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I Read that the original Get Back Film screened in July 1969 has 210 minutes of duration (3 h and 30 Minutes).

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I haven't seen that movie in over 15 years. The 1st time I saw it. I remember thinking "this is so boring" "when are The Beatles coming out?" (I've only seen them in their moptops at the time) I was 7 that time. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I've since been fascinated with what happened during those Twickenham and Saville Row sessions. I managed to find a better copy as the old one got lost, and It wasn't as bad as I thought it was! disagreements aside. It really shows the boys at work, albeit through occasional gritted teeth. I do feel like I'd like to see more, if only to see how the songs progressed, and perhaps more of the rooftop concert.

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I have the image of a seven-year-old mind pouting and repeating "Give me my Beatles!"

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Speaking of sevenish Beatles fans, possibly my favourite non musical moment in the film is Heather and Ringo's drum encounter! I was able to rewatch this on television the other night thanks to the useful Amazon Fire Stick. Watching again now...thoughts:

-Man, Paul has some insufferable moments in this.

-So many instances of wah - pedals spicing up these songs and yet they don't haul one to the rooftop, or for other official recording purposes.

-J&Y waltzing around the soundstage to I Me Mine is a nice, and nice looking, sequence. (Also like the coloured backdrops at Twickenham, as far as nice rehearsal visuals go.)

-Besame Mucho is fun! Paul's best showoff moment.

-Would've loved for LAWRoad to have retained the jazz samba lilt displayed during rehearsal! Paul's lighthearted vocal likewise much appreciated.

-Another cute Heather moment: twirling during Kansas City.

-Wish Billy had his own "arrival" moment instead of just suddenly being there 🙁

-Dig It is a highlight, everyone having fun (even GM on shaker!) Album version woulda been great if it were allowed to play for 4-5 minutes; the basic riff becomes more hypnotic and the waltz becomes a shuffle before the big raveup finish. Really, there's much enjoyable unreleased music in this film (amazing electrified Two Of Us!), and again I wish that it had been used to make LIB a different sort of album, something more like a "Beatles progress report" (a 2lp concept album about itself).

-Little of visual interest in the studio concert - Lindsay-Hogg holds on a pointless static shot of a closed door for several seconds, just to accompany the "lead me to your doooor" lyric! But "Two of Us" is such a favourite that I get a thrill to see it actually being recorded,  especially since John's whistled outro-improv was faded too soon on the LP. (I think it's the only instance of whistling in the whole recorded canon? That's kinda notable!)

-Speaking of LAWR, will you STOP gazing soulfully directly into the camera, Paul! It's creepy. (Ahhh Girl disagrees!) And I don't care for his white shirt much either.

-LOVE how that band sounds, echoing and reverbing over the rooftop to the streets below! Exciting.

-Also love comparing the bemused reactions of Londoners, who all get their turn in the spotlight just like the screaming girls of AHDN just five years before. 

-I wonder if the Apple employees were all allowed to come witness history? It would suck if the receptionist was the only one who missed it!

-LOL I think John turned his amp up louder after it got switched off on him!

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Thanks vonbontee for that detailed review, it was fun reading. I saw the movie many years ago, twice, but I don't remember a lot of things -- like an electric version of Two Of Us; John whistling at the end; and Paul looking soulfully too long into the camera for Long and Winding Road.  Thanks to YouTube, I can probably find just those isolated moments.

As for whistling being done only that once in the entire history of the Beatles, that seems mind-boggling, considering how they liked to incorporate so many different sounds over the many albums.  Outside the Beatles canon, I can think of one immediately -- "Ram On" (Paul whistling at the end, from Ram).

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John whistling in 'Jealous Guy' is probably the most known whistling in a solo Beatles track.

You can watch the film here. 

No idea how it gets passed but

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vonbontee said:
[...] (I think it's the only instance of whistling in the whole recorded canon? That's kinda notable!)

They do some whistling at the end of The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill as well.

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Maybe I missed something, but is there any recent news on the release of Let It Be on blue ray/DVD?  I have read so much about all the added footage that could potentially be added, but nothing lately.  Seems silly to worry about showing the band warts and all after nearly 50 years.  We all know the story.  Time to complete the film collection.

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The official line was that Apple are working on unreleased footage for possible inclusion in a future release. But that was years ago and with Paul, Yoko, Olivia and Ringo all having differing reasons for keeping it buried under concrete in the Apple basement, there's more chance we'll see Ringo presenting an official DVD where he reminisces with Pete Best over the days of Pete's sacking whilst they share a bucket of KFC spicy chicken wings.  

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I wonder if they'd consider releasing a nice shiny new edit, with extra footage (like complete rooftop, including different camera angle options) and ideally with beefed up video/audio...and (as a trade-off) the 4-5 minutes of controversial/unpleasant stuff excised to suppress painful memories? (With the reasoning that everyone knows about that stuff/has seen it/doesn't care to see it again/can fairly easily find it if they really want.)

