The 1969 “Let it Be” recording sessions were notorious for being awful before Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back. The historical view was that the band members’ egos had grown too big, preventing them from cooperating as they once had, which contributed to the group’s demise a year later.
However, Get Back proved otherwise. The nearly nine-hour Disney Plus documentary included lots of remastered material from the original Let It Be film, suggesting that while there were tense moments (particularly at the beginning), the overall mood was considerably more pleasant and chilled out than we’d been led to believe.
The conclusion of the film, in which a legendary “rooftop show” is performed on top of the Apple Corps Savile Row headquarters in London, was shown on screen as a split-screen collaboration between The Beatles and the audience below. This becomes the centerpiece of a new IMAX version, The Beatles: Get Back — The Rooftop Performance.
It landed on IMAX for a one-day only screening, with The Hollywood Reporter revealed sell-outs in 70 locations, bringing in over half a million dollars, and IMAX International president Megan Colligan praised fans for turning up in their numbers.
“Peter Jackson edited this together so that you can see the concert in its full glory, and the turnout shows the power of coming together in a theater even though it’s on Disney Plus.”
If you missed the earlier showing, there’s still a chance of seeing it this weekend, as it will be replaying on February 11-13. Tickets are selling out rapidly, so if you want to see one of the most famous rock performances in the greatest way possible, now is your opportunity.
The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now on Disney Plus.
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