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The Beatles' 'Help!' Comes to iTunes in Digital Restoration (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2013 at 12:36PM

The Beatles' second feature film, 1965's "Help!," has its worldwide digital release exclusively on iTunes today. It's digitally restored with a 5.1 soundtrack, and includes a 30-minute documentary on the production, memories from the cast and crew, the restoration process, an outtake scene and more. The film's director, Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night"), gives an intro, plus an appreciation following by Martin Scorsese.
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The Beatles in "Help!"
The Beatles in "Help!"

The Beatles' second feature film, 1965's "Help!," has its worldwide digital release exclusively on iTunes today. It's digitally restored with a 5.1 soundtrack, and includes a 30-minute documentary on the production, memories from the cast and crew, the restoration process, an outtake scene and more. The film's director, Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night"), gives an intro, plus an appreciation following by Martin Scorsese. Watch the original trailer below.

Classics songs in the film include "You're Going to Lose That Girl," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," "Ticket to Ride," "I Need You," "The Night Before," "Another Girl" and -- of course -- "Help!"

The debut of "Help!" on iTunes and Blu-ray follows 2012's "Yellow Submarine" and "Magical Mystery Tour" iTunes and Blu-ray releases.

Here's the madcap synopsis, in case you need a refresher:

Help! follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police.

In addition to starring The Beatles, Help! boasts a witty script, a great cast of British character actors, and classic Beatles songs.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.