... is finally coming to DVD. The 1967 anti-war black comedy that starred John as Musketeer Gripweed and was directed by Richard Lester will be available starting March 20.
Lennon began filming the black comedy, about a doomed regiment in World War II, just days after wrapping up The Beatles’ final tour at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. As if to punctuate this severing from the past, Lennon cut off his Beatle Haircut and began wearing his now-trademark “granny glasses.” The film played to middling reviews, but has remained a favorite among Beatles fans, just for the chance to see Lennon in a dramatic (well, comedic), non-Beatle role. His image from the film, incidentally, provided the cover for the first issue of Rolling Stone in November 1967.
Watch a collection of John's scenes from the film:
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