The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour gets a Blu-ray release – and cinema screenings

Magical Mystery Tour Image © APPLE FILMS / EMI

Magical Mystery Tour Image © APPLE FILMS / EMI

The Beatles’ third movie is arguably their most interesting, not least because the band write and directed Magical Mystery Tour themselves, when the ‘Fab Four’ was at the height of its powers. So why are we babbling on about this now? Well, because Magical Mystery Tour is coming out on Blu-ray. Yes, really.

The band’s dreamy and psychedelic coach trip movie has been full restored and given a remixed soundtrack by Apple Films, with an unveiling across the world on October 9th, just in time for your Christmas list. It will also be going round the cinemas once more from September – dates for that when we have them (although a screening has been confirmed for the BFI in early October). That could actually be a first. The movie was made for TV and beat a hasty retreat soon after, with reaction from the public being less than positive, shall we say. So it hasn’t had a lot of big screen action.

The release of the movie itself will be on DVD or Blu-ray, plus a special 10″x10″ boxed deluxe edition. The deluxe edition includes both the DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a 60-page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production, and a faithful reproduction of the mono double 7″ vinyl EP of the film’s six new Beatles songs, originally issued in the UK to complement the film’s 1967 release.

All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul McCartney.

No pricing as yet, but as a taster, here is the list of add-ons for the disc. Expect Amazon to be doing some cut-price pre-orders well ahead of launch.

Director’s Commentary – by Paul McCartney
‘The Making of Magical Mystery Tour’ [19:05]
– Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.
‘Ringo the Actor’ [2:30]
– Ringo Starr reflecting on his role in the film.
‘Meet the Supporting Cast’ [11:27]
– A feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.
‘Your Mother Should Know’ [2:35]
‘Blue Jay Way’ [3:53]
‘The Fool On The Hill’ [3:05]
– Three new edits of these performances, all featuring footage not seen in the original film.
‘Hello Goodbye,’ as featured on ‘Top of the Pops’ – 1967 [3:24]
– The Beatles allowed the BBC to film them in the edit suite where they were working on Magical Mystery Tour. This was then turned into a promo by the BBC, who shot their own additional footage. It was then broadcast on ‘Top of the Pops’ to mark the ‘Hello Goodbye’ single going to No. 1 in December 1967.
‘Nat’s Dream’ [2:50]
– A scene directed by John featuring Nat Jackley and not included in the original film.
Ivor Cutler – ‘I’m Going In A Field’ [2:35]
– Ivor performs ‘I’m Going In A Field,’ in a field. This scene was not included in the original film.
Traffic – ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’ [1:53]
– The filming of Traffic acting out their 1967 hit single ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’ was commissioned by The Beatles for possible inclusion in Magical Mystery Tour, but was not included in the final edit.

  • Eriction

    Should be either “wrote” or “direct” in line 2 surely, sorry to be pedantic.
    Maybe Let It Be is next on the list?