Since their debut in the 1960s, The Beatles have been considered as one of the most influential bands of all time. But what if the band never came to fruition? That’s the premise for Universal Pictures’ film called Yesterday.

I grew up listening to The Beatles’ music and still enjoy them today as an adult.

Here’s what Yesterday is about:

Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter…but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel; BBC’s “EastEnders”) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cinderella) – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start.

I reviewed Yesterday on 4K Blu-ray and unlike most 4K releases, the film was actually shot in native 4K resolution, rather than upscaled to 4K. The 4K Blu-ray of the film supports HDR10+ which means you should expect “incredible brightness”, vibrant colours and deeper blacks.

The film also supports Dolby Atmos which provides a much more immersive sound experience and this is especially noticeable in a film all about the music.

The soundtrack of the film is the highlight of the film as the story is aspiring singer-songwriter Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel). Himesh Patel does a great job with his versions of classic Beatles songs like Yesterday, Hey Jude, Here Comes the Sun and more.

From a visual standpoint, Yesterday looks great and each character on screen comes to life in 4K resolution.

The film comes with a number of bonus features that should keep you entertained for an hour or so.

  • Alternate Opening*
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • Corden & Roxanne – Includes deleted performance by Himesh Patel of “Something”
    • Late for School
    • Nutters Italian Ice Cream
    • Sortisimus
    • Moscow Audience
    • Alexa
    • 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.
    • “Yesterday”
    • “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

The film was directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Steve Jobs) and written by Richard Curtis who previously wrote Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Final Thoughts

Yesterday is a great film for fans of The Beatles and who want a heartwarming and charming story (that has some slight plot holes) with great visuals and covers of classic Beatles tracks.

Yesterday is now available on Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Pros

  • 4K version of the film looks great
  • Dolby Atmos and HDR10+ support
  • A good amount of extras

Cons

  • Not all the special features are that great

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