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Peter Jackson restores The Beatles Let It Be documentary – here’s when it’s coming to Disney+

Jackson strikes again and restores the original Beatles documentary from the 1970s. It's headed to Disney+, but when?

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Here’s a bit of nostalgia that’s sure to have Beatles fans twisting and shouting. Disney+ has dropped the bombshell that Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s legendary 1970 documentary, Let It Be, will be gracing the streaming service. This classic film, which hasn’t been publicly available for over five decades, will finally re-emerge in all its glory on 8 May, 2024.

For those not in the know, Let It Be was first unleashed to the world back in May 1970. This was the film that, for many, marked the end of an era. It initially cast a somewhat sombre shadow over its release due to the group’s imminent breakup. Fast-forward to today, and thanks to a sparkling restoration from Peter Jackson, the film has been recontextualized. It sheds a new light on the group’s dynamics courtesy of revelations from Peter Jackson’s acclaimed The Beatles: Get Back docuseries.

Let It Be offers a raw, intimate glimpse into The Beatles’ creative process during January 1969. This includes never-before-seen footage of their iconic rooftop concert, their last live performance as a group, featuring the involvement of keyboard wizard Billy Preston. What’s more, the restoration hasn’t just tidied up the visual. It has also given the audio a hefty polish, using the same magical MAL de-mix technology employed in Get Back.

The film’s restoration has been a labour of love, spearheaded by none other than Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production, diving into the original 16mm negatives. Both Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Peter Jackson have expressed their delight and pride in the film’s re-release. They see it as a crucial piece of the historical puzzle that complements the narrative arc started by Get Back.

To all the Beatles lovers out there, circle 8 May on your calendars. Let It Be will make its exclusive reappearance on Disney+. It gives fans a chance to relive the magic, music, and moptops from the comfort of their living rooms.

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