- Format: PAL
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Waterfall
- DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
- Run Time: 55 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000063KKO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,657 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
John Lennon: The Messenger [DVD]
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Documentary looking at the life and work of John Lennon. Includes material on Lennon's roots, the people who influenced him, and his success in bringing a message of peace and love to the world. Also features footage of his famous 'bed-in' with Yoko Ono.
A collection of Lennon interview footage comprising a DVD, audio CD and 32-page "super colour" booklet, John Lennon: The Messenger is rather optimistically billed as the "Essential John Lennon", an impression the makers hope to consolidate through imperiously smart packaging. Be sure to read the small print on the back, however. This is an unofficial programme and as such does not contain any music or performances by either the Beatles or John Lennon. Where music does occur, it's in the form of Beatles-esque jingle-jangle courtesy of the splendidly named Dennis Pugsley and the Overtures.
One has to sympathise with the strictures imposed on those attempting an independent take on the Beatles' jealously guarded legacy. However, the crass opening to this programme--featuring a clip of Lennon explaining how safe he feels in New York, followed by a burst of shotgun fire to simulate his 1980 assassination--instantly forfeits any goodwill. Swaying back and forth in time from new footage surrounding his murder, to mid-60s Beatlemania, to Lennon explaining why he sent back his MBE, to footage of John and Yoko's "Peace and Love Bed-in", the programme feels like it has yet to go through any sort of editing process, and has been spliced together randomly from bits of available interview tape and old TV excerpts. There's no attempt to place Lennon or his utterings in any sort of context. In retrospective, his pacifist stunts and proclamations seem at once naive and ill-expressed, yet also extraordinary and inspirational compared to the inertia of subsequent rock celebs. However, these are conclusions you have to come to for yourself after rummaging through the rough ramblings here.
On the DVD: John Lennon: The Messenger consists of cobbled-together decades-old interview material that hardly benefits from DVD presentation. There are "bonus" text-only biography and discographies, as well as an additional audio CD thrown together as haphazardly as the DVD from sundry old Beatles/Lennon interviews, in which you're left to figure out for yourself where they are and what they are talking about. --David Stubbs
Top customer reviews
First off, the technical quality of this DVD beats anything, really anything I've ever had to watch. Some takes are so badly resolved you can hardly make out the outline of the bodies.
Apart from that, it doesn't say a single new thing about John Lennon. The first third is a rehash of Beatlemania and Lovable Moptops with no particular focus on John. Needless to say, you've seen all the footage before (think Anthology) and in much better picture quality. Then follow a few brief statements by John, with or without Yoko, but nothing a fan hasn't heard or read before.
Then there is disgustingly extensive coverage of Mark Chapman including a press conference held by his wife... to each their fifteen minutes of fame, I guess. I really don't know how almost a quarter of the entire length of a film that's supposedly about John can instead be dedicated to this psychotic non-entity.
This film doesn't say a thing, really not a thing about who he was, what he wanted, what made him tick. If you had no knowledge about him going in, you would walk away with next to nothing after watching it.
The only good thing is one brief but incisive statement about Yoko's positive influence on John, about how she encouraged him to express himself. I'm grateful for that but it doesn't justify the waste of an hour of anyone's life in viewing time. Nor the money.
It is a set of 1 Video, 1 CD and 1 Book. Although video is out dated now it's still a great watch and as far as i'm aware there is no DVD equivalent of this set???
If you find it at a good price under £10 i'd say you've got a bargin... John Lennon is a true ledgend...
This is an example of someone using Lennon's name to make a fast buck, avoid at all costs.