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Curious: Why Hasn't 'Let It Be' Been Released Yet?
12 August 2016
The Hippie Chick
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William Shears Campbell said
Out of curiosity, if LIB hasn’t been released on DVD then what is this?

The Beatles – Let It Be [DVD]   

That is through a third party seller. It’s pretty much more than likely that it’s a bootleg. It was released on video in 1981 so maybe someone’s copy from that. I wouldn’t buy this thinking you’re getting official, really good quality product. I have a copy of the documentary, but it’s also a bootleg. The quality isn’t the best.

I didn’t take the time to go through this thread as of my writing out this comment, but the reasons, from what I understand are the Beatles themselves. I’d heard George / George’s Estate didn’t want it released, and as well there is this on the Wikipedia article for the film:

An anonymous industry source told the Daily Express in July 2008 that, according to Apple insiders, McCartney and Starr blocked the release of the film on DVD. The two were concerned about the effect on the band’s “global brand … if the public sees the darker side of the story. Neither Paul nor Ringo would feel comfortable publicising a film showing the Beatles getting on each other’s nerves … There’s all sorts of extra footage showing more squabbles but it’s questionable if the film will ever see a reissue during Paul and Ringo’s lifetime.”

 But I think it’s an important part of the story, an element of it the fans really should be able to own. Because the breakup wasn’t pretty, and there’s stuff here that shows certain band members in a bad light. So they don’t want that. Which I kind of understand. But it’s not like that stuff isn’t common knowledge anyway with all the books / interviews / think pieces and just EVERYTHING out there about how bad the breakup really was and how this period was full of infighting and bad vibes among the band members. So they really shouldn’t be worried at this point about tarnishing the brand so to speak.



EDIT: Aaaaand… this was all said on page 1. See? I should read first. a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

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In that RS magazine, Paul has gone on record saying it should be released and that it surprises him it hasn’t happened yet. He also states if anyone should be blocking it, it’d be him, because ‘I don’t come off well’. So, apparently he isn’t stopping the release. makes you wonder who is…

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Just because Paul says it isn’t him that’s blocking it doesn’t prove it isn’t him blocking it. For it to be released four boxes need ticking – Paul, Ringo, the Estate of George (Olivia) and the Estate of John (Yoko).

Each of them know who the problem is. Unless at least two of those involved come out and say, “We’d love to see it released it but ** is withholding their agreement,” we won’t know where the problem lies.

Paul, asked about a release that he must be aware has been about the most desired Beatles release for many years, nay, decades, is hardly going to say, “Yep, that one’s down to me. It’s all ready to go but… well, I come across as a bit of a dick in places… bossing poor old George around and that… Not sure the world is ready to be reminded of that, fecking know I’m not… So, yeah, whenever it comes up, I promise we’ll do it after the current project is done with… and then manage to divert them to do something else…”

I’m not saying it is Paul blocking it, just observing that all have made friendly noises about it being released over the years, and yet we still have to rely on pirate copies of the ’80s video release.

Such is the way that Apple works, its wonders to perform… while mmm is thinking of buying a Beatles watch…

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Personally i believe Paul was talking bollocks when it came to possible releases of the ‘Let It Be ‘ movie and any album session documentation box sets. As Ron said it does Paul no good to say in an interview “not a chance i’m letting that out” nor would it make fans pleased towards Apple knowing for definite its not being released. Ringo too has shown surprise that its not out. People connected to the film and band do mention it to Apple so they know its not out. 

The ‘Let It Be ‘ movie does not present The Beatles as they want to be marketed as a brand nor does it present John or Paul in a positive light whilst George hated it and Ringo was bored and was only there as his mates were. There’s little chance therefore of Paul, Olivia, Yoko and Ringo approving the film as they all are too close to the most miserable time of The Beatles years.

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In any case, I don’t think they have any idea how they’d market it. It would mean talking about it. Answering questions. Derek Taylor isn’t around to advise. This is simply something that Apple can’t deal with, let alone the principals.

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Although I prefer Yellow Submarine , Let It Be still has it’s moments, although it’s not the most entertaining movie to watch. I personally watched both movies in the theatres when they were new. I watched Yellow Submarine at a local movie theatre with my mother during what would be a schoolday for most children somewhere around Christmas 1968 (for me, I was 23 months at the time and had just gotten potty trained, so I can barely remember this). For Let It Be , I went with both of my parents to see it on a Friday night during the summer of 1970, barely remember this as well. Love your stories about traveling with your parents during the Vietnam war, My father was a Vietnam vet as well.

As for the movie, Just get the VHS or Laserdisc release or get an unofficial DVD. The Beatles hate this movie in the same way George Lucas hates The Star Wars Holiday Special. Whether you like it or not, there isn’t a chance in hell it’s getting released officially unless if someone raids the Abbey Road building and takes control of it.

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