One of this years feel good movies. Yesterday (out now on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital) is crossing barriers and is a game changer. The representation of South Asian stories and people is finally being showcased outside of Bollywood. The lead in this film is Himesh Patel, who is of English-Indian descent. It’s refreshing to see these people and stories on-screen in major motion pictures.
As far as the movie goes, it’s incredibly enjoyable and entertaining. Jack Malik (Patel) is a struggling musician turned overnight sensation in a world that hasn’t heard of The Beatles, and he’s the one to introduce them to their music. Fantastic creative concept of a hypothetical what if.
The music is tremendous. Some of The Beatles greatest hits are featured in the movie. You don’t have to be a fan of The Beatles to enjoy this movie, as the story is strong enough to carry out the message and meaning even if you inserted any other band into the equation (although it sure helps it’s this band).
This movie won me over quickly. I’m a casual Beatles fan, but the combination of the music, story, characters and spirit is a winner. This is a movie you can champion and cheer for. No doubt it’s one that will have you go back watching it over and over. For more on Yesterday, check out the complete review of the movie.
There are a ton of special features on the 4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital. Highly recommend you check them out. Here is a list:
- Alternate Opening*
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- Corden & Roxanne – Includes deleted performance by Himesh Patel of “Something”
- Late for School
- Nutters Italian Ice Cream
- Moscow Audience
- A Gonk
- W Hotel
- Jack Calls Ellie
- Hilary in the Mirror
- Nick and Carol
- Hazel’s Selfie
- Gag Reel*
- Live at Abbey Road Studios – Watch Himesh Patel perform “Yesterday”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and “Let it Be” at Abbey Road Studios.
- “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
- “Let it Be”
- Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen* – Acting in his first major role, Ed Sheeran reflects on his experiences making the movie.
- Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon* – Kate McKinnon shares how eager she was to play the role of “Debra Hammer” while the cast and crew reflect on the fun and energy that the queen of improvisational comedy brought to the set.
- A Talented Duo* – Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, two of the most successful British filmmakers, team up for the first time.
- Playing for Real* – The re-interpreting of the Beatles songs was a huge undertaking for newcomer Himesh Patel. Learn how he spent months learning to play the songs perfectly as the production decided to take the more challenging route of recording the musical numbers live on set.
- Soul Mates* – Beyond the music and the laughs, the film is, of course, a love story. This piece looks at the relationship between Jack & Ellie and the actors playing them.
- A Conversation with Richard & Ed* – Long-term friends Richard Curtis and Ed Sheeran have a funny and informal chat about the making of YESTERDAY.
- Feature Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Writer/Producer Richard Curtis