Bob Dylan - No Direction Home

 
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Songwriter. Rocker. Rebel. Legend.He is one of the most influential inspiring and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Now Academy Award?-nominated director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas 1990) brings us the extraordinary story of Bob Dylan's journey from roots in Minnesota to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez Allen Ginsberg and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. With never-before-seen footage exclusive interviews and rare concert performances it's the definitive portrait fans the world over have been anticipating for decades; the untold story of a living American legend.System Requirements:Running Time 207 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 097360310542 Manufacturer No: 031054

It's virtually impossible to approach No Direction Home without a cluster of fixed ideas. Who doesn't have their own private Dylan? The true excellence of Martin Scorsese's achievement lies in how his documentary shakes us free of our comfortable assumptions. In the process, it plays out on several levels at once, each taking shape as an unfailingly fascinating narrative. There is, of course, the central story of an individual genius staking out his artistic identity. But along with this Bildungsroman come other threads and contexts: most notably, the role of popular culture in postwar America, art's self-reliance versus its social responsibilities, and fans' complicity with the publicity machine in sustaining myths. All of these threads reinforce each other, together weaving the film's intricate texture.

Scorsese's 200-plus-minute focus on Dylan's earliest years allows for a portrayal of unprecedented depth, with multiple angles: a rich composite photo is the result. The main narrative has an epic quality: it moves from Dylan growing up in cold-war Minnesota through Greenwich Village coffeehouses and the Newport Folk Festival, climaxing in the controversial 1966 U.K. tour that crowned a period of unbridled and explosive creativity. In his transition from Robert Allen Zimmerman to Bob Dylan, we observe him concocting his impossible-to-describe, unique combination of the topical with the archaic, like an ancient oracle. Scorsese was able to access previously unseen footage from the Dylan archives, including performances, press conferences, and recording sessions. He also uses interviews with Dylan's friends, ex-friends, and fellow artists, and, intriguingly, with the notoriously reclusive Dylan himself (who looks back to provide glosses on the early years), fusing what could have turned into a tiresome series of digressions and tangents into a powerful whole as enlightening, eccentric, contradictory, and ultimately irreducible as its subject.

Some of the deeply personal bits remain unrevealed, but Dylan's preternatural self-assurance acquires a slightly self-deprecating, even comic edge via some of his reflective comments. Alongside the arrogance, we see touching moments of the young artist's reverence for Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash. Joan Baez, in a poignant confessional mood, comes off well, and the late Allen Ginsberg is so seraphically charming he almost steals the show a few times. A crucial throughline is Dylan's hunger for recognition and ability to shape perceptions so that would be singled out as not just another dime-a-dozen folk singer. It's illuminating--particularly for those familiar with the artist's latter-day aloofness on stage--to see his reactions to audience booing in the wake of his "betrayal" in this fuller context. No Direction Home also makes clear--in a way that wasn't possible in D.A. Pennebaker's iconic Don't Look Back--how Dylan's ability to manipulate his persona always, at its core, protects the urge for expression: Dylan's ultimate mandate, as an artist, is never to be pinned down. As Scorsese masterfully shows, the myth around Dylan only grows bigger the more we discover about him. --Thomas May

DVD features: This two-disc set of Scorsese's full two-part documentary includes treats such as Dylan working on a song at his hotel during the UK tour as well as performing several songs as in concert or on TV.

More for the Dylanologist


No Direction Home: The Soundtrack

Chronicles: Volume One (paperback edition)

Bob Dylan Scrapbook

Don't Look Back

The Bob Dylan Bootleg Series

The Last Waltz

Customer Reviews:

  • Even non-Dylan fans will appreciate this brilliant, illuminating documentary on the great American musical genius
    Martin Scorsese scores big in this documentary on the great Bob Dylan. Interestingly, Scorsese also filmed a documentary in 1978 on The Band's last concert called "The Last Waltz". The Band were the backing band for Dylan before striking out on their own so this Dylan documentary ties things up nicely.

    "No Direction Home" explores Dylan's life and career up until his motorcycle accident in 1966. There are incisive interviews with people he met along the way, rare footage of Dylan on and off stage, and rare and illuminating interviews with the great man himself.

    This film does much to explain the seemingly inscrutable nature of Dylan. He is definitely his own man and like many great artists he stands outside his own time.

    The highlight is footage of Dylan singing "Mr Tambourine Man" at the Newport Festival in July 24, 1964 - just a man by himself on stage with a guitar and harmonica saying nothing and yet saying everything...

    This is not just for fans but for anybody with a passing interest in Dylan and the tumultuous musical and political world of the late 50s early 60s.

    As well as the documentary, the DVD also contains full-length versions of some of his "live" performances between 1963-1966.

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  • A masterpiece of documentary filmmaking
    One of the main treats is the wonderful, rare archival footage of 50's-era Hibbing, early 60's Greenwich Village, and numerous original pathfinders of the genre that would become branded by the recording industry as folk music.

    The first disk is the most interesting, and provides a background of how the artist was created. From his beginnings as a youth in Hibbing, listening late into the night to performers on distant AM stations, he latches onto their sounds, and the musician-composer begins to develop. We see a great artist growing not in a vacuum, but rather through a compulsion to consume and digest everything around him, and to experiment without boundaries. His extrication from the drab canons of Hibbing becomes as inevitable as the sunrise.

