Martin Scorsese

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

In 1975, in an America defined by both the self-mythologizing pomp of the upcoming bicentennial and ongoing sociopolitical turmoil, Bob Dylan and a band of troubadours—including luminaries such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchell—embarked on a now-legendary tour known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, a freewheeling variety show that was part traveling counterculture carnival, part spiritual pilgrimage. Director Martin Scorsese blends behind-the-scenes archival footage, interviews, and narrative mischief, with a magician’s sleight of hand, into a zeitgeist-defining cultural record that is as much a concert “documentary” as it is a slippery, chimerical investigation into memory, time, truth, and illusion. At the center of it all is the magnetic Dylan, a sphinxlike philosopher-poet singing, with electrifying conviction, to the soul of an anxious nation.

Film Info

  • Martin Scorsese
  • United States
  • 2019
  • 142 minutes
  • Black and White/Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1062

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Scorsese, editor David Tedeschi, and writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman
  • Restored footage of never-before-seen Rolling Thunder Revue performances of “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” and “Romance in Durango,” and of a new, extended cut of “Tangled Up in Blue”
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English descriptive audio
  • PLUS: A new essay by novelist Dana Spiotta and, for the Blu-ray edition, writing from the Rolling Thunder Revue tour by author Sam Shepard and poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Scorsese, editor David Tedeschi, and writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman
  • Restored footage of never-before-seen Rolling Thunder Revue performances of “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” and “Romance in Durango,” and of a new, extended cut of “Tangled Up in Blue”
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English descriptive audio
  • PLUS: A new essay by novelist Dana Spiotta and, for the Blu-ray edition, writing from the Rolling Thunder Revue tour by author Sam Shepard and poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
Cast
Bob Dylan
Himself
Allen Ginsberg
The Oracle of Delphi
Patti Smith
The Punk Poet
Martin von Haselberg
The Filmmaker
Scarlet Rivera
The Queen of Swords
Joan Baez
The Balladeer
Roger McGuinn
The Minstrel
Larry “Ratso” Sloman
The Rolling Stone Reporter
Jim Gianopulos
The Promoter
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
The Sailor
Sam Shepard
The Writer
David Mansfield
The Innocent
Sharon Stone
The Beauty Queen
Ronnie Hawkins
The Shitkicker
Anne Waldman
The Word Worker
Ronee Blakley
The Ingenue
Joni Mitchell
The Artist
Chief Rolling Thunder
The Medicine Man
Chief Mad Bear
The Chief
Peter La Farge
The Cowboy Indian
Michael Murphy
The Politician
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
The Boxer
Bob Neuwirth
Guitar and vocals
Mick Ronson
Guitar
T Bone Burnett
Guitar
Steven Soles
Guitar and vocals
David Mansfield
Pedal steel guitar and mandolin
Rob Stoner
Bass and vocals
Scarlet Rivera
Violin
Howie Wyeth
Drums
Luther Rix
Drums and percussion
Ronee Blakley
Vocals
Mike Porco
Jacques Levy
Walter Yetnikoff
David Blue
Claudia Levy
Roberta Flack
"Mama" Maria Frasca
Barry Imhoff
Gordon Lightfoot
Bette Midler
Lizette Kocur
Dick Asher
Louie Kemp
Larry Kegan
Denise Mercedes
Jeff Raven
Don DeVito
Eric Andersen
Tom Bell
Rosie Smith
Jack Baran
Irwin Segelstein
Arlen Roth
Peter Orlovsky
George Moran
Credits
Director
Martin Scorsese
Theatrical director (1975 Rolling Thunder Revue)
Jacques Levy
Cinematographers (1975 Rolling Thunder Revue)
David Myers
Howard Alk
Paul Goldsmith
Michael Levine
Tour photography
Ken Regan
Edited by
David Tedeschi
Coeditor
Damian Rodriguez
Produced by
Jeff Rosen
Margaret Bodde
Executive producers
Rick Yorn
David Tedeschi
Director of photography (interviews)
Ellen Kuras
Additional camera (interviews)
Wolfgang Held
Lisa Rinzler
Paul Ryan
Line producers
Lauren Belfer
April Hayes
Post production supervisor
Francis Power
Casting
Ellen Lewis
Sound recordists (1975 Rolling Thunder Revue)
L.A. Johnson
Petur Hliddal
Gary C. Bourgeois

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