(l-r): Dan Kliman, business development, SonicPool Post, and Eric Idle
Hollywood, CA (September 30, 2013)—SonicPool Post Production recently completed audio and video restoration on the legendary Monty Python/SNL Beatles parody, The Rutles: All You Need is Cash.
The Rutles, led by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Band), debuted on Idle’s 1975 BBC sketch comedy series Rutland Weekend Television. After an excerpt from the show was aired during an Idle-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, SNL creator Lorne Michaels suggested that Idle produce a full-length history of “the Prefab Four” in the form of a mockumentary, one of the first of its kind. Produced by Michaels’ then-fledgling Broadway Video studio, All You Need Is Cash premiered on NBC in 1978.
Jonathan Gross, president of North American distributor Video Services Corp., says he’s looking forward to the new release. “We’ve taken it to SonicPool to make it look better, sound better, and it’s a great piece for the catalogue.”
SonicPool Post Production provided film cleaning, HD formatting and picture restoration for the project, which used original film stock as source material. The new 5.1 mix was created by Connor Gross.
The forthcoming DVD/Blu-ray combo pack being released by VSC also comes with the original version of the 2004 follow-up, The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch, along with the original SNL Rutles sketch, a new commentary/interview with Idle and more. It is set for release in November with iTunes.
Sonic Pool also provided authoring services. Gross says, “It’s a big package. People love HD and I’m a big Rutles fan, so we’re doing it!”
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