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Sir Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back
2 February 2022
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Maybe I should cancel my preorder.

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I'd hang on for now, @Expert Textpert. Just took a look at both the UK and US official stores, the UK is still listing 28 February while the US has a delay notice. You have to think it's a production problem, maybe connected to the virus hitting workforces, and that they just don't feel they have the stock in place yet to meet the 8 February date for delivery.

Had a delay been announced this side of the pond as well I'd be more worried. Since the UK date is still being officially stated as correct, one has to think the US release will be as close as possible to the UK date.

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Many of the things I was going to write about Sir Peter Jackson's talk during the IMAX event are included in the link mmm posted a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Jackson held his iPad up to the camera so he could show us how he synced up the video of all the cameras with the audio. So. Much. Work. Fun!

The story of getting the music mixed for IMAX was interesting - it had to be done a special way for the optimum IMAX experience. It was done at Twickenham Studios (https://www.twickenhamstudios......nd-by-tfs/ ) which Jackson mentioned made the whole project come round full circle. The DVD/Blu-ray will have sound by TFS also.

He said that we were lucky because he would never get to see the movie on an IMAX screen. ahdn_george_05

With everything being so giant on the IMAX screen, small details just popped out more like the yellow flowers in flower boxes and the clothing some of the ladies were wearing when they ran out to see the performance - no coats and short mini skirts. I guess just seeing the Beatles kept them warm. I wonder who those older ladies were that were really talking up a storm and pointing things out. I just want to watch the whole thing again on an IMAX screen with the ability to pause it and soak in every detail.

There was one scene where a cameraman was behind the Beatles and he didn't film for quite a bit. He just stood there. I wonder if he just got lost in the moment and then shook out of it and started filming again or if he really wasn't supposed to be filming at that time.

That "hidden" camera and George Martin's face when he looked into it! george-martin So funny!

I don't know why my brain had to have this thought while watching the movie a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 - if I were one of the Beatles I couldn't have done the rooftop concert because my nose would have been running the whole time. It's an unstoppable faucet when it gets cold. 

The film will be shown again in some IMAX theatres in the US February 9-20. https://www.imax.com/movies/be.....op-concert

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The Daily Beatle has revealed that the reason for the delayed release of the DVD/Blu-ray in the US is because the 5.1 surround sound audio was somehow downmixed to 2-channel stereo. So far there are no reports of the issue affecting copies manufactured outside of the US, which you can be sure they've been checking.

It would seem therefore that the US delay is down to faulty pressing, and that the delay is just so they can repress the discs with the correct 5.1 surround sound audio, meaning it shouldn't be delayed for too long.

Good news for our US Forumpudlians that the delay is down to nothing more than a faulty pressing that needs replacing, and that a new date in the near future should be announced soon.

You would imagine they are trying to replace the faulty stock as quickly as possible.

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My order was canceled and I was refunded.

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At least you know it shouldn't be too long before you can reorder, and that there's nothing nefarious going on, just a fecked-up pressing.

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Von Auntie was over again on Sunday evening to watch the third installment, thoroughly riveted by the saga; we're probably gonna invite her again some weekend afternoon to marathon the whole eight hours in one go - something I haven't done myself. 

...and sure enough, we three spent yesterday afternoon and full evening in armchairs, with a 5 minute break to set up delivered lasagna on tv trays...

After five viewings, I'm still noticing little interesting things for the first time: During the boys' rendition of the "'Third Man' Theme", there's a brief cutaway to Michael Lindsay-Hogg's calmly observing face - for no apparent reason. Now, 1949's The Third Man itself starred the legendary Orson Welles, who himself gets namechecked by ML-H a few times in "Get Back "... and was supposedly rumored to be Hogg's biological father for many years! (He took a DNA test in 2010 but I didn't read that story or the results.) 

Is it possible that Jackson included that little cutaway as a sly way of alluding to the controversy about Hogg's parentage, whether or not the rumor was true? 

(I myself would have little trouble imagining it's true - Orson and Michael had similar rich timbres to their voices. Also they both liked their cigars.)

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aiui the first time he heard a suggestion that Welles was his father was when his mother sat him down to deny it. I think if you look at photos of them both as adults it's very plausible.

I just finished episode 2 for the 3rd or 4th time. I don't think I'd realised before how sad Paul was after the India conversation. There's actually a similar, weirdly inserted, still of Paul looking serious at 2h23m21s (I got lucky when I went looking for it 🙂 ). It's in the middle of the silly version of Two of Us that John starts (to cheer Paul up?). I wondered today what Jackson was aiming for with it.

Every time I watch I notice more and more editing. I'd love to see some less chopped up footage, even though it would probably be pretty boring.

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[I have only watched Parts 1 & 2, and am saving Part 3 (with the rooftop performance) ...]

[...One question I wanted to throw out there: can anyone give any insight into Peter Sellers' visit?  Was that scene as awkward and uncomfortable as I felt it to be, or did I misread the situation? When Sellers arrived, I was wowed and was excited to hear some interaction and dialog.  Instead, wha...]

  

I felt the same, it was so awkward! in a film not short on awkward moments  it was like a scene from The Office.  Sellers  hated the expectation that he was going to be funny all the time, when a lot of the time he was anything but funny or even happy in his own skin. I agree John made it worse in the film. They all loved the Goons and  for all of Seller's involvement with Beatles' spoofs  it was still Spike Milligan that John admired most. I think  Ringo and George were closer to Sellers.

Perhaps if Spike Milligan had walked in too, we would have seen a different reaction from  John, with a mini Goons sketch ending in anarchy.

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Even though I still haven't finished the documentary yet (shows you how much TV I watch... I'm halfway through ep3), I went to see the rooftop concert today at our IMAX cinema. 

