Ron Howard takes on the Beatles saga with this documentary feature about their history as a live stage act. The familiar events presented here were covered more thoroughly in the band’s own 11-hour Beatles Anthology (1995), though Howard has dug up some good ancillary concert footage that illustrates the chaos swirling around every show. There’s some interesting new material about the Beatles’ refusal to play before segregated audiences when they first arrived in the U.S. in 1964, which probably fed the southern backlash against them two years later. But despite Howard’s emphasis on the musicians’ work lives, there isn’t much detail about the touring operation, because our heroes must be onscreen every moment. Beatlemaniacs will want to check this out for the digitally restored and colorized concert footage; following the narrative proper is a 30-minute edit of the band’s momentous Shea Stadium concert in 1965. With Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.