    The running narrative by the present-day Dylan lends an autobiographical sense to the documentary. What is revealed is not just the events, but also how he felt about those tumultuous years, a viewpoint available only now that he feels comfortable openly reflecting on these experiences.

    Viewers may find the scenes of Dylan in his post-acoustic concerts with The Band a little drawn out, and some of these performances do seem dreadful. The audiences clearly thought so, and perhaps that is the way the filmmaker thought you might react. This is what Dylan eventually became, right before his motorcycle accident. You are left to decide for yourself whether, at that point in time, he had descended from his best work.
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  • rEVIEW OF Martin Scorsese film on Bob Dylan
    This disc was purchased by me for my daughter who grew up in the Dylan
    age. It has received numerous awards and is one of the best that Martin
    Scorsese has ever produced. She is very pleased with it and will watch it for years to come - this is what she and I call a "keeper"....more info
  • "We're all Woody's children"
    I first saw this documentary on my local PBS station when I was in the hospital. The first thing I did when I got home was order this DVD. I still watch it frequently because there are so many subtleties that you need to see it again and again to appreciate what a truly masterful piece of work that Scorsese made here. My musical preferences were forged during the 50's and 60's folk revival era. Perhaps the most important new figure to have arrived during that time was Bob Dylan. This DVD paints a rare portrait using tones and settings that are indescribably effective. For instance, while riding on a train to who-knows-where, Tony Glover tells of how Dylan came back to Minnesota from NYC able to pick and play the harmonica as if he had made a deal with the devil at the crossroads. Dylan jokingly corroborates the story. And, Liam Clancy relates his Dylan anecdotes over a pint of Guiness at a bar where a mural of a very shocked looking visage of Dylan Thomas presides. Rare performances and very early recordings punctuate this most riveting documentary.

    Pete Seeger referred to the folk performers of that day as all being "Woody's children." In this documentary, Scorsese has put together a very fine family reunion


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  • What a great film
    I loved this movie! So much information, put together in such an interesting way. Martin Scorsese really gathered, and made, the perfect footage to tell about Bob Dylan's amazing life. And Dylan is a great interviewee. I was so entertained, I am just glad that it had two parts....more info
  • Fascinating
    "All my songs are protest songs."
    -Bob Dylan

    "I've never written a political song. Songs can't save the world."
    -Bob Dylan

    Throughout Martin Scorsese's two-hundred minute documentary we get to see Bob Dylan squirm under a barage of journalist questions. Several times he just asks the questions right back at them, and at one point starts snapping pictures of the photographers themselves. Dylan is portrayed as a chameleon, refusing to be a spokesman for the left or put on a pedestal by the folk movement. The closer Scorsese gets to his subject the blurrier he becomes.

    The story of Dylan is framed nicely within the turbulent times his music came about. When pictures of Dylan's sleepy Midwest town is flashed across the screen it's apparent that the straight laced conformity was indicative of the nation as a whole.

    No sooner are we are introduced to the restless kid who enrolled in college but never went to any classes, then we see him skirt to New York where he is rumoured to have followed in the footsteps of the old bluesmen, and sells his soul to the devil. Shortly after, his mediocre playing is transformed into confident musicianship.

    During the times Dylan is in New York you can almost feel the pressure that was building in America. This is also the time where he probably gained a political consciousness that he would later accept or deny depending on how he felt, or maybe on who was asking.

    The majority of the concert footage contains booing and heckling from the crowd. I had always heard about the controversy concerning Dylan "plugging in," but it is something else to actually witness it.

    This documentary has a long running time, but it never dragged. I was constanty intrigued, and always engaged. No Direction Home is richly layered and deals with a lot more than just Bob Dylan -- I'm sure I don't understand half of it. Scorsese show us a scene of Andy Warhol and Dylan right before he cuts to some British fans deriding the new Dylan music as "pop." As is the case with any Scorsese movie, it is about a lot more than what's up on the screen. In some way No Direction Home is about the changing art of the sixties. It was this decade that modernism started to visibly give way to the post-modern movement, and that's represented here as Dylan claims his music is a collage of influences.

    The relation between Dylan and his music also intrigued me. The Beats and many of these folk musicians viewed art as a truthful unveiling. Much of this film will have you wondering if Dylan's music concealed as much as it revealed. The idea of an artistic "Truth" is chipped away at, and instead Dylan lets little "truths" slip out of his art. There is an act going on whenever Dylan writes a song, and especially when he performs a song. At times it is almost as if he is creating a personality out of bits of images and sounds he finds in the world, and then puts them together to create something fresh.

    The film manages to deal with multiple themes without losing sight of its subject. In fact, it is precisely because the film deals with so much that it didn't lose my interest despite its length. Scorsese has shown us one of America's great artist, and in the process proves that he also belongs in that category.

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  • Faithful to himself, and to his music...
    This documentary is really LONG, but it is more than WORTH watching. Why? Because it tells us a lot about Bob Dylan, or at least as much as Dylan himself is prepared to say for now.

