by VVN Music
Less than a week after the premier of Ron Howard's new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, it has been announced that the film will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 18 via Polygram Entertainment and Capitol/UME.
In the film, Howard explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group's concert performances, from their early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to their unprecedented world tours in packed stadiums around the globe, from New York to Melbourne to Tokyo.
Produced in cooperation with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the new release will not only include the original film, but also a wealth of additional features that total over one hundred additional minutes of footage.
Included on a second disc in the DVD package and on the Blu-Ray disc:
- Words & Music (24 mins) - John, Paul, George & Ringo reflect on songwriting and the influence of music from their parents' generation, Lennon/McCartney writing for other artists, The Beatles as individual musicians, and the band as innovators. Also featuring Howard Goodall, Peter Asher, Simon Schama and Elvis Costello. The interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen.
- Early Clues To A New Direction (18 mins) - A special feature touching on The Beatles as a collective, the importance of humor, the impact of women on their early lives and songwriting, and the band as a musical movement. Featuring John, Paul, George & Ringo, along with Paul Greengrass, Stephen Stark, Peter Asher, Malcolm Gladwell, Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Curtis, Elvis Costello and Simon Schama. Again the interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen.
- Liverpool (11 mins) - The early days in Liverpool of the late 1950's and early 1960's are brought vividly to life by those who worked closely with them at that time including fan club secretary Freda Kelly, Allan Williams an early manager, and Leslie Woodhead multi-award winning documentary film director.
- The Beatles in Concert (12 mins) - Five great but rarely seen full length performances of The Beatles live in concert - Twist and Shout, She Loves You, Can't Buy Me Love, You Can't Do That and Help!
- Three Beatles' Fans
- Ronnie Spector and The Beatles
- Shooting A Hard Day's Night
- The Beatles in Australia
- Recollections of Shea Stadium
- The Beatles in Japan
- An alternative opening for the film