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Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (1967)

Bob Dylan , Albert Grossman , D.A. Pennebaker  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Bob Dylan: "At last I was here, in New York City... I was there to find singers, the ones I'd heard on record--Dave Van Ronk, Peggy Seeger, Ed McCurdy, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Josh White, the New Lost City Ramblers, Reverend Gary Davis... most of all to find Woody Guthrie." Read more musical excerpts from Chronicles, Vol. 1 on our Music You Should Hear page.



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  • Actors: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez, Alan Price
  • Directors: D.A. Pennebaker
  • Writers: D.A. Pennebaker
  • Producers: Albert Grossman, John Court
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000035P7X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes five original, uncut audio performances: "It Ain't Me, Babe," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll" and "To Ramona"
  • Alternate version of the famous "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue-card scene
  • Discography

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Both a classic documentary and a vital pop-cultural artifact, D.A. Pennebaker's portrait of Bob Dylan captures the seminal singer-songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter. Shot during Dylan's 1965 British concert tour, Don't Look Back employs an edgy vérité style that was, and is, a snug fit with the artist's own consciously rough-hewn persona. Its handheld black-and-white images and often-gritty London backdrops suggest cinematic extensions of the archetypal monochrome portraits that graced Dylan's career-making early-'60s album jackets.

Pennebaker's access to the legendarily private troubadour enables us to witness Dylan's shifting moods as he performs, relaxes with his entourage (including then lover Joan Baez, road manager Bob Neuwirth, and poker-faced manager Albert Grossman), and jousts with other musicians (notably Animals alumnus Alan Price and Scottish folksinger Donovan), fans, and press. It's a measurement of the filmmaker's acuity that the conversations are often as gripping as Dylan's solo performances. Grossman's machinations with British promoters, Baez's hip serenity, a grizzled British journalist's surrender to the fact of Dylan's artistry, and the artist's own taunting dismissal of a clueless sycophant are all absorbing.

With the exception of the studio recording of "Subterranean Homesick Blues," the live performances (including five newly restored, complete audio tracks excised from the original film but included on the DVD version) are constrained by crude audio gear. Their urgency, however, is timeless, as is Pennebaker's film, a legitimate cornerstone for any serious rock video collection. --Sam Sutherland

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When acclaimed documentary filmmaker D A Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, The War Room) filmed Bob Dylan during a three week concert tour of England in the Spring of 1965, he had no idea he was about to create one of teh most intimate glimpses of the rock legend

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190 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery Behind the Enigma January 28, 2001
By Phrodoe
Format:VHS Tape
Don't Look Back is the best documentary about a musician on tour that I've ever seen. I can't say enough good things about it, and it is all I can do to imagine how D. A. Pennebaker simultaneously made himself so ubiquitous and so unnoticed as to capture the remarkable footage that he got on Dylan's British tour. From the incredible sequence of Joan Baez warbling the then-unreleased "Percy's Song" even as Dylan is pounding out the lyrics on his typewriter, to the revealing moments where Dylan manager Albert Grossman quite literally strong-arms the BBC into a high-paying deal for a tv appearance, to Dylan himself, at the most accessible he would ever be in his long career, alternately jousting and jesting with the British press, most of whom seem completely ignorant as to which is the jest and which is the joust. Dylan again, talking with a fan who doesn't like "Subterranean Homesick Blues" because "it just doesn't sound like you," (which was the whole point of the song), and Dylan's gritted-teeth reply: "Oh, I see what kind of person you are right away." Dylan yet again, in an astonishingly unguarded moment, bawling out everyone in his hotel room over a wineglass Alan Price dropped out of the window, acting like the only responsible adult in a kindergarten class...and when a drunken Price admits the deed, Dylan lets him have it with both barrels and finally kicks him out, despite Price having been Dylan's best friend in England throughout the entire film. In fact, a lot of this movie is about Dylan shedding elements of his persona, entourage, and his music. Bringing it All Back Home had just been released when Don't Look Back was being filmed, and the album served as a harbinger of the rock and roll shift Dylan's music was about to take. Read more ›
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The documentary feature, especially biographical portraits of entertainers, has really evolved through the years. The glimpse into Bob Dylan "Don't Look Back" was one of the earliest and the best to simply let the camera observe its subject without specific purpose. This fly-on-the-wall access to the behind the stage antics during a three week concert tour in England redefined the narrative feature documentary with its simplicity and observational tone. Dylan was an elusive entertainer and acclaimed documentarian D.A. Pennebaker knew that to get the truth from his artist was to leave him alone and report what happened. In truth, there is nothing especially revelatory going on and no high drama--just an intimacy that the low-key Dylan rarely allowed (either before or after). Now this classic documentary (purported to by the first feature documentary to enter DVD format in 1999) goes into the Blu-Ray realm.

