Apple Films has announced restoration of the classic Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour for October release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film will be available in a special 10″x10″ boxed deluxe edition (a no-brainer for Beatles fans) which includes both Blu-ray and DVD copies along with a 60-page book and reproduction of the double 7″ vinyl mono EP. Magical Mystery Tour will also be available in single-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions. The Blu-ray features a newly remixed soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and PCM stereo mixes. All disc editions feature new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, unseen footage, deleted scenes, short documentaries and director’s commentaries.
The restoration of Magical Mystery Tour film was overseen by Paul Rutan Jr. (who also restored Yellow Submarine), while the audio soundtrack was done at the famed Abbey Road Studios. The third film from the Beatles has been out-of-print since it’s release in 1967.
Magical Mystery Tour will hit shelves worldwide on October 8th (Oct. 9 in North America). There will also be a theatrical release of the film in selected theaters on Sept. 27. Open the press release link below full disc specs.
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