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Go Beatles Crazy This Summer with 'A Hard Day's Night' Restoration in Theaters (UPDATED WITH NEW TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 29, 2014 at 11:44AM

Janus Films is set to release a brand new 4K restoration of the Beatles’ delirious, anything-goes musical “A Hard Day’s Night” -- where John, Paul, George and Ringo play slapstick versions of themselves, hounded by gaga fans -- in more than 50 cities over the July 4 weekend, including New York’s Film Forum, LA’s Cinefamily and San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.
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'A Hard Day's Night'
'A Hard Day's Night'

Janus Films is set to release a brand new 4K restoration of the Beatles’ delirious, anything-goes musical “A Hard Day’s Night” -- where John, Paul, George and Ringo play slapstick versions of themselves, hounded by gaga fans --  in more than 50 cities over the July 4 weekend, including New York’s Film Forum, LA’s Cinefamily and San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.

The film is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, and was recently unveiled at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. It was restored from the original camera negative by the team over at the Criterion Collection. The result, approved by director Richard Lester, has a remixed and remastered soundtrack by producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.

Classic songs include “I Should Have Known Better,” “If I Fell,” Can’t Buy Me Love,” and the title track, natch, “A Hard Day’s Night.” Check out some funny clips below.

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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.