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1. Imagine: John Lennon - The Definitive Film Portrait
Director: Andrew Solt
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A startling and powerful new film derived from 200 hours of footage, stills & heretofore unpublished music from John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's personal collection. A moving and revealing look at a man who was a musician, artist, writer, poet, and whose fame lives on. 104 minutes. ... Read more

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
A must for any John Lennon or Beatles fan. Narrated by John, a video diary seemingly begun in 1971 continuing into the 80's, talking about his life from a child, to meeting the Beatles, all the madness surrounding that craze, meeting Yoko, his quest for peace. Accompanied by an appropriate Lennon soundtrack. Includes interviews with Brian Epstein, George Martin, John's Aunt Mimi, first wife Cynthia, Julian Lennon, footage of classic performances, as well as the "rattle your jewelry" quote and the first trip to America and press conferences. John dealing with nutty fans camped outside his house. Really had the heart to help these confused and probably broke hippies. John working in the studio. The madness following the "bigger than the Beatles" comment. Strawberry Fields Forever music video. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Yellow Submarine. Revolution and the Vietnam War. The public criticism of John's marriage to Yoko. Yoko helping out in the studio while recording "Oh Yoko." The jerk reporters who attended the bed-in. John and George working on "How Do You Sleep." All the walls they came across during their peace movement. Yoko encouraging John's visual art, and it then being taken from the museum for being "pornographic." Tender moments with Sean, and an interview with teenage Sean. Strange, peculiar, foreshadowing to John's tragic murder. "Where there's life there's hope. My work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried, which I hope won't be for a long time yet." There is even a moment where John and Yoko are going through their mail and find a letter from a psychic predicting John will be assasinated, but in March. This movie could not have been done better. It's amazing to learn all these hardships they went through, not just for them, but for peace, for their fans, and they never once gave up. The power of one man. A visual tribute to a hero, a father, a husband, a musician, a leader, and a man. Have your hankies ready towards the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Remember John Lennon 1940 - 1980
December 8, 1980 - New York City
"John Lennon, the guiding spirit of The Beatles, dead tonight at 40."

Those immortal words at the end of the movie bring tears to everyone who was a fan of John Lennon. I remember hearing and seeing that news report from a hospital bed at 6 years old. It was and always will be a tragic memory. The man who resurfaced after a 5 year absence with a powerhouse of music destined for new life had been cut short just a few hours after an interview where he said:

"My work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried. And I hope that's a long, long time."

The long time was 2-3 hours.

The movie is an intimate portrait of Lennon's life and legacy. It exposes the chaos behind the myth, as well as the genius behind the man. With all the tales from friends, associates, Paul, George, Ringo, and George Martin on "The Beatles Anthology," this one focuses on Lennon's life in his own words and home videos. Taken directly from the archives of the man himself, there has never been a better documentary on Lennon. From Liverpool beginnings to the end in New York City, watch the boy become a superstar, the superstar into a man, and the man become a legend.

Remember John Lennon 1940 - 1980

Robert Eldridge (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars I love John Lennon
Upon John Lennon's death in 1980, thousands and thousands of mourners gathered in new york city and wept together. As I watched grown men break down and young girls bawl their eyes out, I could only do the same. The loss of John from this world is too great a loss to bear and the only thing I can do when thinking of it is weep. All we can do now is cherish his legacy, his message of peace and love and his beautiful beautiful music and pass them on to others.

I am a huge, huge, huge Beatles fan. I own every Beatles record and I have a wall in my room dedicated to them. But John...John went past the Beatles. He was a philosopher, a poet, and a brilliant man. He invented the concept of Bagism, one that I completely understand and live by. He was also one of the most if not the most active peace activists and anti-war human beings this world has ever seen. Few have been more passionately against world wide conflict and worked harder for it to cease. And he did play a part in ending one of the most unnecessary wars this country has ever seen.

This documentary successfully captures the essence of John and gives those who did not know him a small glimpse into who he was. I strongly recommend watching this to any Beatles fan or fan of John Lennon. It is a wonderful, poignant film that will provoke tears from you.

LENNON LIVES ON.

Diva.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Slice Of Lennon Life!
The Beatles,the bed-in's,the recording sessions and life with
Yoko Ono all as seen through the eye's of John Lennon.No distracting quips from guest Beatles-his sons Sean and Julian
and wifes Cynthia and Yoko provide some potent insights into a
legendary artist.What's most impressing is rare personal footage
of Lennon having his way with a silly reporter during the
bed-in and MORE then holding his own with a angry ex-Beatle fan
reporter who accuses him of being a sellout.You also get to see,
very sudtly,how young MALE Beatle fans early on were just as frusterated by their inability to get close to their favorite
foursome as their heart-throbbing female counterparts!It's often
fun and sometimes compelling to see how John casually snubbed his
nose at authority,told people he found offensive wittily where
to get off and how charitable he seemed to be among his friends,
even how lost and crazy a person he was without Yoko at his side.
So you get EVERY side-the good,the erratic,the witty and the angry side of Lennon in this well rounded documentary.This is
a must for fans everywhere!

