Tuesday, October 1, 2019


What if you woke up one morning to find that overnight the whole world had forgotten something you cherish? Would you utilize that knowledge to enrich yourself with fame and riches or would that be immoral? That is the dilemma Jack Malik encounters in the theatrically-released movie YESTERDAY which is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital to add to your home entertainment video library.

Jack is a struggling songwriter and musician who dreams of hitting it big although no one seems to care for his original songs and the audiences at his gigs are sparse. Then after a mysterious global blackout, he seems to be the only person om Earth who remembers the existence of the Beatles and their music. When Jack begins to perform the Beatles songs he becomes an overnight sensation with the success he has always desired within his grasp.


Jack is terrified though that there are others out there who remember the Beatles and will out him as a fraud. He also struggles with the moral dilemma of stealing other artists work as his own. Plus his new found fame creates a divide with long time relationships as his musical career creates a divide between him and his best friends. Jack ponders whether celebrity and money really are the keys to his happiness in life.

We watched YESTERDAY for a family movie night the other evening and my wife told me this is her favorite film of 2019. She appreciated the originality of the movie's story and the musical performances that play a central part of the plot. We both agreed Himesh Patel provides an outstanding performance as Jack and his singing throughout the film was top notch. I liked that this was a family-friendly movie that served as a nice introduction to the Beatles music for my 10 year old twins.


The positive messages and themes about ethics, integrity and the value of friends and family also stand out earning YESTERDAY a geek daddy nod of approval. The film approaches some heavy topics with levity providing plenty of laughs in this rock 'n' roll romantic comedy. Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) has added another hit to his film resume with YESTERDAY.

The home entertainment video release of YESTERDAY has some wonderful bonus segments. These include deleted and extended scenes, live performances at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, an alternate opening and ending, and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that delve further into the movie's story. Parents beware though that there is a deleted scene featuring a naked Jack running across a room after a one night stand that probably would have given YESTERDAY an R rating. With that scene left out, the movie has been rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language.

For more information about YESTERDAY go to www.uphe.com/movies/yesterday

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