A new 4K digital restoration of the Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film Yellow Submarine is set for a theatrical release across North America in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope is based upon the song “Yellow Submarine” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and propelled by other Beatles music including “Eleanor Rigby,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “All You Need Is Love.”
When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.
Intent on preserving the artistic integrity of the film, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame. Additionally, the restoration includes a 5.1 stereo surround sound remix engineered at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios, which is certain to blow our ears and minds.
The Yellow Submarine 50th anniversary celebration is undoubtedly an opportunity to enjoy the psychedelic nuances and veiled messaging carefully folded into this experimental animated masterpiece. To quote Terrence McKenna, “If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”
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