Beatles fans rejoice. On October 9, Apple Films released a fully restored version of the long out-of-print classic fab four road movie, Magical Mystery Tour. The re-issued film comes in DVD and Blu-ray format and includes a remixed soundtrack (by Giles Martin and Sam Okell), newly filmed interviews, unseen footage, director’s commentary by Paul and a host of other special features.
The Beatles devised, wrote and directed their third film, Magical Mystery Tour, a dreamlike story of a coach day trip to the seaside. The film follows a loose narrative and showcased six new songs: Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool On The Hill, I Am The Walrus, Flying, Blue Jay Way, and Your Mother Should Know.
Apple Films have fully restored the long out-of-print, classic feature film and it’s now available worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray with a remixed soundtrack (5.1 and stereo) and special features. A special, boxed deluxe edition is also available.
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.
If you’d like to own your very own copy of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, you can head on down to your favorite B&M store, online merchant or even iTunes. If you’re feeling lucky, you can also enter a win the DVD version of the film at www.bumpershine.com/magicalmystery. No purchase necessary. Contest ends on Oct 18 at 11:59 59 PM ET, 1 entry per person, US residents only.
Magical Mystery Tour trailer and DVD special features and technical specs after the jump.
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR SPECIAL FEATURES
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.
Aspect ratio – 1.33:1
Frame rate – 1080i 59.94
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1
PCM stereo for Blu-ray
Dolby Digital for DVD
Subtitle language options for feature, extras, and commentary:
English; Français; Deutsch; Español; Italiano; Português; Nederlande; Svenska; Norsk; Dansk; Suomi