Celebrate the life of John Lennon, one of the most complex and fascinating visionaries of our time, with the long-awaited DVD debut of Imagine: John Lennon Deluxe Edition. Narrated by Lennon himself, the release of this revealing and personal documentary is timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the performerís untimely death (December 8, 1980).
Although he was best known as a founding member of perhaps the 20th centuryís greatest entertainment phenomenon, John Lennon today still maintains a strong influence as a musician, artist, writer, philosopher, peacemaker and poet that transcends even the awesome celebrity he achieved as one of the Beatles.
Imagine: John Lennon was created with the cooperation of Lennonís widow Yoko Ono and produced by multi-award winning producer David L. Wolper and critically-acclaimed documentarian Andrew Solt (partners on This is Elvis). Backed by a monumental 36-tune sound track, the film draws from a treasure trove of material, including the musicianís own collection of more than 240 hours of film and videotape, much of it never publicly seen. It was Ono who approached Wolper, announcing it was time to open Lennonís personal archives of films, writings and photographs in order to make the definitive movie of his life. Wolper agreed but not before he requested full control over the project. Ono agreed and what resulted was an unprecedented look into the public and private life of the superstar.
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 so it (partners on This Is Elvis) transform the archival footage and a monumental 36 tune soundtrack into a spellbinding account of a complex, fascinating man.
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Tribute to John Lennon: The Man, The Music, The Memories - With Filmmakers David L. Wolper, Andrew Solt, Sam Egan, Editors Bert Lovitt and Bud Friedgen, John Lennon: Truth Be Told - BBC Radio Interview with John and Yoko, Acoustic Imagine - Never before released performance at the Apollo Theatre, New York City, Dec 17 1971, Island House - Never before seen footage at the Lake House home of John and Yoko, Tittenhurst Estate in Ascot, England, William Ernest Pobjoy Interview - Interview with head master of Quarry Bank High School Ė John Lennonís grammar school, Trivia Track
Despite being a fan of the Beatles and much of Lennon's career as well, and being very interested in him as a subject, I did not really like this film. It is very calculated to deify Lennon and turn him into some sort of popular messianic figure. Yes he was talented, yes he was famous, but this is too much. Just tell the story, it's interesting in it's own right.
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