Life Without The Beatles
What if you woke up tomorrow and found out that The Beatles, one of the most influential bands of all time, never existed? You still remember all their iconic music, but no one else in the world does. All those songs that shaped decades of musicians are just gone. Vanished. No albums, no videos, no Fab Four legacy that includes all the bands that covered The Beatles music in the decades since they became popular. All of it gone.
What a sad thought, right? Even just looking at this lay flat with all Beatles traces removed feels so lonely and bland. It’s even sadder when you really think about what the world would be missing without all the joy The Beatles adds.
That’s the premise of the movie Yesterday, and it was a huge hit with my entire family. It was far and away our favorite movie we saw in theaters this summer, which says a lot because we utilized numerous theaters to escape the heat over the past few months.
Yesterday the Movie
In Yesterday, Jack Malik’s life is changed forever when he wakes after an accident and discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers the music of The Beatles. As a struggling musician himself, he must decide if he will share the music of The Beatles with the world or if he wants to avoid the spotlight. Filled with heart and humor from beginning to end, you will get drawn up in the post-Beatles world as you re-experience The Beatles all over again.
As Jack (Himesh Patel) struggles to balance fame and fortune, he risks hurting Ellie (Lily James) after he is swept up in the glow of fame with the help of Ed Sheeran and his new manager (Kate McKinnon). Yesterday comes from Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually).
As star studded as the film is, I was already expecting great things when I saw it in theaters, but even I was surprised by how much I loved it. Of course, The Beatles music helped quite a bit, as the whole family rocked along in our seats, but I wasn’t expecting the film to have so much heart and so much humor. I found myself laughing all the way through the film and being invested into each character all the way through from beginning to end.
Having enjoyed it so much in theaters, I already knew this would be one that we eventually owned, so we’ve been counting down the days until the release. My Beatles-loving kiddos have also been in countdown mode, so they were thrilled when our advance screener arrived and they got to experience the music, the laughs and the love all over again.
Re-watching the film also sparked numerous great conversations as a family about how we would feel if our favorite bands were to disappear. Would we even remember the music and lyrics well enough to cover the music if we wanted to? Would we be able to create the same vibe and feeling that our favorite musicians can? Would we feel as if we had accomplished something if we were just covering someone else’s work – even if we were singing and/or playing instruments ourselves? So many times we’ve referred to the movie and so many times we’ve said a little thank you that we’re hopefully never going to be in that position.
Yesterday on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital comes packed with exciting bonus features including deleted and extended scenes, live performances at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, an alternate opening and ending and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that take fans further into the charming story. The DVD format includes over 35 minutes of bonus content
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL
- Alternate Opening*
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- Corden & Roxanne – Includes deleted performance by Himesh Patel of “Something”
- Late for School
- Nutters Italian Ice Cream
- Moscow Audience
- A Gonk
- W Hotel
- Jack Calls Ellie
- Hilary in the Mirror
- Nick and Carol
- Hazel’s Selfie
- Gag Reel*
- Live at Abbey Road Studios – Watch Himesh Patel perform “Yesterday”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and “Let it Be” at Abbey Road Studios.
- Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen* – Acting in his first major role, Ed Sheeran reflects on his experiences making the movie.
- Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon* – Kate McKinnon shares how eager she was to play the role of “Debra Hammer” while the cast and crew reflect on the fun and energy that the queen of improvisational comedy brought to the set.
- A Talented Duo* – Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, two of the most successful British filmmakers, team up for the first time.
- Playing for Real* – The re-interpreting of the Beatles songs was a huge undertaking for newcomer Himesh Patel. Learn how he spent months learning to play the songs perfectly as the production decided to take the more challenging route of recording the musical numbers live on set.
- Soul Mates* – Beyond the music and the laughs, the film is, of course, a love story. This piece looks at the relationship between Jack & Ellie and the actors playing them.
- A Conversation with Richard & Ed* – Long-term friends Richard Curtis and Ed Sheeran have a funny and informal chat about the making of YESTERDAY.
- Feature Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Writer/Producer Richard Curtis
Yesterday will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack (4K Ultra HD+ Blu-ray™ + Digital). Bonus features on the 4K Ultra HD will all be delivered in stunning 4K resolution.
- 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for 4X sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio.
- Yesterday 4K Ultra HD is available with HDR10+™, providing premium HDR picture quality. HDR10+ transforms your movie watching experience with incredible brightness and contrast for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deepest darks.
- Blu-ray™ delivers a pristine HD picture and theater-quality surround sound.
- Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
- MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-ray™ and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.
* Exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ & Digital
The soundtrack to YESTERDAY is available on digital/streaming services as well as CD from Capitol Records/Polydor Records. The album is available on vinyl as well, if you want that nostalgic feel.
Soul Mates Bonus Feature Clip
In this clip from the bonus feature, “Soul Mates,” stars Lily James and Himesh Patel chat about the close friendship and romance between their characters Ellie and Jack in Yesterday.
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