Before anyone had ever heard of The Beatles, there was a group of five playing clubs in Hamburg, Germany. They were raw and irreverent. Now, the story of Stuart Sutcliffe, the “fifth Beatle,” can be told – better than ever! On February 19, 2019, Shout! Select will release BACKBEAT, directed by Iain Softley, on Blu-ray. This enthralling story about the pre-fame Beatles contains special features. Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com
From the director of K-PAX, Hackers, and Skeleton Key, and starring Sheryl Lee (Twin Peaks), Stephen Dorff (Blade, Cold Creek Manor), and Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) BACKBEAT is an energetic musical drama chronicling the pre-fame Beatles as they head to Hamburg in search of success. As they gain popularity, the “fifth Beatle,” bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), falls in love and ultimately must choose between his best friend John Lennon (Ian Hart), his new love Astrid Kirchherr (Sheryl Lee) – and the greatest rock-and-roll band in the world.
Winner of the London Film Critics Circle’s British Newcomer of the Year Award and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Film Music, the 1993 film features a soundtrack that includes music from Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), David Pirner (Soul Asylum) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.)
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
- A Conversation with Astrid Kirchherr
- Deleted Scenes
- Interviews with Iain Softley and actor Ian Hart
- Iain Softley interview for the Sundance Channel
- Audio commentary with Iain Softley, Ian Hart, and Stephen Dorff
- TV Featurette
- Casting Session
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