Dont Look Back 1967 Criterion Collection
Terrific hand-held documentary following Bob Dylan on tour round the England of 1965. Audiences don’t need to have any kind of liking for, or knowledge of, Dylan’s music at all: Pennebaker is more interested in the phenomenon of Dylan, who in the context of mid-sixties Britain seems like some weird, cool alien visiting from the future. From the airport, we see Dylan and his entourage making their way through a series of grim hotels and gig venues, the accents of his (very young) fans letting us know when we’re in Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, London, etc. The countless highlights include hilarious appearances from a drunken, laddishly sycophantic Alan Price (from The Animals), a nervy Donovan, Dylan’s no-nonsense manager Albert Grossmith (Don’t Look Back‘s producer) and a comparatively beatific Joan Baez. Working in rough-and-ready black-and-white, Pennebaker achieves an immediacy and intimacy worthy of the finest nouvelle vague and dogme fiction features – there’s barely a dull moment over the whole 96 minutes, even if the last half-hour does become a little too ‘Dylan in Concert at the Albert Hall’ for non-Dylanites’ comfort.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Country: USA
Genre: Documentary, Music


Extras:
• Audio Commentary with director D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth
• "Bob Dylan 65 Revisited" documentary (65:29)
• Audio excerpt from a 2000 interview with Bob Dylan for the documentary "No Direction Home", cut to previously unseen outtakes from Don't Look Back (3:55)
• Conversation between music critic Greil Marcus and Pennebaker from 2010 (17:49)
• Alternate version of the film's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue card sequence (2:17)
• Five audio recordings of Dylan songs not used in the film
-- To Ramona (4:29)
-- The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (6:50)
-- Love Minus Zero / No Limit (5:22)
-- It Ain't Me, Babe (4:04)
-- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (7:45)
• Short films by D.A. Pennebaker
-- Daybreak Express (1953) (5:24 / intro - 2:43)
-- Baby (1954) (6:00)
-- Lambert & Co. (1964) (13:43)
• "It Starts With Music" (29:05) New documentary about the evolution of Pennebaker's filming style
• New conversation between Pennebaker and Neuwirth about their work together (33:56)
• "Snapshots from the Tour" (26:03), a new piece featuring never-before-seen outtakes from Don't Look Back
• New interview with musician Patti Smith (13:58)
• Trailer (2:17)

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:36:07 | 7.71 Gb + 7.43 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:36:15 | 44.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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