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The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back

Disney+ 2021

The three-part documentary series, compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage, captures the warmth, camaraderie, and creative genius that defined the legacy of music’s most iconic foursome. The series also includes – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ final performance at London’s Savile Row.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back - S1E3

#1 - Part 3

9.26

Season 1 - Episode 3

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

The Beatles: Get Back - S1E2

#2 - Part 2: Days 8-16

8.54

Season 1 - Episode 2

Following George's walkout, Paul, John, and Ringo hope he'll rejoin the band. They move into their newly built Apple Studio in Savile Row to continue their sessions.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

The Beatles: Get Back - S1E1

#3 - Part 1: Days 1-7

8.06

Season 1 - Episode 1

The Beatles arrive at Twickenham Studios and have three weeks to complete 14 songs and a live show.

The episode was rated from 81 votes.

Last updated: jan 20, 2022

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I rarely give anything a 10/10, but how can I not when it comes to Peter Jackson’s «Get Back»? Casual viewers are not the target audience here. This is, however, absolutely perfect for anyone who wants to be a fly on the wall while The Beatles are writing songs, rehearsing, discussing, kidding around, rewriting songs, smoking, arranging songs, reading newspapers, tuning instruments, looking back and planning ahead. [spoiler] Oh yeah, and they also perform a spectacular 42-minute gig on a London rooftop at the end. [/spoiler] I’ve been waiting for something like this since 1993 (when the first rumours about a remastered «Let It Be» movie surfaced) and I went in watching «Get Back» with sky-high – really absurd – expectations. «Get Back» not only fulfilled my expectations, but surpassed them. Jackson and his team have done a spectacular job! [spoiler] The series even has a happy ending! [/spoiler] Any bad parts, you ask? Well, the intro in the first episode has a few factual errors, f.ex. that John and Paul first met in 1956 (it was 1957) and that Ringo joined The Beatles before Brian Epstein became their manager (he didn't). It doesn't affect my 10/10, though, because... well, because the rest was so fantastic. This is The Beatles as we have never seen them before. A splendid time is guaranteed for… some.

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Obviously if you are into The Beatles this is a great watch as you get essentially a fly on the wall view of them bickering, goofing and creating legendary songs. In that same vein it works if you’ve ever been in these groups situations trying to creat something. A lot of the time is spent fucking around trying to find something, laughing, being silly, getting annoyed but then finding that moment as things come together. It really is amazing some of the things captured here as you see the kernel of an idea get built upon and become something. Great stuff!

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[Disney+] Peter Jackson not only makes an outstanding documentary about The Beatles, but completes a piece of music history. It is the best description ever made of the creative process of music, but it also contains surprising moments such as the conversation between John and Paul recorded clandestinely. In some ways, it rewrites some of what was known about the band's breakup and builds a different perspective..

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Quite fantastic. To see the machinations of how these things came together was a real privilege. Especially after 50 years in the can. It's a largely riveting 7+ hours of watching despite having large sections of time where you'd love to crack a few skulls.... But that's exactly why we're watching isn't it? You see a fractured band arrive. Upset with each other, out of sync, in various states of hangover - and after a few weeks, they're back to being the boys in Hamburg or The Cavern. Able to read each other's musical minds and play instinctively as a group. My big takeaways were plentiful... - Paul McCartney is a genius and the backbone of the band. He should be more lauded than he already is for what he brought to the group. Let's face it, pretty much every song here came from him. With a bass or at the piano, he was a creative genius. And he was the driving force to get them to actually do something! - George Harrison was a surly little shit here and he seemed a nightmare to have to put up with. His own worst enemy. - Ringo looked like he had checked out at first but at the end you realise he was just happiest playing for a crowd. He's probably seen the rest of the histrionics non-stop for a decade or so. - The folks around them were a right mixed bag. Patience of saints though. And that young guy smoking big cigars talking about Libya needed a slap! :) - Billy Preston. RIP to you sir. What a cool dude and a master of the keys. His arrival turned a squabbling herd of cats into a professional unit. Without him, this wouldn't have happened. I think they'd have aborted it all amidst an argument. What a tremendous job in restoring the video and audio. I can't wait for the technology used here to trickle down to the layperson. It was a quite astonishing upgrade and was wholly worth the effort as it really put us in the room with them. To see the rooftop concert footage and the brilliant multi-camera of the (mostly) appreciative crowd below being interviewed - as well as the knobheads and misery-guts who have to piss on any joy - was a real view of miserable Britain in that period. And I'm British! (I'd hope that 5 years ago, people would've embraced it for as a break from the norm. In 2021 though, I fear now they wouldn't...) Fabulous. A must watch. Why not a 10/10? I feel the song titles and the significance of each peformance was missing some vital info. "Was it the first time that song was played? Was it them noodling? Did that song appear on the album or was it used later as a solo effort?" Just a little more info would have added some much needed colour or even gravity to them. The moment Paul conjures up Get Back from the ether was magical. His playing Golden Slumbers to Ringo another. And to see how fluid these classic songs were right up until the take we know as the final recording was staggering. Bravo to all involved! And thanks for the music, lads. 9.5/10

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