Credit: Alex Young – Consequence.net
Famed Director Peter Jackson has expanded “Get Back”, his upcoming Let it Be music performances documentary from a standalone film to a three-part series airing over three nights over Thanksgiving weekend on the pay streaming service, Disney+.
The program entitled The Beatles: Get Back, is a blockbuster documentary chronicling the making of The Beatles’ penultimate album, 1970’s Let It Be. As previously reported, Jackson was given access to 55 hours of never-released footage and 140 hours of audio taken from the recording sessions, which he then restored using the same techniques developed for his acclaimed World War 1 documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, a 2018 documentary where Jackson used a lot of previously unseen footage.
Jackson spent the last three years sorting and editing footage of The Beatles originally captured by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for his companion film Let It Be. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker apparently uncovered too much good stuff to squeeze into one film, so he and Disney made the decision to release the documentary as three two-hour installments. *hear historic interview with Michael Lindsay Hogg here:
“In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines,” Jackson said in a statement. “The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”
According to Vanity Fair which published an exclusive first look at the documentary, part of the reason for its expansion was due to the insistence of Jackson, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr to have the full rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row — the final performance of the band’s career — January 30, 1969, shown in full.
The Beatles’ Get Back will NOW air over Thanksgiving weekend — November 25th, 26th, and 27th — on Disney+. Watch a recently edited version of The Beatles performing “Get Back” compiled by Peter Jackson, showing The Beatles, taken from multiple performances, ENJOYING playing together and singing “Get Back”. We’ll be anxiously awaiting our opportunity to “Get Back” with Jackson and The Beatles. Listen to Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch for continued audio updates. Join The Beatle Brunch Club here:
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