5-0 out of 5 stars The short but successful life of a legendary entertainer
Here is the documentary of John Winston Ono Lennon,a singer,songwriter,musician and one of the biggest-selling artists of all-time(the Beatles). Lennon's life began on October 9,1940 in Liverpool. The brown-haired and brown-eyed entertainer stood 5'11,according to the Capitol Records 1964 album,The Beatles Story. His seaman father abandoned him and his mother when he was a child. After his mother Julia,was killed by a drunk-driving off-duty cop,he was raised by his aunt Mimi. Lennon wrote and recorded JULIA with the Beatles in '68,which was a tribute to his late mother. In 1957,Lennon and Paul McCartney,then teenagers,met for the first time. McCartney came to see Lennon's group The Quarrymen. After a brief get-acquainted conversation,John recruits Paul into the group and then Paul's friend George Harrison joins. Pete Best becomes the drummer and the Beatles were born. Best was later fired,replaced by Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr. Ringo was formerly drumming for Rory Storme & The Texans. In 1962,after countless performances in Hamburg,Germany and their native England,they score big with their countless compositions and recordings. In 1964,they come to America for the very first time,flying into New York's JFK airport. They appear on the Ed Sullivan show. I believe Peter,Paul & Mary appeared that same night. By 1964,the Beatles were the biggest-selling artists and still are today despite the later passings of Lennon and Harrison. The Rolling Stones were becoming very popular then also. In 1963,John and first wife Cynthia Powell,his college sweetheart,welcome their son Julian. When the Beatles toured,Cynthia and Julian were often in tow. In 1966,John angered many fans at a concert by saying the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. This infuriating comment inspired a bonfire in Alabama,where the angry fans placed their Beatles memorabilia into the fire. John later apologized for the comment,not realizing at the time he made it,it would be upsetting. So the Beatles continued recording but quit touring. This was 1966 and in the fall that year he meets Yoko Ono at an art exhibit at the Indica gallery. See my review for John & Yoko-A Love Story to learn about Lennon's later experiences. This film was theatrically released on October 7,1988,2 days before Lennon's 48th birth anniversary. This film features interviews by Powell(she remarried twice since her divorce from Lennon),Ono,Julian Lennon,Sean Ono Lennon(Julian and Sean are John's sons),and longtime publicist Elliot Mintz. This film was directed by Andrew Solt. There's also a soundtrack album with previously released recordings by Lennon and the Beatles,and a book of the same title which basically is the same as the film. ... Read more


2. John & Yoko's Year of Peace
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Amazing that a nearly hour-long film about a Beatle that contains almost no music could still be worthwhile, but that's the case with John & Yoko's Year of Peace. The year in question is 1969, when the newly married couple staged the notorious "bed-in" at a Toronto hotel to promote their somewhat naive but sincere campaign for world peace; they then moved on to Montreal, where "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded in another hotel room, before returning to Toronto, where Lennon (accompanied by Eric Clapton and others) became the first Beatle to perform in concert without his mates. There's no film of that event here, but there is a great deal of other Lennon footage, revealing him to be utterly honest, unpretentious, gentle, and approachable. Ono and others who were there recall the events in interesting interviews conducted around the time of this 2000 documentary, but it's the scenes from '69 that make this an invaluable document. --Sam Graham ... Read more


3. Dynamite Chicken
Director: Ernest Pintoff
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Time capsule
This is an oddly assembled and poorly edited patchwork quilt of film clips of people and music representing the "counterculture" of the late 60s-early 70s era. Basically, the nude scenes, profanity, etc. seem to be more for shock value than for making any statement, and nothing seems to make any particular point. Not even good for historical purposes, it's unlikely that you would want to see this more than once, or even all the way through upon the first viewing. The Richard Pryor scenes are only mildly interesting. I recall in the reviews for Frankie Avalon's "Back To The Beach," a reviewer said, "It stinks. It smells like poo poo. " The same is true for this film

1-0 out of 5 stars Stinks.
Stinks. The only film I ever saw in a theater (re-released in the early 80's) where virtually everyone left before the film ended. Richard Pryor wasn't very funny, the pre-Saturday Night Live skits were very boring. The only benefit that video has is that you can fast forward the entire film. ... Read more


4. John Lennon: Imagine
Director: Andrew Solt
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
A must for any John Lennon or Beatles fan. Narrated by John, a video diary seemingly begun in 1971 continuing into the 80's, talking about his life from a child, to meeting the Beatles, all the madness surrounding that craze, meeting Yoko, his quest for peace. Accompanied by an appropriate Lennon soundtrack. Includes interviews with Brian Epstein, George Martin, John's Aunt Mimi, first wife Cynthia, Julian Lennon, footage of classic performances, as well as the "rattle your jewelry" quote and the first trip to America and press conferences. John dealing with nutty fans camped outside his house. Really had the heart to help these confused and probably broke hippies. John working in the studio. The madness following the "bigger than the Beatles" comment. Strawberry Fields Forever music video. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Yellow Submarine. Revolution and the Vietnam War. The public criticism of John's marriage to Yoko. Yoko helping out in the studio while recording "Oh Yoko." The jerk reporters who attended the bed-in. John and George working on "How Do You Sleep." All the walls they came across during their peace movement. Yoko encouraging John's visual art, and it then being taken from the museum for being "pornographic." Tender moments with Sean, and an interview with teenage Sean. Strange, peculiar, foreshadowing to John's tragic murder. "Where there's life there's hope. My work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried, which I hope won't be for a long time yet." There is even a moment where John and Yoko are going through their mail and find a letter from a psychic predicting John will be assasinated, but in March. This movie could not have been done better. It's amazing to learn all these hardships they went through, not just for them, but for peace, for their fans, and they never once gave up. The power of one man. A visual tribute to a hero, a father, a husband, a musician, a leader, and a man. Have your hankies ready towards the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Remember John Lennon 1940 - 1980
December 8, 1980 - New York City
"John Lennon, the guiding spirit of The Beatles, dead tonight at 40."

