Imagine: John Lennon (Deluxe Edition)
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Imagine John Lennon comes from a treasure trove: the legendary musician's own collection of more than 240 hours of film and videotape, much of it never seen by the public. With cooperation from Yoko Ono in its creation, producers David L. Wolper and Andrew Solt (partners on This Is Elvis) transform the archival footage - and a monumental 36-tune soundtrack - into a spellbinding account of a complex, fascinating man. Lennon's own voice narrates "a classic film biography" (Roy Leonard, WGN-TV/Chicago).]]>
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Another lovely scene takes place at John's Titenhurst mansion in 1970. A homeless hippy has been sleeping in John's garden and the camera shows John and Yoko confronting him. The hippy rhapsodizes about the Beatles song "Carry that Weight," and extols the lyrics. John sardonically says, "Yeah, well that was *Paul* singing that!" Then the Lennon's invite the homeless man in for some breakfast.
There is additional footage from the early 70's of John with George Harrison. The interviews with Elliot Mintz are OK, but I would have preferred more actual footage of Lennon. They show some footage from his 1971 concert and much backstage material and interviews. There is plenty of information and film of the aftermath of his tragic assassination and the rivers of tears that produced. The years of the Beatles are covered, but not in any great depth. Get the Anthology for more in-depth material on the Fab Four. In short, a lovely film about one of the cultural icons of the 20th century. If you love John Lennon, get this film.
"John Lennon, the guiding spirit of The Beatles, dead tonight at 40."
Those immortal words at the end of the movie bring tears to everyone who was a fan of John Lennon. I remember hearing and seeing that news report from a hospital bed at 6 years old. It was and always will be a tragic memory. The man who resurfaced after a 5 year absence with a powerhouse of music destined for new life had been cut short just a few hours after an interview where he said:
"My work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried. And I hope that's a long, long time."
The long time was 2-3 hours.
The movie is an intimate portrait of Lennon's life and legacy. It exposes the chaos behind the myth, as well as the genius behind the man. With all the tales from friends, associates, Paul, George, Ringo, and George Martin on "The Beatles Anthology," this one focuses on Lennon's life in his own words and home videos. Taken directly from the archives of the man himself, there has never been a better documentary on Lennon. From Liverpool beginnings to the end in New York City, watch the boy become a superstar, the superstar into a man, and the man become a legend.
Remember John Lennon 1940 - 1980
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However, I purchased this DVD some two days ago but reserved it's playing until today. I had previously owned a PAL VHS copy so I was very happy to own the DVD. As others have stated this is a warts and all documentary with the narration by Lennon, in his own write as it were, culled from hundreds of hours of interviews. It is a poignant reminder of the meteoric and historic rise and fall of one of the most charismatic of four Liverpool lads forging their own path through the music business in the 1950's. While the film itself has been much documented it is the features of this edition which are new but to me they are merely a side issue here.
This DVD keeps the man and his music in the public purview and tribute must be paid to the work of Yoko Ono who has stood fast behind his legacy, personal, public and musically. It can be argued, as others have done, that the features on this disc do little to justify the "deluxe" tag which I feel is a little unfair. Certainly from the sound and picture point of view it is much cleared up and sounds a whole lot better than it does on my video copy.Read more ›
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Great documentary that features very beautiful Yoko Ono, unpleasant Cynthia Lennon, and a punk Harry Potter looking Sean Lennon. No Paul though, that was weird.Published 4 months ago by Marty Bellvue
A look at the life of John Lennon. Friends and family members are interviewed here. This was filmed in the 80's but still worth a watch.Published 7 months ago by Jmetal86
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