by Hans ten Cate (based on the official press release, with special thanks to Renato Grinberg of Warner Home Video)
Tuesday, 3 January 2005

Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch will hit store shelves in North America on 1 March 2005

It's finally here! Well, almost. March 1, 2005 will mark the DVD premiere of The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch.

Previously unavailable on video and seen only by fans in exclusive, limited movie house screenings, this highly anticipated sequel to Eric Idle's 1978 mockumentary The Rutles: All You Need is Cash features never-before-seen footage found in a warehouse in New Jersey.

Fans of The Rutles will be thrilled at the opportunity to revisit this great band’s story, including footage from historic performances, plus interviews with many artists who were inspired by the legendary band including David Bowie, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jewel, Gary Shandling, Salman Rushdie, Clint Black, Billy Connolly, Bonnie Raitt, and many more. The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch is packed with special features including extensive deleted scenes, a never-before-seen alternate ending, and a bonus "Easter egg.”

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A Brief History of the Rutles

In 1976, for his BBC TV show Rutland Weekend Television, Eric Idle created The Rutles, a mythical band created to parody The Beatles, featuring Neil Innes, a founding member of the cult comedy-rock group The Bonzo Dog Band (chosen by The Beatles to appear in their 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour). The Rutles made their American debut that year with the airing of their first video, "I Must Be in Love," when Idle hosted Saturday Night Live. Because of the enormous response, in 1978 Idle invented the full length mockumentary and the group's first television special, All You Need is Cash, which was produced by Lorne Michaels and co-directed by Idle and Gary Weiss. Aired on NBC, this special firmly established the group's cult status.

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch received its world premiere in Los Angeles in 2003 at the first annual Don't Knock the Rock Festival (see Daily Llama #196), and now makes its debut on DVD. Eric Idle wrote and directed this sequel, with brand new Rutle songs written and produced by Neil Innes – including some of the old favorite witty pastiches of Beatles songs from the first film.

As well as portraying the idiotic Melvin Hall, our host for the evening, Idle appears as Dirk McQuickly (the Paul McCartney role), with Innes cast as Ron Nasty (the John Lennon character), Ricky Fataar (a top session musician and '70s-era Beach Boy) playing Stig O'Hara (the George Harrison character), and British drummer John Halsey as Barry Wom, The Rutles version of Ringo Starr.