Those immortal words at the end of the movie bring tears to everyone who was a fan of John Lennon. I remember hearing and seeing that news report from a hospital bed at 6 years old. It was and always will be a tragic memory. The man who resurfaced after a 5 year absence with a powerhouse of music destined for new life had been cut short just a few hours after an interview where he said:

"My work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried. And I hope that's a long, long time."

The long time was 2-3 hours.

The movie is an intimate portrait of Lennon's life and legacy. It exposes the chaos behind the myth, as well as the genius behind the man. With all the tales from friends, associates, Paul, George, Ringo, and George Martin on "The Beatles Anthology," this one focuses on Lennon's life in his own words and home videos. Taken directly from the archives of the man himself, there has never been a better documentary on Lennon. From Liverpool beginnings to the end in New York City, watch the boy become a superstar, the superstar into a man, and the man become a legend.

Remember John Lennon 1940 - 1980

Robert Eldridge (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars I love John Lennon
Upon John Lennon's death in 1980, thousands and thousands of mourners gathered in new york city and wept together. As I watched grown men break down and young girls bawl their eyes out, I could only do the same. The loss of John from this world is too great a loss to bear and the only thing I can do when thinking of it is weep. All we can do now is cherish his legacy, his message of peace and love and his beautiful beautiful music and pass them on to others.

I am a huge, huge, huge Beatles fan. I own every Beatles record and I have a wall in my room dedicated to them. But John...John went past the Beatles. He was a philosopher, a poet, and a brilliant man. He invented the concept of Bagism, one that I completely understand and live by. He was also one of the most if not the most active peace activists and anti-war human beings this world has ever seen. Few have been more passionately against world wide conflict and worked harder for it to cease. And he did play a part in ending one of the most unnecessary wars this country has ever seen.

This documentary successfully captures the essence of John and gives those who did not know him a small glimpse into who he was. I strongly recommend watching this to any Beatles fan or fan of John Lennon. It is a wonderful, poignant film that will provoke tears from you.

LENNON LIVES ON.

Diva.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Slice Of Lennon Life!
The Beatles,the bed-in's,the recording sessions and life with
Yoko Ono all as seen through the eye's of John Lennon.No distracting quips from guest Beatles-his sons Sean and Julian
and wifes Cynthia and Yoko provide some potent insights into a
legendary artist.What's most impressing is rare personal footage
of Lennon having his way with a silly reporter during the
bed-in and MORE then holding his own with a angry ex-Beatle fan
reporter who accuses him of being a sellout.You also get to see,
very sudtly,how young MALE Beatle fans early on were just as frusterated by their inability to get close to their favorite
foursome as their heart-throbbing female counterparts!It's often
fun and sometimes compelling to see how John casually snubbed his
nose at authority,told people he found offensive wittily where
to get off and how charitable he seemed to be among his friends,
even how lost and crazy a person he was without Yoko at his side.
So you get EVERY side-the good,the erratic,the witty and the angry side of Lennon in this well rounded documentary.This is
a must for fans everywhere!

5-0 out of 5 stars The short but successful life of a legendary entertainer
Here is the documentary of John Winston Ono Lennon,a singer,songwriter,musician and one of the biggest-selling artists of all-time(the Beatles). Lennon's life began on October 9,1940 in Liverpool. The brown-haired and brown-eyed entertainer stood 5'11,according to the Capitol Records 1964 album,The Beatles Story. His seaman father abandoned him and his mother when he was a child. After his mother Julia,was killed by a drunk-driving off-duty cop,he was raised by his aunt Mimi. Lennon wrote and recorded JULIA with the Beatles in '68,which was a tribute to his late mother. In 1957,Lennon and Paul McCartney,then teenagers,met for the first time. McCartney came to see Lennon's group The Quarrymen. After a brief get-acquainted conversation,John recruits Paul into the group and then Paul's friend George Harrison joins. Pete Best becomes the drummer and the Beatles were born. Best was later fired,replaced by Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr. Ringo was formerly drumming for Rory Storme & The Texans. In 1962,after countless performances in Hamburg,Germany and their native England,they score big with their countless compositions and recordings. In 1964,they come to America for the very first time,flying into New York's JFK airport. They appear on the Ed Sullivan show. I believe Peter,Paul & Mary appeared that same night. By 1964,the Beatles were the biggest-selling artists and still are today despite the later passings of Lennon and Harrison. The Rolling Stones were becoming very popular then also. In 1963,John and first wife Cynthia Powell,his college sweetheart,welcome their son Julian. When the Beatles toured,Cynthia and Julian were often in tow. In 1966,John angered many fans at a concert by saying the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. This infuriating comment inspired a bonfire in Alabama,where the angry fans placed their Beatles memorabilia into the fire. John later apologized for the comment,not realizing at the time he made it,it would be upsetting. So the Beatles continued recording but quit touring. This was 1966 and in the fall that year he meets Yoko Ono at an art exhibit at the Indica gallery. See my review for John & Yoko-A Love Story to learn about Lennon's later experiences. This film was theatrically released on October 7,1988,2 days before Lennon's 48th birth anniversary. This film features interviews by Powell(she remarried twice since her divorce from Lennon),Ono,Julian Lennon,Sean Ono Lennon(Julian and Sean are John's sons),and longtime publicist Elliot Mintz. This film was directed by Andrew Solt. There's also a soundtrack album with previously released recordings by Lennon and the Beatles,and a book of the same title which basically is the same as the film. ... Read more


