Film-making brothers Albert and David Maysles shot the documentary The Beatles First US Visit in 1964. The film chronicles the band's first two weeks in the US and captures the phenomena that came to be known as Beatlemania. The original black and white version was broadcast on TV in both the US and UK that same year and was actually the inspiration for The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night. The new DVD release will drop in the US on February 3 and worldwide on February 9 via Apple Corps/Capitol Records to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first US trek. According to NME, the DVD release clocks in at 80-minutes and contains never-before-seen footage, a 50-minute making of the documentary and an interview with Albert Maysles.
The Beatles' first concert at The Washington Coliseum and their legendary appearance on Ed Sullivan are captured, as are press conferences, photo-shoots, chat show appearances, and intimate moments from when "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" reached number one on the US charts.