Apple Corps announces street date for “All together Now” DVD.

Fire up the X-mas lists ladies and gents.  This one is sure to be at the tops of your list.  I know this isn’t the DVD release that we were all hoping for, but it’s better than nothing I guess.  We’ll have to wait until next year when the avalanche of Beatledom officially launches.

It will be mania all over again.  I cannot wait for that time between an announcement being made about teh remastered back catalog, and the date that they officially hit the street.  It will be hysteria.

For now, us fans have to settle for a behind-the-scenes look at the Fab Four’s spectacular Vegas show.  I guess this will give us all enough to chew on for a little while.

Here’s what we’ve read.

EMI Music Announces October 21 DVD Release Of ‘All Together Now’ Exclusively At Best Buy Following Film Festival Acclaim Apple Corps Ltd., Cirque du Soleil Partnership With The Bigger Picture Will Bring ‘All Together Now’ To Screens Across The U.S. On October 20th

Hollywood, California – September 17, 2008 – EMI Music has confirmed an October 21 DVD release of the feature-length documentary ‘All Together Now.’ The DVD will be available in US stores exclusively at Best Buy and at The LOVE Boutique at the Mirage in Las Vegas. In addition, Apple Corps Ltd./Cirque du Soleil will partner with The Bigger Picture, to bring the feature-length documentary ‘All Together Now’ to digital cinema audiences across the U.S. beginning on October 20th. The DVD and theatrical release follows acclaimed film festival screenings, including a sold out opening night U.S. premiere at the Silverdocs Festival in Washington D.C. where the Washington Post observed that ‘All Together Now’ “cuts into the heart of [LOVE].” Albert Maysles calls the film “A perfect combination of the best of two worlds – the Beatles and Cirque du Soleil”.

View a trailer for ‘All Together Now’ here: http://www.beatles.com/core/love/documentary/clips/

‘All Together Now’ has screened at a number of festivals in the U.S. and across Canada in 2008, and accolades have followed. The film’s U.S. debut opened the American Film Institute’s Silverdocs festival in Washington DC in June where Rolling Stone praised the film’s sweeping visual style and “many insightful interviews.” Screenings were as enthusiastically received at the CineVegas festival in Las Vegas, where it was called “remarkable” by Las Vegas Magazine, and the Hotdocs festival in Toronto, where Variety noted that ‘All Together Now’ “wowed audiences.”

The documentary details the story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the creation and 2006 launch of LOVE, the stage production still playing to packed houses at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and the experimental Beatles soundscape album of the same name which garnered two Grammy Awards for producers Sir George and Giles Martin. The film is dedicated to the memory of Neil Aspinall, former CEO of Apple Corps and an Executive Producer of the DVD.

‘All Together Now’ faithfully recounts how the LOVE project came into being, borne from the personal friendship between George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. George saw how the twin talents of The Beatles’ music and the artistry of Cirque du Soleil’s artistry and could be fused into something new and totally original.

The director, Adrian Wills, traveled between London, Montreal, and Las Vegas recording early meetings between the Cirque du Soleil & Apple Corps Ltd. creative teams, as well as filming contributions from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison discussing how The Beatles’ music can be used in a different way. Noting the uniqueness of these interactions Wills explains, “What surprised me the most was how human the whole process was.”

These early stages of the project were all filmed, as were the first rehearsals at the Mirage Hotel theatre in Las Vegas, which was completely rebuilt with a one-of-a-kind sound system and complex round staging to house the LOVE show. Sir George and Giles Martin, the show’s Musical Directors, were involved every step of the way with the remarkable Cirque du Soleil creative team, performers and backroom staff.

It wasn’t all “plain-sailing” and there has been no attempt to disguise some of the disagreements that took place along the way regarding how some of the songs would be portrayed visually. These creative differences, a necessary part of the overall process of bringing LOVE to its most vibrant life, illustrate the participants’ love and respect for the music and vision of The Beatles.

