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Curious: Why Hasn't 'Let It Be' Been Released Yet?
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12 January 2014
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Looks like we WILL actually see this later in the year.  Criterion teased a release at the CES a few days ago and Giles Martin has apparently been tweeting that he is involved in this and A Hard Day's Night 50th.  Maybe that Kevin Howlett 'slip' a while back is relevant too.  There is just so much surfacing on this lately.  We shall see.

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15 January 2014
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I understand the cynicism. Believe me I do. I am cynical until I see it happen. Especially when it comes to Let It Be.

However, all the hints seem to say it is close to happening, and will be very pleasing when it does.

I point to three things. Ringo asked about it late last year said it was on the way, you can find that somewhere in the news thread. Paul asked a couple of days later if Ringo was right, and asking who was he to disagree with Ringo, again in the news thread. Michael Lindsay-Hogg revealing in an interview about a year ago that he was working on it, and that it would be a 2DVD release, and he was finding wonderful things to fill the 2nd DVD. And then there's Giles Martin's tweets that hint he's working on it... Oops! That's four signals!

I won't believe it until I see it, but when I do see it, I won't be surprised. 

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty

22 January 2014
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Hi all, just joined.

It would be good for Let It Be to finally released properly but I agree with some of the comments in this thread, the film needs to have a bit more context added.

I watched my bootleg copy of the film again last night and the first 25 minutes just throws you into Twickenham studio and snippets of rehearsals of a multitude of songs. There's nothing to explain the Beatles situation or objectives to the viewer or what the band are doing, you're almost assumed to know. It improves once they move to Apple but that first 25 minutes is very messy and camera is constantly zoomed in, right into their faces, makes it claustrophobic.

What the new version should do is follow the Elvis: That's The Way It Is dvd format that came out in 2000. The original 1970 film was a bit ropey but the 2000 reissue was reedited and had stuff put in/taken out (mainly for the good). The key element was that it had enough narrative provided via interview and captions to help the audience who maybe didn't know that much about Elvis performing in 1970. The film was very much like Let It Be. The first half of the film followed the build up to the gigs with rehearsals etc and then the second half of the film was Elvis performing over 6 shows. It worked really well and that's what I hope will happen to Let It Be when/if it comes out.

As for the main players not wanting to appear in a bad light, I'm not sure it's that bad and again, some context would explain things. After all surely no-one is going to be daft enough to think that the film is going to be another moptop jolly or psycedelic jaunt ala Hard Days Night or Magic Mystery Tour? I don't think the arguments between Paul and George are that 'heavy' either. There are way more intense moments in Metallica's film Some Kind of Monster.

I hardly think the release of the film now would damage anyone's reputation or the band's legacy that much - everyone knows what was happening at the time, who was telling who off etc, its been written about enough. It defintely wouldn't harm sales! Do you really think we'd see such exclamations as this: 'Ooh, I'll never buy another Beatles CD or sing one of their songs again now that I've seen how naughty Paul was to George'. Everyone's legacy is secure, so releasing Let It Be will cause no damage, so it should be out there for the fans

9 February 2014
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It will be released in due time. I for one are among the minority it appears that prefers Let It Be Naked. And there is so much made of George and. Paul's relationship, but Lennon was no piece of cake with George. He barely showed up for half of George's recordings. And always put him down especially during The All Things Must Pass album. I think he was jealous of the sudden prowess of George.

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In Get Back Chronicles There Is A Super Rare Footage Of A Bit Of Dialogue Before Rooftop, What´s Is His Source (The Mcp Release?)two-virgins

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salviandres said
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Get Back Chronicles There Is A Super Rare Footage Of A Bit Of Dialogue Before Rooftop, What´s Is His Source (The Mcp Release?)two-virgins

No Reply, Where It´s From The Footage of the dialogue before the rooftop ( Get Back Chronicles)

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3 May 2014
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I think what the majority of us can agree on is just how ludicrously unfathomable it is that 'Let It Bestill hasn't seen the retail light of day. 

As I mentioned quite awhile back, I saw it on the big screen at the tender age of 11 when it was initially released. Having already played my older brother's Abbey Road  LP enough to hear the flip side playing backwards from the turntable needle wearing the grooves in so deeply on the side it was actually playing (just kidding), seeing that film and hearing those ragged performances was nothing short of a traumatic experience that took me years to recover from - IN 1971

40 years on, even the most casual Beatles  fan accepts the images and musical performances of 'Let It Be' that, while sadly disappointing to many fans when it originally premiered, is now just a part of the history that serves to 'bookend' the entire story - it's hard to imagine that Paul would still be so dead set against a re-release, when he's discussed and acknowledged many more 'less-than-flattering' events during the group's career.

All those wasted opportunities and missed anniversaries that the re-release of 'Let It Be' could have so greatly benefited from; curiosity, frustration, disappointment, even anger continues to surround this un-answered question.

After all this time, my biggest fear has become that when 'Let It Be' IS finally released, in a crisply restored picture and beautifully remastered soundtrack, with a ton of promotion and a flood of publicity, the result is going to be the saddest 'non-event', accompanied by an equally 'ho-hum' reaction, that any Beatles product has ever suffered. As for me, given the choice of seeing a re-release of 'Let It Be' or the upcoming 'Hard Day's Night' anniversary in a movie theater wouldn't even register as a 'choice' at all - "One ticket for 'A Hard Day's Night', please, sir!"

3 May 2014
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Regardless of the average reviews that will come with any release (and they will) its no excuse for not putting it out - otherwise Pauls archive release will ignore 5 or 6 albums and 1 dire film far worst than LIB (maybe thats why its taking so long). As you say its part of their legacy and for Apple to continually leave part of that out is pathetic. And there is a huge positive side to the film: thru all the tedious boredom and misery the four had to put up with during the sessions the end products (rooftop concert and lp) are very good, plus there are some other nice moments during it eg Octopus's Garden run thru, John and Paul rocking Two of Us.

Give us the original movie and the complete rooftop concert, that will abate some of the reviews. The Beatles legacy can take it.

 

As for seeing a AHDN or LIB release im going for LIB. Far rather an average film out over a very good film released for the 4th time.

And another thing. Why the hell cant Apple have Yellow Submarine and AHDN out long term? Not many other classics come out for a short period and then vanish.

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4 May 2014
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"...there is a huge positive side to the film: thru all the tedious boredom and misery the four had to put up with during the sessions the end products (rooftop concert and lp) are very good, plus there are some other nice moments during it eg Octopus's Garden run thru, John and Paul rocking Two of Us."

I agree w/ you completely, mistermustard. Upon watching 'LIB' again when it premiered on HBO here in the states (a copy of which I still own), I was older and much more forgiving of the film itself. You see all four of the lads smiling and laughing in various segments, and there's an unspoken but unmistakably pleasant connection that John and Paul are sharing when playing the acoustic 'Two Of Us' - Paul always seemed able to soften John up a bit when they were harmonizing together, and amidst all the bitterness and resentment that was surely lingering at the time, you can see moments when all four of them are enjoying their jamming together on songs by their 'heroes' they grew up with and loving to play.

Billy Preston's arrival obviously lifted everyone's spirit, and John and Paul exchange some really mischievous grins towards each during the rooftop performances - some residual glee still to be had in disrupting the passers-by below.

'Let It Be' has a few 'downer' moments, no doubt, but the end-product, running at a very reasonable 80-plus minutes, firmly demonstrates that the music, and their enthusiasm in performing it, overshadowed any personal problems between them, and the ending is poignant, reassuring (if only in it's context), and not really depressing at all. 

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