Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's Official: Restored 'Magical Mystery Tour' Coming in October, Plus Pre-Order and Extras Info.

A couple of days ago, Psychobabble recirculated rumors of the impending DVD/Blu-ray release of Magical Mystery Tour. Turns out, it's all true. October 9th, The Beatles' fun psychedelic folly will see release with a bus-load of extras. It can now be pre-ordered on Amazon here:


Here's more detailed information on the extras than I had on Monday. For those who still can't dig the movie, these ample bonuses might be enough to entice you to purchase it anyway:

Content:
Original Film restored Running time 53 minutes
8 page booklet
Packaged in an amaray case

+ 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 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.

Three new edits of these performances all featuring footage not seen in the original film.

'Your Mother Should Know' (2:35)
'Blue Jay Way' (3:53)
'The Fool On The Hill' (3:05)

'Hello Goodbye' (3:24), as featured in Top of the Pops 1967
- 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. 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. 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 used in the final edit.

TECHNICAL SPEC
Aspect ratio - 1.33:1
Frame rate - 1080i 59.94

Audio Options:
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital for DVD

Subtitle language options for feature, extras and commentary:

English
Français
Deutsch
Español
Italiano
Português
Nederlande
Svenska
Norsk
Dansk
Suomi

Magical Mystery Tour can also be ordered from Beatles.com for an extra 60 bucks in a collector's box, which the site describes as follows:

This limited edition deluxe version comes in a 10" x 10" box, which contains the DVD & Blu-ray, as well as a 60 page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production and also a faithful reproduction of the mono double 7" vinyl EP of the films six new Beatles songs, originally issued in the uk to complement the films 1967 release.
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