Beatles' Yellow Submarine Relaunches

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine is due to resurface in May.

The film and album, which were released in 1968, will be getting a full reissue, including audio commentary, a making-of documentary and a detailed restoration of the original cartoon.

Although not touted as The Beatles' greatest work, Yellow Submarine is definitely their most colourful, featuring the four Liverpudlian heroes battling the evil Blue Meanies. The film was directed by George Dunning, but the animated feature has been out of print for years. However, on the 28th of May, Apple Corps will be unveiling the new DVD and Blu-ray editions as well as the repackaged soundtrack on CD.

The new version is a fancy 4k digital restoration conducted by Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. To keep the method and outcome as authentic as possible, the specialists cleaned the movie frame by frame, being careful of the film's delicate nature. The Blu-ray package includes the original theatrical trailer, interviews, stickers, pencil sketches, and Mod Odyssey; a behind-the-scenes film. Pixar's founder, John Lasseter, has also written an accompanying 16-page essay. More than enough to keep even the biggest fans happy.

Prior to Yellow Submarine's CD and DVD release, Candlewick Press are set to publish a book of the screenplay on the 24th of April, showcasing "the light-hearted wit of the film's script alongside original artwork from the movie". For those who just can't wait until May, there is a digital version of the book already available.