is one of the best music DVD's i've seen. Being a huge John
lennon fan, this was the first time I ever saw his Top of
the Pops performance of "Instant Karma".The "Mind
Games" video really stood out in my mind. Overall
this is a must have for any John Lennon fan, and it's got
some great special features.
Amazon - 2003
AWESOME! This whole DVD set has the best footage of John Lennon,
and I can't get enough of it, and never will.
Amazon - 2003
just got the DVD from Amazon.com and I am extremely pleased.
It brought tears to my eyes a few times. Man, this is an event!
God bless Yoko for having the balls to open up those archives
and give the world a little gift. I love it!
Amazon - 2003
John Lennon was, and it's no secret or surprise obviously,
one of the absolute greatest artists in music history. That
said, this DVD was, for a HUGE fan like myself, a profoundly
It rocks, amuses, and saddens as it progresses. It doesn't
sadden in an exploitative way, however. It saddens in a way
that is very genuine.
All in all, it's very beautiful.
Amazon - 2003
The Ultimate Lennon DVD (so far). There has been no Lennon
DVD that captures the life of John like this one.
Amazon - 2003
Lennon Legend feels surprisingly cohesive, marrying affecting
images to indelible classics like "Imagine," "Mother,"
and "Working Class Hero."
Tom Sinclair, Entertainment Weekly
Few home movies have accrued this much emotional weight.
Jeff Chang, Tracks
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.
Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide
This incredible DVD features:
Never-before-seen footage from the Lennon/Ono archive,
Rare newsreel and private footage,
15 new and newly-remastered music videos,
5.1 surround sound, new animations of Lennon's drawings
and an extensive photo gallery including rare and previously
This definitive DVD has been a labour of love for executive
producer Yoko Ono.
Featuring much unseen footage, it is an extraordinary companion
to the Lennon Legend album, which has now sold over 4.5 million
The DVD is a state of the art example of the possibilities
offered by new technology:
Existing videos have been restored & remastered
Music has been remixed from the original masters in 5.1 surround
A brand new collection of short animations in the style of
John Lennon's drawings
been created as a special feature.
Using material from her extensive archive, Yoko and director
Simon Hilton have created a collection of stunning films that
capture the multi-faceted genius of John Lennon.
Featuring 20 tracks in total, the DVD features footage that
has been traced back as close to its original source as possible.
In many cases this meant going back to the original film negative,
which was then digitally re-transferred and remastered.
With footage shot on video, it was necessary to go back to
John Lennon's original camera tapes (all on long-obsolete
formats) and have them retransferred.
In addition to the LenOno archives, footage was sourced from
all around the world.
This turned out many previously hidden gems including "Everybody
Had a Hard Year" (an excerpt from John and Yoko's Film
#6, which features a previously unseen performance by John
and Yoko from December, 1968), and "Imagine (live)"
which was filmed at the 'Salute to Lew Grade' concert in 1975
and was John's last live performance.
Another highlight is an all-new video for "Working
Class Hero", which features new material shot at
John's childhood home in Liverpool, plus newsreel Beatles
footage and coverage from the candlelight vigils around the
world that took place after John's death.
Other new videos include "Happy
Xmas (War is Over)" and "Give Peace A Chance,"
featuring the original 'Bed In' footage from May, 1969, plus
additional protest footage from the era, concluding with the
tens of thousands who gathered in Liverpool, London and New
York for vigils on December 14th, 1980, singing "Give
Peace A Chance."
Meanwhile, no words are necessary to describe the new film
for "Happy Xmas (War is
Over)"; the images say it all with uncompromising
Also included is a photo gallery containing an extensive selection
of rare and unseen images.
Executive Producer Yoko Ono says: "This
is as definitive a collection as it's possible to be. John's
life was an amazing one and one that I feel privileged to
have been part of. Compiling this DVD has been a very emotional
experience: unearthing rare footage, watching it increase
in clarity before my eyes, reliving hundreds of memories that
were part of our lives and which are now being passed on to
a new generation. It is a film made with love and hope - my
love for my husband and our hope that peace will prevail in
the world. Give peace a chance!"
Director Simon Hilton says:"Yoko
was very keen that the DVD's film and video content should
be of the highest possible quality, to accompany the stunning
new audio remasters. We explored all the archives around the
world - from EMI and Abbey Road to New York, all the possible
stock footage and newsreel sources, plus several attics and
basements too, blowing dust off old film-cans, rubbing them
and watching the genie appear. As we turned the archives upside
down and inside out, we also uncovered all sorts of hidden
gems, included here and within the 'extra features' section
of the DVD."
Yoko adds: "I would also like to thank the staff
at Abbey Road who worked on this project. They not only understood
what I wanted but executed the ideas with incredible professional
precision and creativity."
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 his close-ups! Directed by John & Yoko, this was originally
filmed on July 22, 1971, and is now presented in complete
form with its full original intro sequence.
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.
A brand new Hilton-directed video featuring a 3D journey through
lyrically relevant stills concerning John, his family &
This is the full album version of the song (The previous 'Lennon
Legend' compilation CD contained only the single edit)
A newly edited version, using footage of John recording "Jealous
Guy" at Ascot Sound Studios in June 1971, and the "Jealous
Guy" driving and rowing sequences at Tittenhurst (filmed
on July 21, 1971) used in John & Yoko's "Imagine"
Power To The People
A restored and extended version of the original "Power
To The People" video, including John & Yoko on the
Oz march protests on Aug 11th, 1971.
A newly edited version, using 16mm film performance footage
of John & 'The Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band' live
onstage in New York in Madison Square Garden on Aug 30th,
1972, coupled with 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".
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.
A new video using some beautiful never-before-seen footage.
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"
video, based on Lennon's drawings and sketches, animated by
John Kanemaker .
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 newly edited 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
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.
A restored & remastered 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
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 freshly 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.
A new video, edited from a wide variety of never-before-seen
excerpts and out-takes from deep within the Lennon film archives
This is a slightly longer version 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 Hilton-directed video that speaks for itself with uncompromising
Give Peace A Chance
A newly edited version, 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 on December 14
th, 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
Slippin' & Slidin'
John directed this performance, filmed at The Hit Factory,
New York on March 18th, 1975. (subsequently licensed to the
BBC's "Old Grey Whistle Test").
Filmed at the "Salute to Lew Grade" concert on April
This was John's last live performance.
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.
UK: Oct 27, 2003
USA: Nov 18, 2003
Prod: James Chads
ExecP: Yoko Ono
A Maguffin production
©MMIII EMI Records Ltd.