Originally planned for theaters, Peter Jackson’s event documentary on the Fab Four finally turns into a six-hour mini-series broadcast on Disney +.
It was to be a cinematographic event that would mark a milestone in the history of musical documentaries. Finally, The Beatles: Get Back will make the event on Disney + in an extra-large version in the form of a three-part miniseries.
At first, the film was described as a unique cinematic experience that takes audiences back to the time of the Beatles’ intimate recording sessions, at a pivotal moment in the history of music. With the promise of highlighting the warmth, the bond and the creative genius that have since defined the heritage of the iconic quartet.
Shot in January 1969, compiled and brilliantly restored from over 60 hours of never-before-seen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and over 150 hours of never-before-heard audio, The Beatles: Get Back is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live concert in over two years.
So many remarkable and memorable moments that trace the writing and rehearsal of 14 new songs initially intended to be published on a live album. The series presents for the first time in its entirety the Beatles’ latest live performance as a group, the unforgettable London concert on the roof of a Savile Row building, as well as other songs and compositions featured on their two latest albums, Abbey Road and Let it be.
A titanic job
“I am very grateful to the Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story exactly as it was meant to be told. I have been immersed in this project for almost 3 years, and I am very happy that spectators around the world can finally find out. (…) For 6 hours, you will discover the Beatles as you have never seen them.“said Peter Jackson.
It is the abundance of images that forced the New Zealand director to change his plans and turn his film into a documentary mini-series. The Beatles: Get Back will air in three parts on November 25, 26 and 27 on Disney +.
The first images of this monumental documentary series, presented by Peter Jackson: