind of super deluxe version with film and album, will it include Murderer Phil Spector’s orchestral bits or do The Beatles want to disassociate themselves to him.
    If there’s going to be a 5.1 mix of the album, the orchestral bits would add to the mix. Maybe McCartney can add a new orchestral piece.

    • Mark says:

      A comprehensive “Let It Be”/“Get Back” superdeluxe that would appease everyone and cover every base would probably run to about 20 discs.

    • Jarmo Keranen says:

      Phil Spector wasn’t murderer back in 1970 but great record producer. It’s totally different thing what happened about 33 years later!

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        He did murder someone to be fair. You don’t get a pass on murder because you produced some good records.

        • AMERICANA says:

          Let’s not get away from the point: Phil Spector did a fantastic job in producing what must have been a very difficult project to compile and finish. Phil Spector is undoubtedly one of the greatest producers in music. Even if he hadn’t worked with any of The Beatles, he would still be classed as such, but his work with John Lennon and George Harrison alone testifies to his genius. As for disassociating The Beatles from him will never happen. The proof? – The 2009 remasters include the original Let It Be and John Lennon’s Imagine box set even celebrated Phil Spector’s contribution by having isolated score tracks. That was 18 months ago. Go figure.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I don’t disagree with most of what you say. But he did change The Beatles music against (one of) their wishes. It is ridiculous when you think about it. Paul wasn’t even in control of how his own song sounded on a Beatles album. That’s a side issue though. Spector was employed to do a job and did it pretty well.

          • AMERICANA says:

            It isn’t that ‘the industry’ doesn’t care about what happened. – And, having looked deep into the case and the evidence, I personally believe that it was manslaughter, if anything. – It’s the fact that he defined a generation of hits. His sound was unique. History cannot be rewritten because he’s currently in prison. His musical legacy is undoubtable. Add that to the fact that he produced many acts, so removing his legacy would be removing a tonne of classic music off the face of the earth. – Imagine never hearing ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, or no ‘Unchained Melody’… Two of the greatest singles of all time! Now also think about how many movies have used these songs… Top Gun, Ghost, Mean Streets (Be My Baby)… Are we gonna go and remove these from the films? – Censorship is a very dangerous thing and we’re all grown-up enough to separate the artistic and personal.

            – Also worth checking out is his production on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Death Of A Ladies’ Man’. Absolute genius.

        • Albert says:

          I get that about Spector, but if we’re going to do that there are a good few who we could get precious about. Miles Davis, John Lennon, Brian Jones, Keith Moon, James Brown, and Ike Turner were all either wife beaters or abusive to women. Others like Frank Sinatra and Led Zeppelin had ties to some very dodgy characters. While some like Jim Morrison and Sid Vicious were just not very nice people, and let’s not forget all the punks types who wore Nazi regalia or called their band the Moors Murderers. I know it’s a cliche to say ‘separate the art from the artist’ but it’s kind of true. Otherwise, we would end up listening to nobody. Spector doesn’t get a free pass, but I would buy a reissue as a Beatles record and not a Spector one. If All Things Must Pass is given a new deluxe makeover, I will also buy that. Because it is a George Harrison album.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            My opinion on Spector that I’ve expressed here before is that I’m amazed how no one – or should I say ‘the industry’ – really seems to care that he murdered someone. There seems to be different standards on how he is viewed compared to, say, Gary Glitter. Weird, but there you go.

          • John McCann says:

            George wasent perfect either mate, Olivia says in the George doc, that she turned a blind eye to George’s infidelitys,she accepted he was a red blooded man that women threw themselves at,some women including my ex wife would claim that was abusive,,or so her lawyer said.but George was great my favourite.

          • Tomasz says:

            I wish Steve Wilson would remix All Things Must Pass in STEREO and 5.1. to remove Spector’s mud from it….

        • John McCann says:

          Great in easy rider.

    • John McCann says:

      Disassociate with anybody then it should be the keyboard player,and I don’t mean Paul.

