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Dont Look Back

D. A. Pennebaker

 
Dont Look Back (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1967
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #786

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, 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 portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of vérité behind-the-scenes documentaries.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • 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 by Pennebaker
  • Audio excerpt from a 2000 interview with Bob Dylan for the documentary No Direction Home, cut to previously unseen outtakes from Dont Look Back
  • New documentary about the evolution of Pennebaker’s filming style
  • Daybreak Express (1953), Baby (1954), and Lambert & Co. (1964), three short films by Pennebaker
  • New conversation between Pennebaker and Neuwirth about their work together
  • Snapshots from the Tour, a new piece featuring never-before-seen outtakes from Dont Look Back
  • New interview with musician Patti Smith
  • Conversation between music critic Greil Marcus and Pennebaker from 2010
  • Alternate version of the film’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” cue card sequence
  • Five audio recordings of Dylan songs not used in the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Dont Look Back: Everybody Loves You for Your Black Eye

By Robert Polito November 24, 2015

In Dont Look Back, legendary documentary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker employs his revolutionary new camera and Direct Cinema style to capture the multiple essences and contradictions of a young . . . Read more »

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Barry Levinson’s Closet Picks

June 12, 2017

Ahead of the premiere of his latest film, Oscar-winning veteran Barry Levinson stopped by the Criterion office to pick up some of his favorite releases. Read more »


Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Prime Dylan in Columbia

May 25, 2017

This Saturday night, the Nickelodeon in Columbia, South Carolina, goes inside the world of Bob Dylan with D. A. Pennebaker’s 1967 Dont Look Back, as the film takes over the big screen after an . . . Read more »


Features

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Archive Fever Dreams: Inside the Bob Dylan Archive

By Michael Chaiken February 07, 2017

In the inaugural installment of his new column, archivist Michael Chaiken examines the Nobel Prize–winning icon’s unique artistic process through a collection of ephemera. Read more »


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Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate

October 13, 2016

This morning, we were delighted to learn that Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

September 30, 2016

In anticipation of the fifty-fourth annual New York Film Festival, opening tonight, Indiewire has surveyed the must-see films playing in the revivals section, including Gillo Pontecorvo’s The . . . Read more »


Clippings

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D. A. Pennebaker on Getting to Know Bob Dylan

May 24, 2016

“I always thought of musicians as being the saints of our time,” says documentary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker in a recent interview for the New York Times on the subject of his 1967 vérité . . . Read more »


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Dont Look Back Outtakes

November 28, 2015

We had some fun making the main menu for our new release of D. A. Pennebaker's groundbreaking documentary Dont Look Back. The menu’s video, a two-minute loop composed of rare footage from the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Dont Look Back: Everybody Loves You for Your Black Eye

By Robert Polito November 24, 2015

In Dont Look Back, legendary documentary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker employs his revolutionary new camera and Direct Cinema style to capture the multiple essences and contradictions of a young . . . Read more »


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D. A. Pennebaker and His Amazing Auricon

September 03, 2015

In preparation for our upcoming release of D. A. Pennebaker’s groundbreaking 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Dont Look Back, we recently visited the legendary filmmaker at his home, where he . . . Read more »


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Pay Your Respects to Big Pink

September 01, 2015

As we pointed out last week, you probably can’t afford to own Bob Dylan’s lyrics, so here’s something a little more reasonably priced: Big Pink, the unassuming suburban house in upstate New York . . . Read more »

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