5. Grass
Director: Ron Mann
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5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful teaching tool!
The thesis that Ron Mann presents the viewer with in this well-crafted and colorful documentary is: that Government has always profited from laws against Marijuana; and, ergo, has refused to legalize the drug in spite of the fact that it has (arguably) been medically proven to be less harmful and addictive than alcohol. That thesis is examined thoroughly from a historical vantage point and addressed brilliantly with qualitative data, (mainly consisting of historical film footage and historical facts). Although, at times, the presentation of statistical data is somewhat dubious (Specifically, I would deduct one-half star for Mann's consistent referral to Government spending in the general "War on Drugs" as the "War on Marijuana").

I agree with most of the reviews of this film and would add that whether the viewer's position is pro-legalization or anti-legalization there is a lot of insight to be gleaned from knowing the history of Marijuana legislation in America. I would highly recommend this film for college professors concerned with teaching students about either: a) the role of political and economic power in the creation of a body of laws; or b) the power of government-sponsored propaganda with regard to the creation of sub-groups of social deviants. There is also a lot to be learned about the making of a documetary from examining the presentation of the thesis.

The most laudable aspect of this documentary, which is narrated by Woody Harrelson, is its historical "linearity" in presenting the events that eventally led to status of Marijuana in today's society. The documentary begins by showing us some footage from the early 1900's that seems to confirm that the earliest attempts to criminalize pot-smoking in America came about largely as the result of predjudice and fear toward Mexican immigrants to the US. Footage from the 1920's and 1930's seems to confirm that the government had effectively mastered the power to control other disenfranchised segments of the population (such as African Americans) indirectly through the passage of laws aimed at behaviors associated with those segments. Likewise, footage from the 1950's and 1960's indicates that the pot laws similarly geared to target first "communists" and then anti-war hippies. Footage from more recent decades seems to confirm that although by the 1970's most of the American popualtion were aware that pot was generally an innocuous distraction from reality, the demonization of grass had become so embedded in American culture that legalization was not an option.

While the presentation of the 1900-1950 data from the film is often punctuated by scare-film clips (ie: clips from "Reefer Madness", etc.) which provide the viewer with some chuckles, with regard to the substatiative content of the film, there are some particularly powerful moments that can not be disregarded. First, there are film clips taken from 1960's medical experiments, which actually show the effects of marijuana on experimental groups to be harmless. Second, evidence is presented that seems to confirm that the results of these experiements were systemically disregarded by lawmakers (especially by Richard Nixon who, in spite of medical evidence, decided to step-up efforts to punish marijuana criminals). Finally, Mann's presentation of legislation dictating the use of cannabis, accentuates the progressively counterintuitive body of law related to the drug.

In sum, although the film was produced by NORML, this is not the "government bash-fest" that I would have expected. While I otherwise liked the review, I strongly take exception to the reviewer who claimed that is "...this video is propaganda for fans of grass...". The tone of the documentary is suprisingly objective most of the time and highly academic in its presentation of historical fact and lawmaking. It really doesn't even come across as pushing a political agenda - much less as "ramming one down your throat". Show it in the classroom and see what the students think.

3-0 out of 5 stars propaganda about propaganda
For what it's worth I do agree with what the film-makers of "Grass" have to say... that our government's criminilization of marijuana is a far greater crime than all the use, dealing, and growing of it combined and multiplied. But the film would have been better if it had been a little more even handed in it's approach. This film isn't gonna change many people's minds on the issue of legalization. I also think that this film could have gone further than simply attacking the government propaganda over the years. It is affective as a compilation of ridiculous propaganda (at times you'd swear the people who made these things were trying to be funny). But it doesn't tackle key issues like the competition that hemp provides to the paper and cotton industries, which could arguably be the main motivation behind the millions and millions of dollars wasted on this "war".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
What a great... wait where am I? How the heck did I end up here?

