"A Hard Day's Night," the Beatles` first film, will get its own 50th anniversary celebration this year.
The Richard Lester-directed movie, a send-up of Beatlemania, will return to theaters during the July 4th weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its July 6 premiere in Great Britain; the film opened August 12 in the U.S.
The soundtrack has been remastered and mixed for 5.1 SurroundSound by Giles Martin, son of original Beatles producer George Martin and a collaborator on Beatles projects since Cirque du Soleil's "LOVE" production in 2006. "A Hard Day's Night" will also be released in a new Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray on June 24, which features 4K digital restoration plus commentary by cast and crew members and several documentaries about the film and director Lester.
"A Hard Day's Night" was named one of the 100 greatest films of all time by Time magazine and was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Score (Adaptation). Its cheeky style was aped by "The Monkees" TV series and has been cited as an influence on music videos that followed.