On Monday (Sept. 19), only days after the Ron Howard film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years premiered in theaters and on Hulu, the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. announced that the DVD of the film will be released in stores on Nov. 18. The documentary, authorized by the Fab Four-founded corporation, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on a single disc, as well as in a two-disc set with extra features and a 64-page booklet.
Those extras will include a 24-minute short on the Beatles’ songwriting and how they were influenced by their parents’ music, an Early Clues to a New Direction feature that touches on the group’s humor and their presence as a social movement, and a look at the making of the band’s classic 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night, as well as an alternative opening scene. In addition, the DVD set showcases the Beatles in concert with several rare full-length clips, with special focus on their trips to Japan and Australia, and includes testimony from ’60s pop star Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes about the rock legends.
The announced extras also include “Recollections of Shea Stadium,” but there are no immediate details yet on how much of the remastered 30-minute film of the Shea Stadium concert performance — which was shown exclusively in theaters with Eight Days a Week — will be included with the DVD set. A lawsuit was filed by a group representing the family of concert promoter Sid Bernstein on Sept. 12, days before the film opened, over use of the Shea Stadium footage.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years had its world premiere on Sept. 15, and opened in theaters the next day. On Sept. 17, the film became available to subscribers of Hulu, without the extra Shea Stadium film.