In 1967, The Beatles were at the height of their fame, and it seemed they could do no wrong. Then, on a Christmas holiday evening, with all of Britain watching, the Beatles broadcast their film called Magical Mystery Tour to something like a national spit-take.
The music would live on, as the album of the same name reached No. 1. But the film sank into semi-obscurity. Only a few people saw it after 1967, though one, a young film maker named Martin Scorsese, was totally taken with it. Now, the film has been cleaned up and reissued on DVD and Blu-Ray, and producer Jonathan Clyde of Apple Corps says it is time to reassess The Beatles' most idiosyncratic work.
"I think [the film] scared them," Clyde says in an interview with Soundcheck's John Schaefer. "Adults saw The Beatles as quite good role models for their children in this scary social revolutionary change that was going on during the '60s. But suddenly, The Beatles had gone weird."