One of this years biggest new releases on Disney+ is “The Beatles: Get Back”, which is a documentary series that takes audiences back in time to the band’s January 1969 recording sessions, which became a pivotal moment in music history.
The three-part docuseries includes never-before-seen, restored footage that at times includes explicit language, mature themes, and smoking. Before each episode, a warning is displayed, saying that “Viewer discretion is advised”.
While internationally, Disney+ has a wide selection of mature content available, in the US, Disney+ still has limited content rated above TV14. So “The Beatles: Get Back” stands out, but had Disney got their way, the documentary would have been different.
During a recent Q&A with the press, three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson revealed to us that Disney wanted to edit out the smoking, swearing and references to drugs. But “The Beatles” refused this. Peter said:
Paul said, you know, that is how we were, that’s what we were, that’s what I remember us being at that time. I think the truthfulness of it is import is important to them. They actually don’t want a whitewash. They don’t want it to be sanitized. Disney wanted to remove all the swearing and Ringo, Paul and Olivia said that’s how we spoke. That’s how we talked. That’s how we want the world to see us, so please don’t.
So I think history has overtaken their sort of concern about their image, you know, the normal sort of pop star sort of image thing. That’s so far in the past now and do they need to be concerned about the image of The Beatles? No, they don’t.
The docuseries is compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove, all of which has now been brilliantly restored. What emerges is an unbelievably intimate portrait of The Beatles, showing how, with their backs against the wall, they could still rely on their friendship, good humor, and creative genius. While plans derail and relationships are put to the test, some of the world’s most iconic songs are composed and performed. The docuseries features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be.”
The documentary series is a tone shift from the usual content available on Disney+ and hopefully, with the series being a huge success, we get to see the boundaries pushed more.
All three episodes of “The Beatles: Get Back” are available on Disney+ now.
What do you think of “The Beatles: Get Back?”
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.