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The Beatles: Get Back release date, episodes, footage and latest news

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We finally have our hands on Peter Jackson’s three-part documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, as he has arrived on Disney Plus.

The event celebrates one of the most iconic bands in British music – The Beatles, of course.

The Fab Four are made up of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – who all feature int the new film.

However, Jackson – who is best known for directing the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises – recently admitted that he convinced Disney to break one of their biggest rules when making the documentary.

“We’ve had to have a discussion with Disney about the swearing. The Beatles are scouse boys and they freely swear but not in an aggressive or sexual way,” he told Radio Times magazine.

“We got Disney to agree to have swearing, which I think is the first time for a Disney channel. That makes them feel modern, too.”

The upcoming three-part series features never-before-seen archive footage of the Liverpudlian band, with Jackson reviewing 57 hours of video over four years whilst editing the films about the Beatles’ production of their 1970 album Let It Be.

For our thoughts on the new Beatles event series, read our review here.

“Anyone thinking this is going to be a whitewash think again,” Jackson told The Guardian. “I didn’t want to hold back or sanitise anything, but there was a very positive reaction from everyone, even if some of them said parts of it were stressful to watch.”

Here’s all the essential info on the documentary from filmmaker Peter Jackson that will show us the long and winding road that was the making of Let It Be.

The Beatles: Get Back release date

The Fab Four together in The Beatles: Get Back
The Fab Four together in The Beatles: Get Back
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The Beatles: Get Back – Part 1 premiered on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

The first instalment was made available on this day but the second and third parts will be released on consecutive days.

The Beatles: Get Back – Part 2 is released on Friday, November 26, 2021.

The Beatles: Get Back – Part 3 is released on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

Each episode is around two hours long so we will have six hours worth to watch in the end (the length is a giveaway that Peter Jackson directed it).

So, if you are a big Beatles fan then you can enjoy all of this new content and at your own leisure.

How to watch The Beatles: Get Back

To watch The Beatles: Get Back, you will need to sign up to Disney+ if you are not yet a member.

There are free trials available, but with the amount of content on there now we would be surprised if you did not feel the need to stick with it.

Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year.

Is The Beatles: Get Back being released on DVD or Blu-ray?

There have been no plans announced for the release of The Beatles: Get Back on DVD or Blu-ray, so collectors will have to make do with streaming the series on Disney Plus for now.

However, a hardback book has been released to coincide with the documentary and is available from all good book retailers.

We’re sure Beatles fans will be keen to collect all of the merchandise available for the film.

The Beatles: Get Back trailer and clips

You can get a glimpse of what to expect from The Beatles: Get Back – including incredible restorations of archive footage – below.

In addition top the rousing and eerily emotional series of images and words from the Fab Four, we have also now been treated to a new clip from the film as part of Disney Plus Day.

The clip shows John, Paul, George and Ringo jamming to the Lennon/McCartney track I’ve Got A Feeling.

John’s partner Yoko Ono can be seen present for the session as they work on the song.

The quality of the footage and sound will undoubtedly get Beatles fans excited for what will come next.

What is The Beatles: Get Back about?

The Beatles: Get Back will take an in-depth look at the band as they were in the process of making the album, Let It Be. It originally had the name Get Back, hence the title of this new docu-series.

There was a documentary about the album before, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 production also called Let It Be, and this will draw on the material used from that. But there is a lot more material being released this time around including key moments in the band’s history such as George Harrison quitting – he came back, obviously.

The three-part series, which consists of three two-hour films, features a number of revelatory moments, with the documentary dispelling rumours that Harrison left the group after getting into a physical fight with Lennon, and even capturing the moment where Lennon and Yoko Ono celebrate upon hearing the news that Ono’s divorce to Anthony Cox had been finalised.

The Beatles perform on a London rooftop in the new documentary Get Back
The Beatles perform on a London rooftop in the new documentary Get Back
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“Now, they are our grandparents or great-grandparents,” Jackson told The Guardian. “But here, John and Ringo are 28, Paul is 26 and George is 25, and you never once feel this footage is 52 years old. I’ve always thought their music transcends generations, but this will make them seem young again.”

The surviving members of the band are definitely pleased with the series, with Sir Paul McCartney saying earlier in the year: “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about the Beatles recording together”. He and Ringo Starr gave their full cooperation to director Jackson, as did the wives of late band members John Lennon and George Harrison.

“There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the Let It Be film that came out” added Ringo Starr. “There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that.”

The Beatles Get Back will premiere on Disney Plus on Thursday 25th November 2021.  Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year.

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