Jeffrey C wrote:
LadyLeslie, I'm not sure how the film was shot, but it was a Beatles feature film so it would be strange if it was 16mm. However, I don't know for sure.
Regardless, it was The Beatles, so the original footage would definitely be available. They've revised and remastered every other film, including Magical Mystery Tour (which was shot on 16mm for TV and originally shown in black & white), so I don't doubt they would have access to all of the Let It Be footage. Some of it showed up in the Anthology series.
No, I would say that Paul is not fond of the movie as it pretty much shows the Beatles starting to break up, including the famous altercation with George. As we all know, he also disliked the finished album, particularly Phil Spector's post-production contributions (hence the release of Let It Be Naked).
Perhaps they're waiting for 2020, which will mark the 50th anniversary of its release. This year will be devoted to a White Album deluxe release.
The original film from James Paul McCartney might be harder to find as TV networks didn't always keep that stuff.
I did some searching and found "Let it Be" was shot in 16mm. The internet movie database athttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065976/technical?ref_=tt_dt_spec gives information that the film's negative is in 16mm format, and that it was "blown up" to 35mm. So there should be two negatives out there somewhere, 16mm and 35mm. Since there's videos of "outtakes" from the film on YouTube, there's probably cannisters of unused/cut footage somewhere as well.
I've done work with historical film stock and know that Kodak color safety film (which most films were shot in) fades over time, but if the negatives have been kept in an unopened airtight container, without being used or disturbed, they should be in good condition.
Wish there could be a release of all the Paul McCartney and Wings specials that were on tv, and put together on one DVD/Blu-ray. I think Paul's fans would enjoy Having the 1973 special and the 1979 Back to the Egg Again etc. Clips and bootlegs of these are on YouTube so these programs were saved somehow.