February 11, 2022
Some copies of The Beatles: Get Back appeared on retail shelves Feb. 8 despite a recall.
Several Blu-ray Disc copies of Peter Jackson’s acclaimed documentary on the legendary British rock band were spotted in the new-release section at a Target in Orange County, Calif.
The title had been slated for a Feb. 8 release but was recalled due to a technical glitch. A new release date hasn’t been announced.
However, it’s not as if shoppers could actually buy copies of Get Back if they managed to find a stray. Once the street date was canceled the checkout computers and major retailers such as Target and Walmart would have been set to flag attempts to scan it at the register, prompting a clerk or manager take possession of it and remove the rest from the sales floor.
The initial release date was slated for nine days after an hour-long concert film of the group’s iconic 1969 rooftop concert was released at select Imax theaters on Jan. 30, the 53rd anniversary of the performance atop the Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters. The concert film includes a Q&A with director Jackson, who said in a statement, “I’m thrilled that the rooftop concert from The Beatles: Get Back is going to be experienced in Imax, on that huge screen. It’s The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it.”
The concert, which is included in the documentary, will be digitally remastered with proprietary Imax DMR (digital remastering) technology.
The Imax event is being followed by a global theatrical run of the 60-minute concert film that starts today (Feb. 11) and runs through the weekend.
The Beatles: Get Back covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be, whose working title was Get Back. Originally conceived as a feature film, The Beatles: Get Back was expanded into three episodes with a total runtime of nearly eight hours. The docuseries, which premiered on Disney+ on Nov. 25, was compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century, according to a press release.