Lost Beatles film Let It Be to be available to watch for first time in 50 years

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17 Apr 2024, 15:37

The Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney Ringo Starr, George Harrison

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Disney have confirmed that Let It Be will be released exclusively to Disney+ after being locked away for 50 years.

Disney announced yesterday that Let It Be - directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who is known for his work with both The Beatles and the Rolling Stones - will be available on Disney+ on the 8th May. 

The exclusive launch comes after the film was remastered by the production company of Peter Jackson, Park Road Post Production, who produced the Emmy Award-winning docu-series The Beatles: Get Back also on Disney+. 

Originally released in 1970, Let It Be is a documentary film focusing on the fab four recording and rehearsing songs in January of 1969 for their 12th studio album, Let It Be, which would be their last record to be released (while Abbey Road was their last to be recorded). 

One month before the film’s release, the Fab Four broke up in May of 1970. Despite this, Let It Be is essentially a happy movie, says Lindsay-Hogg. Although the film is not about the ending of the group, it gives a look into the dynamic the band had at the time. 

Speaking on the docuseries and film, Jackson said: “I now think of it all as one epic story, finally completed after five decades. The two projects support and enhance each other: Let It Be is the climax of Get Back, while Get Back provides a vital missing context for Let It Be.

“Michael Lindsay-Hogg was unfailingly helpful and gracious while I made Get Back, and it’s only right that his original movie has the last word… looking and sounding far better than it did in 1970.”

The remastered documentary will feature footage not seen in the Get Back docuseries as well as footage of the performance on Apple corps’ London rooftop in 1969. 

Let it be will be available to stream on Disney+ on 8th May 2024.