In stores this week is a special 50th anniversary edition of the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night."
The Criterion Collection includes a new digital restoration of the film approved by director Richard Lester with two audio options -- mono and 5.1 SurroundSound, audio commentary, several documentaries about the movie and "The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film," an Academy Award-nominated short directed by Lester and starring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.
The arrival of "A Hard Day's Night" in July of 1964 increased the already off-the-hook Beatlemania, and Ringo Starr tells us it was as exciting for the band members as it was for their fans:
"Great. I mean, we were in a movie, man. We were making a movie! Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great. I loved it. I did love it. And, as you can tell, I loved it because the next movie ('Help!') was sort of based around me, based around the ring and Kaili. I had a great time."
"A Hard Day's Night" was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Screenplay and Best Score (Adaptation), and was dubbed one of the 100 all-time greatest films by Time magazine. The movie will return to theaters around the world for a special one-day showing on July 4.