Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition)
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BOB DYLAN: DONT LOOK BACK--65 TOUR DELUXE EDITION is the ultimate look at Bob Dylan's concert tour of England in the spring of 1965--one of the most intimate profiles of an artist ever put to film. This definitive set includes the remastered classic film by D.A. Pennebaker, a brand-new, hour-long look at Dylan, and the original 168-page companion book to the film. 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.
DISC 1: BOB DYLAN DONT LOOK BACK
This digitally-remastered version of the cinema verite classic follows Dylan on his extraordinary 1965 concert tour of England--his last as an acoustic performer. With unobtrusive equipment and rare access to Dylan, legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker achieved an unprecedented, fly-on-the-wall glimpse of one of music's most influential figures--and redefined filmmaking along the way.
DISC 2: BOB DYLAN 65 REVISITED
Forty years after the release of DONT LOOK BACK, D.A. Pennebaker ahs created this new work culled from over 20 hours of never-before-seen rare footage from his personal archive of film negatives. Raw and unassuming, '65 REVISITED provides a fresh perspective of the young Dylan on the road during his 1965 English tour.
BONUS - DONT LOOK BACK COMPANION BOOK & FLIPBOOK
Originally published in 1968, the 168-page companion book features a complete transcription of the film, over 200 photos, and a new forward by D.A. Pennebaker. The collectible Subterranean Homesick Blues flipbook provides a frame-by-frame look at the film's famed 'cue-card' sequence, considered by many to be the first contemporary music video.
DVD Features Include:
Five Additional Uncut Audio Tracks; Two Commentaries by D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth; Alternate Version of the Subterranean Homesick Blues Cue Card Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer; D.A. Pennebaker Filmography; Bob Dylan Discography; Cast and Crew Biographies
A second disc with more than an hour's worth of previously unseen footage is the main appeal of this latest reissue of Don't Look Back, D. A. Pennebaker's seminal Bob Dylan documentary--and for Dylan completists, it will likely prove very appealing indeed. Of course, the outtakes come from the same material that comprised the original release, filmed during the artist's 1965 British concert tour. Yet a slightly different Dylan is revealed here. He seems to be "acting" (Pennebaker's word) less; he's less caustic and willfully enigmatic, and considerably more accommodating to and genuine with his fans (which may reveal as much about the filmmaker's previous editing choices as about Dylan himself). Best of all is the inclusion of heretofore unreleased music; we see Dylan fooling around with "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" and "I'll Keep It with Mine" on the piano, as well as concert performances of "It Ain't Me, Babe," "If You Gotta Go," "To Ramona," and others. Entitled Bob Dylan 65 Revisited, the disc is bolstered by commentary by Pennebaker and then-road manager Bob Neuwirth.
First released on DVD in 2000, Don't Look Back itself remains an interesting if somewhat self-conscious look at Dylan in the midst of his final all-acoustic tour (when the film was released in '67, he had already, and controversially, plugged in his Fender Stratocaster). His adversarial relationship with the press, fueled both by their often-moronic questions and his deliberate self-mythologizing, his interactions with then-paramour Joan Baez, Donovan (Dylan actually seems less scornful of the folk singer than wary of him), and others, implacable manager Albert Grossman's business dealings, and all the rest of the material prove no less fascinating than was the case four decades ago. This Deluxe Edition includes not only a Pennebaker-Neuwirth commentary track, discographies, and such, but also a book containing a complete transcription of the film and an entertaining frame-by-frame flipbook of the "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue card sequence (two alternate versions of the sequence are contained in the set, neither nearly as good as the official one). --Sam GrahamSee all Editorial Reviews
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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.
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