No release for Let It Be

This one of those kind of articles that is just sad to every Beatles collector. The movie Let It Be was admittedly not a great movie in my book. And I suppose that is for the very reasons the Beatles themselves cite within this article. That being said, it just seems a wrong-headed mistake to not put this movie back out on DVD. Whether proud of the achievement or not, this movie is part of Beatles history that is vital to understanding why it all ended. How could the greatest group the world has ever known break up? Well, watch the movie, and you see the seeds of disintegration: the boredom, the nit-picking, the women, the camera, the uninspiration. Yes, it is all of that, but still in the Beatles boredom, there is more greatness than most bands could ever even hope to achieve. Well, I could go on and chastise them for wanting to bury this chapter in their history, but I am sure plenty will. But for now (that is, the existing Beatles lifetime, it seems), we won’t be getting an official release of Let It Be. And that is why there are bootleggers, Apple.

Sadly, here’s what we’ve read:

Beatles: Can’t buy DVD

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Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have stopped the release of Beatles film ‘Let It Be’.

The 1970 documentary reveals tensions between the Fab Four – Paul, Ringo and the late John Lennon and George Harrison – shortly before their break-up, and insiders at the band’s record company, Apple, claim the two surviving members do not want it re-released.

A source said: “There has been talk of ‘Let It Be’ finally being released but now there has been a change of heart. The Beatles are still a massive global brand and it’s felt it won’t be helped if the public sees the darker side of the story. Neither Paul nor Ringo would feel comfortable publicising a film showing The Beatles getting on each other’s nerves.”

The film was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and shows the group recording the album of the same name, which eventually became their final studio release.

The group’s internal relations were at an all-time low during the making of the LP and recording sessions were fraught with internal squabbles.

George Harrison took exception to Paul criticising his guitar playing, while John Lennon appeared disinterested during the entire process – preferring to spend his time with his wife Yoko Ono.

Although the LP was their final release, the group were so disappointed with ‘Let It Be’ they recorded masterpiece ‘Abbey Road’ afterwards and released it before the much-maligned record.

The source added to Britain’s Daily Express newspaper: “People like to imagine The Beatles were a happy ship but the reality towards the end was very different as this film shows. There’s all sorts of extra footage showing more squabbles but it’s unlikely it will ever see the light of day in Paul and Ringo’s lifetime.”

12 Responses

  1. No way!
    That’s bad, I really don’t like that
    It’s not fair to re-release A Hard Day’s Night and Help!
    and not Let It Be
    I was hoping to have all four (including Yellow Submarine but i’m not sure if it got re released?)
    They should release it for the Beatle fans who want the collection.

  2. I AM SO ANGRY AT PAUL MCCARTNEY AND RINGO STARR FOR NOT RELEASING THE LET IT BE DVD!!! TALK ABOUT RE-WRITING HISTORY!!! US BEATLE FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS UPON YEARS FOR THIS HISTORICAL FILM TO BE RELEASED! AND WE REALLY REALLY WERE HOPING THE ROOFTOP CONCERT WOULD IN ITS ENTIRETY ON THIS DVD! PAUL AND RINGO REALLY LET THEIR FANS DOWN WITH THIS SAD DECISION. I FOR ONE AM VERY ANGRY AT THEM! LET IT BE WAS WHAT IT WAS. SO WHAT IF THE BEATLES WERE GETTING ON EACH OTHERS NERVES! IT’S PART OF HISTORY! I GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO BUY A BOOTLEG VERSION. THANKS FOR NOTHING PAUL AND RINGO!

  3. I watched that movie as a kid in the seventies. In the eitghties i borrowed it on video. What’s suddenly so controversal about it? Everbybody knows the story anyway, and the movie is a part of Beatles history. It’s an interesting movie, and the argument beetween George and Paul about musical direction, is nothing, compared to what’s going on in this world. Release it! No reason trying to change the Beatles history, and make it look cuter than it actually was. That is NOT rock ‘n’ roll!

  4. “That is NOT rock ‘n’ roll!”
    That’s a very profound statement you make, Rock ‘n” roll music.

  5. Fine, don’t release the instudio stuff. I’ve seen most of it and on the whole it’s boring, worth having for the Beatle fans but not earth shattering. However, the Beatles should release the rooftop concert in its entirety. From the moment they walk out till the moment they finish. The Beatles last concert, in color with great audio. Not releasing that is a shame.

  6. I would buy that DVD. I mean what more harm would Let it Be do to The Beatles, its only history. I mean they arent going to break up again. John and George are already dead, cmon!

  7. Since this article came out, it’s been proven that it’s npt Paul and Ringo holding this up.
    Sad that a tabloid newspaper comes out with another rumor or lie however you want to call it.
    The tabloid trashes love to spread lies, but it’s not just U.K. magazines, we have the national enquirerer too.

    Thanks to Steve of Abbeyrdbest.com for asking Apple, instead of just beleiving these unnamed sources.

  8. This is probably just corporate games i.e create a big controversy, then release the DVD = $$$$$$$.

  9. Hi it’s Beatle Bob (Bootleg reviewer from Bootlegzone, 910, BeatlegYahoo List and many more sites) and I feel that if it does ever get released at a minimum it needs a complete overhaul. Ditch the original cut. It’s choppy, not too flattering. Nor is the continuity fluid. Give us the full rooftop performance, but also show these songs in their earlier genises and show us their evolution. The outtakes on nagra and on collectors bootleg DVDs show a Beatles that didn’t necessarily always NOT get along. It is possible to make this a fantastic release and do it right.

    Regards,
    Beatle Bob🙂

  10. You CAN have Let it Be on dvd, and more. Google “Fab Productions”, which has put out 3 dvd’s called “The Get Back Chronicles Volumes 1, 2 & 3”, has every inch of tape filmed during the production. You get to see Paul & John goofing on “Please Please Me” AND the ENTIRE rooftop concert. The discs can be downloaded, with the art and music in 5.1 surround sound, on the Googled web-sites. I love my copies!

  11. I thought it was a great film. I would like to see it come out on DVD so i can retire my very old and worn VHS copy. I don’t get it, why not release it, its not like any can’t see it if they want. The whole film is on you tube.

  12. They should just release the footage of the rooftop concert. If they need someone to go over the film I’m available.

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