Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back [Blu-ray]
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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 the most intimate glimpses of the rock legend ever put on film. Wanting to make more than just a concert film, Pennebaker decided to seek out both the public and private Bob Dylan. With unobtrusive equipment and rare access to the elusive performer, he achieved a fly-on-the-wall glimpse of one of the most influential musicians of all time and redefined filmmaking along the way.
Released on Blu-ray for the first time, this definitive set includes the classic film in high-definition, the 65 Revisited bonus disc which includes an hour-long behind-the-scenes look at Dylan and a new, never-before-seen interview of director D.A. Pennebaker by renowned rock critic Greil Marcus and the director. More than just a concert film, DONT LOOK BACK is a window into the spirit of the 60s, and one of the poet-musicians whose words and songs defined it.
Bonus Features: 65 Revisited Bonus Disc; Greil Marcus Interview with D.A. Pennebaker; Five Additional Uncut Audio Tracks; Commentary by D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth; Alternate Version of the Subterranean Homesick Blues Cue Card Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer
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For a stark contrast of just how much Dylan's persona had changed in a brief 2 years, a 1963 clip of him earnestly singing Only A Pawn In Their game at a Voter's Registration Rally at a rural farm in Greenwood, Mississippi (filmed by another) is included.
As for the extras in this Deluxe set, the hefty price ($64.95) does not justify it. There is a book that includes a word for word transcript of the dialogue in the film, and a little flip book of the Subterranean Homesick Blues film clip. Though novel collector's items, I've yet to take either out of the box. The desirable feature is the extra disc called '65 Revised that contains additional performance and documentary footage. The extended performance footage is brilliant and the commentary track is highly informative; Pennebaker and Neuwirth discussing film technique and intent and Dylan's skill as a stage artist in hindsight. Neuwirth's role, though at first seeming to be simply a hanger on, of providing the fuel of wit and creative spark for Dylan, is not to be underestimated.
It's a 5 star film, given only 4 stars here for the bloated price of this particular edition. But check out Criterion's newer edition that includes '65 Revisited and a bunch of other special features for about a third of this price!
Dylan's incredulous manner in response is funny, ironic, and at times very sarcastic; especially with the totally "out of it" reporter from Time Magazine. The interview is one of the subjects of a very informative commentary by director and documentary genius D.A. Pennebaker and Bob Neuwirth, the tour manager.
His treatment of his young fans is a sweet counterpoint to his sarcastic treatment of the press. He is kind and very solicitous of a gaggle of young girls he has up to his room before a performance.
An added pleasure is the snatches of the beautiful voice of Joan Baez who accompanied him on the tour. Her offstage voice is as beautiful and radiant as onstage; strong and pure.
The deluxe edition has full tracks sung by Dylan while on the tour, including 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 Ramonna. They are great.
This a "must see" for Dylan fans. See it before you see "No Direction Home", a brilliant follow-up by Martin Scorsese about a subsequent much more controversial English Dylan concert tour when Dylan had switched from acoustic to electric.
A Subterranean Homesick Blues tiny flip book
And a book with dialogue inside of thee interviews
I LOVE IT with all my heart.