  18. Metal Mickey says:

    I’m cautiously excited about this, not least to see if Peter Jackson has worked the same visual magic with the image quality as his team did with “They Shall Not Grow Old” – I’m so used to crappy VHS-rips of LIB that actually seeing the footage in pristine quality might be quite a shock…

    … I’m also glad they’ve gone with a new title, rather than a “Let It Be” variant – LIB should remain as the “as-it-happened” version, with Get Back as the “50 years of distance” version…

  19. Kim says:

    And could you please also add Amazon AU. If for no other reason than to show just how badly Australian prices compare with the rest of the world. (Prices generally, not picking out Amazon, as they are constrained from the start by already high wholesale pricing)

  20. Adey says:

    I doubt any 50th anniversary issue of the album will include the film too, as they would rather let fans “double dip” to buy it all, plus copyright issues with parlophone or whoever, having to pay disney

  21. Adey says:

    Blu ray please…..

  22. Dave Douglass says:

    Why October? The original came out in May.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      The White Album was only just reissued in November. May is far too soon for another big box set.

    • Mark says:

      The breakneck speed of the 50th anniversary releases since Pepper underlines just how brilliantly prolific The Beatles were. You could squeeze every one in the gap between so-so, over-laboured late-career albums by The Cure, Depeche Mode et al.

      • kook says:

        They were, although that’s hardly a fair comparison. Most musicians are more productive during their first decade than in their later years (including the two bands you mention, both of whom released seven albums in their first 10 years).

        Lennon and Harrison were hardly prolific after the mid-1970s, and even McCartney’s albums have generally followed a four-year cycle since ‘Flowers in the Dirt’.

  23. Gisabun says:

    With just about everything being postponed or delayed, if this mess extended a bit will they hold off on the theatrical release or just cancel it.
    It would also delay the retail release if the theatrical release delayed.
    And I think they want it as part of the Xmas shopping.

  24. Hawklord says:

    I have heard from a verified unreliable source that if you rewind the cassette from the forthcoming Let It Be SDE backwards at just the right speed, you will hear an advertisement for the Egyptian Station luggage set, which will supposedly be made from artificial camel hair.

  25. Steve says:

    I expect the Glyn Johns versions of the Get Back album and the original cover that was used on the blue hits album
    https://www.beatlesource.com/bs/scans/acetates/apple/gb-lib1g.jpg

  26. James says:

    “While all this is very exciting, what we still have no idea about is what the expected Let It Be 50th anniversary edition will look like. Surely it will be a combination of remastered album, outtakes, 5.1/Dolby Atmos mix and both versions of the film. ”

    I’m not so sure, Paul, that it will include both versions of the film – Disney have rights to ‘Get Back’, but probably not ‘Let It Be’.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Disney 4K/Blu-ray release of ‘Get Back’ with all the special features related to that film, then the Apple/Universal ‘Let It Be’ 50th box, with a remastered and restored version of the original film in that with the CDs.

    • James C says:

      Good point – but the distribution deal could just be for the film’s theatrical release and Disney’s new streaming service, leaving Apple to market physical product in any way they seem fit.

  27. kook says:

    Me, now: I expect Jackson’s film will get a standalone Blu-Ray release, which will probably be enough for me. The 2003 ‘Naked’ version did much to rehabilitate the album and, judging by the outtakes on ‘Anthology 3’, I’m not convinced that I need to hear anything else from the vault.

    Me, in October: I HAVE TO GET THIS BOXSET.

  28. James Last says:

    Another remaster ?
    Don’t let the guys who did the 2009 stereo remasters near it,
    Or giles martin !

    • Maxe says:

      Sorry, an official Beatles’ statement alreadey confirmed a Giles Martin Remix of its musical auudio content.

    • Wes Headley says:

      I have original releases of SPLHCB, TWA, and AR, the MoFi box set and more. IMO Giles Martin did a fantastic job on every one of the Beatles reissues he’s worked on. This is the view of countless critics and audiophile publications like Stereophile (with some minor dissent) and that’s been my experience as well. I’m very glad he’s taken this on and hope they go back and do Revolver soon. — all are superb in their own right.

