The Beatles’ animated head trip classic coming to a visually revitalized disc along with a same-day rerelease of the soundtrack.
There was a brief period when I was just a wee Charles Webb, when I’d wake up on (I think) Saturdays, excited to catch two animated shows on TV: The Jackson 5’s animated series and the animated series featuring the likenesses of The Beatles. Did I really watch both? Was it a fever dream? This was the 80’s and all kinds of stuff floated to the surface on the local Florida airwaves, so who knows.
Just shy of the film’s 45th anniversary (it hit theaters in ’68), the Beatles’ foray into feature-length animation is going hi-def with what sounds like a full upgrade over the ’99 DVD from MGM. The new disc is getting a making-of doc, interview clips, storyboards, a booklet featuring an essay by Pixar head John Lasseter, and an audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann.
The new DVD (we’re still making those) and Blu-ray release hits May 29th although the press release has no distributor attached. Are rights holders Apple Corps handling it themselves? On the UK Amazon page for the disc, EMI is listed as the studio behind it, but I have to imagine it’ll be someone different here in the U.S. On top of the CD and Blu-ray release, the Yellow Submarine picture book is also getting a new release from Candlewick Press on April 24th, if you want to read the Beatles’ adventures to the young ones.
[Source: Cartoon Brew]