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John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth (DVD)

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Scan submitted/created by [Andrey]
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Publisher: Capitol
Reference :UPC 72434923499
Date :2000
Made In :USA
Quality :Exc
Booklet & packaging :8 page booklet containing rare photographs and background to the making of Gimme Some Truth
Total duration: 1:03

(DVD Version)John Lennon: Gimme Some Truth - The Making of Documentary Orig Year 1971 UPC 72434923499 #Media 1 Street Date Apr 11, 2000
Also Known As Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon's Imagine Album Running Time 63 Minutes

An I'm-being-naughty smile comes over John Lennon's face as he hammers away at the piano and sings his anti-Paul McCartney diatribe, How Do You Sleep, with his Beatle pal George Harrison watching, a sign that he still enjoyed being the mischievous one during the Imagine sessions in 1971.

Lennon is at his most fascinating in one-on-one situations in this documentary, a packaging of Making of 'Imagine' with some additional footage to turn it into an hour-long show and home video.
The release was tied to the re-release of Lennon's landmark solo disc, Imagine, for which he laid down basic tracks in a mansion in the English countryside, joined by producer Phil Spector, bassist Klaus Voorman, pianist Nicky Hopkins, Harrison and handful of hangers-on. The video is an interesting travelogue through the making of one of rock's flawed masterpieces.

The first half of the video shows Ono exerting uncommon influence over the direction of the songs. Sound, especially when it is Ono talking, is often muddy and indecipherable yet it's clear she's the one telling Spector and husband Lennon how to proceed. While they seem to acquiesce to what she's saying, it's not clear that her input makes it onto vinyl.

The video is a glorified home movie and does not exceed that quality. But shots of Lennon playing basketball with Miles Davis are priceless, no matter what the format.

Filmed in England. Executive producer, Yoko Ono; producer, Andrew Solt; co-producer, Leslie Tong. Director, Solt; Making of Imagine directors, John Lennon, Yoko Ono; party footage, Jonas Mekas; editor, Leslie Tong; post-production audio, Kent Gibson.
Winner of the 2001 Grammy for Long-Form Video
Movie Details: Color; Dolby Surround AC-3 Sound; Dolby Noise Reduction; Stereo Sound; Album/
DVD Features:
Region 1 Full Frame -1.33
Audio:Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Additional Release Material:
Production Interview - John & Yoko
Interactive Features:Scene Access
Interactive Menus
Text/Photo Galleries:Discographies

Special Features: Chapter Selection
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo
John & Yoko Interview
English Subtitles For The DocumentaryAlso available in: VHS

Editorial Reviews Amazon.com
An instant classic when released in September 1971, John Lennon's Imagine was the ex-Beatle's solo masterpiece, and its musical legacy is matched here by priceless footage of Lennon's creative process, independently edited from original 16-millimeter footage by producer-director Andrew Solt with the hands-off approval of Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. Incorporating footage from John and Yoko's original film Imagine (clips of which were previously included in the 1988 documentary Imagine: John Lennon), Gimme Some Truth presents Lennon, Ono, coproducer Phil Spector, and a host of gifted musicians in a fluid context of conflict, community, and craftsmanship. Bearing witness to every stage of the recording process, this 63-minute documentary succeeds as a visual diary, a study of familiar music in its infancy, and a revealing portrait of the then-30-year-old Lennon--from witty clown to confrontational perfectionist--at the peak of his post-Fab Four inspiration.

The film's horizons expand with a casual montage of Lennon's celebrity lifestyle, including New York party footage (by film theorist Jonas Mekas) featuring such guests as Miles Davis, Andy Warhol, and Jack Nicholson. Excerpts of a 1971 BBC interview reveal John and Yoko at their most thoughtful, discussing socio-sexual issues that remain compellingly relevant (and the entire 35-minute interview is included on the DVD edition). But the true value of Gimme Some Truth remains in the creation of music at the Lennons' estate at Tittenhurst Park, Ascot, England. The ballad "Imagine" is followed from rawness to completion, and the track-by-track progress is highlighted by "Jealous Guy" (after which Lennon playfully compliments Spector's studio wizardry), and especially "Gimme Some Truth," which alternates between full mix and isolated vocal track. With George Harrison on guitar, Lennon freely admits that "How Do You Sleep?" is a deliberately "nasty" criticism of Paul McCartney, but this remarkable film never dwells on negatives. A precious record of John Lennon's time on earth, Gimme Some Truth is as honest as it is entertaining. And while purists may object to the DVD's remastered sound--which was carefully remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1-channel stereo at Abbey Road studios--few would deny that this film is an important and illuminating document that any John Lennon fan will cherish. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Crippled Inside(Lennon)
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Oh Yoko!(Lennon)
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Jealous Guy(Lennon)
John Lennon
It's So Hard(Lennon)
John Lennon
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier, I Don't Want To Die(Lennon)
John Lennon
Gimme Some Truth(Lennon)
John Lennon
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John Lennon
How Do You Sleep?(Lennon)
John Lennon
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Review by: bonomauOn 04 Jul 2003 at 09:37 CEST
i had never fully believed that how do you sleep was so viciously aimed at paul until i saw the footage where john shows it to george... i love this DVD, sound is BRUTAL! i die every time i go to the menu and listen to the remastered intro of i don't wanna be a soldier... WOW!! what a sound.

i even liked yoko's involvement at pointing out that the band is improvising too much... sound quality is superb, video quality (in my opinion) is as-is, the film was not restored, i believe. the only thing that would have made it better was NOT editing some of the sessions... the vhs is even more edited.

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Filename: gimmedvd
Originally filled by: fabfan
Date of creation: 03 Jan 2002 00:10:48
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 06 Mar 2012 05:50:51
Online on : 30 Apr 2002
Type of media: Official DVD

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