The recently-released three-part Disney series saw the Lord Of The Rings director comb through 60 hours of footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let It Be, which covers the making of the band’s final studio album.
Each episode of the documentary runs between two and three hours long, with the whole series running at 468 minutes.
In a recent interview, Jackson explained that he was worried about leaving anything crucial out, suggesting it may have taken “another 50 years” to uncover otherwise. Jackson said:
“I’d like to say that I didn’t really leave out anything that I thought was important,”
“I felt acutely – and this is the Beatles fan part of me kicking in – anything I don’t include in this movie might go back in the vault for another 50 years. I was seeing and hearing these amazing moments. I thought: ‘God, people have got to see this. This is great. They have to see this.’”
“One of the legendary Beatles things is the full length ‘Dig It’. On the ‘Let It Be’ album there’s only 40, 50 seconds of ‘Dig It’, which was like an improvised song that they do. The Beatles fans all know that the original has been on bootleg as well.
“We trimmed it to get it down to four minutes or something because the original is 12 or 13 minutes long… So you get a lot more than you do on the ‘Let It Be’ album.”
Jackson also revealed that Disney wanted to remove all the swearing from the documentary, though Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney convinced them otherwise. Ringo said:
‘That’s how we spoke. That’s how we talked. That’s how we want the world to see us.’”
The Beatles: Get Back is unsurprisingly brilliant, offering Beatlemania, real magical moments, insights into their friendship, their working relationship, and of course, their music.
To see this movie remastered with care and presented so many years down the line when some are dead, and others are living, can be overwhelming at times.
The Beatles: Get Back is available to stream on Disney+ now.