I'd definitely prefer that to nothing; probably more than a straight reissue. But of course that would require effort on Apple's part.

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Von Bontee said                          (With the reasoning that everyone knows about that stuff/has seen it/doesn't care to see it again/can fairly easily find it if they really want.)

I'd definitely prefer that to nothing; probably more than a straight reissue. But of course that would require effort on Apple's part.  

I completely agree here. I would have been happy to buy Let It Be and perhaps (if it were possible to release at a reasonable price) the full LIB sessions had either seen a release. Because they remain in the vaults, both came into my hands extremely easily very early in my collection. 

I hope now they give us something worthwhile. I would love an extended edition of LIB, and I wouldn’t at all be mad at all if the notorious exchane between George and Paul were scrapped. 

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I don't think it's solely down to a few minutes of footage. The whole January period was a very bad memory for all four.

John was strung on drugs most of the time and looks a mess a lot of the time - very much not how Yoko wants him to be seen.

Paul was domineering and it comes across on camera - very much not how he wants to be seen.

George was fed up, wanted away and didn't look back at the time with much fondness - I doubt Olivia will be too keen to see such a period revisited as she likes to respect his decisions.

Ringo wanted everyone to be happy but was fed up with all the bitching and unpleasantness - I doubt he wants to be reminded of it.

 

Everyone knows it was a miserable time for all, so there is no way Apple can market it according to their tune. The Beatles are now promoted as this great happy buddy band with love, peace and good times whilst they make music that changed the world. 'Let It Be' fails to show that, despite many nice moments, which only a very large amount of editing can change, and as soon as Apple does the hardcore fans will be seething.

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All good points. You're absolutely right, unfortunately. (But I can dream...)

I still believe (and would hope) that the rooftop/studio performance and certain other musical moments were still enjoyable enough memories on their own terms, not that that's necessarily enough to generate enthusiasm for release of those materials in SOME form (like say an expanded reissue of LIB (the album) in 2019 or 2020.) Too bad - recent repeat viewings of the film helped me appreciate TLAWR for practically the first time ever. (Still annoyed by Paul's flirting with the camera during those closeups, tho.)

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Honestly, what are the controversial scenes in Let It Be?  I saw nothing controversial in the film, just some bad editing.  I liked watching the band at work.

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Honestly, what are the controversial scenes in Let It Be?  I saw nothing controversial in the film, just some bad editing.  I liked watching the band at work.  

The Beatles were embarrassed by their run in with the police and hoped the public would forget about it. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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In the 'Anthology' series Paul and Ringo spoke favourably about the police getting involved.

 Paul: "It was great fun, we set up the microphones and made a real show." I remember seeing Vikki Wickham from "Ready, Steady, Go!" On the opposite roof. two friends, then secretaries from the law firm in the neighborhood rose to their roof. We decided to play all the songs that we rehearsed and record them.If the double is successful, we will include it in the album, if not - take one of the early ones recorded in the basement It was really funny, because the concert pass mud under the open sky, and we are not accustomed to this.We have not played in the fresh air for a long time.
The place was chosen inappropriately, because nobody saw us except Vicky Wickham and a few others. And we began to play for ourselves and for the sky, which was good. At the same time, what was happening on the street was filmed below. Many townspeople raised their heads in bewilderment: "What is this noise?" 
In the end, we learned from Mel (who crawled toward us, trying not to get into the frame) that the police were unhappy. We stated: "We will not stop." He replied: "The police intend to arrest you." "It's an excellent ending for the film, let it be done." That's the finale: "The Beatles" were arrested during the concert on the roof. "
We continued to play, anticipating this deplorable ending, and, as I said, we liked what was happening. I played on my little bass "Hofner" - very light and pleasant to use. In the end, police number 503 from the council of Greater Westminster came forward: "Stop playing!" We answered: "Let him try to drag us off the roof." This is a demonstration, my friend. " 
It seems, as a result, electricity was cut off, and this was the end of the film. "

 

 Ringo: "I've never felt constrained in the presence of policemen." Someone from the neighbors called the police, and when she appeared, I played and thought: "Wow! I hope they will arrest me. "I wanted the cops to arrest me because they were shooting us, and that would look impressive-falling dishes, etc. But the police only repeated:" You must stop this noise. "But everything could end like this. great ... "

 

The editing is one issue; George arguing with Paul and then Yoko is doing her thing and George is nowhere, for example. I think it's more how they are depicted as a band and individuals and all the memories attached that is the biggest hindrance for getting the movie re-released.

The greatest hope is for 2020. If not then i think i will be dead before it's officially out there.

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