'The Rutles Anthology' Dated for Blu-ray

Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013 at 08:00 AM PDT by

The classic Beatles mockumentary is getting the high-definition treatment in December.

In an early announcement to retailers, Video Music Inc. will be releasing 'The Rutles Anthology' on Blu-ray on December 3.

Fans of The Rutles can rejoice now that SonicPool Post production has completed audio and video restoration on the legendary Beatles parody The Rutles: All You Need is Cash. The Rutles, led by Monty Python's Eric Idle and Neil Innes debuted on Idle's 1975 BBC sketch comedy series Rutland Weekend Television. After an excerpt from the show was aired during an Idle-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, SNL creator Lorne Michaels suggested that Idle produce a full length history of the prefab four in the form of a mockumentary, one of the first of its kind. Produced by Michaels' then fledgling Broadway Video studio, All You Need Is Cash premiered on NBC in 1978. Jonathan Gross, President of North American distributor Video Services Corp., says he's looking forward to the new release. "We've taken it to SonicPool to make it look better, sound better, and it's a great piece for the catalogue." SonicPool Post Production provided film cleaning, HD formatting and picture restoration for the project which used original film stock as source material. The new 5.1 mix was created by Connor Gross.

The forthcoming DVD/Blu-ray combo pack being released by VSC also comes with the original version of the 2004 follow-up The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch along with the original SNL Rutles sketch, a new commentary/interview with Idle and more.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $24.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Rutles Anthology' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under December 3.

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The Rutles Anthology (Blu-ray)
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