Eric Idle aka Dirk McQuickly of the Rutles announced Sept. 18 on his blog that “The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash,” the wonderful parody of the Beatles that starred members of Monty Python's Flying Circus and featured a cameo appearance by George Harrison, is to be released on Blu-ray, though no details of a release date were given.
“Now magnificently after 35 years it is coming to Blu-Ray in a glorious package that includes tons of new interviews, and my follow up documentary 'Can’t Buy Me Lunch!,' which contains some of my favorite Gary Shandling gags ever,” he wrote.
Prior to making the surprise announcement, Idle had some praise for the original film.
“So perhaps it’s time for a little tip of the hat to 'The Rutles,' the documentary that is still going strong since 1978. The little train that could, that came 76th in that week’s ratings, after an unnecessarily cruel mauling by a TV critic, Frank Rich, who as a favor to a friend panned it in The New York Times the day before it was shown. A guaranteed audience winner!”
The Rutles actually made their first appearances on the BBC as a series of short sketches on Rutland Weekend Television starting in 1975. “All You Need Is Cash” aired in the U.S. in 1978 and was the beginning of Rutlemania. George Harrison lent his support to the joke by making a cameo apperance as a TV reporter. The film cast of the 1978 movie also featured John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Ron Wood, Al Franken and Tom Davis, plus Paul Simon and Mick Jagger (as themselves). The CD "The Rutles" featured the soundtrack from the film.
A follow-up film, "The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch," was released in 2005.
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