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Lennon Legend

Capitol Records has released the Lennon Legend DVD. The 5.1 Surround Sound DVD features vintage, previously-unreleased and long-unseen footage along with newly-created videos and new animations done in John's hand-drawing style. Extra features include a rare photo gallery. The DVD was produced by Yoko Ono and Simon Hilton. Here's a rundown of the video tracks, as described by Capitol:

  • IMAGINE
    A brand new transfer, taken from a first-generation 35mm inter-negative of the original 16mm Imagine film negative. Restored and remastered for the very first time in a stunning new digital transfer, the detail is so good that you can even see John's eyelashes in the close-up! Directed by John & Yoko, this was originally filmed on July 22, 1971, and is now seen with its full original intro sequence.

  • INSTANT KARMA!
    John & The Plastic Ono Band, filmed for BBC 1's "Top Of The Pops" on February 11, 1970. This version has never before been commercially released. This is a longer audio version of the original album version, containing extra choruses at the end.

  • MOTHER
    A brand new video featuring a journey through emotive stills from John's life. This is the full album version of the song (The previous 'Lennon Legend' compilation contained only the single edit)

  • JEALOUS GUY
    A new video taken from footage of John recording "Jealous Guy" in the studio at Tittenhurst Park Studios in June 1971, and the "Jealous Guy" driving and rowing sequences (filmed on July 21, 1971) used in John & Yoko's "Imagine" film.

  • POWER TO THE PEOPLE
    An extended version of John & Yoko's original "Power To The People" video, including John & Yoko on the Oz march protests on August 11th, 1971.

  • COLD TURKEY
    A new video, taken from 16mm film performance footage of John & 'The Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band' live onstage in New York in Madison Square Garden on August 30th, 1972, and John & Yoko leaving Marylebone Magistrates' Court in London after his November 1968 cannabis conviction. It also features an excerpt from John's short film "Freedom."

  • LOVE
    A new video, featuring footage of John and Yoko from November 26th, 1980 at the Sperone Gallery in New York and from the beach at South Beach, Staten Island, New York in 1971.

  • MIND GAMES
    A new video. On November 15th, 1974 a BBC film crew, directed by John, spent a day with him around Central Park and various other locations in New York, to make a video for "Whatever Gets You Through The Night." The video was never broadcast, but a small amount of the footage emerged as a very short edit for "#9 Dream" in February 1975. We unearthed all the original camera film reels from the day, which were very aged and damaged from decay and scratching, cleaned them up, and discovered incredibly charismatic footage of John, obviously greatly enjoying himself on a sunny day out.

  • WHATEVER GETS YOU THRU THE NIGHT
    A restored and extended version of the original "WGYTTN" Kanemaker animation video, based on John's drawings and sketches.

  • #9 DREAM
    A new video, made from the films "Smile" and "Two Virgins" (August 1968) and footage shot for the "Imagine" film in 1971.

  • STAND BY ME
    A new video, featuring John's performance, filmed at The Hit Factory in New York on March 18th, 1975 (subsequently licensed to the BBC's "Old Grey Whistle Test"), and footage of John & Yoko together, most of it previously unseen. This is a longer version of the original album version, with the end fade-out removed.

  • (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER
    A new video, by legendary director Joe Pytka (who made The Beatles' "Free As A Bird" video), made in 2000.

  • WOMAN
    A restored version of Yoko's original video from January 1981, featuring a brand new digital transfer of footage of John and Yoko walking in Central Park on November 26th, 1980.

  • BEAUTIFUL BOY (DARLING BOY)
    A new video capturing the feeling of a relaxed day at John & Yoko's mansion in Coldspring Harbour, Long Island, filmed on April 20th, 1980.

  • WATCHING THE WHEELS
    A new video, featuring unique home movie holiday footage of John and Sean in the Cayman Islands, Florida, Japan and New York, much previously unseen.

  • NOBODY TOLD ME
    A new video, edited from newly transferred footage and out-takes from John & Yoko's "Imagine" film and other previously unseen footage. It also features George Harrison, Dick Cavett, and Fred Astaire! This version is longer than the original album version.

  • BORROWED TIME
    A new video, edited from a wide variety of never-before-seen excerpts and out-takes from deep within the Lennon film archives from 1968-1980. This is slightly longer than the album version.

  • WORKING CLASS HERO
    A new video, directed by Simon Hilton, filmed in Liverpool. at John's childhood school, Dovedale Primary, at Strawberry Fields, and John's childhood home, Mendips, recently acquired by Yoko and donated to the National Trust.

  • HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)
    War is over if you want it. A new video that speaks for itself.

  • GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
    A new video, featuring the original "Bed-In" recording of "GPAC" from May 1969, plus additional protest footage from the era, including John & Yoko appearing at the National Peace Rally in Duffy Square, New York on April 22, 1972. It concludes with the tens of thousands who gathered in Liverpool, London and New York for vigils in December 1980, singing "GPAC."

  • WORKING CLASS HERO (Anthology Version)
    A video made for the "Anthology" version of "WCH" that acts as a short documentary of John's life, narrated by him.

  • SLIPPIN' & SLIDIN'
    John's performance was filmed at The Hit Factory in New York on March 18th, 1975 (subsequently licensed to the BBC's "Old Grey Whistle Test").

  • IMAGINE (live)
    Filmed at the "Salute to Lew Grade" concert on April 18th, 1975. This was John's last live performance.

  • HAIR PEACE
    A little something we uncovered in the archives.

  • EVERYBODY HAD A HARD YEAR
    An excerpt from John & Yoko's "Film #6" that features a never before released performance by John & Yoko from Dec 1968.
  • Lennon Legend on DVD is considered a companion piece to the greatest hits CD of the same name, which was released in 1999 and has sold over a million copies in the United States.



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