Visual/Audio: Is it worth the upgrade? If you don't own "Don't Look Back" and you have an interest in Dylan or film history, this is a pretty significant film--so why not pick up the Blu-ray edition? If you have the earliest DVD release, this is also an easy recommendation for the added features and content. If, however, you have the 2007 standard issue DVD release--things might get a little more complicated unless you are just updating every film in your library. Mastered in High Definition, this new version looks fine, but not significantly superior. Based on the source material, the original aspect ratio is maintained (which it should be) so this will not be shown in widescreen format. The visual and audio presentation (in 2.0) isn't a leap from the 2007 presentation.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't look ... listen! January 5, 2000
Format:DVD
The best thing about the DVD version of "Don't Look Back" is the commentary. It puts a lot of things into perspective. But be aware that this is no restored film. The flaws, such as cracks in the negative, are made even more visible by the clarity of DVD. And read carefully: The full-length versions of the songs from the 1965 British tour are presented here in "audio" only. The fact that there isn't a single completed song in the film has always been a sore spot with me, but the filmmaker talks about that on the commentary. All in all, a look at Bob Dylan back in '65 is worth the time to any music fan. And this is currently the best way to view it, despite the few flaws.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Calm Before The Storm: UK Tour 1965 April 13, 2002
By C. Borg
Format:DVD
This black and white film portrays Dylan's last acoustic tour in such an intimate and natural way that the viewer gets the impression of participating in its gradual unfolding. Shot by DA Pennebaker as cinema verite', the innovative techniques used in the film appropriately mirror the innovation that was taking place in popular music at the time, spearheaded primarily by Bob Dylan. The viewer, like a fly on the wall, gets to see Dylan in different settings and situations: moments of tension backstage, hanging out with the likes of Alan Price, Donovan, John Mayall and Marianne Faithful, giving interviews, singing old Hank Williams songs in hotel rooms with Joan Baez, on stage in theatres across England, fooling about with Bob Neuwirth. It's all there.....and more!
Apart from the original film, the DVD offers the viewer the unique opportunity of seeing the film (again!) with an ongoing commentary by Pennebaker and Neuwirth themselves, who shed light into what went into nearly every scene.
Besides, the DVD also includes 5 previously unreleased audio tracks (crystal clear quality) recorded in various locations in England during that same tour.
A fascinating and revealing experience not only for the diehard Dylan fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Difference A Disk Makes
I had the one disc "Don't Look Back" and was not especially impressed. I thought it was OK and it's only importance, for the most part, was historical. It had segments of the U.K. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME AS ORDERED!
Published 1 month ago by Carla R. Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet Again On The Never-Ending Bob Dylan Express
I have probably spent more cyber-ink relating the various aspects of the Bob Dylan experience, now rightly called the never-ending Bob Dylan tour than all the other 1960s folk... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing insight of this pop Icon
If you are a die hard Dylan fan, and lived during the period, this release is a must. To see England in 1965, and Dylan's interaction with his fan base, is a real 'kick up in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SamC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice dvd..Got this after watching No Direction Home
Published 1 month ago by Anna Gregov
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A definitive movie, though the editing does apparently make Dylan appear meaner than he intended.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Stacey
2.0 out of 5 stars Left out a VERY Interesting piece of Rock History
In the hotel room scene there's a piece that is cut - the second song that Bob sings to Donovan - Love minus Zero/No Limit isn't their! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Look Back
This is the third version of this one I have bought in the hope
that it will be a lot clearer but no. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Asa Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars He loved it
I did not know anything about Bob Dylan but he is my husband's favorite artist. I surprised my husband when it arrived. He loved it!
Published 5 months ago by Patti DeConcini
5.0 out of 5 stars STOLE IT!
My son and I went looking for a copy of this at a video store and couldn't find it. Found this on line for such a low price I felt like I stole it! Works perfectly!
Published 7 months ago by Maurice Costello
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