    "Part One" of "No direction home" goes from the late 1950's to 1963, and deals with the place where Dylan grew, and the kind of music he liked. I found this specially interesting, as I hadn't heard of Woody Guthrie, Tommy Makem, and others that had an enormous influence on Dylan. I enjoyed watching and hearing him as he developed as an artist, and changed accordingly.

    "Part two" covers the period that goes from 1963 to 1966. It is very good, and has great footage of Dylan's concerts, like "Part one". The main difference between the two dvds probably is that the second one lacks the kind of explanation regarding the historical context that the first one has. All the same, it is enjoyable, and only obviously in fault when compared to "Part one".

    This documentary includes lots of footage of the young Dylan and comments made by the "old" Dylan, the person that young and gifted man grew up to be. Not only that, but there are also quite a few interviews of people who knew him at one moment or the other, and that help to shed some light on him. The interviews that involve Joan Baez are probably the most insightful regarding Bob Dylan's character, and his refusal to be trapped in a role as symbol of the left.

    I think that if there is a constant in Dylan's career, it is probably the fact that he refuses to be pinned down, to be anything other than himself, and that is nothing less and nothing more than what he feels like being at the moment. "No direction home" shows that, and I think we should congratulate Martin Scorsese for that. So... thanks, Martin, but please bear in mind I really, really want to watch the sequel :)

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  • Gives you shivers
    What a scary experience this is, seeing Dylan's life as practically single train of thought, from the early days all the way to an early peak in his career. When you see what an elfin, vulnerable guy he really is it makes the story all the more amazing. He was no more ready to stand up to the onslaught of criticism than any of us, but somehow he withstood it and came out stronger. Dylan was a hero of mine before this; now even more so.

    Can Scorsese do no wrong? Take a look at Last Waltz if you haven't already. Dig Dylan in that snappy hat!...more info
  • Gift, gift, gift...
    I sent this to my dad for Christmas last year as a stocking stuffer. I did not get to see it, but my dad went on and on about how great it was. Takes him down memory lane, and Dylan was such a revolutionary musician. He was so enthralled he went out and bought hard to find Dylan albums, and went to see him in concert recently in Indiana. Like I said, I didn't see it, but my father loved it....more info
  • The long road
    It is great to see Dylan put into perspective of the folk movement that occurred in the late 50's and early 60's that includes so many great names like Pete Seeger, Liam Clancy, Dave Van Ronk and Arlo Guthrie. Whereas Scorsese built the story of The Band around The Last Waltz concert, here he takes his time, exploring the ins and outs of Dylan's storied early years, showing how this kid from Minnesota exploded onto the folk music scene, able to absorb and assimilate both the music and the social events of the time. Seeger quickly picked up on this young talent, who like Dylan's obvious musical and social reference, Woody Guthrie, was able to capture the mood of the time. Scorsese intersperses the documentary with a number of amusing anecdotes, the best delivered by Liam Clancy. Concert footage is edited, but then there are a number of concert DVD's available of Bob through the years. You won't be disappointed. ...more info
  • Dylan
    This is an outstanding documentary of America's pre-eminent artist, poet and social commentator of the last half century. Scorsese does a fabulous job of stitching together old film and recordings to tell this tell. The contrast in between the young Dylan responding to the press and Dylan today reflecting on his early days provides great insight into the Dylan's thinking and motivation.

    This is a powerful piece and should viewed by all, whether a Dylan fan or not....more info
  • How does it feel?
    Scorsese produces a brilliant documentary of Dylan's early life. He interweaves numerous sources, many of them previously unseen by the general public, including interviews he did with numerous friends and acquaintances from those days, some early family shots, Dylan's own words as recorded by Jeff Rosen at some time in the more recent past, and, most intriguing to fans, stunning color footage of the famous 1966 World Tour. Out of this material emerges the tale of Dylan's rise to fame, the sources of his music, the themes of disguise and homelessness that have run through his art ever since.

    Scorsese's documentary on the artist as a young man is a work of art in itself. Despite its length, it leaves the viewer asking for more. Like many fans, I'm desperate to see the complete song sets of the legendary 1966 Tour....more info
  • For Dylan Fans only
    This is not enjoyable reading for just anyone; but I bought it as a gift and it was VERY well received ... by a Dylan Fan....more info
  • No Direction Home
    I enjoyed this sometimes long but very entertaining documentary on Bob Dylan. If, like me, you are interested in his early days, up to the time of his motorcycle accident, then you will find it, as I did, riveting. It covers his best albums, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61, Blond on Blond and the early folk stuff. The interviews with Dylan and his contemporaries are very revealing.
    A must for the Dylan fans....more info
  • Riveting and Shocking
    Director Martin Scorsese undertakes the seemingly impossible taks of putting together the ultimate documentary of Bob Dylan's early career (1961-1966). As a long-time Bob Dylan fan, this documentary is riveting and shocking (in a positive way).

