Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is hitting the big screen again. The Yellow Submarine will get another theatrical release in honor of the 50th anniversary.
Audiences will get to experience the psychedelic groundbreaking animated feature in 4k digital resolution. Unless you own a movie theater, this is pretty much the best way to listen to one of the Beatles' best albums in 5.1 stereo surround sound. The digital clean-up was done by hand to keep the integrity of the hand-drawn animation, according to Entertainment Weekly.
To this day, The Yellow Submarine is considered a significant cornerstone in the feature-length animation genre. Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein believes it to be "one of the most perfect pieces of moving art ever made."
This resurrection was a team effort by Abramorama and Apple Corps Ltd. — the same duo that produced Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.
This is good news for Beatles fans looking for that theatrical experience they might never get from Robert Zemeckis. The filmmaker had high aspirations to remake Yellow Submarine using CGI, motion capture, and 16 of the group's original tracks. Unfortunately, Disney pulled the plug after Zemeckis' Mars Needs Moms was panned by critics and received less than stellar box-office numbers.
North American moviegoers will have to keep tabs on the official website for when the tickets go on sale.