'John & Yoko: Imagine & Gimme Some Truth'
(John Lennon & Yoko Ono / Blu-ray / NR / 2018 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Eagle Rock are delighted to announce the release of two films by John and Yoko, 'Imagine' and 'Gimme Some Truth'. Both films, which focus on the Imagine era, have been hand restored frame-by-frame from the original film reels into HD, and their soundtracks have been remixed in glorious 5.1 surround sound, and remastered.
Blu-ray Verdict: Including exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content on DVD and Blu-ray, this is (amazingly) the very first time both films have been commercially available at the same time!
Containing some once-elusive, and as expected, very heartwarming behind-the-scenes footage, 'John & Yoko: Imagine & Gimme Some Truth' lovingly documents the production of one of John Lennon's most enduring works.
A fluid context of conflict, community, and craftsman, watching this Blu-ray is like sinking into your favorite warm, snuggly blanket on a cold winter's eve. Where nothing can harm you as you drift back to an era much less complicated, much less strict, and one where John Lennon was making the music of his life.
In what I would personally term as, quite possibly, the best "rockumentary" I have seen in the past 40 years, we not only get to see the master at work, but the influence of Yoko on the album also.
Sure we all knew he was being "influenced" by here on a daily basis, but watching her interject on some of his lyrics, well, you'll listen to some of them again after this documentary has ended in a whole new light, trust me.
Indeed, Yoko's influence on the movie overall is staggering and not something I was initially aware of. She was the Executive Producer (a position she either gave herself or John obligated her - that's never really expanded on here), and so she appears in almost every scene!
My instant (karma) thought was that those people who tuned in to watch this work of visual art did so for John and to watch his creative process. Not to watch some woman bumbling, fumbling and mumbling along - either in the background or the forefront of each shot!
Anyway, pet peeve out the way, the most important thing in this documentary is that it features the one, the only, John Lennon. Thus, this visual delight can really have you becoming, and quickly, nostalgic for those heady days to come back around once more.
You see (and hear) his feelings about Paul McCartney, you see his attitude towards his fans (even those that, as he jokingly puts it, can drive him buts at times), and we hear endless declarations of love, trust and friendship re: Yoko.
At times a bit of a ramble, sure, but it does contain two really brilliant stand out moments. The first, and my favorite, is the scene where a fan claims all Lennon's songs are about him. Lennon simply replies, "How could they be?"
The next shot is of said fan's thoroughly disillusioned face and makes the price of admission here worthwhile just for that moment alone!
The other scene is when Lennon shows George Harrison 'How Do You Sleep,' which (as we know all too well today, was about Paul McCartney). But what we didn't know until now, is that Harrison was very much a willing conspirator to this hidden element of the song; and which breaks the legend down a little too.
FYI: Also on October 5th, 2018, Geffen/UMe will release John Lennon: Imagine: The Ultimate Box Set, just ahead of what would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday on October 9th. The remixed and remastered six-disc/140-track collection is fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon who oversaw the production and creative direction.
Spread across four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, this expanded edition of what many feel is the former Beatle’s best solo album includes new Ultimate Mixes of the iconic album — which, according to the announcement, reveal “... whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs” — as well as unadorned Raw Studio Mixes, 5.1 surround sound mixes, and for the first time in nearly 50 years, a Quadrasonic Album Mix, presenting the original four-speaker quadrophonic mix in a format that was briefly popular with audiophiles in the 1970s.
The set also includes rare outtakes, isolated track elements and The Evolution Documentary, a track-by-track audio montage that details the journey of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multi-track exploration and studio chatter.
With regard the just reviewed Blu-ray, these are Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1 / 1.37:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
'Jealous Guy' (Raw Studio Out-Take)
'How?' (Raw Studio Out-Take)
'Gimme Some Truth' (Raw Studio Out-Take)
David Bailey Photo-Shoot
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