    "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan" (2 DVDs) contains quite a few surprises: first of all, Dylan himself provides commentary in a clear and focused way, not at all as one might expect from an artist who mostly appears on stage aloof, if not disinterested. Second, the footage that Scorsese uses, is absolutely astounding. Check for example the various Newport Folk Festival appearances. While DVD1 traces the early years of Dylan's childhood, and gives a good musical context of which artists influenced Dylan, the real treasures are on DVD2, and in particular the footage from the 1966 UK and European tour. Watch how an exhausted Dylan towards the end exasperates "I don't want to go to Italy! I don't want to go nowhere! I just want to go home!" The documentary ends with the infamous "Judas" performance of "Like a Rolling Stone", which has long been available on CD, but now for the first time is shown on film. And amidst it all, Dylan the elder-statesman comments how sick he was of it all by then (mid-1966). No surprise then that he made such subsequent incomprehensible albums like "Self-Portrait"! Anything to be one step ahead of the public's expectations.

    The DVD comes with a number of extra features, the best of which is a collection of 8 Dylan performances, including early TV performances, "Mr. Tambourine Man" from the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, an unfinished "I Can't Leave Her Behind" from his hotel room in 1966, and 2 more songs from the 1966 UK tour. The sound quality is surprisingly good throughout. In all, this should be required viewing for anyone-young and old--interested in music (and not just folk or rock). Outstanding from beginning to end! BUY IT!...more info
  • Bob Dylan, No Direction Home
    I have watched this DVD 3 times since I bought it and still find something new and interesting each time I watch it. Bob Dylan's life and work are incredible, and this documentary shows an important time in history, both musically and politically. This doesn't white wash or make Dylan look like something he is not, and that he never was - he is not a God, a Saint or a Hero, rather Dylan was and is a brillant, observant and complicated artist. I highly recommend this DVD;I only wish I'd bought the DVD verison with the book inside.......more info
  • Giftee was pleased
    I gave this video as a gift, and the recipient was thrilled. I have owned it myself for years, and it is the best documentary of Bob Dylan around. Price was great, shipping was very fast, I am happy!...more info
  • Hey Mr. Revolution Man sing a song for me
    Bob Dylan sings about us. He lets us in on his childhood to struggle to learn styles to a break at Columbia Records and his instant fame which was not an instant at all.

    He sings about individuals. He lets us know as he used to do the rounds of Cafes at New York's Village where he decided to strike a chord with at least one listener. Aiming to target his audience out, he further enhanced his skills and style learning as much in 2 months in the Village as someone may learn in a lifetime of playing music.

    If Dylan sold his dirt I would buy it. I am that obsessed with his persona and music.

    This documentary does a great job and bringing us his roots. Incredible footage of not just Dylan but that of those artists who inspired him to be what he is. Most of all his love of Woody Gunthrie's music. He grew up from a small town nobody to a National and International sensation.

    A man with his voice at that time couldn't even make a buck, while Dylan with his choice of words and topics revolutionised the entire Music Industry.

    Country music or mainstream - he is a Rock Star like no other.

    Still counting he is publishing more records and setting new standards. Martin Scorcese lets us visit the humble star who talk candidly about his meetings, performances, influences and success. Truly magical world revealed here as we see how from Jack Kerouac's On the Road to a book on Woody Gunthrie feels like home to the teenage Dylan.

    A world of misfits and he fits at ease in it. Thinking what others can't dream of, he merges and weaves and intertwines styles and stories to make an incredible form of music with unmatched pace.

    This is true homage to the legend that is Bob Dylan.

    Thank You "whomever it may concern" for this documentary....more info
  • Best Documentary I've seen
    This was not just a 2 DVD set focusing on Bob Dylan. This was an overview of the music that shaped his life and music. They cover many different sounds and genres, and show how it affected Dylan's changing sound throughout the years.

    Don't expect a 2 hour concert of Dylan. Expect something amazing, a musical history lesson....more info
  • A Real Treasure
    This documentary blew my socks off... it is everything I'd hoped it would be and more. I have been an avid Dylan fan for 40-some years. 'No Direction Home' is an insightful treasure. I was thrilled with Dylan's own reflections, musings and memories throughout. Equally endearing to me is his apparent self-consciousness and humility in his commentaries... his subtle sense of humor is delightful. I was quite impressed by his down to earth, genuine demeanor. Though larger than life, he is a very human man who differs from most of us largely in his courage and persistence in relentlessly pursuing an unknown "direction home"...

    I truly enjoyed the stories of Liam Clancy, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and so many others who have known Dylan from the beginning of his career. The plethora of rare old film footage was definitely a bonus. The chronicle of his early Britain tour seemed to expose a vulnerability in the young Dylan that I had never seen before. I found this to be quite poignant.

    (This has no particular bearing on the film, but... I was taken aback at the end of the 2nd DVD, about half way through the credits, by Dylan's "Lay Down Your Weary Tune", sung from beginning to end. This song has been running through my head since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. The lyrics are especially powerful to me, and this ended my experience on a sweetly emotional note.)

