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This special DVD box set features the DVD "In Spite of all the Dangers," an audio CD "In His Own Words," and a super 32-page booklet "Lennon's Life and His Crusade for Peace." The DVD uses rare footage to spotlight Lennon with his life prior to and beyond
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The first quarter of the disc does a good job of trying to give "the Jerk of all Jerks" the undeserved fame he seeks. There is also a whole section devoted to a music video for the background music band. And we thought this disc is supposed to be about John Lennon? How silly of us, there is no time left for him! There does seem to be a few short rare old clips I don't remember seeing before, but it is so little of the content, and so poor quality, don't buy this just for those fleeting moments.
Save your money, buy the "Fun With the Fab Four" combo--a real bargain, and actually fun too.
I won't rehash the one review that's been done, but I personally didn't care to see Chapman drivel on about 'the event', and the mourning of Lennon by others, which make up the first half hour of the disc.
Some of the older interviews were interesting, if only one could *hear* them...horrible sound reproduction.
The added pictures as a 'extra' were useless, they were only about a quarter of the screen size, and me having a regular sized television rendered them imperceptible.
I haven't listened to the audio disc yet, but if it's as boring as this disc, it won't be too interesting.
The only high point? Seeing such figures as Groucho Marx, Edward G. Robinson (who'd have though he'd make rather a dashing figure as an older man?) and Rock Hudson (hmm, wonder why he liked the Beatles?!) give short words as they were going to the Hollywood Bowl concert.
Overall, don't bother...save it for something good like Gimme Some Truth, the making of the Imagine album.
this whole thing is hideous. this is bad. you do not want to own this. this is embarrassing. now....what do i tell the neighors?
Any John Lennon fan would find this hurtful. Why would they release this? My favourite part has to be the horrible music that fills the soundtrack because they couldn't afford Beatles or Lennon music. Worst of all is the band trying to recreate a song that they only know the title of. Well they don't create anything good. They think that "In Spite of all the Danger" is a John Lennon song, but anyone who owns the Beatles Anthology can tell you that it's a McCartney/Harrison composition... which was not lost and is widely available on that CD collection! They spend a third of the time talking about the arse who killed Lennon, but if you're going to do a documentry on this blow hole, perhaps use some compassion and make an interesting film about mental illness. I'm not sure if these people have ever heard a John Lennon song before.
List of why it's terrible and just a cash grab:
1. TERRIBLE FOOTAGE
2. NO ABSOLUTE FOCUS OR STORY
3. REPEATED CRAPPY NON-BEATLES MUSIC (they just want to sell this band)
5. CHEAP PRODUCTION
Don't buy it, it's a rip-off.