Per Jeffrey Wells' @ Reel.com's 'Hollywood Confidential' : --------------- I saw Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums three times last year. Each time the film had two original Beatle tracks — "Hey Jude" and the slightly slower-tempo, bootleg version of "I'm Looking Through You" — playing during the opening and closing sequences. But on the recently released Tenenbaums Criterion Collection DVD, the original "Jude" track has been replaced by a non-singing instrumental cover of the song, and an old Van Morrison cut from "Moondance" has replaced the bootleg "I'm Looking Through You" track. I was surprised but not stunned to hear this, since Anderson had commented during the festival that rights issues about using the original Beatles tracks were still up in the air and that "it may be illegal" to include them on the film's then-temporary soundtrack. Still, I had presumed this had been resolved since the Beatle tracks were still on a print shown to journalists only days before Tenenbaums' commercial debut on December 14, 2001. Obviously something didn't pan out. Anderson wouldn't help me with the details for this story (his assistant Steve French responded to my Tuesday inquiry by e-mailing a statement this morning saying only that "Wes is very happy with what's in the movie"). I remember Anderson saying last September that Paul McCartney was cool with his using the original Beatle tracks and that the snarl had to do with either George (whose illness or death may have conceivably been a factor in the negotiations) or Ringo … I can't remember which. What got me about the whole thing was how the absence of the original Beatles tracks has weakened the sequences they were originally married to. The opening introduction to the Tenenbaum family-history sequence, which is narrated by Alec Baldwin, somehow doesn't have the emotional resonance it had when McCartney's singing of "Hey Jude" was part of the mix. And the closing, slow-motion funeral sequence, which seemed perfectly complimented by the quiet, clickety-clack rhythms of "I'm Looking Through You," now feels distinctly off with that upbeat Morrison tune in its place.