Beatles fans will get yet another crack at the band's "Anthology" television retrospective March 31, when it is released on DVD for the first time.
Beatles fans will get yet another crack at the band's "Anthology" television retrospective March 31, when it is released on DVD for the first time. Nearly eight years after "The Beatles Anthology" -- the band's history as told through first-hand interviews -- was first aired on ABC, the project will be released by EMI on a five-DVD set, featuring all 10 hours of the original "Anthology" on four discs plus a bonus disc with previously unseen material.
The DVD set will include the original eight episodes of the "Anthology" as well as 81 minutes of special features, including previously unreleased footage of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr jamming together in the studio for the first time since 1970. The band ended up recording two songs --"Real Love" and "Free as a Bird" -- based on John Lennon piano-and-vocals demos that were included, respectively, on the first and second editions of a trio of double-CD "Anthology" companion sets released across 1995-96.
The bonus footage encompasses interviews and candid conversations with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr over a 12-month period, including recording sessions at Abbey Road studios and private meetings to discuss the project. The DVD will also feature upgraded picture quality and remastered audio, including 5.1 surround sound.
All three "Anthology" albums debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and have sold a total of 6.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Free As a Bird" hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Real Love" reached No. 11.