    I highly recommend this DVD set for everyone who is interested in the evolution of music and Bob Dylan's essential role in that evolution. Kudos to Martin Scorsese for doing this powerful film... a true work of art. It left me wanting more... I hope Mr. Scorsese will pick up where he left off in a future documentary... there are so many more years to cover. Oh, and Mr. Dylan, I do hope you returned those Woodie Guthrie records you "borrowed"! ...more info
  • Worth seeing more than once for sure.
    I am not a Bob Dylan fan but this dvd is so interesting and insightful that you can't help but be a fan after watching it and to then share it with others. It is also just a nice movie to play to hear the music of not only his but other passionate musicians. ...more info
  • Incredible
    I was incredibly pleased by this documentary, and being 26 and at the younger end of Bob Dylan's fan base, I didn't really have a context to put his earlier music into. I'm a big Dylan fan, but it was all my parent's time, not mine.

    Watching "No Direction Home" for me made it much more personal, and gave it an incredible depth. It gave me the ability to personally connect to the music, even though I am far removed from it. The performances were great, the interviews enlightening, and I saw in Bob Dylan everything I had hoped.

    Truly a timeless documentary, and definetly worth the time whether your into Folk music history, Bob Dylan history, or even just period history. If anyone was an icon of the times, whether he wanted it or not, it was Bob Dylan... ...more info
  • Over rated director covers rising star
    This is a long documentary from a vastly over rated director that only covers the initial discovery of a rising star. The pic is good in that it shows how Dylan evolves his music from a amateur Woody Guthrie imitation to polished professional, discovering in himself a talent for word play, a fixation with a certain rough edge sound and a desire to express his music only the way he likes.

    But it covers only the first decade and a half of his long career, which for youngsters like me - for whom his lexigraphy is already firmly entrenched in legend - omits the musically better, albeit not most influential, portion of his career. It stops in 1966.

    When I grew up, Dylan's folk tunes were already the wisdom of the ages: Springsteen was hailed as the new poet for my generation. Yet this was the time Dylan was producing his complete work. It was the 70s when he produced "epigrams of surrealistic poetry and emotional intrigue" blended with a blues band. These are the gems that shine today as the best selling Dylan albums of all time.

    There is not much on this pic about his family (did he have brothers? Did he involve them in his career? Did he buy Mom a Cadillac?). There is little about Joan Baez, her obviously awesome talent, or his other loves. There is little about how well the songs did on the pop charts, then or now.

    Ray, De-Lovely, All That Jazz and Walk the Line are all full Hollywood musical bio-pics that impact not only the joy of the music, but also the character of the artist and the flavor of the times. Sadly, this one does not.
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  • Bob Dylan- No Direction Home
    A very welldone study of an American music icon. It showed why he had a fallingout with the folk "establishment". The performance segments are a true treasure for any music lover....more info
  • Interesting and Informative
    I only ever knew a few of his songs but knew little about him or his actual impact on music in america and the world back in the 60's. Very talented man and some great music too. ...more info
  • Outstanding
    This may be the best documentary about the legendary Bob Dylan narrated by him and those who knew him. From his fateful journey in search of Woody Guthrie to his rise to stardom to his fall from his fans' graces, this film is a non-stop joy ride into what the 1960's was for Bob Dylan. I have always felt that Martin Scorsese was brilliant with his use of music in his films, and this film is no different. Not only does it include many Dylan songs and performances, it is also packed with performances by many of Dylan's friends and influences including Joan Baez, Woodie Guthrie, Rhetta, Pete Seagar, Peter Paul and Mary, and any number of other figures. In short this film is fantastic from start to finish. ...more info
  • The Holy Grail for Dylanologists
    This DVD rocks from start to finish. Scorcese provides a comprehensive portrait of Dylan in the broader context of the tumult of the 1960's and his Midwestern upbringing in Hibbing, Minnesota. This is sprinkled with interviews with the Bard himself, who comes off more lucid and humorous than one might have expected. However, what elevates this to 5-star status is the superb footage of Dylan performances through the years, from the early "protest" songs to his seminal 1966 UK tour. The full-length version of Dylan singing "Like a Rolling Stone" on the 1966 tour is a brilliant display of an artist at the peak of his powers. A must see for any Dylan fan and a good primer for those who might not understand how this ambitious folkie from the North Country became a rock and roll icon....more info
  • Great for what it is
    This documetary was absolutely fascinating and very well executed in every way. That being said, the only thing that was a slight disappointment was that this masterful filmmaker either couldn't or chose not to cover the entire breadth of the career of this truly compelling artist. It covers only the 1960's; granted the time when Dylan was at probably at the peak of his creative powers, but that is only equal to about 1/4 the whole story. At a running time of almost 4 hours, I personally would have liked to see a more complete portrait of the man & his life. That is my only complaint, though. I can still say this film was nothing less than absoluetly riveting and one of the best documetaries I have ever seen and probably ever will see....more info
  • He was only a kid...
    ... and we, barely more than toddlers, worshipped him. Memorized his lyrics so well, we could sing them stupid drunk. We wrang drops of meaning out of the dishrag. Incredible documentary. The best yet. Yes, it was an astounding life, time, rise to fame, reshaping of American music of many generes, but for what good end? You gotta serve somebody. You gotta serve somebody... he was just a freeking kid. How many songs really meant nothing? like "When The Ship Comes In?" written in "retaliation" over a refused hotel room. Yet we swallowed it all....more info
  • The Ultimate Dylan
    Great substance, wonderful direction, and you can just feel a closeness
    with Mr Dylan that no other project comes close to....more info
  • Baffling Omission
    A great documentary, except for one glaring and baffling omission: the film does not even mention "The Times They are a-Changin'," either the song or the album. How can you make a documentary about the early years of Dylan's career, but not even mention this landmark work. It's arguably the most significant topical song Dylan ever wrote, not to mention the song most associatied with Dylan's role as "voice of a generation," and a centerpiece of his performances from 1963-66 (he opened most shows with this song).

