After the successful launch of “The Beatles: Get Back” on Disney+, Disney is releasing The Beatles’ iconic 1969 rooftop concert as a 60-minute feature at select IMAX theaters later this month. The exclusive IMAX screening is set for January 30, the 53rd anniversary of the band’s concert atop the Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters. The event screening will also feature a filmmaker Q&A with “The Beatles: Get Back” director/producer Peter Jackson.
“I’m thrilled that the rooftop concert from The Beatles: Get Back is going to be experienced in IMAX, on that huge screen,” said Jackson in a statement. “It’s The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it.”
“Ever since Peter Jackson’s beautiful and illuminating docuseries debuted, we’ve heard non-stop from fans who want to experience its unforgettable rooftop performance in IMAX,” says Megan Colligan, president of IMAX Entertainment. “We are so excited to partner with Disney to bring Get Back to an entirely new stage and give Beatles fans everywhere a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch and hear their heroes in the unrivaled sight and sound of IMAX.”
The concert, which is included in its entirety in “The Beatles: Get Back,” will be optimized for IMAX screens, digitally remastered with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Remastering) technology.
A global theatrical engagement of the 60-minute feature, The Beatles: Get Back–The Rooftop Concert, will then run February 11-13. The complete docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back” will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. on February 8.
Directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “They Shall Not Grow Old”), “The Beatles: Get Back” takes audiences back in time to the band’s January 1969 recording sessions, which became a pivotal moment in music history. The docuseries showcases The Beatles’ creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in over two years. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the strong bonds of friendship shared by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are put to the test. The docuseries is compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove, all of which has now been brilliantly restored. What emerges is an unbelievably intimate portrait of The Beatles, showing how, with their backs against the wall, they could still rely on their friendship, good humor, and creative genius. While plans derail and relationships are put to the test, some of the world’s most iconic songs are composed and performed. The docuseries features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
“The Beatles: Get Back” is currently streaming exclusively on Disney+.