The Beatles continue their 50th anniversary celebration of coming to America with the world premiere restoration of A Hard Day’s Night this spring.
Turner Classic Movies, in association with Janus Films, will debut the 1964 classic in a newly-minted 4K restoration from the original camera negatives at the TCM Film Festival April 10-13 in Hollywood, CA. The release is also set to contain a brand new true 5.1 channel music surround sound mix created from the original multi-track session reels by the son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Giles Martin.
The film will be released to cinemas and video on demand (VOD) outlets July 4th. Janus Films will release the new 4K restoration as part of its Criterion Collection on limited edition Blu-ray and DVD July 21st. Furthermore, fans are hoping that a newly released Blu-ray will also include the film’s original mono two-channel soundtrack.
The film cost $560,000 to make, but grossed ten times that in the US alone, making it one of the most profitable films of all time. The album shot to number one instantly, which is hardly a surprise considering that the picture introduced The Beatles classics “All My Loving,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “Tell Me Why” and the title tune, which was written by John Lennon in one night.
A Hard Day’s Night marked the feature film debut of the Fab Four 50 years ago. Directed kinetically by Richard Lester, the film captured a day in the life of the teen heartthrobs in high style. Writer Alun Owen toured with The Beatles for weeks to capture their characters and speaking styles. Lester let the band throw in a few improvisations and surrounded them with adept comic actors like Wilfred Brambell as Paul McCartney’s grandfather and Victor Spinetti as a hassled television director.
Watch the “A Hard Day’s Night” music video which includes scenes from the film.
The Beatles are in the midst of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band coming to America. Capitol Records has reissued each of their US albums individually and as a massive 13-disc boxed set containing replicated original album art and more. CBS will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group the Beatles and their groundbreaking first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday with the two and a half hour special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY Salute where Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together along with an all-star lineup of music’s biggest stars. The primetime special will air 50 years to the exact date and time of the Fab Four’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. CBS also unveiled a marquee this week that duplicates the one displayed at the Ed Sullivan Theater the night the Beatles first performed on the The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago.