Peter Jackson defends ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ doc’s lengthy runtime

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The director admitted that he wanted to include everything “important”.

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Peter Jackson defends the massive runtime of his new documentary series The Beatles: Get Back, acknowledging that he wanted to include everything “important”.

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In the recently released three-part Disney+ series Lord of the Rings The director sifted through 60 hours of footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let it be, which covered the making of the band’s final studio album.

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However, each episode of the documentary still lasts between two and three hours, with the entire series running at 468 minutes.


talking to Granthshala, Jackson explained that he feared leaving out anything important, suggesting that it could take “another 50 years” to uncover otherwise.

The Beatles in the upcoming ‘Get Back’ series. (credit: press)

“I want to say that I didn’t really miss anything that I felt was important,” he said, “which is why the period has extended to what it is today.

“I felt intensely – and that’s part of my Beatles fan – whatever I don’t include in this movie could go back to the vault for the next 50 years. I was watching and hearing these wonderful moments . I thought: ‘God, people have got to see this. It was great too. They have to see this.'”

The Beatles: Get Back
‘The Beatles: Get Back'(Credit: Disney+)

He further explained: “One of the great Beatles things is the full length ‘Dig It’. The ‘Let It Be’ album only has 40, 50 seconds of ‘Dig It’, which was like an improvised song that they do. Beatles fans all know that the original has been on the bootleg, too.


“We trimmed it down to four minutes or something because the original is 12 or 13 minutes long … so you get a lot more than a ‘Let It Be’ album.”

Jackson also disclosed Granthshala that Disney wanted to remove all swearing from the documentary, although Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney convinced them otherwise.

“Paul describes it as being very crude,” said the director. “He told me: ‘It’s a very accurate depiction of how we were at the time.’ Ringo said: ‘It’s true.’ The truth of it is important to them. They don’t want whitewashing. They don’t want it to be sanitized.

“Disney wanted to remove all the swearing and Ringo, Paul and Olivia said: ‘This is how we talked. This is how we talked. That’s how we want the world to see us.'”

The Beatles: Get Back Available to stream on Disney+ in the UK.

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