Saturday, April 20, 2024

Yoko Ono Re-releasing Original “Imagine” Movie Remastered, Hand-Cleaned, with Dolby Atmos and 7.1 Sound


John and Yoko’s “Imagine” is back.

Yoko Ono is releasing a newly spiffed up version of the film she and John Lennon made back in 1971 to accompany the “Imagine” album. The film has been hand cleaned, and the soundtrack is remixed in Dolby 7.1

Performances begin September 18th. “Imagine” features not just John and Yoko, but also George Harrison (who was still talking to John after the Beatles break up).

Lennon said of the making of the film:” The one we’re making now [Imagine] is very loose; they just bring the camera every day and we just decide what to do that day, almost. We’re just making it up as we go along. It will show some of the recording sessions, but I’m not going to do a lot of that like Let It Be because they’re all boring, those things. But there is one song that we can show bits of all the way through, which is ‘How?’ from nothing to the finished thing.

And there might be one I’ll sing all the way through, which is ‘Give Me Some Truth’, because they’ve taped it at the right speed. Others I’ll use as background songs – I don’t know how many to put in yet – backgrounds to Yoko’s artworks downstairs, and there’ll be some shots of us in the house, and the garden, and then the contrast with some of the New York stuff which was shot by other people – and the guy [Jonas Mekas] that always shoots very fast with stills and single-frame stuff. There’s scenes of the party and on the boat, and some from Yoko’s session.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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