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Lennon Legend - The Very Best of John Lennon

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A brand-new DVD version of the classic Lennon Legend, with original and newly created videos for the 20 song selections included. The music has been newly remixed from the original masters in 5.1 surround sound, presented in both Dolby Digital and DTS fo

The late John Lennon's life and work are plainly visible in this stirring collection of short films and music videos, some very familiar while others, produced posthumously, will be new to many viewers. The set includes the classic "Imagine" clip, which begins with a haunting scene of John and Yoko walking through an early morning fog and concludes with Lennon's performance in an all-white room. More rare is a Top of the Pops live performance of "Instant Karma" and a wonderful film accompanying "Mind Games," in which a solo Lennon clowns around Central Park, thrilling passersby, playing with kids, and dancing. "Woman" is a montage of the last days and hours of Lennon's life, while "Watching the Wheels" is a compilation of home movie footage from the star's semi-reclusive Dakota years. Extras include a live "Slippin' and Slidin'," and a startling bit of "Julia" absentmindedly picked on guitar. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Tracks: Imagine, Instant Karma (We All Shine On), Mother, Jealous Guy, Power to the People, Cold Turkey, Love, Mind Games, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, #9 Dream, Stand by Me, (Just Like) Starting Over, Woman, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), Watching the Wheels, Nobody Told Me, Borrowed Time, Working Class Hero, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Give Peace a Chance
  • Working Class Hero
  • Slippin' & Slidin'
  • Imagine
  • Hair Peace
  • Everybody Had a Hard Year
  • Animations
  • Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Miles Davis, Brian Epstein, Mal Evans
  • Directors: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Bruce Westcott, Joe Pytka, Simon Hilton
  • Producers: Yoko Ono, James Chads
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Capitol
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DJZ9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lennon Legend - The Very Best of John Lennon" on IMDb

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I have so many mixed feelings about this DVD. While I welcome and look forward to all John Lennon releases, this particular collection has both great features and some stumbling points.
To begin with, the sound is stunning. Most of the songs have been remixed in 5.1 and are almost revelatory in their clarity and power.
The only problem I have with the release are some of the actual videos themselves. It should be noted that all of the video used itself looks fabulous, considering it was primarily sourced from obsolete analog formats. Here goes:
1. Imagine: More or less the same footage we've all come to know and love, with much greater clarity.
2. Instant Karma: This is a live performance, and really great to watch.
3. Mother: A simple montage of photos, but effective. Can someone explain the strange addition of Brian Epstein in this video however?
4. Jealous Guy: Footage of John singing the vocal track in the studio, mixed with the boat rowing footage from Imagine.
5. Power to the People: A truly bad video visually, it looks like a seventh grade slide-show presentation
6. Cold Turkey: Another live performance synched to the studio version.
7. Mind Games: This has some really wonderful footage of John wandering around NYC mingling with people, dancing, and such. One of the better videos, and only marred by a quick shot of John from the morgue. I found that element really distasteful.
8. Whatever Gets You Through the Night: This video is superb. It features a number of John's drawings animated and colorized.
9. #9 Dream: This is an interesting video with footage from one of John and Yoko's short films called Smile. Something about the footage of John really struck me, as he appears so natural and relaxed.
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It's a great package, love the menus and can't fault the picture quality given the source material. I cant comment on the 5.1 as i don't have it.
1. Nice to see the OTHER version of the TOTP 'Instant Karma'. The one on the DVD is the black polo neck version. The one on the 'John Lennon Video Collection' was the flowery shirt/denim jacket version.
2. REALLY annoyed to see that for 'Cold Turkey' they've overdubbed the single version on to of the live version footage from 'Live In NYC'. The video made for the single is GREAT. Why substitute this??
3. The video for 'Mind Games' is so lovely to see. John wandering around surrounded by people who are obviously surprised and pleased to see him. Imagine wandering around NY (im not sure thats where it is , having never been , but I presume it is) and seeing JOHN LENNON! What GREAT footage and it saddens me watching it when you realise that was it was this ability, for him to wander around and not get TOO hassled, that ultimately killed him. Fantastic film but also, the saddest on the whole of the DVD. Made me cry in fact! I so wish I could wander about outside and bump into the late great Winston O'Boogie! I look at all those people in the video and think 'You lucky baskets!' :(
4. Loads of the videos have had stuff added in and/or taken away so that means in order to still have the originals we need to hold on to our vidoes of the 'John Lennon Video Collection'. For example 'Give Peace A chance' has been changed, there's lots of footage missing of the bed in recording with footage of war and conflict and marches added in. I would have prefered to have the ORIGINAL promo made in the 60's for the promotion of the single AT THE TIME. Lots of the 84 videos have also been tampered with.
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By A Customer on December 1, 2003
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Let me state emphatically that I love the music of the Beatles and of course John Lennon. However, this DVD is an insult to fans because of its revisionist history. There is no reason to create new videos for songs that already have videos. The original videos that can be found on VHS (the John Lennon Collection) are the vision of the artist. This new crop of videos is the concoction of wife Yoko. Now I ask you, to whom would you lean toward for artistic integrity? So as a public service announcement I advise not to discard your John Lennon Collection tape because those treasures may never see the light of day on DVD thanks to wife Yoko. Her massive ego will not allow John's original ideas to compete with this very unflattering portrayal of his music. This DVD is not totally without merit because the 5.1 sound is amazing and the bonus material is a real treat. However, if you want Happy Xmas (War Is Over) to be forever ruined for you then you have purchased the right DVD. The depiction of 9/11 victims and children with their brains bashed in makes this a very dark present to give a friend for the Holidays. Why fans would subject themselves to having a political opinion handed to them by wife Yoko, at a financial blow to them and a gain to her, is incomprehensible. This is a totally misleading title and project, loyal Beatle fans deserve much better!
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By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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Yoko Ono Lennon has consistently found inventive ways to stroke the star-maker machinery and make money anew since 1980 when John Lennon was killed in New York City. Originally released as a music CD, "Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon" is now a DVD that offers "new" music videos accompanying 20 of Lennon's best songs. The 2003 DVD contains some disturbing material and it is not for the weak.
If you happily open the DVD at this holiday season and think it would be cool to go first to "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," you will hear the anti-war song originally released in December 1971. Depending on your point of view, the song was either intentionally ironic, or, blindly idealistic. This music-video version contains footage from the present day (including the aftermath of 9/11/01 in New York City) and it is intensely painful to watch. The 2003 spin on the original message ("war is over if you want it") says that "even though you may really, really want it, war is not over." Try finding that sentiment on a Hallmark card!
You may not feel like watching the remainder of the DVD. But, if you do are very, very brave and choose to continue, you will find track after track of reworked images of John and Yoko edited to the beat of the music. You may get pretty sick of watching the happy couple captured for eternity in endless images repeated on screen.
There are some gems on the DVD, however. Lennon's last live performance in 1975 is captured on film as he performs "Imagine" at a black-tie gala. And, Lennon's wit and wisdom is alive and kicking in the upbeat "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" which has been transfored into a video with kick-ass animation.
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