3-0 out of 5 stars One Toke Short Of The Mark
The United States of America has spent untold billions to search out, arrest, prosecute, and imprison people who use marijuana; all the time, money, and effort that has gone into this has had very little effect; and it does seem odd, particularly given evidence that alcohol and nicotine are much deadlier, that we put so much emphasis on the clearly futile effort to eradicate its use. It is a situation ripe for a documentary that combines hard fact with witty satire, and this is precisely what GRASS attempts to do.

But "attempts" is the operative word here. While the film is accurate re the facts it presents, it tends to ignore facts it doesn't like--chief among them that any drug, all the way from cough syrup to heroin, can be abused, and marijuana is no exception to the rule. Ron Mann's failure to acknowledge this tends to undercut his own argument, and what ultimately emerges is a film that argues FOR the legalization of marijuana TO people who are already in favor of it.

That said, while the film presents plenty of amusing graphics and often hilarious snips of vintage films such as the notorious REEFER MADNESS, the pace is just a shade too laid back to hold the narrative together. When all is said and done, it lacks both the informational and visual spark of a truly first rate documentary. Worth watching once, but only if you don't expect too much from it.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

5-0 out of 5 stars great movie
this documentary on marijuana use from roughly 1900 to present times is awesome. it has vintage footage of adults smoking joints in their living room in the 60s for recreational use. my favorite part is when they show the soldiers in Vietnam smoking out of their gun. they use the bullet chamber of the gun as the bowl for the pot and smoke it out of the barrel.
its narrated by woody harrelson, known stoner. they also show the origins of weed in america when mexican immigrants brought it over for breaks during their labor in texas. i say thank you to them. anyways, it also shows the hippies in san francisco smokin joints. and talks about the fight to legalize it in america. ... Read more


6. Dynamite Chicken/Black Brigade
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Time capsule
This is an oddly assembled and poorly edited patchwork quilt of film clips of people and music representing the "counterculture" of the late 60s-early 70s era. Basically, the nude scenes, profanity, etc. seem to be more for shock value than for making any statement, and nothing seems to make any particular point. Not even good for historical purposes, it's unlikely that you would want to see this more than once, or even all the way through upon the first viewing. The Richard Pryor scenes are only mildly interesting. I recall in the reviews for Frankie Avalon's "Back To The Beach," a reviewer said, "It stinks. It smells like poo poo. " The same is true for this film

1-0 out of 5 stars Stinks.
Stinks. The only film I ever saw in a theater (re-released in the early 80's) where virtually everyone left before the film ended. Richard Pryor wasn't very funny, the pre-Saturday Night Live skits were very boring. The only benefit that video has is that you can fast forward the entire film. ... Read more


7. Yoko Ono: This Is Not Here
Director: Takahiko Iimura
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8. I Am Not a Freak
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9. Mike Douglas Show with John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Day 2
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10. Mike Douglas Show with John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Day 3
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11. Dynamite Chicken/Black Brigade
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Time capsule
This is an oddly assembled and poorly edited patchwork quilt of film clips of people and music representing the "counterculture" of the late 60s-early 70s era. Basically, the nude scenes, profanity, etc. seem to be more for shock value than for making any statement, and nothing seems to make any particular point. Not even good for historical purposes, it's unlikely that you would want to see this more than once, or even all the way through upon the first viewing. The Richard Pryor scenes are only mildly interesting. I recall in the reviews for Frankie Avalon's "Back To The Beach," a reviewer said, "It stinks. It smells like poo poo. " The same is true for this film

1-0 out of 5 stars Stinks.
Stinks. The only film I ever saw in a theater (re-released in the early 80's) where virtually everyone left before the film ended. Richard Pryor wasn't very funny, the pre-Saturday Night Live skits were very boring. The only benefit that video has is that you can fast forward the entire film. ... Read more


12. Mike Douglas Show with John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Day 5
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13. John Lennon and Yoko Ono: The Bed-In
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5-0 out of 5 stars John and Yoko stay in bed just to give peace a chance
On May 26, 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved into Room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada. For the next seven days they talked about peace to anyone who wanted to listen. After getting married earlier that year, the newlyweds had staged their first "bed-in for peace" at the Amsterdam Hilton for their honeymoon, which served as the subject for the Beatles song "The Ballad of John & Yoko." They originally planned to stage their second bed-in in New York City, but was not allowed into the U.S. because of a pot bust. This videotape features conversations about peace with Timothy Leary, Al Capp, Petula Clark, and Tommy Smothers, among many others. Of course there is also the classic live bedroom recording of "Give Peace a Chance," along with "Instant Karma," "Remember Love," and a nice acoustic version of "Because" by John along with the proverbial much, much more. "John Lennon: The Bed-In" is more of a straightforward record of the event that a documentary per se, and is certainly worth a look for those who admired the man, his music, and his message.

