Get ready to set sail yet again Beatle fans, as the Fab Four’s timeless (and trippy) animated adventure has been digitally restored and ready to be released for Blu-ray and DVD on May 29.
More like a deluxe edition than a simple cleaned up re-release, Apple has thrown in plenty of goodies to satisfy even veteran beatlemaniacs who’ve already taken the trip down to Pepperland plenty of times before.
Along with the revamped theatrical release, Apple has added a plenty of extras along for the ride. Bonus features include a short making –of documentary, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, story board sequences, 29 original hand drawings, 30 behind-the-scenes photos, revamped original animation cells, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet with an essay from yellow submarine mega-fan John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios).
Currently out of print, the classic cartoon has now been restored in 4k resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Apple explained that due to the high sensitivity of the original hand-drawn artwork, the film’s photochemical elements had to be cleaned up manually, frame by frame.
Along with the feature packed Blu-ray and DVD, the original motion picture soundtrack will be reissued the same day.
Originally released in 1968, Yellow Submarine is based on a Lennon-McCartney song of the same name.