Apr 27, 2012
THE BEATLES’ RESTORED YELLOW SUBMARINE FEATURE FILM SET FOR
THEATRICAL RELEASE IN MAY
Arlington’s Regent Theatre in Collaboration with Belmont World Film to Present Screenings May 10-19 Including Special Event Fri May 11 Featuring Live Performance By Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra / URO
Once upon a time…or maybe twice…there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland…
Los Angeles and Boston – April 25, 2012 – The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored and will be presented on the big screen in select theaters across the United States in May including five screenings at Arlington’s Regent Theatre Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 19 . EMI and Apple Corps Ltd. have teamed with D&E Entertainment (http://www.dandeentertainment.com) to give Beatles fans of all ages the opportunity to come together and share in this visually stunning movie and soundtrack. On May 5 at the famed Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, Yellow Submarine will start its theatrical campaign with an 8pm screening.
The Friday, May 11, 8pm Regent Theatre screening will be preceded by the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Unplugged,’ a special 30 minute live set of All-Beatles masterpieces; new songs they’ve never performed before, including classics from Yellow Submarine. Audience members can sing along with the URO and then enjoy the film in its entirety. (This special event along with the Saturday, May 12, 10:30am screening will be co-presented by Belmont World Film.)
Currently out of print, the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame. The restored film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5 (June 4 internationally), and the film’s songtrack album will be reissued on CD on the same date.
Yellow Submarine aficionado John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) wrote in his essay for the DVD and Blu-ray packages, “As a fan of animation and as a filmmaker, I tip my hat to the artists of Yellow Submarine, whose revolutionary work helped pave the way for the fantastically diverse world of animation that we all enjoy today.”
“We are ecstatic and honored to have been selected and entrusted to give Yellow Submarine a theatrical campaign,” stated Evan Saxon and Doug Kluthe from D&E Entertainment. “We’re setting up matinee screenings so parents can share with their children as well as evening screenings for all to enjoy. The digital cinema presentation will be the absolute best viewing experience and representation of the hard work put into the film.”
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Yellow Submarine’s confirmed theatrical screening dates, cities and theaters have been posted at http://www.facebook.com/YellowSubmarineTheMovie and www.YellowSubmarineTheMovie.com.
Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.
Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.
Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.
“I thought from the very beginning that the film should be a series of interconnected shorts” remembered Edelmann. “The style should vary every five minutes or so to keep the interest going until the end.” These styles included melding live-action photography with animation, 3-dimensional sequences and kaleidoscopic “rotoscoping” where film is traced frame by frame into drawings. The entire process took nearly two years, 14 different scripts, 40 animators and 140 technical artists, ultimately producing a groundbreaking triumph of animation.
Yellow Submarine will be presented on the big screen at the historic Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street in Arlington, Massachusetts Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 19, 2012. General Admission tickets are $8/Advance, $10/Day of Show, $5/Kids under 12, and $7 Regent Members; (For the Friday, May 11, 8pm special event featuring the live performance by the URO, prices are $12/Adv, $15/Day of, $10/Regent Members, and $5/Kids Under 12). The Regent Theatre is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking in the municipal lot across the street. For tickets and info call 781-646-4849 or visit regenttheatre.com
Complete Regent Screening Schedule for Yellow Submarine:
Thursday May 10th - 8pm
Friday May 11th - 8pm (with LIVE Performance by the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (URO)
Saturday May 12th - 10:30am
Wednesday May 16th - 8pm
Saturday May 19th - 10:30am
About Belmont World Film
Belmont World Film promotes cross-cultural understanding through the powerful universal language of film. It presents award-winning feature films, documentaries, animation, and shorts from around the world, enhanced by post-film discussions led by topical speakers, cultural performances and ethnic cuisine. Programs include the 6-week International Film Series in the spring, a Family Film Festival in November, and special events throughout the year.
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Yellow Submarine synopsis:
Once upon a time… or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humor, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.
Running Time: 89 minutes
Director - George Dunning
Producer - Al Brodax
Screen story - Lee Minoff
Screenplay - Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn, and Erich Segal
Art Director - Heinz Edelmann
Animation directors - Robert Balser and Jack Stokes
Production Executive - John Coates
Music Producer and Supervisor - George Martin
Story based on a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Featuring music by The Beatles
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Leland Stein – Regent Theatre
Jennifer Ballantyne – EMI Music North America
Jonathan Chaupin—D&E Entertainment