On May 29th, The Beatles’ 1968 animated feature film Yellow Submarine will be reissued on DVD and Blu-Ray. While out of print for many years, the film returns fully restored, completed by Paul Rutan Jr. and his specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc.. According to a press release, the task was quite complicated, as “no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements,” in fact, the restoration “was all done by hand, frame by frame.” That’s about as wild as the film itself.
Also included on the release is a documentary entitled Mod Odyssey, the film’s original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, interviews, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings, and 30 behind-the-scenes photos. What’s more, both the DVD and Blu-Ray releases will include reproductions of animation cels from the film, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet with a new essay by Yellow Submarine aficionado John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios).
Yellow Submarine washes ashore May 29th via Capitol Records/Apple Corps. The reissued soundtrack will also hit stores that day, but if you were experiencing Beatlemania in September 2009, it’s likely you own it already.
Prior to its release, Candlewick Press will issue a 40-page hardcover edition of the Yellow Submarine picture book, which should make plenty of families happy. That hits book stores (wherever you can find ‘em these days) on April 24th, though a digital-only version will also be released by Apple’s iBookstore for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Now, before you start humming the film’s catchy title, check out its original trailer below: