Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dont Look Back

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 24, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in Dont Look Back, the groundbreaking 1967 film from D. A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, The War Room).

dontlookback-1The 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.

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions contain the following features:

  • 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
    • Trailer
    • An essay by critic and poet Robert Polito
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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.