    Was there some legal reason that this was omitted? Very strange....more info
  • Outstanding, nuff said...
    I've been a Bob Dylan fan for a few years now, but the feeling has been reinforced a thousand times after seeing this. I always thought that the best Dylan was the mid-60's Dylan. After seeing the film, I have a greater appreciation for the folk revival, and some of the music that preceded it. Woody Guthrie was genius, Hank Williams was genius, and the mournful sonnet by Odetta was haunting, but still genius.
    The thing I liked most about the movie was that the viewer was able to identify with the thought process of Dylan. You were able to personally feel what he felt. I was very proud of the fact that Dylan didn't care what critics thought. He did his own thing. He didn't 'turn his back' on anything. He simply evolved. The roots were still there. It may be true that as an entertainer, keeping the audience amused or 'entertained' is important, but if it means compromising your own wishes and your own amusement, then you've lost your rights to perform....more info
  • home grown
    Bob Dylan
    No Direction Home
    APPLE presents a Martin scorsese picture
    Bob Dylan.Songwriter Rocker.Rebel.Legend
    all the titles above are what dylan was and still is..
    yes his last album may of been 5 years ago.."love and theft"
    but back in 1963 when dylan put out his first major polictal
    statement of "blowin' in the wind" the world stop and listened
    too what one man and his guitar with his signiture harmonica
    and his rough voice spreadin' the word of what he thought of the society he was livin' in..
    i for one admire dylan for makin' commerial polictal statements
    this was the man that once asked the genius songwriting duo
    paul mccartney and john lennon why they've never written anything polictal
    this one man made politics come crashin' into the mainstream pop world..were it had just been..love songs etc
    apart from the early fifties blues legends lightin' hopkins
    and leadbelly..etc..who wrote simple songs with polictal undertones..
    bob dylan never like the title of polictal activist
    that's why he changed his style of songwritin' on highway 61
    but that's not to say he never stop writin' polictal songs because they're sprinkled in every notch and cranny of his albums...
    this man bob dylan changed the musical outlook of the pop mainstream for the good or bad? you decide
    but i say well done and thankyou and this dvd is a monsterous
    documentry full of performance television interviews with
    iggorant interviews..
    "the answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
    the answer is blowin' in the wind"
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  • What a snooze!
    Bob Dylan thinks putting out of movie of him talking is supposed to be cool? Granted there are some performances but its all in black and white!!! And sometimes there's no band, just him and his boring guitar and harmonica. He doesn't even try to solo. I've seen much better rock performances by the likes of Dokken, Ratt, or Poison (take your pick). At least these newer bands look like they're trying to have fun. Bob Dylan just mopes and poses but never rocks out. Funny thing is people just seem to gobble this suff up. Sometimes there's no accounting for taste :(...more info
  • What's with the hair?
    First off, I was never into this guy's music until I heard the incredible TIME OUT OF MIND CD. The Love & Theft CD I thought was nothing special. (Yeah, I know, all the Dylan fanatics are having a fit by now.)

    The sections I liked most in this doc are the sections (interspersed throughout) where Dylan, the way he looks today, sits there and simply talks about how he felt about events that took place during the 60s--and touches on some other things: the town he grew up in, hearing J. Cash sing for the first time, etc. This guy Dylan, to me, comes across as a genuinely decent, intelligent human being--and I truly dug that.

    Am also thrilled that he had the smarts to stay clear of all those missguided commie types (who shall go nameless here).
    What I have to say to all those pro-commie goofballs is just this: try living in a communist country before you go around praising communism to us. How's that? Can you grasp that concept, folks?

    Lastly: wished they could have gone past the year 1966 here a bit, to see and hear Dylan sing some of his other tunes.

    Keep making music, Mr. Dylan. Stay true to yourself. I know: ain't always easy, but you've managed it so far.

    Suggestion to all the journalists: can we please stop reffering to this guy as "the reclusive singer/songwriter?" How can he be reclusive--when he's on every CD he's ever cut, ever book he's ever written--not to mention all the documentaries he's been in? Give us a break, will you?
    Want to talk about "RECLUSIVE?" The great writer B. Traven was RECLUSIVE--and not someone like Bob Dylan. He's even appeared in a Bloody Sam flick, for Pete's sake....more info
  • caution!
    A great product - but beware - Amazon sends out North American formatted DVDs which do not play on DVD machines outside that zone. ...more info
  • A fantastic look into the life of Bob Dylan!
    For you Bob Dylan fans this is a must have. This DVD tells the whole story & then some. I was impressed with the history of music & how Dylan was inspired by the past. His musical genius is incredible and inspiring....more info
  • Classic Bob Dylan
    The first time I watched this DVD, I was mesmerized. It was so intriging to see Dylan in concert and in real life. It is raw and it is real. What a unique character he is and was. It was interesting to hear Bob speak now about his life back in the the 60's. He has mellowed so much, but still maintains his unique personality....more info
  • Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
    I'm not sure if the review will put my fathers name or my name as the reviewer, but I'm the son of Mark DiMartino.

