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No Direction Home [Bob Dylan] [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AAF9UQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,773 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Directed by Martin Scorsese, this intimate portrait of the first five years of Bob Dylan's career includes an archive of never-befor e-seen footage from childhood, from the road and from backstage, as well as previously unreleased interviews. In addition, Bob Dyla n gives his only full length interview in 20 years for this exclusive film biography.

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He is one of the most influential, inspirational and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Academy award-nominated director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) brings up the extraordinary story of Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, to his tumultous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg and others share thier thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. With never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and rare concert performances, it's the definitive portrait fans the world over have been anticipating for decades: the untold story of a living American legend.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful to himself, and to the music... 23 Feb 2006
This documentary is really LONG, but it is more than WORTH watching. Why? Because it tells us a lot about Bob Dylan, or at least as much as Dylan himself is prepared to say for now.
“Part One” of “No direction home” goes from the late 1950´s to 1963, and deals with the place where Dylan grew, and the kind of music he liked. I found this specially interesting, as I hadn´t heard of Woody Guthrie, Tommy Makem, and others that had an enormous influence on Dylan. I enjoyed watching and hearing him as he developed as an artist, and changed accordingly.
“Part two” covers the period that goes from 1963 to 1966. It is very good, and has great footage of Dylan´s concerts, like “Part one”. The main difference between the two dvds probably is that the second one lacks the kind of explanation regarding the historical context that the first one has. All the same, it is enjoyable, and only obviously in fault when compared to “Part one”.
This documentary includes lots of footage of the young Dylan and comments made by the “old” Dylan, the person that young and gifted man grew up to be. Not only that, but there are also quite a few interviews of people who knew him at one moment or the other, and that help to shed some light on him. The interviews that involve Joan Baez are probably the most insightful regarding Bob Dylan´s character, and his refusal to be trapped in a role as symbol of the left.
I think that if there is a constant in Dylan´s career, it is probably the fact that he refuses to be pinned down, to be anything other than himself, and that is nothing less and nothing more than what he feels like being at the moment. “No direction home” shows that, and I think we should congratulate Martin Scorsese for that. So... thanks, Martin, but please bear in mind I really, really want to watch the sequel :)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully refreshing! 8 Nov 2005
Just about the best thing ever on Dylan.I really began to wonder if there was anything left to learn about the man and then we get "Chronicles" and now this, with the man himself giving his first hand account of events all those years ago. And how refreshing to hear him so coherent and intelligible, and not taking himself too seriously either. There is some genuinely revealing stuff here from him and his contemparies, with Joan Baez's contributions especially interesting. Just loved her story of how he was so amused at the intellectual analyses of his lyrics when he had no idea what they meant! And it is great to have all that uninterrupted footage of some of his most outstanding performances to treasure, including the extended performances not shown on the TV programme. Can it get any better than this?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I shouldn't complain but .... 31 Dec 2005
Along with Dylan's first (may there be more) part of his autobiography in the book "Chronicles", Bob has cooperated with Martin Scorcese on setting some of the record straight on his past.
Along with many long term Dylan fans we have suffered unsatisfactory biographies and conflicting interviews from the big Zee himself and finally we're getting some truth from the man himself. It's like we've had over 40 years of one sided information and now we're finally getting a bit of Mr Dylan's point of view.
It doesn't need saying that this is a must for all dedicated Dylan fans but it is also a good introduction for those new to Dylan's classic period. The coverage of Dylan's friends, colleagues and influences from his early years is exceptional.
I especially liked Joan Baez's contributions showing that she has finally come to terms with Bob's refusal to become a campaigner for human rights and civil lieberties. She now shows that she accepts that Bob was not driven in the same way as she and that their separation was in some ways inevitable.
The only negative is that we don't get complete video recordings of the concert footage in the DVD "performance" section. There is clearly a great archive of footage that is still waiting to be released, especially the 1966 tour, and I for one am still waiting for it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a pawn in their game 19 Sep 2007
No Direction home is a documentary over 2 discs charting the rise of Bob Dylan and his affect on music and the world.

Disc 1 is somewhat harder to watch, spending a lot of time talking to other musicians about the music scene in general, lots of live footage of other bands and not enough Dylan. While it is interesting it's more a history of folk music than a Dylan documentary.

Disc 2 follows on but features Dylan far more closely. The documentary includes a vast amount of archive footage that is fascinating to watch. Everything builds until Dylan eventually introduces electric performances to his sets and his fans cry out against him.

I have watched these discs and have a much greater appreciation for Dylan as a songwriter and performer.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part One excellent; Part Two merely very good 28 Oct 2005
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I waited for this documentary in the same way that Joan Baez waited to hear Bob Dylan for the first time; the hype was too good to be true, she said, and so she went to see him only to find out it was as good as portrayed. That was my hope, that it would be as good as it was hyped to be, and I was not fully satisfied.
I was more than satisfied with Part One (late 1950's-63) - very little psycho-babble on his childhood; merely shots of his face as a kid fading into the music which influenced him. The arrangement of the old footage from Woody Guthrie to Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers(they even had the legendary John Jacob Niles!) was genuinely exciting; it was Dylan without warts (the guy stole 45 invaluable records from a generous folk music collector, justifying it by claiming to be a musical expeditionary, and with a straight face); and Dave van Ronk was a genuine character, stating that Dylan was comfortable with the Left, but not really a man of the Left. Yet the Left cottoned on to him, seeing him in terms of an activism which was not fully there (compared with Baez or the courageous Pete Seeger). This told me far more about the wish-fulfilment of the US Left in the early 60s than any other programme. The Dylan performances were gems. So - Part One was excellent, with the music and the historical contexzt reinforcing each other.
But - Part Two (1963-66) did not live up to my expectations. The great performances by Dylan were there - they even had the legendary British concert where someone called out 'Judas' as he began Like a Rolling Stone, leading him to spit back 'you're a liar' and to use the song like a gun against the critics in the crowd (they had been partly organised by the British Communist Party, who were angry at Dylan's withdrawal form political folk music).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary
Quite good documentary, a good watch. Surprisingly cheap, and a must watch if you are into Bob Dylan, or if you are just interested in the 60-66 music
Published 10 days ago by Callum Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Worth it if you love Dylan!!
The perfect run through Dylan career. The Interview done at the time of release with Dylan is the best part for me.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew James
5.0 out of 5 stars Good viewing
This item arrived on time and as described. This item was bought as a gift and the recipient was very pleased with it. Will use this seller again.
Published 2 months ago by Ms. J. A. Simson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great biography
Bought this as a present so I haven't read it myself, but the feedback is very positive. Mind you, if it hadn't been there would have been a big issue!
Published 2 months ago by jilly duck
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant-a trip back in time for me and great the today Bob Dylan is covered as well making a good experience.
Published 2 months ago by harrysjames
5.0 out of 5 stars Good looking item
Such a practical item; I am sure it will keep my spices fresh a lot longer because of the double lid. Very heavy quality stainless steel and looks very smart.
Published 3 months ago by Hilary McLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars another dylan dvd
once again only praise for delivery and the packing of this item.
would recommend this to all that are dylan fans that listen to his music
Published 6 months ago by m
5.0 out of 5 stars It ain't me babe
One of the best DVD I have ever watched, full of history and top music, told me things I did not know about Dylan.
Published 7 months ago by Karl Lillis
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dylan doc
Great documentary, thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone interested in knowing more about the early days of Dylan's career.
Published 8 months ago by Trevor Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars GET PENNEBAKER!
The problems with this dvd have nothing to do with the Dylan footage. It has to do with Martin Scorsese's use of the film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephen Goldsmith
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