Beatles 'Help!' Comes to Blu-Ray

4:00 PM PST 12/31/1969 by

Beatles fans: Help! will be here soon. Nearly 48 years after its theatrical release, the Fab Four’s second feature film will be issued on the Blu-ray format this June with a stack of extra material.

The Blu-ray edition of Help! will carry the digitally-restored film and 5.1 soundtrack plus an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary on the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots.

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Also, there’s an introduction by the 1965 film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese included in the Blu-ray disc’s booklet.

The Blu-ray version is slated to arrive June 21 in Australia, June 24 in Europe and June 25 in North America, the band announced today via the official Beatles Website.

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Help! was restored for its 2007 DVD release, which earned five-times platinum sales in the U.S., according to EMI.

The forthcoming Help! Blu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally-restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour films on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes.

Extras on the Blu-ray release of Help!:

  • “The Beatles in Help!” – a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set.
  • “A Missing Scene” – a film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard.
  • “The Restoration of Help!” – an in-depth look at the restoration process.
  • “Memories of Help!” – the cast and crew reminisce.
  • 1965 Theatrical Trailers – two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer.
  • 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus).

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