British distributors Second Sight Films have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the country on July 21.
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary the film will be presented in a new 4K digital restoration approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options - a monoaural soundtrack in addition to newly created stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.
The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) head for London to appear on television, accompanied by their manager and Paul's grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell). Grandad gets into some trouble at a casino and then convinces Ringo to strike out on his own, but the boys find him just in time to play the big concert. Richard Lester's freewheeling directorial style set the tone for the Swinging Sixties.
'In Their Own Voices' - a new piece combining 1964 interviews with The Beatles with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
'You Can't Do That: The Making of A Hard Day's Night' - a documentary by producer Walter Shenson including an outtake performance by The Beatles
'Things They Said Today', a documentary about the film featuring director Richard Lester, music producer George Martin, screenwriter Alun Owen and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor
'Picturewise' - a new piece about Richard Lester's early work featuring a new audio interview with the director
'Anatomy of a Style' - a new piece on Richard Lester's methods
New interview with author Mark Lewisohn