The Beatles: Get Back

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The Beatles: Get Back is a 2021 documentary series directed and produced by Peter Jackson. It covers the making of the Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be (which had the working title of Get Back) and draws largely from unused footage and audio material originally captured for the 1970 documentary of the album by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The docuseries has a total runtime of nearly eight hours, consisting of three episodes between two and three hours, together covering roughly weekly periods of 21 days of studio time.

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The Beatles: Get Back
Promotional release poster
GenreMusic documentary
Directed byPeter Jackson
Music by
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Executive producers
  • Jeff Jones
  • Ken Kamins
EditorJabez Olssen
Running time
  • 157 minutes (part 1)
  • 173 minutes (part 2)
  • 138 minutes (part 3)
  • 468 minutes (total)[1]
Production companies
Original networkDisney+
Original release25 November (2021-11-25) 
27 November 2021 (2021-11-27)

Also co-produced by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the series is presented by Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps and WingNut Films.[2] It premiered with three consecutive daily releases on Disney+ beginning on 25 November 2021.[3][4] A portion of it, titled The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert, was given a theatrical release in IMAX theatres across numerous US cities on 30 January 2022.[5] It was then released internationally between 11 and 13 February 2022.[6][7] The Beatles: Get Back was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 12 July 2022.[8]

Jackson characterised the miniseries as "a documentary about a documentary".[4] Get Back received critical acclaim for its coverage of the group's creative process, although detractors criticised the relatively long runtime. Commentators described it as challenging longtime beliefs that the making of the Let It Be album was marked entirely by tensions between the Beatles, instead showing a more upbeat side to its production.[9][10]