On December 1, Miramax is planning a rare theatrical rerelease of a remastered edition of the 1964 Beatle classic A Hard Day's Night. Not only will audiences be able to enjoy a pristine print of the film mastered from a restored negative, but also they will have the opportunity to hear for the first time a remastered soundtrack in "good old-fashioned mono" according to the restoration's sound engineer, Ron Furmanek. According to Mr. Furmanek, the original tracks (recorded in primitaive four-track stereo) were thrown away, "The raw stuff was gone, lost, never saved." He claims this version of the film will sound better than, and quite different from, the version most of us have seen. According to Mr. Furmanek, every version produced since 1964 was "butchered". "All I did was I put it back the way it sounded in 1964," says Furmanek, "Nobody can believe this, but there were pieces of dialogue that were missing, and sound effects were overdubbed that weren't supposed to be there."
In conjunction with the rerelease of the film, Miramax has designed a delightful webpage they call "A Hard Day's Site" containing materials from "yesterday and today" including the original shooting script, rare color photos from their archives, and even a peek at the trailer.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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