The Beatles are set to get back to the big screen via a new digitally restored version of their beloved comedy-musical “A Hard Day’s Night,” which will open in theaters nationwide over the Fourth of July weekend, Janus Films announced Monday.
The re-release will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s premiere at London’s Pavilion Theatre during the height of Beatlemania.
Irreverently directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen, “A Hard Day’s Night” finds the Fab Four — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — playing slapstick versions of themselves as they embark from Liverpool to London for a TV appearance and deal with their uptight manager, obsessed fans and Paul’s troublemaking grandfather along the way.
Shot for half a million dollars as a low-budget attempt to capitalize on the Beatles’ popularity and hype the accompanying soundtrack, “A Hard Day’s Night” went on to gross more than $12 million and has since become a rock ‘n’ roll classic.
The film features such well-known songs as “I Should Have Known Better,” “If I Fell,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and the title track. The soundtrack for the restoration has been remixed and remastered for modern 5.1 sound systems by record producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.
The newly restored version premiered earlier this month at the TCM Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood and should appeal to nostalgic baby boomers, film buffs, Anglophiles and recent Beatles converts alike.
In Los Angeles, “A Hard Day’s Night” will open July 4 with a week-long run at the Cinefamily.
By Oliver Gettell