Let It Be | Rare Beatles documentary to stream on Disney+

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Let It Be, a documentary about The Beatles not commercially released since it was broadcast over 50 years ago, will be available to watch on Disney+ in May.

Any time is a good time to be a fan of The Beatles, but the last year had been particularly fruitful when it comes to new Beatles material, most notably the long awaited release of Now And Then, which is now officially the final ever Beatles song, which was subsequently used by Matthew Vaughn in Argylle. Oh, and Sam Mendes is set to direct four Beatles biopics too.

Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and released in May 1970 amid the hysteria of The Beatles’ breakup, Let It Be has been unavailable for broadcast or public screenings for more than 50 years. The documentary will stand as a companion piece to Peter Jackson’s Get Back series.

As per the official description, Let It Be will “bring viewers into the studio and onto Apple Corps’ London rooftop in January 1969 as The Beatles, joined by Billy Preston, write and record their Grammy Award-winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award-winning title song, and perform live for the final time as a group”.

With approval from Lindsay-Hogg, Apple Corps sought out Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production to undertake a restoration of the film from the original 16mm negative, which included remastering the sound using the same MAL de-mix technology that was applied to the Get Back series.

Lindsay-Hogg said to Deadline, “Let It Be was ready to go in October/November 1969, but it didn’t come out until April 1970. One month before its release, The Beatles officially broke up. And so the people went to see ‘Let It Be’ with sadness in their hearts, thinking, ‘I’ll never see The Beatles together again. I will never have that joy again,’ and it very much darkened the perception of the film. But, in fact, how often do you get to see artists of this stature working together to make what they hear in their heads into songs?

“And then you get to the roof, and you see their excitement, camaraderie, and sheer joy in playing together again as a group and know, as we do now, that it was the final time, and we view it with the full understanding of who they were and still are and a little poignancy. I was knocked out by what Peter was able to do with Get Back, using all the footage I’d shot 50 years previously.”

Let It Be will stream on Disney+ from the 8th May.

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