- 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.
Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back
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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
- 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
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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.Read 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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Saw this in the theatre and still enjoy seeing it on the small screen.Published 5 days ago by Gregory K. Tobkes
Terrific tour document by D. A. Pennebaker, this 1965 effort captures Dylan behind the scenes transitioning from folk hero to urbane rock icon. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Classics Collector
Blind bought this, very happy I did. The presentation is top notch and the film is better than I could have hoped for. What an amazing addition to my collection!Published 9 months ago by Anthony Marano
dad really enjoys watching all of bob dylan's live performances on dvd. he really does.Published 13 months ago by Nicole Dauppe
I am glad Bob Dylan had himself filmed. He looks very iconic and everyone just looks cool, Love seeing this "reality tv" during the 60s.Published 13 months ago by DVDviewer
This was quite good and you learn a lot about the man, the music, and the scene.Published 13 months ago by Thomas H. Cole
Short and to the point: if you haven't seen this film, you don't even have a right to say you like rock docs. It's the granddaddy, and the one from which all others were born.Published 14 months ago by IndieLover
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Nico is on there, and there's a clip of Dylan singing 'I'll Keep It With Mine'.
Sep 26, 2008 by Doug Skullery | See all 3 posts
|Does this deluxe editio have the Holy Modal Rounders documentary in the...||
I haven't looked at this edition yet, but why on gawd's green earth would "Bound to Lose", which was filmed in the United States in 2003, be included in a special edition about a different performer's tour of Europe in 1965? I'd say it's a safe bet that it's not part of this special... Read More
Dec 11, 2010 by Alan Haug | See all 2 posts
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