'Yellow Submarine' Blu-ray Brightens Up the Beatles (Exclusive Video)
Some 44 years after its original release, Yellow Submarine still ranks as one of The Beatles’ most famous works. Newly released on Blu-ray after a 4K frame-by-frame restoration, the animated odyssey looks better than ever – as is immediately evident in a clip exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter.
Originally developed as a creative way for the band to fulfill its contract with United Artists after making Help!, Yellow Submarine gave The Beatles an opportunity to create a unique story that demanded a minimal time commitment. Presaging the music video era, the film focused more on pairing music with interesting imagery than telling a proper story, but it went on to be both a critical and commercial success.
Released concurrently with a reissue of the soundtrack, the Blu-ray features a high definition transfer created from the original negative, which was restored by hand. The single-disc release includes a short making-of documentary entitled Mod Odyssey, the original theatrical trailer, an audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, interview clips with members of the cast and crew, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos. It’s accompanied by a 16-page booklet, reproductions of film cells of each of the four Beatles characters, and stickers.
Watch the clip above for a glimpse of the film’s beautifully refurbished look. Yellow Submarine is available on Blu-ray now.