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Peter Jackson Reveals First Look at His Beatles Documentary

Peter Jackson dropped a welcoming surprise for music fans this Monday. It’s a sneak peek of his upcoming Beatles documentary, titled The Beatles: Get Back. The film was scheduled for a September 2020 release, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as a thank you for our patience, the Lord of the Rings director gave us this first look. The footage dropped on YouTube and Disney+.

“We wanted to give the fans of The Beatles all over the world a holiday treat, so we put together this five-minute sneak peek at our upcoming theatrical film The Beatles: Get Back,” Jackson said in a press release. “We hope it will bring a smile to everyone’s faces and some much-needed joy at this difficult time.”

The Beatles: Get Back contains 56 hours of never-before-seen footage of the iconic and beloved British rock band. The footage was first filmed in 1969 by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg for a TV special. That never panned out, so Jackson is finishing up the job. In addition to video footage, the documentary also contains some of the 150 hours of unheard audio recorded for the special.

John Lennon as he appears in The Beatles: Get Back documentary.Walt Disney Studios

The documentary follows The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) as they plan their first live show in two years. It also charts the writing of 14 songs, originally intended to release on an accompanying live album. The film will also feature—for the first time in its entirety—the band’s last live performance as a group.

This stunning footage of The Beatles in their recording studio is truly something to behold. It’s a special gift for bands of the legendary band and we cannot wait to see the documentary in full. This is a slice of music history.

The Beatles: Get Back hits theaters on Aug. 27, 2021.

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