John Lennon: Lennon LegendDirector: Simon Hilton
Corresponding with the CD release of the same name, Lennon Legend is intended as a far-reaching overview of the career of one of the most revered rock & roll songwriters of the 20th century. Compiling previously-unseen clips, including "Working Class Hero," "Everybody Had a Hard Year," and "Give Peace a Chance," the video includes 20 classic John Lennon tracks, hand-selected by the production's executive producer, widow Yoko Ono. What's more, the video also collects the couple's home movies, his newsreel footage, and personal drawings, all of which form a portrait of the man at different stages in his career and life.
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I am a huge Beatles and Lennon fan and i thought that it was interesting to see some footage of John and Yoko. There were many touching moments and some funny ones. Like on Whatever Gets You Through the Night were it had all the animations, it was very humorous. All in all it was very good.
Was really looking forward to viewing this DVD - I am a big Lennon fan and was always a big Beatles fan. Has some interesting, touching and entertaining parts, however, this should have been titled the Lennon and Ono legend, since there is just as much footage of Yoko Ono as there is of John. Be prepared to see an equal amount of Yoko and there is of John. That was the disappointing part!
Spending time combing through the wealth of videos, photographs and rare performance clips showcased in ¿John Lennon: Lennon Legend¿ will be one of the best ways to spend an all-too-brief 1 hour, 40 minutes of your music-minded life. ¿John Lennon: Lennon Legend¿, featuring wonderful 5.1 surround sound and equally exceptional picture quality, was directed with obvious care by Simon Hilton. There are 15 new and newly-remastered music videos from throughout Lennon¿s rich solo career, and new animation that brings Lennon¿s lively drawings to life as well. In addition to the emotive videos for gems such as ¿#9 Dream,¿ ¿Power to the People¿ and ¿Mind Games,¿ there is a version of Lennon playing guitar and singing ¿Imagine¿ on April 18, 1975 ¿ which sadly would prove to be his last-ever concert performance. In the overview of Lennon¿s life, it is disturbing to see there is no mention of his first wife, Cynthia, and son Julian. Indeed, John Charles Julian Lennon inspired several gems in the Beatles¿ catalog, notably ¿Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds¿ for his dad and ¿Hey Jude¿ for Paul McCartney. Lennon sang fervently about truth, but that lesson seems to be lost on Yoko Ono, who executive-produced the DVD. But Lennon¿s own genius shines very bright across the collection of videos, short films and home movie footage that focus on his gifts as musician, father and cultural icon.