    I have to say that I really enjoyed this dvd. I saw parts of it when it was aired on PBS. This actually got me into Bob Dylan. I started researching his music and I love it.

    This dvd was made very well. There is a whole lot of information that you can learn about Bob Dylan. I like how there are scenese of him performing various songs throughout too. The bonus full length Bob Dylan performances are great to have.

    I just have to say that this is for anyone. If you're a hard core fan, just getting into him, or now nothing then you'll enjoy this product. I'm really glad I purchased this and I know you will be too....more info
  • Electrifying!
    I'm not a music connoisseur so I can't offer any pithy comments about his musicianship or knowledgeable comments about Bob Dylan's place within the broader context of American music. But I well remember the first time I heard his voice over a car radio. It was "Positively 4th Street". I had never heard those kinds of words before, sung by that kind of voice, and in that tone of voice! I didn't know why or to whom he was flinging those bitter, condemning phrases, but I knew in my heart that he was absolutely justified. Bob Dylan(though I didn't know this or anything else about him at the time)was eight years older than me, and in 1965 he seemed like some kind of disembodied messiah to my rebellious teenage mind. I listened religiously to see if I could hear that voice again, for in that time and place there was no such thing as a personal music collection for kids. Soon, I heard "Like a Rolling Stone", another song of renunciation and distancing from conformity and cliques that seemed to me to contain a wisdom and righteous anger that fitted my own mood perfectly. These songs became anthems for me during the mid-sixties, even though they were played but seldom on the local radio station in that rural farm community. Dylan was so little known in that area that the radio announcer always pronounced his name Di-lan, with a long "I". Now, after all these decades, with my memories of that voice and its message receded into the past, I decided to check out this documentary "No Direction Home" just out of curiosity. I'll admit I expected to be disappointed. My God! What an amazing discovery to find that the reality of the phenomenon of Bob Dylan that I encountered in this film even exceeded those long-ago idealizations that I had formed. Not that I indulge in hero-worship any more or think Dylan is some kind of saint. He is certainly not that, as I think the documentary reveals. He was simply an amazing song-writer who had an uncanny knack for wedding his poetry to a perfectly matched musical presentation. It seems obvious from his own comments that he didn't set out to capture the spirit of an age, but he did obviously intend to write songs that contained something real and meaningful. This he did in a unique and masterful way. It is truly astonishing to see the early footage of Dylan looking so very, very young and innocent, but producing this awesome music with such assurance and in a voice of such authority. Of course there are those who don't see it this way, and think he is vastly overrated. These people might as well save themselves the trouble of watching "No Direction Home". Others of us who watch the film will be even more convinced that there was a spiritual element to this music because of the way it made us feel, and that Dylan was a bit of a messiah after all, albeit an unwilling and mocking one....more info
  • Just One More Reason To Shop Amazon
    Another great purchase: My son had come home from a friend's house in the beach area.
    He an a friend of mine drove to 3 stores searching for this dvd and came up empty.
    I suggested that we try Amazon: there it was and in less than a week it was in our friends mailbox and in perfect condition. It was an Amazon item as apposed to another vendor. It's very rare to have any difficulties shopping on Amazon.
    Thank you again. ...more info
  • Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
    A MUST HAVE for those who are either Dylan fans or have an interest in his music and poetry. ...more info
  • No Direction Home
    Director Scorsese's masterful portrait of poet/musician Bob Dylan's rise, leading up to the serious 1966 motorcycle accident that signaled a prolonged hiatus from touring. Intimate film makes it evident that Dylan would have taken a break from public performances anyhow, as his mid-sixties tour in England was met with hostility every time the singer picked up an electric guitar, further straying from his sacred folk roots. Fascinating sixties time capsule, and revealing meditation on artistic integrity and the nature of fame....more info
  • BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!! BUY IT NOW!
    Dylan starts off by saying: "I was born very far from where I was meant to be, I was on my way home". This set the tone for the entire production.

    Well directed and put together. I was riveted.
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  • One of the best looks at Bob Dylan's career....
    I am always a fan of Martin Scorcese films, he manages to bring a new style to each and everyone he does, and "No Direction Home" is another instant hit. The movie focusses on Dylan's life itself, not just his music career. It shows a lot of interviews with different people who knew Bob Dylan or just knew his music. I was captivated with how the movie managed to just flow freely and was surprised when it ended because if seemed like it had only just begun. This is one film you should definately see.

    The film focusses on Bob Dylan's childhood; from growing up in a town in Minnesota, and how he managed to start singing and playing music in small coffe houses and even festivals. What was great about this film is all the new footage that was aired in it. We see still photography shots of Dylan as a young man, playing with a guitar or his harmonica in front of a crowd of people. There is old footage of concerts, interviews, and press conferences that many people probably wouldn't have seen back then, or even now.

