A new restoration of the Beatles’ 1964 film “A Hard Day’s Night” has been set to play in more than 50 cities nationwide over July 4 weekend.
Janus Films announced that the music movie has been digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original camera negative by the Criterion Collection’s restoration team and approved by director Richard Lester. The soundtrack has been remixed and remastered by producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.
The newly restored “A Hard Day’s Night” premiered earlier this month at the TCM Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood, where it was introduced by Alec Baldwin and record producer Don Was.
The film, which premiered in 1964 at London’s Pavillion Theatre, stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr with Wilfrid Brambell portraying McCartney’s grandfather. The story is a light-hearted satirical look at several days in the lives of the group and features eight Beatles songs, including “I Should Have Known Better,” “If I Fell,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and the title track “A Hard Day’s Night.”
The film was shot in black and white on a $500,000 budget at the height of Beatlemania. It was a significant success, grossing over $12 million.
Lester directed from a script by Alun Owen and Walter Shenson produced for United Artists. The film is owned by Bruce A. and Martha Karsh, who licensed the Janus-Criterion release.
The film received Oscar nominations for Owen’s script and George Martin’s score.