The Beatles will accompany the just-announced 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a documentary in movie theaters on the same day, May 26.
The unauthorized "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! Sgt. Pepper & Beyond" was directed by Alan G. Parker and will examine the one-year period from August 1966-August 1967, when the Beatles stopped touring and decided to focus on studio work to create their masterpiece at EMi's Abbey Road Studios in London.
The film will feature interviews with original Beatles drummer Pete Best, band manager Brian Espstein's secretary Barbara O'Donnell and John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and will include rare footage that's been mostly unseen since the 60s.
In a statement Paker says that, "We're combining first-hand accounts of the events that allowed 'Sgt. Pepper' to happen with rare and unseen footage that we've forensically unearthed from mainstream archives and private collectors."
Parker adds that he hopes the film "will give the audience an intimate sense of the band, the time and the impact of this extraordinary album."
After the theater screenings, currently set for the U.K. only, the film will be released digitally on June 1 -- "Sgt. Pepper's" actual 50th anniversary -- and physically on July 3, with additional footage on a collector's edition.
In UK cinemas 26th May. Digital 1st June (EST 01 June, TVOD 08 June) and DVD 3rd July. On 1st June, 1967 The Beatles released their ground-breaking studio album, SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.