Beatles: Can't buy DVD

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 July 2008

Paul McCartney is blocking the release of 'Let it Be'

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."

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1. JPMac (as on Jul 2008, 10:44pm Report

All the stuff said to be holding or stopping the release of this film, which is a GREAT PIECE Of HISTORY, is on the Anthology Videos. So why would they want to deny us and other fans the rest? Real fans know The Beatles and what went on in their lifes and business....I guess the Bootlegs will still be a well sought after item for more time to come...Oh and by the way, the part where it says, "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", well it's out there...believe me...I have a lot of the deleted and extra footage....Nothing hard to get... The beatles should just go ahead and release it so atleast we'll have a "cleaned up" version and full Roof Top concert Yeah Yeah Yeah!


2. Ray Klotkowski31 Jul 2008, 8:46am Report

Oh for gawds sake!! We know practically everything about the Beatles, from who they slept with to how much and what dope they used and now the two remaining Beatles are worried about their image now? Rediculous!! I admire these guys still, but this has to be one on the lamest things since the issue of the Magical Mystery Tour film!! Who gives a flying **** what their attitudes were in the Let It Be era???

I hope this message is read by them and that they have a change of heart. Nothing can be gained by hiding a mere piece of history that's already been seen in thousands of silver screens and in countless poor quaility bootlegs. Get a grip on reality Paul and Ringo....

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