Interesting Footnote: Today you can relive John and Yoko's Bed-In for Peace at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel for [$$$] per room, per night in the John Lennon suite. You can a souvenir photo of the 1969 event, breakfast for two, and bottle of sparkling wine, and a welcome gift. But no Tommy Smothers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hair=peace, peace=love, love=hair
Excellent film footage of the greatest breakthrough in world peace since the Treaty of Versailles. North Vietnamese General Vo Nyugen Giap claimed in his recent memoirs that John and Yoko's weeks long "bed-in" for peace in an Amsterdam hotel in 1969 was one of the major turning points in the Vietnam War. While this is common knowledge, however, few people are aware that when Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach decided to have a lie-in one Sunday morning in the late seventies, it averted a small border war between the West African countries of Mali and Burkina Faso. Ringo's album 'Back off Boogaloo' topped the charts in a grateful Timbuctu for months afterwards! ... Read more


14. Mike Douglas Show with John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Day 1
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15. Dynamite Chicken
Director: Ernest Pintoff
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Time capsule
This is an oddly assembled and poorly edited patchwork quilt of film clips of people and music representing the "counterculture" of the late 60s-early 70s era. Basically, the nude scenes, profanity, etc. seem to be more for shock value than for making any statement, and nothing seems to make any particular point. Not even good for historical purposes, it's unlikely that you would want to see this more than once, or even all the way through upon the first viewing. The Richard Pryor scenes are only mildly interesting. I recall in the reviews for Frankie Avalon's "Back To The Beach," a reviewer said, "It stinks. It smells like poo poo. " The same is true for this film

1-0 out of 5 stars Stinks.
Stinks. The only film I ever saw in a theater (re-released in the early 80's) where virtually everyone left before the film ended. Richard Pryor wasn't very funny, the pre-Saturday Night Live skits were very boring. The only benefit that video has is that you can fast forward the entire film. ... Read more


16. Dynamite Chicken
Director: Ernest Pintoff
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Time capsule
This is an oddly assembled and poorly edited patchwork quilt of film clips of people and music representing the "counterculture" of the late 60s-early 70s era. Basically, the nude scenes, profanity, etc. seem to be more for shock value than for making any statement, and nothing seems to make any particular point. Not even good for historical purposes, it's unlikely that you would want to see this more than once, or even all the way through upon the first viewing. The Richard Pryor scenes are only mildly interesting. I recall in the reviews for Frankie Avalon's "Back To The Beach," a reviewer said, "It stinks. It smells like poo poo. " The same is true for this film

1-0 out of 5 stars Stinks.
Stinks. The only film I ever saw in a theater (re-released in the early 80's) where virtually everyone left before the film ended. Richard Pryor wasn't very funny, the pre-Saturday Night Live skits were very boring. The only benefit that video has is that you can fast forward the entire film. ... Read more


17. Grass
Director: Ron Mann
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5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful teaching tool!
The thesis that Ron Mann presents the viewer with in this well-crafted and colorful documentary is: that Government has always profited from laws against Marijuana; and, ergo, has refused to legalize the drug in spite of the fact that it has (arguably) been medically proven to be less harmful and addictive than alcohol. That thesis is examined thoroughly from a historical vantage point and addressed brilliantly with qualitative data, (mainly consisting of historical film footage and historical facts). Although, at times, the presentation of statistical data is somewhat dubious (Specifically, I would deduct one-half star for Mann's consistent referral to Government spending in the general "War on Drugs" as the "War on Marijuana").

I agree with most of the reviews of this film and would add that whether the viewer's position is pro-legalization or anti-legalization there is a lot of insight to be gleaned from knowing the history of Marijuana legislation in America. I would highly recommend this film for college professors concerned with teaching students about either: a) the role of political and economic power in the creation of a body of laws; or b) the power of government-sponsored propaganda with regard to the creation of sub-groups of social deviants. There is also a lot to be learned about the making of a documetary from examining the presentation of the thesis.

The most laudable aspect of this documentary, which is narrated by Woody Harrelson, is its historical "linearity" in presenting the events that eventally led to status of Marijuana in today's society. The documentary begins by showing us some footage from the early 1900's that seems to confirm that the earliest attempts to criminalize pot-smoking in America came about largely as the result of predjudice and fear toward Mexican immigrants to the US. Footage from the 1920's and 1930's seems to confirm that the government had effectively mastered the power to control other disenfranchised segments of the population (such as African Americans) indirectly through the passage of laws aimed at behaviors associated with those segments. Likewise, footage from the 1950's and 1960's indicates that the pot laws similarly geared to target first "communists" and then anti-war hippies. Footage from more recent decades seems to confirm that although by the 1970's most of the American popualtion were aware that pot was generally an innocuous distraction from reality, the demonization of grass had become so embedded in American culture that legalization was not an option.

While the presentation of the 1900-1950 data from the film is often punctuated by scare-film clips (ie: clips from "Reefer Madness", etc.) which provide the viewer with some chuckles, with regard to the substatiative content of the film, there are some particularly powerful moments that can not be disregarded. First, there are film clips taken from 1960's medical experiments, which actually show the effects of marijuana on experimental groups to be harmless. Second, evidence is presented that seems to confirm that the results of these experiements were systemically disregarded by lawmakers (especially by Richard Nixon who, in spite of medical evidence, decided to step-up efforts to punish marijuana criminals). Finally, Mann's presentation of legislation dictating the use of cannabis, accentuates the progressively counterintuitive body of law related to the drug.

