The Beatles: Get Back will be released as a three-part documentary series on Disney+ on the Thanksgiving weekend of 25, 26 and 27 November 2021, with each episode being about two hours in length
Ol’ Pete Jackson isn’t much of one for brevity is he?
Hopefully he hasn’t padded it with a bunch of CGI and non-original material that he made up.
Well, I hear episode 3 does focus on their reunion tour of 2004…
I heard there’s a scene in the second episode where John falls off the rooftop during the concert and floats down the Thames for about 5 minutes dreaming of Yoko. Rumor is that may not have been in Lindsay-Hogg’s original footage.
Is there going to be any other way to watch this, besides subscribing to Disney? Can you buy a DVD(s)? Will it end up on Youtube? I’m not in a hurry to see it (after all, it’s been 50 years), but would like to watch at my own pace.
I’ve seen so far no widespread announcement as to future release/distribution. Given the involved parties’ prior track record, they’ll let us know about any other access choice when they are good and ready and satisfied they have figured out how to maximize the take. IMO it will likely stay on DisneyPlus for subscribers only for a time, then maybe move on to pay-per-stream.
I just saw a bit that 60 Minutes had about it. It looks like a must see.
It would definitely be a must-see for me if I already had access to it. The question for me is whether it’s a must-subscribe-to-Disney±to-see.
no - see, Yoko was never in the original footage - PJ had to add it in so that there was a love angle befoe the fellowship broke up.
For the $1.99/mo teaser subscription rate I don’t think you can go wrong.
Not for me. I thought it was a movie.
We watched Part One last night after the Thanksgiving crowd all went home. I don’t know if spoilers are needed but
boy, Paul sure was an ass, wasn’t he? No wonder George decided to bail.
My wife mentioned at some point that it seemed kind of random, but as usual when she “watches” TV she’s listening while staring at her phone, so she missed the opening subtitles explaining how they had a live TV show scheduled in two weeks and were trying to work up a set of original material. I thought the randomness was actually an effective way of showing how they were going through all their partially written material and seeing what was usable.
I was surprised to see how much “Abbey Road” material there was. Mal Evans really seemed to be enjoying his part on hammer and anvil on "Maxwell’s Silver Hammer!
Loved watching Paul come up with Get Back while they waited for John to arrive. In fact I’m just really digging watching them give birth to all these songs. Loved George’s story about watching TV the night before, which led into him introducing I, Me, Mine.
And it really does seem like Epstein’s death, and possibly the fact that George Martin isn’t around much right now, has allowed Paul to step up his bossiness, especially with George.
Or the scene where most of them are off in a corner discussing the stage design, while Paul is over on the piano by himself noodling out the beginnings of “Let It Be”.
After all these years, first seeing the original movie, getting the “Get Back To Toronto” bootleg and hearing bits and pieces of the Nagra tapes, it’s a huge treat to get “the rest of the story”. I’m loving it.
Casual fans who aren’t familiar with the myth of those sessions might have a tough time getting through the lack of focus and meandering nature of the early days. Things will start to pick up when Billy Preston enters the fold and they head over to Savile Road.
That’s interesting, because, as most of you probably know, in a scene in A Hard Day’s Night, somebody (John?) plays the intro to Strawberry Fields Forever on some kind of wheezy little keyboard. Very cool to notice details like that.
I consider myself to be more than a casual fan, but, truth be told, I’ve only recently started going over their albums track by track, and I still haven’t seen the films Let It Be and Help! So, my expectations have been mounting since I first heard about Get Back.
The Guardian has just published a scathing review:
I’ve only just watched a bit of part one. I think it’s great. I haven’t seen the original so have nothing to compare it to. As for the meandering feel to it, I think that very accurately reflects the nature of making music with a group of people. Lots of noodling around and so on until ideas start to solidify. I’d expect it to become much more focused as they continue.
What is quite clear is that, regardless of anything else, they all get on well and generally enjoy each other’s company.
I’m loving it. As interesting as the Beatles are the other people in the room. George Harrison bringing a monk (or whatever) with him HAD to be a reprisal for Yoko’s presence. Watching Yoko and Linda kind of subordinating themselves to their men’s work and art is kind of icky since they were both noted artists in their own rights. (Paul introduces Linda as a “cameraman”…uggh) And Michael Lindsey-Hogg? What a pretentious ass! Libya? You can also see how George Martin immediately realized that the venue was completely inappropriate for recording an album and pretty much checked out, especially after Magic Alex shows up with all his crap. And their chat with Dick James? The Beatles had no clue about what the publishing rights to their songs were actually worth. (“So this is mostly for piano players and groups just learning to play, right?”)
I’m in the middle of Part 2 right now (by “middle” I mean I still have almost two hours left) There are some great nuggets scattered throughout - the little bits and pieces that eventually come together to go into their songs, the genuine enjoyment they have in playing together, the surprise of seeing Ringo play the piano, the dark clouds that gather when the suits start talking business about Apple Corps. But, geez, there’s so much wandering around, so much extraneous nonsense, so much of a feeling that they wanted to use every bit of film they had whether or not it added to the story.
The last 25 minutes or so seem to have picked up a little, so maybe it will continue to improve. But it’s a good thing this came out on a four-day holiday.