Richard Lester’s The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (1964) will release to 4k for the first time when it arrives on Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 18, 2022. The 2-disc edition from The Criterion Collection features three choices for audio: monaural, stereo and 5.1 surround.
The new 4k digital restoration was approved by Lester and the Ultra HD Blu-ray offers Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range.
Bonus features include audio commentaries, 1964 interviews with the Beatles, behind-the-scenes footage and photos, two documentaries, and more.
The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night is priced $34.99 (List: $49.95) on Amazon.
- New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options—a monaural soundtrack as well as stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios—presented in uncompressed monaural, uncompressed stereo, and DTS-HD Master Audio
- One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
- Audio commentary featuring cast and crew
- In Their Own Voices, a program featuring 1964 interviews with the Beatles and behind-the-scenes footage and photos
- “You Can’t Do That”: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by the Beatles
- Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen, and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor
- Picturewise, a program about Lester’s early work, featuring a 2014 audio interview with the director
- The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1960), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short
- Anatomy of a Style, a 2014 program on Lester’s methods
- Interview from 2014 with Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and excerpts from a 1970 interview with Lester