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Movie News: The Beatles' 1967 feature film THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR to be shown in UK cinemas

The Magical Mystery Tour 
hits the big screen!
The Beatles’ 1967 feature film to be shown in UK cinemas


Roll up and pick up a pew…The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour is heading to a cinema near you!

To celebrate the forthcoming release of this newly restored classic feature film – out October 8th on Apple Films – Apple & EMI have partnered with Omniverse Vision to bring the colourful, dreamlike story to selected cinemas nationwide.

The British Film Institute are launching the series with a night of two Magical Mystery Tour screenings at BFI Southbank on October 2nd - tickets are now available from the BFI website. 

In September 1967, The Beatles loaded a film crew onto a bus along with friends, family and cast and headed west on the A30 out of London to make their third film, this time conceived and directed by The Beatles themselves. 

“Paul said ‘Look I’ve got this idea’ and we said ‘great!’ and all he had was this circle and a little dot on the top – that’s where we started,” explains Ringo. “It wasn’t the kind of thing where you could say ‘ladies and gentlemen, what you are about to see is the product of our imaginations and believe me, at this point they are quite vivid,’” says Paul. 

The film follows a loose narrative and showcased six new songs:  “Magical Mystery Tour,” “The Fool On The Hill,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Flying,” “Blue Jay Way,” and “Your Mother Should Know.”  

Long out-of-print, the fully restored Magical Mystery Tour will be available in DVD and Blu-ray packages, and in a special, 10”x10” boxed deluxe edition.  The deluxe edition includes both the DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a 60-page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production, and a faithful reproduction of the mono double 7” vinyl EP of the film’s six new Beatles songs, originally issued in the UK to complement the film’s 1967 release.  

The restoration of Magical Mystery Tour has been overseen by Paul Rutan Jr. of Eque Inc., the same company that handled the much acclaimed restoration of Yellow Submarine.  The soundtrack work was done at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. 

All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage.  There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul.


UK CINEMA LISTINGS

Thursday September 27th 
LIVERPOOL, FACT 
Sunday September 30th 
NORWICH, Cinema City
Monday October 1st 
OXFORD, Phoenix 
Tuesday October 2nd 
EDINBURGH, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
ABERDEEN, Cineworld Aberdeen Union 
BIRMINGHAM, Cineworld Broad Street 
GLASGOW, Cineworld Renfrew
IPSWICH, Ipswich Film Theatre 
SHEFFIELD, Showroom 
MANCHESTER, Vue
NORWICH, Cinema City 
BLUEWATER, Showcase de Luxe 
BRISTOL, Showcase de Luxe 
LEICESTER, Showcase de Luxe 
NOTTINGHAM, Showcase de Luxe 
LEEDS, Vue, Leeds Light 
LONDON, BFI (two screenings)
Thursday October 4th 
GREENWICH, Picturehouse

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