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I just got a press release from PBS that they’re showing the Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” this Friday. Just one hour prior they’re also showing a documentary about the making of the movie. This is funny– two days notice, no fanfare on their website. You’d think after the whole Mitt Romney thing they’d be jumping through hoops with publicity. Anyway. “Magical Mystery Tour” was recently released on Blu-Ray DVD etc all remastered and spiffed up and ready for mass consumption.The Beatles and Apple have so much money, I don’t understand why they don’t use their publicist, Elizabeth Freund, to do these things properly. Everything is always a mystery, or a last minute surprise. It’s very annoying.

Here’s the release:

The story behind Magical Mystery Tour is revealed on Magical Mystery Tour Revisited on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances, Friday, December 14 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings).

Now with the film fully restored to the highest technical standard with a remixed soundtrack, it’s time to tell the extraordinary story of Magical Mystery Tour: why it was made, how it was made and the circumstances in which it was made

To tell the story, this film calls on those who were there, most notably Paul McCartney, who had the original idea, and Ringo Starr, director of photography. John Lennon and George Harrison are represented through interviews over the years and through their appearances in the film itself and in the copious and fascinating outtakes.

Line producer Gavrik Losey and cameraman Michael Seresin evoke the heady atmosphere of the shoot, along with Jeni Crowley and Sylvia Nightingale who, as teenagers, reported from the coach for The Beatles’ Fan Club magazine. Paul Fox, then controller of BBC One, recalls making the deal with The Beatles for the film. Also sharing their reminiscences are Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda, Paul Gambaccini, Terry Gilliam, Neil Innes, Paul Merton, Barry Miles, Annie Nightingale.

It provides a chance to evoke 1967 as it was – post-war Britain as much as the summer of love, when a new set of artists with The Beatles at the helm came up with an alchemy that turned the ordinary and the commonplace into the magical and mysterious.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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