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The Beatles rooftop concert gets an IMAX cinema release, with Peter Jackson Q&A

The Beatles, photographed from behind, as they perform on the Apple Corps rooftop in 1969

The Beatles’ legendary concert on the rooftop of Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters, on January 30 1969, as featured in Peter Jackson’s Get Back Disney+ docuseries, will debut as a 60-minute feature at an Exclusive IMAX Event Screening and Filmmaker Q&A on January 30, 2022.

Celebrating the anniversary of the iconic performance, select IMAX cinemas will host the screening and director chat, and give away exclusive mini-posters on the night. The Q&A will be broadcast via satellite simultaneously to all connected IMAX locations. 

“I’m thrilled that the rooftop concert is going to be experienced in IMAX, on that huge screen,” says director producer Jackson. “It’s The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it.”

The concert footage will be optimized for IMAX screens, digitally remastered using proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Remastering) technology. 

Tickets for the anniversary screening with Q&A are available now from IMAX box offices.

A global theatrical engagement of the 60-minute feature, The Beatles: Get Back The Rooftop Concert, will then run February 11-13. The complete docuseries, The Beatles: Get Back will also debut on Blu-ray in the UK, as a three disc edition, on February 28.

The concert footage will be optimized for IMAX screens, digitally remastered using proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Remastering) technology… 

Jackson’s celebrated docuseries takes audiences back in time to the band’s January 1969 recording sessions, which became a pivotal moment in music history. It showcases The Beatles’ creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in over two years. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the strong bonds of friendship shared by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are put to the test. 

The docuseries has been compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century. 

Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove, all of which has now been ingeniously restored.  The three-part series, available on Disney+, features The Beatles’ last live performance as a group,for the first time in its entirety, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.

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