A new two-DVD collection, "The Ed Sullivan Show Featuring the Beatles," has been set for an Oct. 28 release.

A new two-DVD collection, "The Ed Sullivan Show Featuring the Beatles," has been set for an Oct. 28 release, Billboard Bulletin reports.

The four-hour Sofa Home Entertainment collection captures 20 live performances by the band spread over four episodes of the TV variety series "The Ed Sullivan Show." It marks the first time the performances have been available in their entirety since the episodes originally aired in 1964-65.

Andrew Solt, owner of the "Ed Sullivan Show" archives and executive producer of the project, describes the first Sullivan appearance on Feb. 9, 1964, as "the seminal moment of the rock revolution. Beatlemania was born right there on that stage." The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers and remains one of the highest-rated programs in U.S. TV history.

Solt negotiated with Apple Corp., which oversees the Beatles' assets, for more than five years to get clearance to release the footage. Besides live performances of such No. 1 Beatles hits as "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You," "I Feel Fine," "Help!" and "Yesterday," the DVD features appearances by Cab Calloway, Mitzi Gaynor, Soupy Sales and Frank Gorshin. The set will sell for $29.95.

As previously reported, the Museum of Television & Radio in New York and Los Angeles will spotlight television's role in the Beatles rise to fame with the exhibit "Revolution: The Beatles on Television," running Feb. 6 through April 30, 2004.

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