Today: June 12, 2024

BackBeat Unboxing

This month saw underrated Beatle-biopic BackBeat make its Blu-ray debut from Fabulous Films, surely delighting the band’s collectors and completists. Telling the story of the Beatles’ first bassist – the so-called ‘lost Beatle’ Stuart Sutcliffe – this 1994 drama has long been difficult to track down in the UK so this new home release is very welcome. Packed with archival bonus features and a solid transfer, this will prove an essential purchase to all devout followers of the ‘Fab Four’! This re-releases is also available on DVD.


Directed by Iain Softley, 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, and his new love (Sheryl Lee) and the greatest rock and roll band in the world. 

Full of vitality and heart, with a soundtrack that includes rock and roll classics, including music from Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), David Pirner (Soul Asylum), and Mike Mills (R.E.M).

Bonus Features

  • Audio Commentary w/ Iain Softley, Ian Hart and Stephen Dorff
  • A Conversation w/ Astrid Kirchherr
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interview w/ Director Iain Softley and Actor Ian Hart
  • Iain Softley Interview for The Sundance Channel
  • TV Featurette
  • Casting Sessions
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer

BackBeat is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Fabulous Films

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