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Criterion Release: Don’t Look Back

December 1, 2015

By John Corrado

Don't Look Back Blu-rayLast week, D.A. Pennebaker’s classic 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back was released on Blu-ray, through the Criterion Collection.  Following Bob Dylan on his 1965 London tour, the film captures the young folk singer at the height of his early fame, being chased by adoring teenaged fans, hanging out with fellow musicians like Joan Baez and Donovan, and getting into intellectual verbal jousts with journalists.

Featuring great performance footage, and fascinating interviews that reveal his unconventional ideas and attitudes towards fame, Don’t Look Back offers the definitive portrait of Bob Dylan in his formative years.  Helping give birth to the candid documentary format, this is an invaluable glimpse into the pioneering mindset behind his music, and a gripping time capsule of the 1960s.

The Blu-ray includes commentary with D.A. Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth, three of the director’s early short films, his 2006 documentary 65 Revisited, unreleased outtakes from Don’t Look Back, as well as different conversations and interviews.  There’s also an alternate version of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and five recordings of songs not used in the film.  The package comes with a booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito.

Don’t Look Back is 96 minutes and unrated.

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