In sum, although the film was produced by NORML, this is not the "government bash-fest" that I would have expected. While I otherwise liked the review, I strongly take exception to the reviewer who claimed that is "...this video is propaganda for fans of grass...". The tone of the documentary is suprisingly objective most of the time and highly academic in its presentation of historical fact and lawmaking. It really doesn't even come across as pushing a political agenda - much less as "ramming one down your throat". Show it in the classroom and see what the students think.

3-0 out of 5 stars propaganda about propaganda
For what it's worth I do agree with what the film-makers of "Grass" have to say... that our government's criminilization of marijuana is a far greater crime than all the use, dealing, and growing of it combined and multiplied. But the film would have been better if it had been a little more even handed in it's approach. This film isn't gonna change many people's minds on the issue of legalization. I also think that this film could have gone further than simply attacking the government propaganda over the years. It is affective as a compilation of ridiculous propaganda (at times you'd swear the people who made these things were trying to be funny). But it doesn't tackle key issues like the competition that hemp provides to the paper and cotton industries, which could arguably be the main motivation behind the millions and millions of dollars wasted on this "war".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
What a great... wait where am I? How the heck did I end up here?

3-0 out of 5 stars One Toke Short Of The Mark
The United States of America has spent untold billions to search out, arrest, prosecute, and imprison people who use marijuana; all the time, money, and effort that has gone into this has had very little effect; and it does seem odd, particularly given evidence that alcohol and nicotine are much deadlier, that we put so much emphasis on the clearly futile effort to eradicate its use. It is a situation ripe for a documentary that combines hard fact with witty satire, and this is precisely what GRASS attempts to do.

But "attempts" is the operative word here. While the film is accurate re the facts it presents, it tends to ignore facts it doesn't like--chief among them that any drug, all the way from cough syrup to heroin, can be abused, and marijuana is no exception to the rule. Ron Mann's failure to acknowledge this tends to undercut his own argument, and what ultimately emerges is a film that argues FOR the legalization of marijuana TO people who are already in favor of it.

That said, while the film presents plenty of amusing graphics and often hilarious snips of vintage films such as the notorious REEFER MADNESS, the pace is just a shade too laid back to hold the narrative together. When all is said and done, it lacks both the informational and visual spark of a truly first rate documentary. Worth watching once, but only if you don't expect too much from it.

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5-0 out of 5 stars great movie
this documentary on marijuana use from roughly 1900 to present times is awesome. it has vintage footage of adults smoking joints in their living room in the 60s for recreational use. my favorite part is when they show the soldiers in Vietnam smoking out of their gun. they use the bullet chamber of the gun as the bowl for the pot and smoke it out of the barrel.
its narrated by woody harrelson, known stoner. they also show the origins of weed in america when mexican immigrants brought it over for breaks during their labor in texas. i say thank you to them. anyways, it also shows the hippies in san francisco smokin joints. and talks about the fight to legalize it in america. ... Read more


18. Paul McCartney - Wingspan - An Intimate Portrait
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Wingspan is the inside story of how Paul and Linda McCartney dared to follow the Beatles with their rock band Wings. The story of Paul and Linda McCartney's early years together is intimately shared through series of candid conversation with their daughter, Mary. Home movies, family photos, and rare footage draw viewers into a very personal story of love and family. Combined with the against-all-odds success of Wings, Paul and Linda prove that there is life after The Beatles. 90 minutes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Paul is truly a legend
It's almost insane to follow the Beatles success but Sir Paul tried and did great. As you will see in Wingspan, Paul never lost his touch of writing, singing and playing his music. As popular Band On the Run was, Paul continued with Venus & Mars, Speed of Sound all the way to London Town, "Goodnight Tonight", "Coming Up" and "No More Lonely Nights". Remember, Paul's solo career certainly didn't end in 1980 when Wings dissolved after bthat Japan incident, Paul continued strong up to the present day. But this is just a brief history on Wings (1972-1980), but it includes Give Me Regards To Broadstreet (1984). Nice interviewing job by Paul's daughter Mary as well as his son-in-law, Alistar for putting the whole thing together.

5-0 out of 5 stars Paul McCartney - Family Man and Gifted Artist
There is no doubt that Paul McCartney is a gifted artist whose talents span (Wingspan, as well) into several media, e.g. painting, music, poetry. He was one quarter of the world's number one band and subsequently led another very successful band, Wings.

I truly respect and admire the fact that Paul McCartney is a family man. He wanted Linda at his side and encouraged her to be a part of his second successful band, Wings. I like the way he wanted to share his life with her and that she also inspired some of the most beautiful love songs such as "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Just Another Day," and "The Lovely Linda." The love he clearly had for Linda is touching and beautiful; everything he says about his late wife points up to a loving and nurturing union.

I love the May 2001 "interview" Paul had with his daughter, Mary. I am somewhat reluctant to call their exchange an "interview;" rather, they were engaged in a conversation that just happened to be filmed for television. I love the way Paul talked about Linda and how they wanted a family; the family film footage is what made this so much more captivating for me.

Paul McCartney is a man of many talents and credentials. The credential I most respect is that of family man.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's good, but could have been really great!
I'll try to keep this one short and sweet...

Paul could have done more with "Wingspan" (in much the same way he could have done more with the CD release). It is clear that his intentions were not so much to tell the story about his band as they were to tell how he and Linda moved forward with their lives in the post-Beatles years (the 70's, that is).

