The John Lennon and Yoko Ono film Imagine is coming to theaters this September with a remastered look and remixed music. On Aug. 14, Eagle Rock Entertainment announced that the film will include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and also some newly added previously unreleased bonus material. The original 1972 release of the film was produced and directed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It includes appearances by George Harrison, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance and Jonas Mekas and is a visual collection of video songs taken from the album. The recording sessions for Imagine were done in the U.S. and UK and produced by the couple with Phil Spector.
“The people who all worked on Imagine were Peace People and it was so enlightening and exciting all the way through to be one of them. Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world,” Yoko Ono said in a statement released to announce the film screenings.
The new restoration of the 83-minute film was done by Paul Hicks. Added for the theater screenings will be 15 minutes of new recording studio footage with Lennon, Harrison, pianist Nicky Hopkins, drummer Alan White and bassist Klaus Voormann performing the songs “How Do You Sleep?” and “Oh My Love” in Dolby Atmos sound. Tickets for the theater screenings are available at www.imaginefilmtickets.com.
A DVD with an hour of footage taken from the recording sessions for the album, Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Album, was produced by Andrew Solt and released in 2000 and is still available. The Imagine film was released on VHS.