The Beatles: Get Back: everything we know about the Beatles docuseries

The Beatles: Get Back
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The Fab Four are back together in a brand new docuseries, The Beatles: Get Back, which has now arrived on Disney Plus

The Beatles remain relevant more than half a century after they stopped playing together, as one of the most influential and popular bands ever and with fans of all ages. One of those fans is Peter Jackson, who has put together The Beatles: Get Back, which offers plenty of never-before-seen footage of the band.

The documentary gives viewers the chance to watch the band jam together and also have a lot of fun.

For all The Beatles fans out there, here is everything that you need to know about The Beatles: Get Back, from where you can watch it and what you can expect to see in the series.

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How to watch The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back is available to stream right now Disney Plus all around the world.

The Disney Plus streaming service is available as a standalone service throughout a large swath of the world, including in the US and UK. In the US, there are options to also sign up for the streaming service through the Disney Bundle, pairing Disney Plus with ESPN Plus and Hulu for a single monthly fee, as well as it being included as part of a Hulu with Live TV subscription.

However, the documentary is going to be available to those not subscribed to Disney Plus too, as a physical DVD/Blu-ray of The Beatles: Get Back is set to be released on July 12. This is a delayed from the original planned release of February 8, but that was due to an audio issue, per Variety. The DVD/Blu-ray breaks the 468-minute documentary into three discs with four commemorative cards of The Beatles.

What is the premise of The Beatles: Get Back?

Some viewers may recognize the footage shown in The Beatles: Get Back as being originally from the 1970 documentary Let It Be. However, this new docuseries goes much further than that originally 80 minute film.

Director Peter Jackson was the first person to be given access to more than 60 hours of unseen footage and 150 hours of audio from the three week recording sessions that The Beatles held in January 1969 where they worked to write 14 songs for what would be their first live performance in more than two years (also their last concert as a group), which would then make up the albums Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Is there a trailer for The Beatles: Get Back?

There most certainly is. Disney Plus dropped a trailer for The Beatles: Get Back in October 2021 that shows off some of the footage fans will see. Specifically, the trailer features many of the lighter moments that the band had together during these sessions but also hints at the future break-up that was right around the corner. Watch the trailer below. 

You can also learn more about the process of making the documentary and what’s in store from a special 60 Minutes segment on it that aired on November 14, 2021. A brief clip from that segment is available to watch on YouTube. 

The full 60 Minutes episode featuring the full interview is available, for US viewers, to stream on Paramount Plus. 

Director Peter Jackson

In case you were wondering, Peter Jackson is the Peter Jackson who made The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, as well as King Kong, Heavenly Creatures and many more films. The Oscar-winning director has been getting more into documentary work in recent years, most notably with his epic and fantastic World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old.

It should also be noted that Jackson isn’t the only big name attached to the project, as all living members of The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon, served as executive producers for the documentary.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.