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Bob Dylan Revealed

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When Bob Dylan turns 70 in May 2011, his iconic career will have spanned five decades. Yet, a true portrait of the reclusive "voice of the generation" has eluded Dylan fans. Through exclusive insider interviews, and never-before-seen photos and footage spanning Dylan's 50-year career, Bob Dylan Revealed offers an intimate biography of who Bob Dylan was, and who he is today. Producer Jerry Wexler and award-winning songwriter Al Kasha provide an untold account of Dylan's early days at Columbia Records in 1962. Drummer Mickey Jones chronicles the 1966 Bob Dylan and the Band electric world tour that changed Rock n' Roll forever, while soon after, Dylan used the cover of a motorcycle accident to enter drug rehab. Dylan's 1974 comeback tour is illustrated by tour photographer Barry Feinstein through his finest photos and behind-the-scenes accounts. In 1975, Bob Dylan hit the road with a rag-tag band of folk troubadours, culminating in "The Night of the Hurricane." Folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter reveal the inside story of Dylan's Desire album and Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Following a stint as The Entertainer in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, producing three Gospel albums. Derided as "God-Awful Gospel," Dylan's radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics. Pastor Bill Dwyer, journalist Joel Selvin, singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, and Dylanologist AJ Weberman share intimate accounts of Bob Dylan's "born-again" transformation - and his return to Judaism! Bob Dylan Revealed culminates with Dylan's Never Ending Tour that began in 1992 and continues to this day, as drummer Winston Watson recounts his personal journey as a warrior in Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Band."

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Dylan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Mickey Jones, Scarlet Rivera, Rubin "
  • Directors: Joel Gilbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • 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: Highway 61
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LY1XSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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By E. Paul Austin on August 27, 2011
Format: DVD
I did learn a lot about my man in the '60s and early '70s. I didn't follow his career much after that, so I found this an easy way to catch up, although the DVD does not cover his comeback in 1997. Many talking heads, including various band members, and occasional short interviews from the past provided lots of little details and yet so much was left out too.

The editing could have been tighter to make the 110 minutes less boring; I also didn't like the style of the choppy editing and the lack of a central narrator to fill in and make the transitions smoother and easier to follow. And why must we see the interviewer? Overall, a low budget feel to the production, like his main focus was to have fun with it.

Another disappointment was the lack of any of Dylan's music actually performed by Dylan. There are some detailed reviews on line you can find by doing a Google search, if you're considering a purchase. Nice that our library had a copy to view.
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There is some new footage and there are some new interviews. There is a bit of new info as well. If you're a Dylan fan it's a definite good buy. If you don't own any Dylan bio DVDs, though, get Scorsese's "No Direction Home".
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What can you say about a rushed into production, quickie documentary that contains no music, amateur editing and a clown car full of D-List "experts" to provide a narcoleptic peek at one of rock's "Mt. Rushmore" level luminaries. Under the unfocused tutelage of bottom feeder television director Joel Gilbert (Elvis Found Alive, Bigfoot, Tales From The Crypt) the overall production values of Bob Dylan Revealed are more reminiscent of a grainy 1985 "grandpa has the shakes " Camcorder Christmas memory than anything resembling a polished, well-researched exposition.

Much too much time is spent listening to the extended ramblings of tertiary Dylan players with an interminable focus on Dylan's 1966 "Goes Electric" tour with the Hawks/The Band. Minutes roll by watching Dylan staring out of train and airline windows looking bored and exhausted while Hawks drummer Mickey Jones overlays a perfunctory and monotonous narrative to the proceedings. Things don't get much better as we segue to 1975's Rolling Thunder Tour where fuzzy Super-8 tapes render the legendary performances as a cataract diffused rumor with no accompanying soundtrack. If Gilbert didn't have the rights to the music, why bother?

As for the commentary, the less said the better. All too often the fanboy experts are reduced to tasty pabulum such as "Dylan's really just amazing," or "We knew we were in the presence of a legend." Bob Dylan Revealed adds nothing to the Dylan canon and as a result, I'll offer some advice that I should have taken... just because something is free (On Demand) doesn't mean that it is more valuable than your time. If you're looking for an inside look at Dylan worthy of the subject, my money remains on Martin Scorsese's still seminal No Direction Home.
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