I found out by accident this afternoon that it’s International Beatles Week, so it is of course exactly the right time to announce the imminent re-release of The Beatles’ film “Magical Mystery Tour“. It has been restored, and remixed 5.1 and stereo soundtrack.
Yes, the Beatles’ third film, “Magical Mystery Tour” is set for a worldwide release on October 8, on Blu-ray and DVD. It will even, in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Japan, and other countries, from September 27, see a short run in cinemas. A similar tactic coincided with the release of the Martin Scorsese documentary, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World“. If it is a similar length run get in there quickly, as George’s doco had a very short run indeed.
Additionally, there will be a boxed deluxe version of the theme. Inside, the “DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a 60-page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production, and 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.”
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Blu-ray and DVD
On the Blu-ray and DVD there’s of course the restored film, unseen footage, new interviews with Paul and Ringo, and a directors’ commentary track, that director being one Paul McCartney.
Magical Mystery Tour came on the back of, in my opinion, THE golden era of The Beatles, following the best 1,2, 3 album punch of all time, with “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver”, and “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, and one very good film and one less good film, “Hard Day’s Night” and “Help” respectively. “Magical Mystery Tour” was not very well received, considered a misstep and over-reach by critics back in 1967.
But, that said, it’s an interesting snapshot of the English version of the psychedelic era, and of course there’s the music, which is stronger than the film. The music, and some clips of the film and the special features, can be seen in this short trailer from Apple Records: