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on 18 July 2017
a brilliant evocation of the times and the characters involved, there are times when the self-importance of dylan is quite transparent, especially with the interview with the college student when he overuses his status to disrespect the man, and also with the interaction with donovan when his obvious superiority is pretty much hammered home. there is some hint of the growing tension between him and joan baez, he did in fact not give her the chance to share the stage in england at all when she had given him this chance in america. there is one interesting omission in this edit of the film - when the few teenage girls see him at the hotel window and meet him in the hotel, one of the girls says, "oh, isn't he small." a comment that has been edited out. the many concert excerpts are brilliant and give those who might not know (especially in light of his more recent "versions") how much of a phenomenon he was, and how his songs massively changed the world. there is a telling exchange between the BBC representative and dylan's manager, grossman, arranging payment which is an unexpected delight. in the dylan/donovan exchange there's a brief shot of the legendary john renbourn at the time of his "another monday" album. there is a lot i could add, but i'll just say watch it - it's a piece of the past.
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on 19 May 2008
Even if you're familiar with the original movie, this is well worth getting if you're a fan. The extra disk contains plenty of outtakes and some fine live bits that complement and illuminate the main feature. There's also a booklet containing a painstaking transcript of all the dialogue - not an easy task considering this is a documentary and not a scripted movie. Plus to round it all off there's a little flipbook of the "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video!
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on 2 November 2007
"Advertising signs they con you into thinking you`re the one, who can do what`s never been done, who can win what`s never been won, meantime life outside goes on alround you". So sings the Court Jester during the live performance of "It`s alright Ma, I`m only bleeding" ho,ho,ho. Has anything changed since then? Yes, Dylan himself, many, many times. The master of reinvention. Spokesman of a Generation, Judas to the Folk movement or the first Punk Rocker? Did Bob Dylan ever stand still?

The dramatic progress he made from Coffee House Folkie to Electric Rock Protagonist is unparalleled in Musical History, no one before or since has moved so far so fast. The most notable example of this trend is evidenced in the footage shot by D.A. Pennebaker shown here, much of which is actually one of the first examples of hand held camera work, that later became the vogue. Donovan performs in a hotel room to Dylan and his entourage, including Alan Price of the Animals, Joan Baez and Bob Neuwirth. Donovan`s song is simple, a pure rendition of "To catch the wind" a good folk song. Dylan responds with "It`s all over now, Baby Blue." Literally light years ahead lyrically, but as if to make a point, is performed in the same style of delivery as Donovan`s song. It is an embarrasing moment for the Bard`s desciple but just goes to show the gulf that exsisted between Dylan and his contempories.

The young Punk side of his character comes to light in the equally embarrassing interviews with The Science Student and The Time Magazine Journalist. Dylan is actually not as obnoxious as he appears, since he tries to explain to both parties, why he is berating them. He might as well be from Mars judging by their reaction.

This is the solo acoustic Dylan on tour in the U.K. in 1965 just prior to the infamous Electric performance with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band that you can catch on "The other side of the mirror" set. Chronicling all Dylan`s performances at The Newport Folk festival 1963-65. Don`t look Back precedes the as yet, offically unreleased "Eat the dcoument" and makes for interesting comparison between the tours of 1965 & 1966. An absolute must for any Dylan collection.

Was Subterranean Homesick Blues, with the throw away cards, the first ever Rock Video? Does anyone know the answer to that please? Worth the price of the whole DVD alone is that sequence. Although to be fair you may be rather more inclined to opt for the Delux Box Set release with the alternate version of this sequence and a D.A. Pennebaker Biography of the making of the film.
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on 7 April 2010
This DVD is basically a fly on the wall of Dylan's 1965 British tour, the year before he 'went electric'. It is an odd, disjointed hotch-potch of material and to those who have never fallen under Dylan's spell it will appear a complete waste of time.

But... I think it's amazing. It is shot in black and white, with the young Bob Dylan looking unbelievably 'cool' throughout as he travels to and from various concerts, chats with fans or sits around in his hotel room with his large entourage of hangers-on (including Joan Baez who looks understandably embarrassed and out of place).

Highlights include his verbal attack on a hapless Time magazine reporter who can't get a word in edgeways and his interrogation of a pompous student who tries to get inside his head; in both cases Dylan is unbelievably arrogant and sure of himself as he baffles his would-be interviewers with rather bizarre arguments but I have to admit I found it rather satisfying to see someone fighting back against smug media know-it-alls. Other fascinating scenes include Dylan's meeting with the officious 'High Sheriff's Lady', to whom he is polite and gracious though obviously bemused, and a sequence where we see his manager, Albert Grossman, wheeling and dealing, looking like an extra from a Humphrey Bogart film or a distant relative of Jabba the Hut.

To the outsider this will look like a badly-shot, black & white, home movie, However, to me Dylan's presence and power seem to shine through every scene, he is a magnetic and fascinating character in himself, even if he hadn't also written some of the best songs of the 20th century.
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on 10 May 2010
As soon as Subterranean Homesick Blues kicks in at the start I noticed that it's pitched higher than it should be. It remains like that throughout the whole of that first disc, the voices not sounding quite right throughout the dialogue too. I've tried it with VLC, WMP, thru my DVD/TV etc.

The second disc (65 Revisited) is fine though..

Is this the same for anybody else?!
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on 20 April 2004
this is a different dylan than you might expect from listening to hisalbums where he is obviously existing completely in his own space andfeeling relaxed.
in this film of life on tour '65 he is often quite uptight and somewhatill at ease.
Almost makes you understand why he stepped off the whole rock n roll merrygo round in 1966 (after the best rock album ever blonde on blonde). stillthis film is good at conveying a feel for the kinds of pressures andstrains and even alienation and boredom felt from touring this particulartour.
you get a sense of the pressure of having to live up to people'sexpectations while meeting many strangers (even when they're fans). hisvery small entourage of joan baez, his manager and few others are notreally enough insulation for him from these pressures. without a bandthere to tour with him dylan seems slightly alone to face the scrutiny offans and journalists alike. You also get a sense of the overall energysapping nature of the tour deriving from being very insulated in dressingrooms and cars and trains and whizzed from place to place with onlyperformances and meetings with many strangers to punctuate it. On top ofthis the added responsibility to answer formal style interviews from anendless mainstream media journalists seem to have worn down dylan'snatural dorky charisma. Dylan's performances on the stage are excellent.Overall it is a very interesting document of this tour.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 5 February 2012
D. A. Pennebaker's candid documentary covers some great moments from Bob Dylan's '65 England Tour. Instead of lots of concert footage we get behind-the-scenes activity such as the mad dash from the venue to the car, or the more relaxed moments in the hotel room where key figures from the folk scene and Dylan's people hang out.

The film starts with the iconic Subterranean Homesick Blues sequence which has since been labelled the first ever music video, it's a great introduction and establishes Dylan as a playful wordsmith, his playfulness continues during the film as he seems to entertain himself during interviews with the press. His whimsical responses in press conferences seem to bemuse, amuse, and frustrate the press who seem desperate to sum up Dylan and his 'message' in one simple phrase but won't give them the sound-bites they are so desperate to jot down. Dylan comes across as an artist at the top of his game but the documentary doesn't exist as sycophantic hero-worship, if anything he is sometimes a bit detached and his chemistry with those around him is often a bit cold apart from the odd moment of great humour. Dylan's relationship with Joan Baez was on the wane and that's apparent here, though they sing together and spend time in close company there's none of the cheeky smiles or warmth which you see in archive footage from before this time.

Negotiations over the rates for TV appearances, a tired Bob Dylan taking his glasses off to rub his eyes as he travels by train, and interviewers asking the same questions demonstrate how a major tour is often not just about the music, and the moments where Dylan is on stage are pure magic - it's him and the music. His black clothes, big hair and black glasses look incredible in black and white, he has great screen presence and seems to ooze poetry, even when he seems almost cruel by challenging those around him you can sense the frustration of a free spirit caught up in his own corporate machine. This Blu-Ray disc looks marginally better than DVD but part of the charm of this documentary is the on-the-fly look of a small handheld camera un-intrusively capturing private scenes - you don't expect lots of revealing detail in glorious Hi-Def so don't feel disappointed when it's not there! There aren't too many bonus features but is here is worth watching. A recent interview with Pennebaker and music critic (and old friend it seems) Greil Marcus only goes on for twenty minutes but covers all aspects of the film, from the opening sequence and aspects of the film which seem to be hostile Dylan's contemporary Donovan. It's an honest discussion between the two, especially over the Donovan-bashing and Pennebaker candidly admits that it was used to show how great Dylan was in comparison at the time when Donovan was still establishing himself. They talk about Bob Dylan the poet and how the film works because it is unremarkable in its "realness", explaining why some scenes where included.

In a nutshell: There may be no revelations here, there are no major insights and no analysis, but the film doesn't set out to do any of those things. What it does offer is a privileged insight beyond the TV recordings and into the hotel rooms where amongst moments of genius there are arguments and intense jibes.
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on 24 May 2011
This is a classic. D.A Pennebaker followed Dylan on his three week tour in England in early 1965. It`s all shot in black and white. You can see Dylan on stage, in conversation with fans, journalists and artists such as Joan Baez and Donovan. You basically follow Bob and his crew and friends around on this acoustic tour. Very interesting!
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on 18 November 2011
Loved this DVD. I had watched some of the footage on You Tube. There are some classic moments with Dylan while he was on the 1965 tour in England. It is great to see him taking time with his young fans and interaction with Donovan,Joan Baez,Alan Price etc., Bob's sense of humour really shows through, as well as the confident arrogance of the young. I think this period brought some of his best performances and certainly some of his unforgettable songs. I just wish his full live performance singing "To ramona" was shown on the video, but the 5 audio tracks are excellent as extras. The well made film really captured the 60's period,especially as it is all in black and white. One you can watch again and again.
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