Coming to take you away...
The film you have never seen on the big screen
Conceived and directed by The Beatles
UK|1967, 2012 | 84 min | Musical | Not Rated
Director of Photography: Richard Starkey
Music: The Beatles
Now, 45 years on, the virtually forgotten film has been fully restored with a remixed sound-track and special features, including new edits of some of the song performances, as well as scenes that were cut out of the original film.
In the wake of the extraordinary impact of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, The Beatles loaded a film crew onto a bus along with friends, family and cast and headed west on the A30 out of London to make their third film, this time conceived and directed by The Beatles themselves. Based on a unscripted narrative and in the experimental mood of the time, the film became the vehicle to present 6 new songs: Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool On The Hill, Flying, I Am The Walrus, Blue Jay Way and Your Mother Should Know. Magical Mystery Tour is a dreamlike story on the British tradition of a coach trip to the seaside, featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves along with an eccentric cast of characters played by professional actors.
Magical Mystery Tour was broadcast in black and white on BBC1 on Boxing Day 1967 to a family audience expecting a light entertainment special. Whilst the music itself was rapturously received, the establishment TV critics, expecting something more in the style of A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, misunderstood the film’s ground-breaking spirit. As a result of the controversy, the film was not broadcast in the US. Now, 45 years on, the virtually forgotten film has been fully restored and is being presented properly for the first time. Apple & EMI have partnered with Omniverse Vision, the leading distributor of music events to cinemas world-wide, to bring exclusive showings of Magical Mystery Tour to the big screen for the first time only in selected cities.