An upgraded edition of D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary 1967 documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1965 solo acoustic tour, Dont (sic) Look Back, will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD this November. It features even more extras than those included in previous versions. The new Blu-Ray and DVD editions each feature a new digital transfer, improved audio, new artwork, and an interview with Patti Smith about the influence of the film on her life. The complete list of additions can be found below.
From the Criterion website:
- 96 minutes
- Black and White
- Spine #786
Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in London during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist and marked a turning point in his career. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists thrust into the spotlight, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans; gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists; and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price. Featuring some of Dylan’s most famous songs, including “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” Dont Look Back is a radically conceived and shot portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of vérité behind-the-scenes documentaries.
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director D. A. Pennebaker, with newly restored monaural sound from the original quarter-inch magnetic masters, presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth
- 65 Revisited, a 2006 documentary directed by Pennebaker and edited by Walker Lamond
- Audio excerpt from an interview with Bob Dylan in the 2005 documentary No Direction Home, cut to previously unseen outtakes from Dont Look Back
- New documentary about the evolution of Pennebaker’s filming style, from his 1950s avant-garde work to his ’60s musical documentaries, including an excerpt from the filmmaker’s footage of Dylan performing “Ballad of a Thin Man” during his 1966 electric tour
- Daybreak Express (1953), Baby (1954), and Lambert & Co. (1964), three short films by Pennebaker
- New conversation between Pennebaker and Neuwirth about their work together, from Dont Look Back through Monterey Pop (1967) and beyond
- Snapshots from the Tour, a new piece featuring outtakes from Dont Look Back
- New interview with musician Patti Smith about Dylan and the influence of Dont Look Back in her life
- Conversation between music critic Greil Marcus and Pennebaker from 2010
- Alternate version of the film’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” cue card sequence
- Five uncut audio tracks of Dylan songs from the film
- PLUS: An essay by critic and poet Robert Polito
- New cover by Eric Skillman
- Bob Dylan
- Joan Baez
- Alan Price
- Albert Grossman
- Director: D.A. Pennebaker
- Camera and editing: D.A. Pennebaker
- Producers: Albert Grossman, John Court, Leacock-Pennebaker and Inc.
- Assistant camera: Howard Alk
- Sound: Jones Alk
- Concert sound: J. Robert Van Dyke
- Footage of Dylan in Mississippi shot by Ed Emshwiller
BLU-RAY 1-Disc SRP $39.95 Amazon
DVD 2-Discs SRP: $23.96 Amazon
Release date: November 24, 2015.
Thanks to Jeff Slate for the head’s up.
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