The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine restored and reissued

Classic 1968 animated movie has been lovingly restored frame-by-frame for a re-release in May

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The Beatles’ psychedelic animated film Yellow Submarine has been painstakingly remastered by hand and will be reissued this May.

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First seen in 1968, the film tells the story of the Beatles – under the guise of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – and their journey to a bizarre underwater city called Pepperland, where they do battle with a music-loathing race of monsters called Blue Meanies.

Yellow Submarine has been out of print for years but will be reissued on Blu-Ray and DVD from Monday 28 May, with both formats boasting an audio commentary and a making-of documentary in addition to the restored film.

The team who worked on remastering the movie elected not to use automatic software to clean up the image because of the “delicate nature” of the hand-drawn artwork, and instead worked for four months to clean each frame individually.

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Pixar’s chief John Lasseter, writing in the reissued DVD’s liner notes, said: “As a fan of animation and as a film-maker, I tip my hat to the artists of Yellow Submarine, whose revolutionary work helped pave the way for the fantastically diverse world of animation that we all enjoy today.”