In addition to their roles within the main film, Sir George and Giles, along with engineer Paul Hicks, also feature in a bonus feature titled “Changing The Music” which reveals in fascinating depth how the music was created and the challenges they faced. They explain how they sourced some of the individual instruments and effects and how they were encouraged to experiment.

DVD contents
‘All Together Now’ documentary (84:00)

Bonus Features:
“Changing The Music” (22:00): An in-depth look at the decision to rework and remix the Beatles music for the show
“Music In The Theatre” (09:00): A look at the process of creating the LOVE show’s unique audio design in the theater
“Making ‘LOVE'” (10:00): A backstage pass to explore the design of LOVE, including the art direction, costumes, props, screen imagery and the use of The Beatles’ voices in the stage production and soundtrack.
DVD technical details:
1 x DVD-9
PAL and NTSC
All regions

To pre-order your copy of “All Together Now” click on the store links below

UK: Beatles Store
US: Best Buy

Source: The Beatles

12 Responses

  1. I’m Beatle Bob (the bootleg reviewer) not the other Beatle Bob that’s been posting on this site :)….anyhow….I find it amazing that this release can’t be held off until the remasters appear. This is not going to be a big seller knowing the remasters are probably around the corner…unless Apple feels we’ll buy anything and everything and have disposable cash handy.

    Regards,
    Beatle Bob🙂

  2. This is definetly a great release,
    but i’m dissapointed that the remastered Let It Be isn’t out yet…

    (unless it is, and i just didn’t realise it!)

  3. In the interim, I’ve got a wonderful back stage video podcast interview with the engineer from Love. Plus some amazing footage from the show featuring some of Beatles. It’s free on our site and thru iTunes. Both links accessed here:

    LOVE

    And I’ve got a wonderful video podcast interview with Donovan with a very cool story about how he helped McCartney with a Beatle song; a story I’d never heard before.

    Enjoy.

  4. LIB is not out yet. Just proliferates on many bootlegs.

    Regards,
    Beatle Bob
    (Bootleg Reviewer from Bootlegzone/910 & Beatleg Email List)🙂

  5. aha thanks

  6. I found this site and thought it was quite cool its got loads of cool merchandise and I also booked my tour there .

    Liverpool was ace and the fab four rock I’m deffo going back

  7. Put the name Beatles on dog poo and you Americans will buy it.

    I suggest you make a donation to my video site.

  8. As long as the poo is sanctioned from Apple… you bet😉

    Regards,
    Beatle Bob
    (Bootleg reviewer from Bootlegzone/910/Beatleg Email List, etc)🙂

  9. I’m dissapointed with the whole Cirque du Soleil connection with the Beatles. George Martinandson obviously need the money. I remember a Cavett show where John wondered outloud about doing the same music when they were in their 60’s. Personally nothing was better than when the music was originally released. The first time I heard Penny Lane or Hey Jude or Eleanor Rigby, etc, etc, etc. was beyond words. Putting on a Vegas show or remaking or remastering or finding the lost version of whatever song while whichever Beatle was singing it in a closet is only designed to make money off the popularity of whatever song. The same people interested in making that money are the same people who were waiting for a Beatle reunion tour even after John died.

  10. It was George Harrison’s idea to do the Cirque du Soleil show.
    He proposed it to the founder of Cirque before he died.

  11. In fact, George brought Paul and Ringo and their wives to see one of their shows in Vegas(Pictures were on the net and probably still can be found) and after that the “Threetles” sanctioned this LOVE project. It’s meant more as a visual show with their music than as a stand alone music project..which has some interesting mash-ups and a few stand alone great remxies–but as an album/listening experience it doesn’t rival any of their original albums.

    Regards,
    Beatle Bob
    (Bootleg reviewer from Bootlegzone/910/Beatleg Yahoo List, etc)
    🙂

  12. truly liked coming upon your text. Great job!!

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