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Beatles documentary premiere canceled

The music of The Beatles will be featured

The music of The Beatles will be featured at "All You Need is Love, The Best of the Beatles" on February 4, 2012 at the Stony Brook Village Center (Credit: Handout)

Sunday's premiere of "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," has been postponed, according to its distributor.

Ticket holders for the two postponed May 6 shows at Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theatre, at 2:30 and 7 p.m., are advised to contact MovieTickets.com for a refund, according to the film's distributor, Screenvision. Go to lostbeatlesconcert.com for more information.

The documentary's canceled premiere appears to be caused by a legal problem, though Screenvision did not provide details. In a release, Screenvision said, "The delay is the result of a last-minute issue which is currently being resolved by the documentary’s producers."

The 92-minute film purportedly includes "lost" footage of The Beatles' first U.S. concert in its entirety. Though most early Beatles lore focuses on their 1964 appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and their 1965 concert at New York City's Shea Stadium, the band played the Washington Coliseum in D.C. on Feb. 11, 1964. The 12-song set included now-classics like "She Loves You" and "Twist and Shout."

Screenvision described the footage as "unseen in its entirety by audiences for over 47 years" and touted the documentary as "the only complete Beatles concert available to fans."

Over at iTunes, however, the $149 Beatles Box Set also promises to include a video of the Washington concert "from beginning to end." That iTunes package was announced in 2010.

“We hope that this is a small technicality, one that will only cause a short delay in bringing Beatles fans of all generations an historic performance, one that has not been seen on the big screen in over four decades,” Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president of Exhibitor Relations at Screenvision, said in a release.

"The Beatles: The Lost Concert" is scheduled to appear in theaters May 17 and 22.


 

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