      • James Last says:

        The MoFi set was beyond awful.
        Anyone who thinks it sounds good needs a hearing check, a better stereo or both.
        Worse than the 2009 stereo remasters.
        :)

  29. leemer says:

    Maybe not superseded, but perhaps transcended.

  30. joel ivins says:

    what…no comments???…is everyone quarantined???… has the coronavirus wiped everyone out???…I very much enjoy the beatles…i don’t have any of their physical music, but i enjoy them when i hear them…this article has been up for awhile with no comments…it’s kind of creepy…hope everyone stays well

    • George glazener says:

      @Joel; alive and well here in Atlanta Georgia USA. It’s very eerie witnessing our country and our world reeling and retreating while this disease of unknown severity and duration creeps in amongst us. It’s kind of like boarding up your coastal home against an approaching hurricane even as the weather you see is calm and sunny. I suspect that with all the travel and entertainment industries going on hiatus, there is about to be a period of unprecedented online shopping about to explode as people wait out this storm at home. It’s going to be an interesting next few weeks. I wonder how RSD will do this year?

      • -SG- says:

        Living in the Central Coast/Bay Area things have really slowed down this week. Everything is getting cancelled. Panic is in the air. This evening was beautiful, lots of people still walking the bike path along the cost, but now the bronze surfer statue wears a breathing mask. I decided I had enough and fled the scene once one man with his family gave out a big juicy cough. There is a sense of a dark cloud hanging, like a terrible occurrence which is yet to strike and perhaps some denial. Traffic is still there but less. Schools are being put on hiatus for the month. How bad will it get? When will it end? Each day another local case gets diagnosed, some infected from travel, some infected by unknown means. My record buying has definitely gone on hiatus, I love the music but it can wait until later. Travel plans cancelled. I predict, at-least here, Record Store Day will not be very busy, if the stores are open. A financial crisis will likely follow.

        • John McCann says:

          Dear American guys,we have many news channels in the UK,one of them is even meant to be impartial,we are all aware what’s going on and to take our minds of it we do other things,like brousing this site,boxes of music is our therapy if you like, so lets forget about the virus’for a wee while,amen

  31. GUESS says:

    THE RELEASE OF THE YEAR JUST GOT EVEN BIGGER!!!!! CANNOT WAIT :-)

  32. Mark says:

    I wonder if Apple/Beatles will now try to replace “Let it Be” in the canon (as both film and album) with parallel releases called “Get Back”. Perhaps an updated “Let It Be…Naked” will be repackaged as “Get Back”, complete with the original Angus McBean Manchester Square photos from 1969 that were used on the rejected “Get Back” sleeve in 1970. I could see this being used as the basis for any superdeluxe editions too.

    Whatever happens, it would be a shame if the original 1970 box set-with-book wasn’t finally reissued.

  33. Simonf says:

    Disney Star Wars and now Disney Beatles. Brrrrrr!!!!!!

  34. george glazener says:

    Excellent News..!!
    I have to wonder how long the New Film will be? This is Peter Jackson after all, so it’d better be 9 hrs long at least..!!

    • Gisabun says:

      They will release a theatrical release first.
      A few months later the theatrical and extended release.
      Except if you buy the super deluxe edition where you will get the theatrical & extended release plus your 9 hour version.

  35. Craig Hedges says:

    Is there anything Disney haven’t got their grubby little hands on. Does this mean the film will be sanitised?

    Let it be at a later date!! WTF!!!!! perhaps a 60th anniversary release

    Also just announced on a separate subject, Bjorn from ABBA has given an interview saying that there are only two songs which WILL definitely be released towards the end of the year – There is no album.

  36. David B says:

    Excellent news .. but i’m just wondering which version of “Let it be” they will remaster? Will it be as it was before Spector got his hands on it, or will it be the issued version?

  37. Jeff says:

    In a word…. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  38. Jurg says:

    There is an Amazon.nl. Why isn’t it mentioned in the list of Amazon links? It’s very new.

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