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Beatles' 'A Hard Day's Night' film to be re-released in theaters and on DVD

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The Beatles' first film “A Hard Day's Night” will be re-released to theaters, digitally and again on DVD and Blu-ray this summer, New Musical Express (NME) reported March 14.

NME said the fully restored film will be premiered in theaters on July 4, and also available for download that day. July 21 will see the release of a limited edition DVD and Blu-ray. Criterion Collection had previously posted a clue that they would be releasing it, but there has been no announcement confirming that. (Update: Criterion's announcement is here.)

The film has been released on DVD three times. It was first released in 1997 by MPI with a stereo soundtrack and an introductory video with “I'll Cry Instead” and a second video of “You Can't Do That” not included in the movie but shown on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

It was released in a two-disc set in 2002 by Miramax with a mono soundtrack. It had a second disc called "Give Me Everything!" with a special about the film called "Things They Said Today...", and 30 interviews with most of the surviving cast and crew members, including director Richard Lester, Sir George Martin and co-star John Junkin, but no new interviews with the Beatles. Both previous DVDs are now out of print.

Pattie Boyd, who had a bit role in the movie with a one-word speaking part ("Prisoners?") and later married George Harrison, is appearing at a 50th anniversary screening of the film in July at Catalina Island Museum.

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