Disney pulled out all the stops for Disney+ Day. One of the things they released was a first look clip for Peter Jackson’s Beatles docuseries The Beatles: Get Back. In the clip, the Fab Four are seen rehearsing the song “I Got a Feeling.” Watch the clip below.
The Beatles: Get Back is a three part docuseries about the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album “Let It Be” which originally had the working title of “Get Back.” The docuseries actually draws heavily upon footage captured for a 1970 documentary made for the album by Michael Lindsey-Hogg.
While the general belief is that the making of “Let It Be” was plagued by increasing tensions amongst the members of the band, this docuseries intends to challenge that claim, intending to show a lighter side to filming. This first clip from the docuseries shows that the Fab Four did still enjoy playing with each other.
Jackson did extensive homework for this docuseries, and he employed film restoration techniques that he used for his project They Shall Not Grow Old. Peter Jackson was given access to over 55 hours of video footage and 140 hours of audio footage that was generated in connection to the original Let It Be film project.
In reference to the long-reported acrimony surrounding the original Get Back project, Jackson wrote in a press statement that he was “relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth … Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with.”
A project like this could not happen without cooperation, and Jackson was able to receive cooperation in spades. Paul McCartney and Ringo Star along with the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison respectively, as well as Giles Martin, who has been producing Beatles projects since 2006.
Both McCartney and Starr made comments about the docuseries in a press statement. In the statement, McCartney said, “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about the Beatles recording together.” Starr’s comments echoed McCartney’s sentiments. “There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the Let It Be film that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that.”
The docuseries covers 21 days in the studio with the band and, while many would wonder why another project would be done covering this, Jackson assured everyone that not everything covered in The Beatles: Get Back was covered in the original project. For instance, the docuseries discusses Harrison’s brief resignation from the band during the making of “Let It Be” which the original documentary simply neglected to mention. Jackson also made the decision to, wherever possible, use alternate shots from any used in the original documentary so that both versions could stand alone.
The Beatles: Get Back culminates with a fully restored version of the full 42-minute rooftop concert that The Beatles performed upon completion of the album. The Beatles: Get Back premieres on November 25th, 26th and 27th exclusively on Disney+.