The combo pack will include both Blu-ray and DVD versions of both Rutles films “All You Need Is Cash” and “Can't Buy Me Lunch”, with video and audio (5.1) restoration.
The original 1978 film, “All You Need Is Cash,” featured the original group played by Eric Idle, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes and John Halsey, and appearances by George Harrison, (now Sen.) Al Franken, Tom Davis, Roger McGough, Michael Palin, Paul Simon, Bianca Jagger, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and Ron Wood.
Harrison reportedly said about the Rutles, “…the Rutles sort of liberated me from the Beatles in a way. It was the only thing I saw of those Beatles television shows they made. It was actually the best, funniest and most scathing. But at the same time, it was done with the most love.”
The follow-up film,” “The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch,” which didn't arrive until 2004, featured a load of celebrity appearances by David Bowie, Jimmy Fallon, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Kevin Nealon, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Dave Stewart, Carrie Fisher, Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, Salman Rushdie, Garry Shandling and Robin Williams.
Also included in new the set will be a new interview and commentary by Idle plus the original “Saturday Night Live” Rutles clip that was aired the night Idle hosted the show, and the trailer for “Lunch.” It was that SNL clip that spurred “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels to suggest to Idle that he produce the full-length mockumentary that became “All You Need Is Cash.” And in keeping with the mockumentary aspect, the cover of “Rutles Anthology” plays on the cover of “The Beatles Anthology.”
Idle leaked the first news about the Blu-ray released in September.
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