I knew what I was in for, but boy was it great! Unfortunately the speakers were a bit broken, and on one of the bass notes (I think it was the bottom G) it distorted quite badly, but it was well worth watching.

Debbie definitely wins the MVP award though.apple01

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Penny Lane said

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[I have only watched Parts 1 & 2, and am saving Part 3 (with the rooftop performance) ...]

[...One question I wanted to throw out there: can anyone give any insight into Peter Sellers' visit?  Was that scene as awkward and uncomfortable as I felt it to be, or did I misread the situation? When Sellers arrived, I was wowed and was excited to hear some interaction and dialog.  Instead, wha...]

  

I felt the same, it was so awkward! in a film not short on awkward moments  it was like a scene from The Office.  Sellers  hated the expectation that he was going to be funny all the time, when a lot of the time he was anything but funny or even happy in his own skin. I agree John made it worse in the film. They all loved the Goons and  for all of Seller's involvement with Beatles' spoofs  it was still Spike Milligan that John admired most. I think  Ringo and George were closer to Sellers.

Perhaps if Spike Milligan had walked in too, we would have seen a different reaction from  John, with a mini Goons sketch ending in anarchy.

  

The impression I had of that bit is that the Beatles are all deeply unhappy and scared (George might have left for real, and they can't even talk to him about it because he's away). And they seem to have been staged by MLH to be maximally On Camera. The aside near the end when Paul says "too much for you Peter?" hints that they would normally be much more comfortable in one another's presence, but he doesn't know how to interact with the utterly bizarre situation of them making themselves have this crisis in such exposed way.

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I agree meaigs, totally. When it's revealed that George had gone up to Liverpool... it was just very raw. I was thinking awh god, can this get any more affecting.  As you say it was exposing them at a tense time. But I suppose  that's what makes Get Back such a great film.  Perhaps MLH thought the sitting with Sellers would bring about some light relief!!  but John couldn't seem to help running off at the mouth. He was  probably annoyed with himself later about that.

You're right about Paul's comment too.

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I agree meaigs, totally. When it's revealed that George had gone up to Liverpool... it was just very raw. I was thinking awh god, can this get any more affecting.  As you say it was exposing them at a tense time. But I suppose  that's what makes Get Back such a great film.  Perhaps MLH thought the sitting with Sellers would bring about some light relief!!  but John couldn't seem to help running off at the mouth. He was  probably annoyed with himself later about that.

You're right about Paul's comment too.

  

John’s comments during the Sellers scene were the funniest part of the movie (if I’m remembering correctly).

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Had Paul maybe not sued they would have eventually came back together. 
  

They would have had to because they would have no money left ahdn_john_08_gif

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Expert Textpert said

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[..meaigs... As you say it was exposing them at a tense time. But I suppose  that's what makes Get Back such a great film.  Perhaps MLH thought the sitting with Sellers would bring about some light relief!!  but John couldn't seem to help running off at the mouth...]

John’s comments during the Sellers scene were the funniest part of the movie (if I’m remembering correctly).

  

Well, Expert Texpertly remembered anyhooahdn_john_08_gifa-hard-days-night-john-1

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I thought the Sellers scene (and Peter himself) seemed awkward and uncomfortable; if Jackson had included their full exchange (including the Acapulco Gold references and all), it would've come off a bit more lighthearted...John's riffing on the Boy Scouts not being allowed to pleasure themselves is quite funny to all...that happens right after Sellers leaves, doesn't it? 

Lotta stuff makes me laugh; I really love the bits from just after they all decamp to Apple, and George/John/Paul all take turns sarcastically reading the unsavory press about themselves, with ever-more exaggerated disapproval. 

Also

-  The boys teasing Heather about eating kittens (EVERYTHING with Heather is a delight - dressed up just like her hero Ringo while helping out on hi-hat heart)

- "Charity begins at home." "OK then, we'll do it at George's place!"

[Beatley moment!: "Magical Mystery Tour " just now began playing on streaming "FM 1967" channel! Back to post...]

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- "Remember Bob Wooller...I've had some wine!"

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I finally watched episode 3 with my parents on Sunday. The scene with Heather was adorable. I liked how split screen was used for the different camera angles during the Rooftop Concert part. I thought the ending was very good, although they could have included a short history about what happened after the January 1969 sessions.   

My family and I enjoyed the whole series, we didn't want it to end. Peter Jackson has done a fantastic job.  

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I thought the ending was the one big misjudgement in the whole thing, 31 January fighting for space among the credits, as if it was an afterthought rather than as important as the day before, despite three of album versions dating to the 31st. I'd rather Jackson had treated the last day of the project the same way he'd treated the first day, and every day in between.

Could have put together a little medley of bits of music we hadn't heard to play over the credits instead of a compromised 31st weaved through the credits meaning we don't see it properly.

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The Blu-ray for Australia is now listed as December 31. What a sad joke. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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I thought the ending was the one big misjudgement in the whole thing, 31 January fighting for space among the credits, as if it was an afterthought rather than as important as the day before, despite three of album versions dating to the 31st. I'd rather Jackson had treated the last day of the project the same way he'd treated the first day, and every day in between.

Could have put together a little medley of bits of music we hadn't heard to play over the credits instead of a compromised 31st weaved through the credits meaning we don't see it properly.

  

Yes, it's unfortunate about those three Jan 31 performances - the mere fact of their timing, coming a day after the big show, is naturally anticlimactic - rocking out on the toppermost of a building one day, then banished to the basement to record Paul's solemn ballads on the next. But I assume Sir Peter figured that including those three in full would be redundant, since they already appeared in ML-H's film.

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