Eric Idle mentions in his "memoir" available on the DVD what the actual Beatles thought of the film. According to him, George Harrison was very supportive and encouraged him, Paul McCartney was disapproving at first but relented when he found that Idle grew up near Liverpool (though his wife Linda always loved it), Ringo Starr liked the happier scenes in the film, but felt the scenes that mimicked sadder times hit too close, and John Lennon (along with Yoko Ono) adored it and refused to return the videotape and soundtrack he was given for approval. He told Neil Innes, however, that "Get Up and Go" was too close to The Beatles' "Get Back" and to be careful not to be sued by ATV Music, owners of the Beatles catalogue's copyright at the time. The song was consequently omitted from the 1978 vinyl LP soundtrack.
Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey regrouped in 1996 to record "Archaeology", their satirical response to the Beatles' "Anthology". It consisted of tunes not used in the movie, rearranged Innes solo songs and one song penned as a spoof of "Free as a Bird". Eric Idle didn't take part; Dirk McQuickly, the album's press materials explained, had quit the music business to become a comedian.
Eric Idle claims on the DVD commentary track that George Harrison and Ringo Starr at one point discussed starting a band wit Idle and Neil Innes, based on The Beatles' and Rutles's shared and imaginary histories. But if he was correct, then this never came to pass. Harrison and Starr also surprised him and Innes one day by singing a version of "Ouch;" two of the Beatles singing a Rutles song to two of The Rutles.
There are conflicting accounts concerning the glider that flies over the wall during "Piggy in the Middle" from "The Tragical History Tour." In his DVD commentary, Eric Idle says the appearance of the glider was totally unexpected. But in an interview with Q Magazine (Feb. 1996), second unit cameraman Chris Sargent says he knew there was a gliding school nearby, and that he suggested asking an instructor to fly a glider over the wall. Both accounts agree that the glider came so close, the "policemen" atop the wall panicked.