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New restoration of Beatles' 'A Hard Day's Night' film to premiere in April

An original poster for "A Hard Day's Night."
An original poster for "A Hard Day's Night."
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A new restoration of the Beatles' first film “A Hard Day's Night” will have its world premiere at the upcoming Turner Classic Film Festival this April, the Los Angeles Times reported Feb. 8. According to the film festival website, the restoration has been made from the original negatives and is being presented in collaboration with Janus Films.

The festival will take place April 10 through 13 at various locations in Hollywood. The central theme of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival is “Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind” and this year's event will celebrate the network’s 20th birthday and the fifth anniversary of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

The film, released in 1964 in black-and-white, was directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen and pictured a fictional day-in-the-life of the Beatles. It was on the set of “A Hard Day's Night” that George Harrison met his future wife, Pattie Boyd, who had a minor role in the fim.

Rumors have been flying that a new Blu-ray of “A Hard Day's Night” will be announced by the Criterion Collection which specializes in deluxe DVD releases with remastered and restored films, though nothing has yet to be announced.


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