Magical Mystery Overkill
Somehow or other, the brilliant prince of Beatles video uploads of late, AdamBound has found four and a half hours worth of outtakes from the filming of The Beatles made-for-TV movie, “Magical Mystery Tour”. He has been working to piece together all this in chronological order. Only a few samples of this mammut project has been published on YouTube.
For the general public, this is far more than people would be willing to sit through, of course. In fact, even the original finished 50 minutes “Magical Mystery Tour” wasn’t much appreciated by the British TV critics of 1967, which lead to no US television deal and the film was mainly shown around film clubs and in a few universities stateside for years.
In 1997, the film was released on DVD in USA by Apple/MPI, who didn’t bother to release it elsewhere in the world, so a grey market release on the Avenue One label became available in high street shops in all other countries in the world. The film was finally officially released worldwide by Apple in 2012 on Blu-ray and DVD with much publicity. The release included lots of bonus footage, and extra outtakes appeared only on YouTube and some were included in an Arena TV Special. Other outtakes have appeared on various video bootleg releases and all this material has been the source for AdamBound’s project.