Things are moving quickly for Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years.” Apple Corps Ltd. announced Sept. 19 that the DVD version of the just-released film will be in stores on Nov. 18. The film opened in theaters on Sept. 16, one day after its world premiere. It premiered on the Hulu streaming service on Saturday.
The movie will be available on DVD and Blu-ray single-disc regular versions and an expanded two-disc DVD deluxe and Blu-ray deluxe versions with over 100 minutes of extras. Among the features on the deluxe version are several full-length performances of the Beatles in concert, fan and celebrity interviews not seen in the movie, features on the Beatles’ trips to Japan and Australia and a look at their home town of Liverpool.
Also included on the deluxe version is “Recollections of Shea Stadium” on the group’s concert there in 1965, which historians have called one of the first stadium concerts. The family of promoter Sid Bernstein filed a lawsuit last week over the use of the live footage from the show in the main film. An remastered edited version of the concert was shown only in theaters along with the film, and a Universal Music Group spokesman confirmed the short is not what was shown in theaters.
Also as a companion for the movie, the Beatles released “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” for CD and digital formats on Sept. 9 with vinyl release to come. The concert had been put out on vinyl by EMI and Capitol Records in 1977. It had been bootlegged many times in later years, but not released on CD until now.