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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2010
This is an excellent DVD of the Newport Festival but is unfortunately not in the PAL format that is advertised by Amazon. It is NTSC which is also available cheaper on the marketplace listings. Amazon did their best to replace this but the replacement I received was also NTSC which, although playable on most modern T.V.s requires the settings to be adjusted to accept this format. I retained the item I was sent as I do not want to be without some version of this disc. It is a real gem and captures the atmosphere of the Festival in the early sixties and also the excitement accompanying Bob Dylan's rise to fame over these vital 3 years of his life.
Highly recommended - but don't forget that misinformation about the format in the current listing (09/01/2010).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 October 2007
This is an absolutely fascinating documentary by American film-maker Murray Lerner with stunning footage of Bob Dylan at various Newport Folk Festivals in the mid-60s showing how his music evolved from acoustic folk to electric rock. Much of the chronologically edited footage has never been seen before and Dylan's performances are utterly mesmerising.
Murray Lerner has said, "The music is a clear, lucid, isolated expression of Dylan - that's all you need". He's right, and quite simply, this magnificent 80-minute DVD is essential viewing for anyone with the slightest interest in Bob Dylan's music.
Could we now please have a DVD release of Howard Alk's brilliant NBC-TV film of Dylan's legendary 'Hard Rain' concert at Colorado State University on May 23, 1976.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2011
Obviously any Bob Dylan fan is going to want this for 3-99!!! The concert footage lasts for 83 minutes and is, as you would expect, top-notch.There is additionally a 25 minute interview with director Murray Lerner which is informative, although you probably won't watch it every time you play the dvd. There is also-very unusually- a high quality 20 page accompanying booklet with some great photos and full information on the sessions and musicians. Brilliant
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2007
I watched this when broadcast by the BBC on BBC4 on 14th October, and I didn't believe I would see so much previously unbroadcast footage. This set is as worthy an addition to the Dylan DVD catalogue as the recently remastered "Don't Look Back".

I, for one, shall be getting a copy as soon as it is released. Just one down side that came to me when watching it, and it was nothing to do with the programme I was watching, but was the fact that the BBC themselves have allegedly discarded the two Dylan specials that were recorded specially for them "In Concert" way back in 1965. It seems as though I will have to make do with the lo-fi audio I have of those gigs, unless (he says hopefully) they are found to still exist at the Beeb in the wake of the recently broadcast Newport footage!

Go buy .. I'm sure you will if you saw last weekend's broadcast of this!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 November 2007
This documentary is fascinating look at Bob Dylan's performances At the Newport Folk festivals of `63, '64 and '65.You can really see how he developed during this three year period.
In '63, he is this fresh-faced kid singing songs of rich lyrics and imagery all smiley and enjoying the whole groove with Joan Baez.
In 1965, he now has this air of supreme control as he takes on the folkies with an electric backing band. The development is amazing. Some of the folkies boo his performance but it is clear Dylan is now on a plain of his own and beyond them and is already a unique performer and huge star.
Recommended.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
At work yesterday, a colleague said that Bob Dylan had nowhere near as much talent as Barry Manilow ("Barry wrote Coca Cabana himself and it's brilliant, what has Bob Dylan ever done?"). When I explained that he has one of the biggest quality back catalogues of songs ever, and that although she doesn't think she knows any of his songs - she will no doubt have heard them and probably enjoyed them - possibly sang by various artists. The point I was trying to make (I said) is that when Barry 'The Beaky Freak' Manilow drops off this mortal coil, he'll be known as the guy that entertained middle aged ladies . Whereas Dylan will be remembered as the Voice of a Generation who changed the way we think about music.

And that is exactly what this DVD demonstrates, we see Dylan taking part in the Newport Folk festival over a period of years and the audience hangs on every word. His songs are politically charged, lyrically poetic, and his style is evolving. His clothes change to reflect his image change from countryboy to arthouse thinker. This feature also shows the infamous 1965 'going electric' moment. Controversy surrounds the booing of Dylan - is it because he went electric? Or is it because the set was so short? You watch and decide - I love the moment where he is asked (practically begged) to come back on stage - and he does so, and then asks the audience if anyone has an "E harmonica" and to just throw them up on stage.

Speaking of agitated audiences, the DVD also shows the heckling for more Dylan, making the man himself step back onstage to awkwardly say that there are others to perform. Dylan is becoming a prophet to some, and they want more and more of him. Dylan is obviously getting uncomfortable with his star-status, and some folk fans are now dismissing him 'not needed' due to his becoming bigger than the event.

This DVD isn't simply a rehash of what has already been seen before, it is new and raw - but has been treated to sound superb. Appearances from other singers, in particular Joan Baez (her impression of Bob is magic) ensure that this is a DVD is one to sit back to with the lights down and enjoy. After watching the early Bob Dylan you'll be wanting to get your CDs out and maybe even fancy yourself as a budding revolutionary cultural figure.

A lot of the footage in this docu-film had not been seen before, and it is fantastic that it is now available for the world to enjoy. For non-folk, or non-Dylan fans then this will be a bland black and white series of musical numbers - but for those who enjoy folk and recognise the artistic talents of the great man Dylan, this is a chance to witness the song writing legend coming of age. You don't get any real insights to the man behind the music, but so much of him is in the songs that it doesn't matter, and the little moments of humour, and the cheeky smiles, give you a much wanted glimpse of the man rather than the musician. I would have liked some more bonus features, but the 5.1 sound and the main feature are well worth the money.
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on 30 July 2014
Mind you, I love anything by Dylan. Been to see him many, many times. He's not been to see me once, perhaps I should answer my door more often, eh.
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on 5 January 2014
Excellent documentary with some excellent performances over the early 60s until Dylan turned electric and lost the folk crowd that once adored him
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2009
Well made DVD - sound and picture quality excellent - a must for any Dylan collector but also an interesting historical piece of the early/mid sixties in the US. The viewer can judge for themselves the shift away from "folk" and the acccoustic/electric controversy. Complete (Dylan) performances from each festival 1963 to 1965 - watch the times a'changin'! This copy was much cheaper delivered than buying from local shops. Delivery quick and secure.
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on 11 October 2014
Arrived promptly. Product as described. Excellent DVD. Thankyou
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