Denny Lane and the others are given short shrift on 'Wingspan". The various members of Wings come and go, but the focus remains on Paul and Linda. Paul really doesn't say all that much about any of the other members. It would have been nice if, at the end of the documentary, the viewer was given a little info on "where are the former members of the band now?". A little tribute to the late Jimmy McCulloch would have been cool... etc., etc.

Now, if you are a Paul McCartney and Wings fan, you WILL find this entertaining and worthwhile. It just could have been much more. The extra interview out-takes are, for the most part, not all that exciting. However, you do get to hear Paul sing "Picasso's Last Words" to his daughter. That would have been enough as far as "out-takes".... and the three videos included are cool. Included are two performances from the "Wings Over America" tour, which begs the question:

Why the heck isn't "Rock Show" available on DVD yet????

3-0 out of 5 stars Wingspan, hits and misses
Like most fans, I wish they could have found some more performance/video clips to include here (might've made this into something you'd watch more than once). And hearing Paul interviewed by his own daughter is a little... well it's sort of reminiscent of the printed "self-interview" he included with early pressings of _Ram_ - almost more of a self-serving monologue than anything else. As others have noted, the fact that he and Linda are the only people whose recollections are solicited really underscores how dubious the notion of this being an actual "band" was all along. Following this line of thought further, Sir Paul also fails to explain how this tight-knit "family" managed to burn through four drummers and three lead guitarists in seven years (though thankfully, he does credit Henry McCullough for his song-saving solo on "My Love"). Still, this is the Big Mac we're talking about, so if you haven't contemplated these tunes in a while, or if you were around in the seventies, you may want to check this out.

2-0 out of 5 stars An Incomplete Documentary
I wish Alister and Mary would have spent more time trying to find footage to make this documentary more complete. If anyone has connections on how to get more newsreel and music video footage it would be Paul, and his daughter Mary and son-in-law Alister.

I have seen important Wings footage on MTV, etc. that was not included on this DVD. For example: Where is the Wings over the World footage when Ringo visits them backstage, and the 1976 Rockshow interview with a very confident sounding Paul? How about the footage from the James Paul McCartney show where Wings plays several songs live? How about the Rockestra band playing "Lucille" live during the Concert for Kampuchea? I have them playing that on my bootleg video, and Mary could not get it? How about asking the detailed questions about the events in these videos? They should have definitly interviewed Denny Lane! Since he recently made a CD of old Wings hits, I'm sure he would have been available to answer a few questions from Mary. Speaking of questions, Mary should have asked the more detailed and tougher questions. Since she didn't do this, she shows me that she is not the biggest Wings fan out there, and she should have consulted her dad more about what questions would make this story sound complete in order to make this a world-class video like the Beatles Anthology. Her questions only let us see the tip of the iceberg, and are nothing that any big Wings fan does not already know.

I have seen many, many Wings videos on bootleg tapes that would have fit nicely into this DVD, such as: Goodnight Tonight, and Mull of Kintyre. Almost every video they showed on this DVD was cut and just partially shown. They should have shown the entire length of all the "good" music videos, and shown partials of some of the "mediocre" ones. Better yet, they should have archived ALL the videos in the Special Features section of the DVD.

I speculate that Paul just left everything in the hands of Alister and Mary and just let them do it all themselves, while he acted like executive producer and provided the majority of the funding for this DVD. Mary is inexperienced and should have taken more time to do this right.

2/5 stars for this one. ... Read more


19. Little Richard: Keep on Rockin'
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
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5-0 out of 5 stars Little richard singing in his 30's.
Little richard in his mid 30's. He is no longer in his prime but this is a rockin' show. He showed up John Lennon and all the other singers that sang at this concert that are not on the video. Little Richard is a tough act to follow.

4-0 out of 5 stars Little Richard Rocks 'Em In Canada
In his little-discussed (3rd) Comeback ('68 to '71), Mr. Penniman never sounded better: a deeper voice, a harder piano, and a riproaring Rock 'n Soul band. It is tragic that this jubilant period in his chaotic career is not fully represented on record [there are 6 or 7 amazing Reprise tracks and a few exciting cuts for Brunswick]. But thanks to this home video we at least get a strong taste of the live in '69 Little Richard on FILM, partying with all his girlfriends from the '50s: Lucille, Molly, Jenny, and Sally. Some new fans might be surprised to hear "Blueberry Hill" and "Hound Dog" - maybe they haven't learned that Richard cut these classics back in '64. What prevents me from issuing a FIVE star rating is that the Quasar plays piano on only two songs and that the opening number was actually performed next to last - the real show tells the 'rill' story! Shut up!

5-0 out of 5 stars a must have
this is Incredible.The King OF Rock-N-Roll in all of his glory.he rocks the stage and Commands it.his Piano playing&vocals have fire to them.the band is tight all the way through.a must have from THE KING.

3-0 out of 5 stars Really old footage of classic Little Richard
Poor lighting and quality of orginal footage. Intresting to see the artist in his 20s ... Read more


20. Mike Douglas Show with John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Day 4
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