John & Yoko ‘Above Us Only Sky’ Documentary to DVD

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John and Yoko (Photo: A&E Network)

AThe John Lennon and Yoko Ono feature length documentary, Above Us Only Sky, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The widely acclaimed film, which premiered earlier this year in the U.S. on the A&E Network, arrives for home release on September 13. The film “traces the untold story of the making of John Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine, and recounts a story of hope for a world divided yet still desperately in need of peace, justice, empathy and love. The album, and its iconic title track, exemplify the extraordinary genius behind the music that defined a movement and marked an era.”

“John said: ‘Is it any good?’

“I said it’s a #1 record. ‘He said: ‘Are you really sure?'”

Utilizing never-before-seen footage of Lennon and Ono from their private archive, the special, says the announcement, “delves into the depth of the creative collaboration between the couple and explores how the art, politics and music of the pair are intrinsically entwined. Ultimately, the documentary draws parallels from the past to the present using the couple’s underlying message of radical engagement.”

From the July 30 announcement: The film includes a new and exclusive interview with Yoko Ono, plus new interviews with those closest to the couple at that time, including John Lennon’s son Julian, photographer David Bailey who famously captured the couple in a 1971 photograph that graced the cover of Vogue, gallerist John Dunbar who set up Yoko’s first London art show and introduced the couple, Dan Richter, a neighbor of Yoko’s who became their personal assistant, pioneering studio designer Eddie Veale who built Ascot Sound Studios at their home in Tittenhurst Park, as well as Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Jim Keltner – musicians who all played on the Imagine album.

Related: Julian Lennon talks about spending time with John and Yoko during those years

These influential figures provide open and unprecedented insight to the Imagine narrative, alongside previously-unseen footage, photographs and audio recordings.

John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky was directed by Michael Epstein and produced in association with A&E Network by Eagle Rock Films with Peter Worsley as producer and Geoff Kempin and Terry Shand serving as executive producers.

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