Beatles News Roundup
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Beatles News Roundup
It's looking as though a DVD and Blu-ray release of the Beatles third film, the long out-of-print Magical Mystery Tour, will finally see release -- possibly on John Lennon's birthday, October 9th. According to the British Board of Filmmakers' entry for the movie, new bonus features are included in the listing, such as "Nat's Dream," "I'm Going In A Field -- Ivor Cutler," "The Making Of 'Magical Mystery Tour,'" "Ringo the Actor," "The Cast" and "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush -- Traffic." Most interesting is the listing of a new commentary by Paul McCartney. On October 2nd, the British Film Institute will screen the new BBC-TV Arena episode called Magical Mystery Tour Revisited. The special, which will delve into the back-story of the originally panned Beatles film will include reminisces from McCartney and Ringo Starr. (Beatles Examiner)
Beatlefan magazine's executive editor Al Sussman recalled that although considered a flop upon it's December 1967 airing in the UK, by the time prints of Magical Mystery Tour hit the underground circuit Stateside, it rapidly became a counter-culture favorite: "What tended to happen was, y'know, Magical Mystery Tour started becoming the Rocky Horror Picture show of it's time, because it started showing, like, bootleg copies started circulating here and started being shown at midnight shows and theaters -- or moreso on college campuses."
An unremastered version of Magical Mystery Tour previously been released on disc, but has been long out of print. The Beatles' final film, Let It Be, has been in the works for a decade, and has never been released on DVD -- and was only available for a short time on VHS and Laser Disc following it's initial 1981 release. Sources are saying that Let It Be will finally see release on DVD in 2014 or 2015.
Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary Living In The Material World has snagged six nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards. The life-spanning doc, which premiered on HBO, is up for statues in the following categories: Outstanding Nonfiction Special; Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming; Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming -- for Martin Scorsese; Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming; Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera); and Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming. (
In the documentary, Eric Clapton -- who went on to marry Harrison's first wife Pattie Boyd -- recalled being on hand to witness the birth of one of Harrison's greatest Beatles-era classics: "It was one of those beautiful spring mornings, and I think it was April, and we were just walking through the (laughs) garden with our guitars -- and that, I don't do that! Y'know, I only ever do. . . This is what George brought to the situation. He was just a magical guy and he would show up with his guitar, get out of the car with the guitar, and come in and you'd start playing. And we walked around the garden and sat down at the bottom of the garden, looking out and the sun was shining and it was a beautiful morning and he started to sing 'Here Comes The Sun.' The opening lines, y'know?" 
John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, will face the parole board for the seventh time since 2010. New York Department of Correction's spokeswoman confirmed that Chapman, who has been deemed unsuitable for release every time, will meet with the board, which will hand down a decision by the end of the week. (The Huffington Post)
Chapman, who is now 57, murdered the former Beatle on December 8th, 1980 in front of his New York City apartment building, the Dakota. Chapman, who had been stalking Lennon for several days and had received an autograph from Lennon earlier that evening, lay in wait for his return from a recording session.
Chapman, who was living in Honolulu at the time, had made an unsuccessful trip to New York the previous October with the intent of killing Lennon, but couldn't find him.
In June 1981, Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and is currently serving a 20-years-to-life sentence.
He was denied parole for the sixth time on September 7th, 2010. On May 15th, Chapman was transferred to a new prison after spending over 30 years at New York's Attica Correctional Facility. The convicted killer was moved to Alden, New York's Wende Correctional Facility, 20 miles east of Buffalo. A spokesman for the state prison system went on record at the time as saying "the agency doesn't disclose why inmates are transferred to a new facility."
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