An upgraded edition of D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary 1967 documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1965 solo acoustic tour, Dont (sic) Look Back, will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD this November. It features even more extras than those included in previous versions. The new Blu-Ray and DVD editions each feature a new digital transfer, improved audio, new artwork, and an interview with Patti Smith about the influence of the film on her life. The complete list of additions can be found below.

bob dylan dont look back

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.

Bob Dylan
Dont Look Back (The Criterion Collection)

United States
96 minutes
Black and White

Release Date: November 24, 2015


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
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito

New cover by Eric Skillman

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