    Interviews include people such as; Izzy Young, Paul Nelson, Al Kooper, Allen Ginsberg, and many others. But probably the greatest interviewee of them all is Bob Dylan himself. He talks about everything! Growing up, his first musical performance, he even talks about other great musical artists, my favorite of them being Johnny Cash. Some great footage in this film.

    Extras include:

    Bob Dylan Performances:

    No Direction Home
    Blowin' in the Wind
    Mr. Tambourine Man
    Man of Constant Sorrow
    Girl of the North Country
    Love Minus Zero/No Limit
    One Too Many Mornings

    Plus More!

    This is one fantastic look at Bob Dylan. If you are any sort of fan of him or his music, watch this DVD and you will not be disappointed!

    Highly Recommended...more info
  • The Archetype For People Under 30.....
    With all the acolytes coming down like hard rain from his colleagues,lovers,the poets..the fans..from all sides Dylan near at the end of the film says "I Just wanna Go Home"...he did, to a motorcycle accident..since then the spark and genius remained constant as David Van Ronk says Dylan was able to tap into the collective unconscious or as Allen Ginsburg said Dylan became one with his breath, his movements between mind and body became synchronized into this non-dual being of total unity of spirit and physicality...the defiance of time..Dylan talks about constant becoming...
    What a treat the great Scorsese gives us with all his films and now this tribute of Dylan added to the arsenal.The journey is well captured, the process is clear and vital and one gets the feeling much has not changed and stays the same despite the new meanings that time bestows yet the movies abrupt ending at this point in Dylan's life kind of disappointed in me .indeed, the most creative or formative part of what we know Dylan as is here in full glory with a totally outrageous flow capturing a very talented man's life between past and future.
    I wish the movie did not end,not thinking it would when it did since it would have been interesting to see the man's take with marriage,children,religion,middle age..and beyond..the ruminations,the dreams,recollections,reflections,memories are all on display here...very humble..
    Great footage flows seamlessly,great interviews... ...more info
  • Are All Documentaries Mere Propaganda?
    Way back in high school, I had a History teacher, Mr. Bailey, whose pet peeve was documentaries. He said that although the most interesting documentaries cover subjects that are controversial that there really isn't any such thing as objective reporting since bias is unavoidable and inevitable. He said further that you can usually determine the prejudice of the filmmaker within seconds of the start.
    I think of this argument whenever I watch a documentary and found it to be generally true with a few notable exceptions. There is for example a film called, `Jesus Camp' that has no introduction, conclusions, or incidental music in the movie with the effect that, if you read the customer reviews, you will see that there are some five star reviews that are glad to see it as an expose' of the Christian brainwash society and other five star reviewers who see it as a celebration of the Lord. If there is a disagreement among viewers about the conclusions a film draws then it usually follows the bias of the filmmaker. For example, in this film, No Direction Home, some see it as the best Dylan documentary ever and some disagree, depending upon what you think of the last 44 years of Dylan's career. If you believe that his talent died with his abandonment of the folk music scene, then you may think this is the best Dylan documentary ever.
    I have watched this film many times and I enjoy it every time, but there are two other things that, in my opinion, keep this film from being the greatest Dylan documentary. First is the editing. Chronological order is essential in objective biographical documentaries since that is how we all live, trapped in a timeline. Flashbacks and reveries may be good dramatic devices in works of fiction that imply an autobiographical illusion, but events transpire as they transpire and when unfolding a factual report or a documentary, inclusion of dreams and fantasies about how things could have been drags the work down into the world of opinionated emotional propaganda. Mr. Scorsese had the good fortune to have Mr. Dylan (and others) sit in front of the camera and talk about the phenomenon of his personal career starting in 1961, and Mr Scorsese tastefully and professionally interspersed that interview into the new and previously unseen fascinating historical footage of those long past times talked about. But for some amateurish reason he continually interrupts his documentary with footage from Bob Dylan's 1966 tour wherein so-called fans jeered and booed him on stage for performing with an electric rock band. This jarring and distracting footage continues spontaneously interrupting throughout the documentary implying some sort of ultimate climax as the unfolding chronological events in the story move closer to that moment, but the only thing that happens when the documentary eventually reaches that point is that the documentary itself abruptly ends, and that brings me to the second point of what holds this movie back, premature ejection.
    Dylan's decision in 1965 to abandon the den of dusty beatniks and yesterday's folk songs marked not only the end of the road for fans of that genre but `No Direction Home' implies that that was the end of Dylan and that there isn't any story worth relating past that point. It was by no means the end of Dylan's genius nor of his career which continues today, forty-four years later. Mr. Scorsese apparently was one of those who never wanted Dylan to `go electric' since that is where his documentary stops, in 1966, with Dylan on stage amidst the sea of hecklers. I have bought every one of Dylan's records from 1963 to today. Some were disappointing but all were interesting in some way or another.
    Where is the rest of the story of Dylan's brilliance that spans from Blonde On Blonde 1966 to Modern Times 2006 and beyond? The end? I don't think so....more info

 

 
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