John Lennon: Rare and Unseen DVDJohn Lennon:
Rare and Unseen

Wienerworld, approximately 75 minutes
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There are so many “unofficial” DVDs on the market today about the life and times of John Lennon, but most of them fall short. This offering from Wienerworld is a different story. To a great degree, this DVD does live up to the title of “Rare and Unseen.” As a first generation Lennon fan, I saw images on this DVD that I have not seen and still photos that have not been available over the last 20, 30 or 40 years.

But that isn’t the only reason to include this DVD in one’s collection. I was impressed with the organization of the material, the style of the presentation, and the overall level of entertainment that comes from watching the DVD. The memory and legacy of John Lennon is truly respected and the rock icon is shown in a balanced and refreshing light, with his good side and bad side equally evaluated.

My lasting impression after watching this DVD was how John Lennon was always John Lennon: he was true to himself. Whether we see the “moptop” Lennon of 1963, the peacenik Lennon as “Man of the Year” in 1970, or the Americanized Lennon of the mid-70s, the essence of the man didn’t really change that much; the way he expressed himself was consistent. I was glad to see that in this presentation, and I hope fans from later generations will be able to see that consistency as well. There weren’t, as some historians have suggested, “the lives of John Lennon,” but the man, John Lennon living his life over the decades as one of the most famous and highly documented people in the history of the modern world. Highly recommended.

Copyright 2009 / ladyjean

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